Matt Gabrielson Happy With His Edinburgh XC Race

Matt Gabrielson is pleased with his 18th-place showing in Scotland. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Despite the U.S. losing to Europe there, Gabrielson is pleased with his showing in Scotland.

According to an interview on the Web site Down the Backstretch, Minnesota runner Matt Gabrielson is happy with his 18th-place showing at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International cross-country race last weekend. In the race, a men’s international team competition between the United States, Europe and two British squads, Gabrielson helped the United States place second behind Europe.

“I was very pleased with my race,” Gabrielson recalled. “While it wasn’t a total peak performance, based on how I felt, not getting any side stitches for the first time in a long while in a race and my positive competitive mindset, I would say it was the best start to a year of racing that I have had in a long, long time. I was very fired up for the coming year afterwards.”

Gabrielson has announced that he’ll be racing in the United States Cross-Country Championships next month in San Diego as opposed to the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in Houston, Texas a week earlier.

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