An Interview With XC Champ Brent Vaughn

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 11, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:21 AM UTC

Brent Vaughn seized the lead and ran to victory last Saturday in San Diego. Photo:

The University of Colorado 5,000m record holder made some tweaks to his training.

Last Saturday, former University of Colorado standout Brent Vaughn joined the likes of fellow alumns Dathan Ritzenhein and Alan Culpepper when he won the U.S. Cross-Country Championships in San Diego. On the Web site, Vaughn discussed his victory as well as the lead-up to his breakthrough race.

Recalling the moment when he seized the lead, Vaughn had this to say: “I wasn’t necessarily planning to take it that early. I took one of the tangents on the course and found myself in the lead and then I put a little surge in on one of the turns and I got a bit of a gap so I was like, well, might as well just break it open.”

Under the guidance of coach Jay Johnson, Vaughn noted that one difference in his training was that he moved down from 9,000 feet in altitude. “Once I came down I just felt so fresh. So that’s not the only reason I turned a corner, but it definitely helped,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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