Shalane Flanagan Leads U.S. World XC Team

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 15, 2011
  • Updated Mar. 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM UTC

Shalane Flanagan is leading a strong U.S. team at the World Cross-Country Championships. Photo: IAAF

American women aiming for a team medal.

She’s got quite an impressive resume: an Olympic bronze medal as well as an American record. On March 20, Shalane Flanagan hopes to add a few more lines to it. Flanagan will be leading the United States women’s team as they compete at the IAAF World Cross-Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain. Joining Flanagan will be the American record holder in the 5000m, Molly Huddle. Huddle is coached by Providence College’s Ray Treacy, while Flanagan is coached by Jerry Schumacher.

The U.S. team also has some depth, distance-wise, with the likes of top American marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet. Not to be overlooked is Blake Russell who was on the U.S. squad when they won the short-course bronze medal in 2005.

A weaker men’s team will be led by former University of Colorado standout Brent Vaughn. Vaughn caused a bit of an upset this year when he won the U.S. cross-country title. Joining Vaughn will be Andrew Bumbalough, Andrew Carlson, Ben True, Brian Olinger, and Max King.

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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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