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Matt Tegenkamp Headlines 20K Field

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 31, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM UTC
Two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp is the man to beat in New Haven. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The race has a $43,000 national championship purse.

From: Running USA

INDIANAPOLIS — Two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp will lead competitive fields at Monday’s USA 20K Championships hosted by the 35th Stratton-Faxon New Haven Road Race in New Haven, Conn.

Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.), 30, is the top entrant in the men’s field after finishing as the 10,000m runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 27:33.94 and later finishing 19th at the London Olympic Games in 28:18.26.

The top returning man from last year’s 20K national championships is Christo Landry (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who took fourth place in 1:01.17. Others to watch include 2012 USA 25K champion Joseph Chirlee (Colorado Springs, Colo.), two-time USA champion Andrew Carlson (Chaska, Minn.), who took sixth place and James Carney (Boulder, Colo.), who took ninth place at the Olympic Marathon Trials in January.

The women’s field features several strong competitors. Katie McGregor (Savage, Minn.), 35, finished third in the 2011 USA 20K Championships and has won seven national titles ranging from the 10,000m on the track to the 25K on the road. Maegan Krifchin(Dewitt, N.Y.) is the top competitor in the USA Running Circuit standings with her runner-up finish at the USA Half Marathon Championships in 1:10:56 and third place finish at the USA 15K Championships in 43:44.

The top-two American women from the recent Falmouth Road Race, Stephanie Rothstein (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Renee Metivier-Baillee (Bend, Ore.), are both scheduled to compete. Rothstein took the top American spot in the 7-mile race in 37:24, while Metivier-Baillie was not far behind in 37:43. Also in the line-up is Alisha Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.) who finished 5th at the Olympic Trials 10,000m in 32:08.51.

Video Coverage
Live coverage of the USA 20K Championships will be available at www.USARunningCircuit.com beginning at 8:40am ET in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com.

About the USARC
The USA 20K Championships, the seventh stop on the 2012 USA Running Circuit (USARC), offers $43,000 in prize money. The USARC, a USA Track & Field road series, features USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The 2012 circuit features nine events for men and ten for women.

The 2012 USARC will award more than $900,000 in circuit prize money with U.S. athletes competing for the right to represent Team USA in various international competitions.

The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000 and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided more than $10 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the USA 20K Championships, go to: www.usatf.org

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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