McMillan Elite defends title; adidas/Team Rogue Elite takes honor at USATF Club Cross Champs

McMillan Elite defends title; adidas/Team Rogue Elite takes honor at USATF Club Cross Champs

Provided by USATF


SEATTLE – Defending team champion McMillan Elite (Flagstaff, Ariz.)


successfully defended their open men’s title, while adidas/Team Rogue Elite


(Austin, Texas) took the women’s open team title Saturday at the 2011 USATF


National Club Cross Country Championships at Jefferson Park in Seattle,


Wash.



A record 1226 athletes competed at the 14th annual event, which featured


America’s top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying


for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team.


The championships offered a total prize purse of $30,000, with $25,000 going


to the top open teams.



The day of racing began with the masters women’s 6 km where Club Northwest’s


Gwen Lapham scored a second-place finish to lead the host club as they


successfully defended their 40+ team title. Running unattached, Chris


Kimbrough (Austin, Texas) took the individual masters title, running 22:12


to finish nine seconds up on Lapham.



The masters women’s 6 km also saw the Impala Racing Team take the 50+ team


title as the Boulder Road Runners scored victories in the 60+ and 70+ team


divisions.



The masters men’s 10 km boasted the largest field of the day with 394


entrants. Malcolm Campbell took the top individual honors in 32:13, as he


led the Atlanta Track Club to the men’s 40+ team title.



Championships host, Club Northwest successfully defended their 50+ team


title as the Atlanta Track Club took the top team honors in the 60+ division


and the Boulder Road Runners won the 70+ and 80+ team titles.



In the open women’s 6 km, adidas/Team Rogue Elite won their first ever team


title over two-time team champions Boulder Running Company. Brie Felnagle


(Tacoma, Wash.) took the individual title, running 19:54 for a four-second


win over NCAA Division II Cross Country Champion Neely Spence (Shippensburg,


Pa.).



The open men’s 10 km saw Jonathan Grey of Team USA Minnesota take command of


the race at 6 km, quickly opening a 20 meter lead over a field that included


defending individual champion Aaron Braun and World Championships 1,500


meter bronze medalist Matt Centrowitz (Eugene, Ore.).



Grey cruised to the individual title in 29:38 for a 10 second win over Braun


while he edged Phillip Reid of the Asics Aggies as they finished in the same


time of 29:48. Centrowitz took fourth in 29:50.


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