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