Team USA’s senior men sweep scoring at NACAC Cross Country Championships
Provided by USATF
BOCA RATON, Florida -- Led by a medal sweep courtesy of Abbabiya Simbassa, Augustus Maiyo and Joseph Gray, Team USA turned in a host of strong performance Saturday while playing host at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Boca Raton, Florida.
Simbassa won in his first appearance in a Team USA uniform, taking home his first international title with a time of 22:40.47, just ahead of teammate Maiyo in 22:46.27. Maiyo improved from his third-place finish in 2015. USATF MUT standout Gray finished in the bronze position in 22:50.03 to round out the podium sweep for Team USA, but the U.S. also nabbed the fourth and fifth place scoring spots with Scott Fauble (22:52.00) and Jonathan Grey (22:56.95) coming through to score for the red, white and blue. Scoring 10 points Saturday, Team USA continued its streak of not losing the elite men’s 8 km title at the NACAC Cross Country or Pan American Cross Country Championships since 2012.
The U20 men were also victorious Saturday in the 6500m, as all four scorers found their way into the final top 10, including Justin Janke (4th - 19:22.36), Aidan Reed (6th - 19:25.59), Isaac Harding (7th - 19:27.12) and Nicholas Rink (8th - 19:30.09). Overall, Team USA scored 25 points Saturday en route to victory.
The women’s senior team needed a tiebreaker to decide their fate Saturday in the 8 km, finishing second to Team Canada based on average finishing time. Both teams scored 18 points, with Team USA finishing 2-3 on the podium, but an average time of 27:11.40 gave the Canadians the win over the U.S., whose average finishing time was 27:13.66. Team captain Amy Van Alstine earned a silver medal for her efforts Saturday, finishing second in 26:59.39, while Megan Rolland was third in 27:03.07.
The USATF U20 women were unable to overcome a dominant performance by Team Canada, as the U.S. finished second overall Saturday. Team USA turned in 36 points Saturday, courtesy of five top-12 finishes, including Aubrey Roberts (7th - 17:14.77), Logan Morris (8th - 17:20.88) and Megan Murray 17:46.86).