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Flanagan, Ritzenhein win USA Cross Country Championships

Shalane Flanagan

SPOKANE – American record holders Dathan Ritzenhein (Portland, Ore.) and Shalane Flanagan (Pittsboro, N.C.) dominated the open men’s and women’s fields at the 2010 USA Cross Country Championships Saturday at Plantes Ferry Recreation Park in Spokane, Wash.Running 34 minutes 34 seconds for the open men’s 12- kilometer race, Ritzenhein won his third U.S. Cross Country title. Flanagan’s 25 minutes 10 seconds for the open women’s 8-kilometer was good for her fourth national cross country crown.

In addition to the national titles, the top-six open men and women and junior men and women qualified to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships on March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Flanagan cruises to women’s title

Flanagan took control of the open women’s 8 km from the gun with two-time USA Women’s 10 km Champion Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) the only one that tried to keep pace. By the end of the first 2-kilometer loop, Flanagan held a five second lead over Huddle. Over the final six kilometers Flanagan extended her lead to go to a 51-second victory. Huddle held off a late charge by Amy Hastings (Flagstaff, Ariz.) to hold on for second, running 26:01. Hastings was timed in 26:09 while Magdalena Lewy Boulet took fourth in 26:09.

Renee Metivier Baillie (Boulder, Colo.) and Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) rounded out the Team USA qualifiers, finishing fifth and sixth in 26:26 and 26:37 respectively.

Patience pays off for Ritzenhein in open men’s championship

Dathan Ritzenhein

In the open men’s 12 km, Ritzenhein was content to let Patrick Smyth (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Scott Bauhs (Chico, Calif.) take the pace for the first four laps of the six lap course before making his move at 9-kilometers.

While Ritzenhein’s lead grew to 18-seconds over the final lap, Smyth continued to battle with Bauhs for second before pulling away to claim the runner-up position, running 34:52. Bauhs was timed in 35:01 while Ben Bruce (Eugene, Ore.), Bobby Curtis (Ardmore, Pa.) and Ryan Vail (Gresham, Ore.) completed the qualifiers for the U.S. team, running 35:16, 35:22 and 35:25 respectively.

Greany takes junior women’s title

In the junior women’s race, Providence College freshman Shelby Greany (Providence, Rhode Island) broke away from pack of four runners to secure the victory on the final lap of the 6-kilometer race.

Greany ran 20:27 to finish five seconds clear of high school senior Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Missouri), who ran 20:32.

February 14, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

America’s Best Female Distance Runner – Amy Yoder-Begley

Amy Yoder-Begley 10,000 meter specialist

AMY YODER-BEGLEY

Career Highlights: 2009 USA Outdoor 10,000m champion; 2009 USA Indoor 3,000m champion; 2009 USA 15 km champion; 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials; 2001 NCAA Outdoor champion; 2000 NCAA Indoor 5,000m champion; 2000 NCAA Outdoor 5,000m runner-up; 16-time All American

Yoder Begley was the top finishing American at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in the women’s 10,000 meters, finishing the race in sixth-place in a personal best 31 minutes 13.78 seconds.

Yoder Begley faced 2008 Olympic 10,000m bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan and traded the lead twice in the final lap, with Yoder Begley emerging as the victor in 31 minutes, 22.69 seconds, which is the #9 U.S. women’s 10,000m time in history.

America’s Best

Yoder Begley entered the Olympic Trials lacking the Olympic “A” qualifying standard of 31:45:00 – a time she needed to beat in order to ensure a place on the team. Knowing a ticket to Beijing was on the line, she took the lead with seven laps to go before falling to third behind Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. Running alone and visibly digging for every available bit of energy, she needed to cover the final 800 meters in 2:20 to beat the 31:45 standard. It took minutes after she crossed the finish line for her time to be displayed on the scoreboard, but when it did, it was cause for celebration. 31 minutes, 43.60 seconds. Yoder Begley made it to Beijing with 1.40 seconds to spare.

Yoder Begley graduated from Arkansas with a BS in Exercise Science/ Biomechanics…married to Andrew Begley, a standout for the legendary Arkansas men’s team…afflicted with Celiac disease, Begley cannot consume the protein gluten, which is found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust and many other foods containing wheat, barley or rye.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , | Leave a comment