McMillan Elite sweeps open team titles at USATF National Club Cross Country Championships
Courtesy of USATF.org
Dec. 11, 2010
CHARLOTTE - McMillan Elite (Flagstaff, Ariz.) captured their second men's team title and their first women's crown as they swept the open team divisions Saturday at the 2010 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, N.C.
The 13th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships 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. More than 1,100 athletes competed in the event, which featured a 10-kilometer men's race and a 6-kilometer women's race. The championships offered a total prize purse of $30,000, with $25,000 going to the top open teams.
In the women's team race, McMillan Elite turned the tables on 2009 champions the Boulder Running Company/adidas, scoring 69 points to the defending champion's 109.
2010 USA Indoor 3,000 meter champion Rene Metivier Baillie of the Running Republic of Boulder took the overall title in the women's 6 km, running 19:51.
The men's 10 km, Aaron Braun took the overall title in 29:36, to lead McMillan Elite as they placed three runners in the top-ten, scoring 29 points for a 30 point win over three-time team titlist Hansons-Brooks Distance Project (Rochester Hills, Mich.). Braun's teammates Nick Arciniaga and Scott Smith took second and eighth in 29:40 and 29:53 respectively.
In the first race of the day, Lyudmila Vasilyeva ran 21:39 to take the individual crown in the masters women's 6 km, leading Club Northwest (Seattle, Wash.) as they successfully defended their title in the women's 40+ division. The Atlanta Track Club won the women's 50+ title, while the Impala Racing Team (San Francisco, Calif.) successfully defended its title in the women's 60+ team division.
The men's masters 10 km saw Pete Magill take the overall win, running 32:36 as his teammate Christian Cushing-Murray took the runner-up spot in 32:48 to lead Compex Racing (South Pasadena, Calif.) to the win men's 40+ team division; Club Northwest won its second team title of the day in the men's 50+ division as the Boulder Road Runners took the 60+ division and the San Diego Track Club won the 70+ division.