Shalane Flanagan Wins 2013 Women’s US Cross Country Championships

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Flanagan Wins Her 5th US Women’s Title But Will Not Compete At World Championships

by LetsRun.com
February 2, 2013

Shalane Flanagan won the 2013 US Cross Country women’s title today as expected today in St. Louis. It was the fifth senior women’s title for Flanagan (2005, 2005, 2010, 2011 and 2013) who has always excelled at cross country as she’s also won a US junior title in the past (2000) and two NCAA cross country titles.

Flanagan went straight to the front and was followed only by 2012 US Olympian at 5000, Kim Conley. Conley did her best to stay with Flanagan but just before the 6k mark Flanagan broke clear and went on to earn a comfortable victory (Official results coming after protest period ends) in 25:49 to Conley’s 26:06.

“I had so much fun out there today. It’s the purest form (of running),” said Flanagan on the Runnerspace.com broadcast after the meet. “I had a feeling Kim was really motivated. I knew she was going to be there. I was hoping to shake her a little bit earlier. I was a little relieved when I finally gained some space for her.”

Flanagan, who won a bronze medal at the World Cross Country Championships the last time it was held in 2011,  said she will  not being going to worlds this year as she is focused on doing everything she can to win the 2013 Boston Marathon which takes place three weeks after world cross.

“Unfortunately, I’m going to leave it off my list. Two years form now, I plan on being back if I make the team. Boston is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. I’m going to dedicate everything for that race,” said Flanagan.

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Shalane Flanagan wins 2013 US Women’s Cross Country title

“Obviously two years ago, was a huge part of my career. To have medalled as an individual and team was one of my highlights -both of my parents ran world cross.”

“I want to be in the hunt to win (in Boston). It would mean so much to the community where I grew up – where my dreams began,”added Flanagan who was a star at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts as a prep.

Behind Flanagan and Conley, the third placer throughout the race was none other than 8-time USA XC champion and 2004 Olympic marathon medallist Deena Kastor who returned to the US champs for the first time since 2007. Kastor will turn 40 on Valentines day in 12 days. Kastor finished in 26:41 but like Flanagan almost certainly won’t run world cross country as she’s running the 2013 LA Marathon on March 17 the week before World Cross Country.

2012 NCAA indoor 3k champ Emily Infeld was fourth in 26:47.7 – the last finisher within a minute of Flanagan.

8-time NCAA d2 champ Neely Spence-Gracey of Hansons/Brooks was  fifth, Delilah DiCrescenzo was sixth, 2012 US club xc champ Mattie Suver was 7th, and last year’s cross country champ Sara Hall was eighth. Alissa McKaig and Jamie Cheever rounded out the top 10.

Update at 11:27 pm. Full results are now up. See below.

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2013
USA CROSS COUNTRY
CHAMPIONSHIPS
==============================================
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO February 2, 2013

OPEN WOMEN’S 8K
Presented by Michelob Ultra

SPLIT TIMES

PlaceNo.NameAge-2k--4k--6k-Finish
13025SHALANE FLANAGAN316:226:226:3012:526:3319:246:2625:49.0
23016KIM CONLEY266:226:226:3112:526:3419:266:4126:06.0
33038DEENA KASTOR396:276:276:4213:086:4719:556:4726:41.0
43035EMILY INFELD226:316:316:5413:256:5120:166:3326:47.7
53076NEELY SPENCE226:316:316:5413:256:5120:156:4026:54.2
63021DELILAH DICRESCENZO296:316:316:5413:256:5120:166:4226:57.2
73078MATTIE SUVER256:316:316:5413:256:5720:226:4627:06.7
83030SARA HALL296:466:466:5313:396:5420:326:4127:12.2
93050ALISSA MCKAIG266:366:366:5413:307:0020:296:5127:18.7
103015JAMIE CHEEVER256:416:416:5313:346:5920:336:4927:20.7
113056BRIANNE NELSON326:316:316:5513:256:5920:246:5927:22.7
123024BRIE FELNAGLE266:386:386:5513:327:0220:346:5327:26.2
133060MEGHAN PEYTON276:446:446:5513:396:5820:366:5127:26.5
143080LAURA THWEATT246:356:357:0113:357:0320:386:5327:30.0
153043FRANCES KOONS266:396:396:5313:327:0620:377:1027:45.7
163037KELLYN JOHNSON266:406:407:0413:447:1020:547:0327:55.5
173041ELLIE KEYSER236:456:456:5713:427:0820:497:0827:56.5
183066CHELSEA REILLY236:396:397:0013:397:1320:517:0827:58.2
193062SARAH PORTER236:396:397:0513:447:1420:577:0428:00.0
203001LADIA ALBERTSON-JUNKANS276:456:456:5813:427:1821:007:0228:01.0
213045MAGDALENA LEWY BOULET396:496:497:0313:517:1421:057:0528:09.5
223088CATHERINE WHITE236:456:457:0713:517:1721:077:0928:15.7
233085HEIDI WESTOVER326:506:507:0613:567:1621:117:1028:20.5
243005ANNE BERSAGEL296:456:457:1113:557:2321:187:0828:25.2
253077REBEKA STOWE226:516:517:0913:597:2121:197:1528:33.5
263058RACHEL PATTERSON236:456:457:0413:497:2721:167:2328:37.5
273046KARA LUBIENIECKI236:496:497:1414:027:2521:277:1228:38.0
283048AMANDA MARINO236:596:597:1114:107:1821:277:1628:42.5
293028KATJA GOLDRING227:047:047:1814:227:1621:377:1628:52.2
303089TANYA ZEFERJAHN286:426:427:2214:037:3421:377:2128:56.7
313009ADDIE BRACY266:536:537:2314:157:2721:427:1828:59.2
323022JESSICA ENGEL237:057:057:2114:257:2521:507:1329:01.7
333091JULIANE MASCIANA276:586:587:1914:167:2621:417:2329:03.5
343034CALLIE HOGAN237:047:047:2114:247:3321:567:1729:12.2
353003ANDRIJA BARKER-MCCURRY327:057:057:2214:267:2721:537:2029:12.3
363018CLAUDIA COPELAND357:037:037:2314:257:3321:587:1929:16.0
373059NICOLE PETERS237:087:087:3014:387:2722:047:1529:17.7
383012KELLY CALWAY287:067:067:2714:327:3422:067:2029:25.7

2013
USA CROSS COUNTRY
CHAMPIONSHIPS
==============================================
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO February 2, 2013

OPEN WOMEN’S 8K
Presented by Michelob Ultra

SPLIT TIMES

PlaceNo.NameAge-2k--4k--6k-Finish
393073PRISCILLA SCHULTZ367:007:007:2514:247:4422:087:2329:29.7
403065STEPHANIE PRICE236:526:527:3214:247:3922:037:3129:32.5
413069CATHERINE ROBBIE327:117:117:3214:427:3322:147:2029:32.7
423036SUZANNE JAKES287:057:057:3314:387:3622:137:2629:38.2
433052HEATHER MCNIFF267:097:097:2814:367:3422:097:3029:38.2
443061SARAH PIZZO297:197:197:3214:507:3622:267:1829:43.2
453090MARY GOLDKAMP247:027:027:3014:317:4122:117:3829:48.0
463026RACHEL GIOSCIA-RYAN267:087:087:2914:377:4822:257:2929:52.5
473042ALLISON KIEFFER256:586:587:3014:277:4522:127:4329:53.5
483075GINA SLABY317:107:107:3014:407:3722:167:3829:53.7
493029BRONTE GOLICK207:077:077:2914:367:4522:207:3629:55.5
503007OBSIE BIRRU246:546:547:3714:317:5122:227:4330:04.5
513067AMANDA RICE287:097:097:3114:407:5022:297:4130:09.2
523017MAGGIE CONLEY297:037:037:4314:467:5422:407:4330:21.2
533063EMILY POTTER337:197:197:3714:557:4922:447:4530:27.5
543055LAUREN MINOR217:217:217:4815:087:5222:597:4130:39.5
553064CHELSEA PRAHL237:117:117:5015:017:5722:577:4530:40.7
563082ASHLEY URICK287:307:307:3615:067:5423:007:4430:42.5
573051ANDREA MCLARTY357:197:197:4115:007:5822:587:4930:46.2
583074EMILY SHERTZER337:247:247:4715:117:5123:017:4730:47.5
593057JESUSAH-JESS PALACIO-OLVER267:247:247:5015:148:0323:177:4430:59.5
603014LISA CARY297:107:107:5315:038:0723:097:5931:07.7
613072BRENDA SCHRANK417:357:357:4915:248:0023:237:4831:10.2
623004RACHEL BECKMANN297:317:318:0615:378:0823:457:4431:28.0
633084KATHERINE WARD237:357:358:0415:388:0623:447:4631:29.2
643027STEPHANIE INGALLS247:307:307:5815:278:0823:348:0031:33.2
653006PAIGE BIGLIN307:417:417:5515:358:0923:448:0131:43.2
663002ELISSA BALLAS337:397:398:0115:398:1023:497:5831:46.0
673070CAITLIN SCHMITT207:317:318:1015:408:1423:538:0531:56.8
683032D’ARCY HARLEY317:537:538:0315:568:1024:057:5331:57.0
693011KRISTEN BROSNAN207:277:278:1615:428:1723:598:0131:58.5
703049ELIZABETH MAUS287:417:418:1315:538:1924:128:0932:19.7
713079KATHARIN TAYLOR227:387:388:0615:438:3024:138:1132:23.0
723068SANDRA RIVERA307:327:328:1815:508:3024:198:0732:25.5
733083ANGELICA VALDEZ267:527:528:1116:028:2224:238:1132:34.0
743031ELIZABETH HANDSCHY217:557:558:2016:148:2024:348:0432:36.8
753039MICHELLE KELLY347:527:528:1316:048:3124:358:0932:43.5
763044SARAH LAGASSE237:507:508:1516:058:3324:378:0832:44.2

2013
USA CROSS COUNTRY
CHAMPIONSHIPS
==============================================
Forest Park, St. Louis, MO February 2, 2013

OPEN WOMEN’S 8K
Presented by Michelob Ultra

SPLIT TIMES

PlaceNo.NameAge-2k--4k--6k-Finish
773019MICHELLE CUNNINGHAM377:467:468:2016:068:2524:318:1532:44.7
783020ERIN DEMCHKO277:447:448:2916:128:4524:578:2233:18.5
793081JACQUELYNE TRAMP197:577:578:4116:388:4025:178:1333:29.7
803086JUSTINE WHIPPLE278:118:118:3716:478:4325:308:3534:03.7
813013MAUREEN CARR318:108:108:3716:468:4825:348:4934:21.7
823008CYNTHIA BLENDERMANN308:098:098:4416:529:0325:558:3934:33.3
833033SUZANNE HIMES438:268:268:5917:248:5626:208:4235:00.2
843071ASHLEY SCHMITTZEHE198:108:108:5717:079:0826:159:0035:13.2
853047PAIGE LUEBBERT208:478:479:2618:129:5028:029:3237:32.7
863054SYDNEY MESSICK247:087:087:3814:458:1823:03