Molly Huddle, Andrew Bumbalough Win 2013 US 5k Champs at CVS Caremark Downtown 5k in Providence

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by: USATF.org
September 22, 2013

*Race video here
PROVIDENCE, RI – Overcast and mild race conditions led to two highly competitive races Sunday morning in Providence, Rhode Island at the USA 5 km Championships, hosted by the CVS Caremark Downtown 5k. Using their track speed over the final stretch of the course, defending champion Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) repeated her championship performance, while Andrew Bumbalough (Portland, Ore.) won his first USA road championship title.

The USA 5 km Championships are the ninth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships on November 17 in historic Alexandria, Virginia. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.Off an opening mile of 4:53, Huddle and Emily Infeld dictated the early pace, as the rest of the field gauged their efforts off the two pre-race favorites.  As the pace slightly slowed in the second mile, Huddle and Infeld continued to lead, while Alexi Pappas, Neely Spence Gracey, Deborah Meierand a few others hung tough just off the pace.

Into the final mile the runners went, as Huddle, Infeld and Pappas gapped the rest of the field ever so slightly. Into the final 100 meters, Huddle put in a burst that neither Infeld nor Pappas could match, as the hometown favorite crossed the finish line victoriously in 15:29.6.

Molly Huddle earlier this year in London

Molly Huddle earlier this year in London

Behind Huddle, Infeld finished just over a second back in 15:30.8, while Pappas rounded out the top three in 15:34.7. Boulder resident Laura Thweatt ran a terrific race to finish fourth overall in 15:51.7, as Neely Spence Gracey returned from injury with a fifth place effort in 16:01.5. Kellyn Johnson and USA 20 km champion Meghan Peyton finished sxith and seventh in 16:01.5 and 16:04.3.

On the men’s side, a brisk first mile of 4:25 led to a slower second mile, which saw the vast majority of top ten contenders still running together in a large pack, as they crossed the two-mile mark in 9:02.

As individuals in the lead pack started to size each other up for their race to the tape, Bumbalough, teammate Matt Tegenkamp and Flagstaff-based Aaron Braun charged to the lead, quickly spreading the field out and clearly establishing themselves as the three strongest competitors in the race.

Into the final stretch of the race, Bumbalough laid down a furious kick to the finish, clearly gapping his competitors and finishing victoriously in 13:45.9, his first USA road race championship title.

Fighting for second, Braun pulled slightly ahead of Tegenkamp in the final 50 meters of the race, finishing second in 13:49.4, while Tegenkamp’s third place finish of 13:49.9, gives him another ten points towards his USARC standings lead. His 60 points put him well ahead of runner-up Mo Trafeh (33 points) and Shadrack Biwott (32) heading into the final two races of the USARC season.

Rounding out the top six, Timothy Ritchie finished fourth in 14:02.7, while Joe Stilin and U.S. Olympian Chris Solinsky finished fifth and sixth respectively in 14:03.2 and 14:14.0.

Ritchie, who’s fourth place effort earned him seven points in the standings, moves from ninth overall to sixth place with 22 points, only five points out of fourth.

Men’s results: More here

 Place    Name                              City               Bib No  Age Gend    Age Group                 Time        Pace  
      1    ANDREW BUMBALOUGH                 CONCORD  MA             4    26   M       1  1-39               13:45.9      4:25/M
      2    AARON BRAUN                       ENGLEWOOD  CO          13    26   M       2  1-39               13:49.4      4:27/M
      3    MATT TEGENKAMP                    CONCORD  MA             3    31   M       3  1-39               13:49.9      4:27/M
      4    ALISTAIR CRAGG                    PROVIDENCE  RI       4587    33   M       4  1-39               13:53.9      4:28/M
      5    SAMUEL CHELANGA                   WEST LEBANON  NH       15    28   M       5  1-39               13:59.1      4:30/M
      6    TIMOTHY RITCHIE                   BRIGHTON  MA           51    26   M       6  1-39               14:04.0      4:31/M
      7    JOE STILIN                        BLOWING ROCK  NC       56    23   M       7  1-39               14:05.5      4:32/M
      8    MITCH GOOSE                       PROVIDENCE  RI         26    24   M       8  1-39               14:07.4      4:32/M
      9    AYELE FEISA                       NEW YORK  NY           19    20   M       9  1-39               14:09.8      4:33/M
     10    CHRIS SOLINSKY                    CONCORD  MA             2    18   M      10  1-39               14:15.5      4:35/M
     11    JOHN GILBERTSON                   MAMMOTH LAKES  CA      24    22   M      11  1-39               14:18.0      4:36/M
     12    PAT FULLERTON                     BRADFORD  MA           22    25   M      12  1-39               14:21.5      4:37/M
     13    PHILIP MOSIMA                     GRAND PRAIRIE  TX      45    36   M      13  1-39               14:28.7      4:39/M
     14    JOE MOORE                         MINNEAPOLIS  MN        44    29   M      14  1-39               14:29.0      4:39/M
     15    JARED BASSETT                     PORTLAND  OR           11    23   M      15  1-39               14:36.3      4:42/M
     16    JOHN DAVIES                       ETNA  NH             4588    22   M      16  1-39               14:42.5      4:44/M
     17    THOMAS YOUNG                      LYME  CT               64    34   M      17  1-39               14:47.2      4:45/M
     18    CHARLES HILLIG JR.                DENVER  CO             28    27   M      18  1-39               14:52.5      4:47/M
     19    ANDREA SORGATO                    MEDFORD  MA          2218    32   M      19  1-39               14:54.4      4:47/M
     20    KENYON NEUMAN                     BOULDER  CO            46    26   M      20  1-39               14:55.0      4:48/M
     21    MACKY LLOYD                       VOORHEESVILLE  NY    3677    23   M      21  1-39               14:57.7      4:48/M
     22    JOHN COYLE                        LOGAN  UT              17    23   M      22  1-39               14:59.9      4:49/M
     23    DANIEL KRAMER                     CAMBRIDGE  MA        2214    24   M      23  1-39               15:00.5      4:49/M
     24    ADRIAN SHERROD                    WALNUT CREEK  CA       54    23   M      24  1-39               15:01.1      4:50/M
     25    JOSH GUARINO                      BERGEN  NY           2547    24   M      25  1-39               15:07.1     15:10.0      4:52/M
     26    DAN LOWRY                         ANN ARBOR  MI          35    23   M      25  1-39               15:09.4      4:52/M

Women’s Results
Women:
1. Molly Huddle 15:29.6
2. Emily Infeld 15:30.8
3. Alexi Pappas 15:34.7
4. Laura Thweatt 15:51.7
5. Neely Spence Gracey 16:01.5
6. Kellyn Johnson 16:01.5
7. Meghan Peyton 16:04.3
8. Deborah Maier 16:07.7
9. Katie Matthews 16:09.2
10. Amy Van Alstine 16:16.0
11. Frances Koons 16:16.1
12. Jessica Tebo 16:16.3
13. Kerri Gallagher 16:26.5
14. Liz Costello 16:29.3
15. Kristen Rohde 16:29.9
16. Rachel Ward 16:32.2
17. Betzy Jimenez 16:37.4
18. Jillian King 16:52.5
19. Laura Cummings 16:53.4
20. Larissa Park 16:56.2

About the USARC
The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA championships from one mile through the marathon, which will conclude this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships on November 17 in historic Alexandria, Virginia. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships. More information on the season-ending race is available at www.NationalRoadRacingChampionships.US.The USARC consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded in total prize money. The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with those earning the most points receiving prize money at the end of the series.The mission of the USARC is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $7 million to U.S. distance runners.

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