Amy Van Alstine, Garrett Heath And BAA (Women) And Hoka One One (Men) Win 2015 Club XC Titles

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by: USATF Communications
December 12, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Saturday’s USATF Club Cross Country National Championships were nothing short of stunning, with an idyllic backdrop and stacked fields in every race as national championship contenders took to Golden Gate Park to see who reigned supreme. Individual national champions were crowned in open men’s 10 km and women’s 6 km races, as well as masters age group victors at 6 km, 8 km and 10 km distances.

Amy Van Alstine of HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite ran a tight race alongside defending individual champion Laura Thweatt and NAZ Elite teammate Rochelle Kanuho, keeping things neck-and-neck over the last 3/4 mile after splitting 9:51. The trio barrelled to the finish, but Van Alstine surged over the final 200 meters to edge Thweatt by a second, 19:51-19:52. Kanuho was right on their heels, crossing in 19:53. In the team race, the Boston Athletic Association defended their women’s team title with an exceptional 28-point performance courtesy of three top-10 finishes from Emma Bates, Sarah Pagano and three-time Olympian Jen Rhines. The second place team was High Performance West with 107 points and Club Northwest came in with a podium finish, scoring 156 points for third.

On the men’s side, Garrett Heath continued to prove his dominance on the cross country circuit, taking the men’s individual title in 29:06. Heath, who took the Bupa Great Edinburgh individual crown in early 2015, battled with Boulder Track Club’s Jonathan Grey, who finished just behind Heath in 29:10. Scot Fauble’s third place finish in 29:26 for the HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite men proved to be the catalyst for their victory in the team race, as all five athletes finished in the top 25 individually to edge the B.A.A. men, 60-106. The third place team was Boulder Track Club (127 points) behind Grey’s runner-up individual finish.

LRC Note: Top Results below. Note Alan Webb ran and finished 163rd. Nick Symmonds ran and was 199th.

Masters races see defending individual champions dethroned

In an upset, Sonja Friend-Uhl was the first runner across the line in the masters women’s 6 km race in 21:59, beating Janet McDevitt by seven seconds. Defending champion Chris Kimbrough was another nine seconds behind for third.

The overall masters age-grade winner was Hall of Fame runner and 2015 Runner of the Year, Kathy Martin, 64, at 95.64%, followed by Sabra Harvey, 66, 2014 Runner of the Year, at 92.63%.

West Coast and Mountain West clubs ruled the team contests with Club Northwest (WA) defeating 22 other Masters teams to take the 40+ crown. Athletics Boulder (CO) claimed 50+, Impala Racing(CA) the 60+, and Tamalpa Runners (CA) the 70+ title.

In addition to W40 Friend-Uhl, W45, Kimbrough, W60 Martin, and W65 Harvey, notable individual age group winners included: Marisa Sutera Strange who took her third straight gold this year in the women’s 50 group, and hall-of-famer Carmen Ayala-Troncoso in W55. Lynne Hurrell, 81, was the oldest gold medal winner in W80.

Lafayette, Louisiana’s Kevin Castille was first across the finish line in the masters men’s 10 km in 31:00, defeating defending champion Greg Mitchell by over a half minute.

Castille, 43, also took the men’s age-grading crown at 91.52% with Rick Becker, 61, second at 90.77%.

The West Coast again dominated in the team contests. Mitchell led his Bowerman Track Club (OR) to the M40+ win. Other team winners included: Cal Coast Track Club in the 50+, Club Northwest(WA), led by Becker in the 60+, and Tamalpa Runners (CA) M70+.

Apart from M40 Castille and M60 Becker the age group crowns went to: Peter Hammer, M45; Mike McManus, M50; Dan King, M55; Doug Winn, M65; and Tamalpa Runners teammates, Len Goldmanand Hans Schmid in M70 and M75 respectively. Bill Dodson was the oldest gold medal winner, taking the M80 crown at age 80.

Event Coverage

The USATF Club Cross Country Championships will be available on demand at USATF.tv. Race video, results, post-race interviews and photos will be available Saturday evening.

Masters recaps contributed by Paul Carlin, USATF Masters LDR Executive Committee

Top 30 Women: Full Results here

PlaceNameBib#AgeSexAffiliationTimePace
1Amy Van Alstine22128FHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite19:515:20
2Laura Thweatt14826FBoulder Track Club-A19:525:20
3Rochelle Kanuho22025FHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite19:535:20
4Cally Macumber21025FHansons-Brooks DP20:025:23
5Emma Bates13823FBoston Athletic Association-A20:025:23
6Sarah Pagano14224FBoston Athletic Association-A20:045:23
7Kaitlin Gregg Goodman40228FStrava Track Club-A20:055:24
8Jennifer Rhines14341FBoston Athletic Association-A20:065:24
9Kristen Rohde21732FHigh Performance West-A20:125:26
10Jessica Tonn15723FBROOKS Beasts TC-A20:145:26
11Stephanie Dinius40026FStrava Track Club-A20:195:27
12Kaitlyn James47924F20:225:28
13Emily Lipari14023FBoston Athletic Association-A20:235:28
14Marie Lawrence32226FOiselle-OR20:235:28
15Dylan Hassett12322FASICS Greenville ELITE TC-A20:295:30
16Bridget Franek42428FTeam Run Eugene-A20:315:31
17Elaina Balouris13723FBoston Athletic Association-A20:325:31
18Keely Maguire29825FNew Balance Boston-A20:325:31
19Tracee van der Wyk48924F20:335:31
20Hillary Holt23123FIDtc-A20:335:31
21Jamie Cheever16428FClub Northwest-A20:345:31
22Alexina Wilson36722FRunablaze Iowa-A20:355:32
23Katie Matthews14125FBoston Athletic Association-A20:375:32
24Katie DiCamillo29128FNew Balance Boston-A20:395:33
25Christina Vergara Aleshire43533FTeaMosqueda Elite-A20:395:33
26Alison Parris12428FASICS Greenville ELITE TC-A20:405:33
27Tara Erdmann-Welling21626FHigh Performance West-A20:425:33
28Megan Rolland23427FIDtc-A20:425:34
29Nicole Blood21427FHigh Performance West-A20:435:34
30Carrie Dimoff15032FBowerman Track Club-A20:445:34

Top 5 Teams  Women:

28 Boston Athletic Association-A ( 20:14 1:41:07 0:30)
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1 2 Emma Bates 23 20:02 138
2 3 Sarah Pagano 24 20:04 142
3 5 Jennifer Rhines 41 20:06 143
4 8 Emily Lipari 23 20:23 140
5 10 Elaina Balouris 23 20:32 137
6 ( 14) Katie Matthews 25 20:37 141
7 ( 22) Juliet Bottorff 24 20:45 139

2. 107 High Performance West-A ( 20:42 1:43:30 0:45)
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1 6 Kristen Rohde 32 20:12 217
2 18 Tara Erdmann-Welling 26 20:42 216
3 20 Nicole Blood 27 20:43 214
4 31 Anna Connor 29 20:56 215
5 32 Jennifer Bergman 24 20:57 213
6 ( 49) Jessie Rubin 23 21:27 218
7 ( 74) Ariel Beccia 23 21:56 212
8 (114) Brenna Symoniak 23 22:39 219

3. 156 Club Northwest-A ( 20:59 1:44:55 0:47)
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1 13 Jamie Cheever 28 20:34 164
2 24 Amber Schultz 24 20:48 170
3 34 Emma Kertesz 25 21:01 166
4 39 Jane Ricardi 27 21:11 169
5 46 Katelyn Steen 23 21:21 171
6 ( 61) Lana Lacey 28 21:38 167
7 (107) Andrea Garvue 31 22:30 165
8 (110) Ashley Nichols 23 22:32 168

4. 169 Bowerman Track Club-A ( 21:03 1:45:14 0:44)
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1 21 Carrie Dimoff 32 20:44 150
2 23 Emily Pritt 25 20:47 153
3 36 Lindsey Drake 26 21:05 151
4 38 Olivia Mickle 24 21:10 152
5 51 Julia Webb 32 21:28 154

5. 180 New Balance Boston-A ( 21:07 1:45:34 1:06)
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1 11 Keely Maguire 25 20:32 298
2 15 Katie DiCamillo 28 20:39 291
3 44 Taylor Bickford 22 21:20 288
4 48 Jessica Minty 31 21:25 300
5 62 Nikki Long 25 21:38 297
6 ( 85) Lindsay Eysenbach 23 22:08 294
7 ( 94) Erin Dromgoole 36 22:17 292
8 (111) Devin Nadar 25 22:32 301

Top 30 Men: Full Results here

1Garrett Heath115630MBROOKS Beasts TC-A29:064:41
2Jonathan Grey67527MBoulder Track Club-A29:104:42
3Scot Fauble81724MHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A29:264:45
4Trevor Dunbar100824MSkinny Raven Running Club-A29:304:45
5Sean Quigley67930MBoulder Track Club-A29:314:45
6Daniel Winn66924MBoston Athletic Association-A29:314:45
7Kirubel Erassa65522MAtlanta Track Club-A29:384:47
8Alex Monroe67723MBoulder Track Club-A29:394:47
9Joe Moore84632MKansas City Smoke-A29:414:47
10George-Byro Alex113825MZAP Fitness Reebok29:434:47
11Ryan Dohner81624MHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A29:444:48
12Brian Harvey66528MBoston Athletic Association-A29:464:48
13Phillip Reid64630MAsics Aggie Running Club-A29:464:48
14Mark Parrish999924M29:474:48
15Brett Gotcher115331M29:474:48
16Craig Lutz81823MHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A29:494:48
17Scott Smith81929MHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A29:514:49
18Tyler Mueller87524MMovin’ Shoes Race Team-A29:524:49
19Jeremy Freed68228MBowerman Track Club-A29:564:49
20Alfredo Santana62024MAdidas Garden State TC-A30:084:51
21William Milam68323MBowerman Track Club-A30:104:52
22Dan Lowry66626MBoston Athletic Association-A30:124:52
23Benjamin Bruce81533MHOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A30:144:52
24Matt Gillette60924MAdidas Garden State TC-A30:164:53
25Dorian Ulrey118528MBROOKS Beasts TC-A30:164:53
26Malcolm Richards112333MWest Valley Track Club-A30:174:53
27Riley Masters116625MBROOKS Beasts TC-A30:224:54
28Jeremiah Johnson102231MSports Warriors Track Club-A30:234:54
29Chris Frias64125MAsics Aggie Running Club-A30:234:54
30Daniel Kremske107426MTeam Run Eugene-A30:254:54

Top 5 Men’s Teams:

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Team Results Open Men -A
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1. 60 HOKA ONE ONE NAZ Elite-A ( 29:49 2:29:04 0:48)
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1 3 Scot Fauble 24 29:26 817
2 10 Ryan Dohner 24 29:44 816
3 13 Craig Lutz 23 29:49 818
4 14 Scott Smith 29 29:51 819
5 20 Benjamin Bruce 33 30:14 815

2. 106 Boston Athletic Association-A ( 30:11 2:30:51 1:14)
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1 6 Daniel Winn 24 29:31 669
2 11 Brian Harvey 28 29:46 665
3 19 Dan Lowry 26 30:12 666
4 34 Matt Fischer 23 30:37 664
5 36 Bo Waggoner 26 30:45 668
6 ( 49) Eric Ashe 27 31:02 662
7 ( 63) Samuel Alexander 25 31:22 661
8 (127) Kameron Ulmer 28 32:20 667

3. 127 Boulder Track Club-A ( 30:08 2:30:39 2:13)
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1 2 Jonathan Grey 27 29:10 675
2 5 Sean Quigley 30 29:31 679
3 8 Alex Monroe 23 29:39 677
4 45 Curtis Begley 28 30:56 672
5 67 Jonathan Aziz 24 31:23 671
6 (201) Jordan Jennings 27 33:22 676

4. 136 Asics Aggie Running Club-A ( 30:24 2:31:56 0:58)
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1 12 Phillip Reid 30 29:46 646
2 26 Chris Frias 25 30:23 641
3 30 Isaac Chavez 25 30:29 638
4 33 Darius Terry 24 30:34 649
5 35 Sean Davidson 23 30:44 639
6 ( 52) Gordon Sturgess 23 31:08 648
7 ( 77) Will Geiken 22 31:37 642
8 ( 78) Scott Bauhs 29 31:38 635

5. 239 Team Run Eugene-A ( 31:00 2:35:00 0:58)
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1 27 Daniel Kremske 26 30:25 1074
2 38 James Hurt 23 30:49 1073
3 54 Damion Flores 25 31:11 1072
4 55 Daniel Quigley 26 31:12 1076
5 65 Lucas Updike 23 31:23 1078
6 ( 80) Robert McLauchlan 24 31:38 1075
7 ( 88) Isaac Updike 23 31:42 1077