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RUPP, RITZ AND FLANAGAN EASY WINNERS AT U.S. XC
By David Monti
Ritz RulesDathan Ritzenhein lived up to his billing as race favorite, manhandling the field in the open men's 12 km. He pumped his right arm in the air as he ran alone down the finish straight to win by 14 seconds over Jorge Torres. Tim Broe, doubling back from his 4 km victory, finished third another 13 seconds behind.
Ritzenhein had company in the early going from Alan Webb. The top-ranked U.S. miler insisted on doubling at these championships, and he ran aggressively right from the gun. He and Ritzenhein opened a small lead early in the second of six laps.
"Alan latched on my back," recounted Ritzenhein, "probably the last guy I thought would be there." He then added, "It was good to race him again."
Webb lasted only 5 km and then dropped out at the far end of the course, allowing Ritzenhein to glide around the grass loop unhindered. Behind him Torres was locked into second place about 15 seconds back, but well ahead of a trailing group which included Broe, Jason Lehmkuhle, Ian Dobson and University of Wisconsin freshman, Matt Withrow, a junior (b. 26-Dec-1985). Paul Kezes, who finished 11th in the 4-K yesterday, was just a few steps back in seventh place.
"I gotta make a team sometime," said Kezes before the race.
The victory assured, Ritzenhein allowed himself to enjoy the final meters and acknowledge the cheers of the crowd. He didn't even taper for this race.
"I ran 100 miles a week the last four weeks," he revealed.
After Broe, the other team spots went to Withrow, Lehmkuhle and Dobson, but Kezes will make the team because Broe has already said that his cross country season is over. Withrow, who is from Tinley Park, Ill. was ecstatic about his performance.
"Holy crap," he said. "Unbelievable, unbelievable."
JR. MEN 8 KM:
1. Galen Rupp, 18, Portland, OR 25:13.9
2. Stuart Eagon, 18, Madison, WI 25:22.0
3. Hakon DeVries, 18, Stanford, CA 25:27.7
4. Christopher Landry, 18, Falls Church, VA 25:33.2
5. Jeremy Mineau, 19, Seattle, WA 25:40.0
6. Ryan Vail, 18, Gresham, OR 25:42.2 Oklahoma State
7. Bradley Harkrader, 18, Boulder, CO 25:46.6 Univ of Colorado
8. Dave Mock, 18, Johnstown, PA 25:59.8
9. Stephan Shay, 19, East Jordan, MI 26:03.7
10. Timothy McLeod, 18, Tucson, AZ 26:06.0
OPEN WOMEN 4 KM:
1. Shalane Flanagan, 23, Pittsboro, NC 13:24.3 *Nike
2. Shayne Culpepper, 31, Lafayette, CO 13:27.0 *Nike
3. Melissa Buttry, 22, Shenandoah, IA 13:29.5 Wartburg College
4. Blake Russell, 29, Marina, CA 13:30.0 *Reebok
5. Lauren Fleshman, 23, Palo Alto, CA 13:30.9 *Nike
6. Amy Mortimer, 23, West Roxbury, MA 13:38.7 *Reebok
7. Kelly Strong, 26, Seattle, WA 13:47.8 *Asics
8. Heather Sagan, 24, Forest, VA 13:51.3 *adidas
9. Sabrina Monroe, 24, Rochester Hills, MI 13:51.7 Hansons-Brooks DistPr
10. Patricia Nervo, 27, Salem, VA 13:58.7
OPEN MEN 12 KM:
1. Dathan Ritzenhein, 22, Boulder, CO 36:59.9 *Nike
2. Jorge Torres, 24, Boulder, CO 37:14.2 *Reebok
3. Tim Broe, 27, Ann Arbor, MI 37:27.0 *adidas
4. Matt Withrow, 19, Madison, WI 37:32.4
5. Jason Lehmkuhle, 27, St. Paul, MN 37:33.5 *Asics
6. Ian Dobson, 23, Stanford, CA 37:34.4 The Farm Team, Inc.
7. Paul Kezes, 25, Eugene, OR 37:40.8 Team XO
8. Matthew Gabrielson, 26, Apple Valley, MN 37:54.1 *Reebok
9. Joe Driscoll, 25, Lenoir, NC 38:11.1 Zap Fitness
10. Peter Gilmore, 27, Menlo Park, CA 38:15.9
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