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Anthony Famiglietti Wins Thriller Over Tim Nelson As Amy Yoder-Begley Takes The Women's Crown At Gate River Run
On a cool, humid, breezy day in Jacksonville that saw nine Olympians toe the line, Anthony Famiglietti took control of a deep and talented men's field and held off a hard-charging Tim Nelson to win the USATF 15k Championship in 43:31. "Fam" also won the overall male/female crown as he overtook women's champion Amy Yoder-Begley and runner-up Katie MacGregor around the 10km mark. The women began with a 5-minute advantage over the men in a competition where the first man or woman to cross the finish line takes home a bonus $5000.
Colleen De Reuck was the top masters performer of the day as she was the first woman's masters finisher and also finished in the top 5 overall in a competitive field. De Reuck would have been in the top 3 in the men's masters field as she ran under 51 minutes.
In open competition, 2008 Olympian Yoder-Begley won over Team USA Minnesota's MacGregor, who returned to action after a disappointing DNF at the USATF XC Championships 4 weeks ago. The champion of that race, Emily Brown - also from Team USA Minnesota - was 3rd today.
The men's field assembled by elite athlete coordinator Richard Fannin was unusually deep, and each runner in the top 10 averaged 4:45 miles on a relatively cool day. Top 10 runners included Famiglietti in 1st, Nelson 2nd (also runner-up at USA XC Champs to Meb), Fasil Bizuneh 3rd, Dan Browne 4th, and then came Jorge Torres, Ian Dobson, Brett Gotcher, Jason Lehmkuhle Andrew Carlson, and James Carney.
Spectators of the race were treated to a thrilling finish as Nelson snuck up on Famiglietti in the closing seconds of the race, gaining 1 or 2 steps on the 2008 US Olympic steeplechaser based in Knoxville, TN and Flagstaff, AZ. But Famiglietti shook off his surprise at being overtaken and sprinted fastest to the finish to send Nelson to his second narrow late-race defeat in a US championship in the last month. Nelson almost chased down 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medallist Meb Keflezighi at the US Cross-Country Championships in Maryland but came up just short.
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