Molly Huddle Wins Third Straight US Road 10k Title at Tufts Health Plan 10k for Women

by:  USATF Communications
October 11, 2010

BOSTON - American record holder Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) sprinted home in 32:00 at the Tuft's Health Plan 10K for Women to win her third consecutive USA Women's 10 km title Monday.

A near record field of 6,725 women started the 34th edition of the Columbus Day race, with Huddle, Katie McGregor (Saint Louis Park, Minn.), Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Genoveva Kigen of Kenya leading the field through the first mile in 5:08.

As the field raced along Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Huddle and Kigen controlled the pace with Rhines and McGregor maintaining close contact.

After passing 5 kilometers in 16:14, McGregor began to fall back from the leaders and as the race turned onto the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge after four miles McGregor was 20 meters down from the leaders, and by four and a half miles, Huddle and Kigen pulled away from Rhines as they raced down Commonwealth Avenue.

Over the final mile, Huddle and Kigen were stride for stride and as they made the final turn on to Charles Street, Huddle found one more gear, pulling away from Kigen for a four second win.

Rhines held on for third overall, running 32:16 to claim the runner-up position in the championship. McGregor rounded out the U.S. top- three, taking fourth overall in 32:44.


Molly Holds Off Kigen

Video highlights

Highlights of the USA Women's 10 km Championship are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCircuit.com.

About the USARC

The USA Women's 10 km Championship was the ninth stop for women on the 2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC).

McGregor currently leads the women's standings with 55 points, while her Team USA Minnesota teammate Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the year on top of the men's standings with 44 points.

The USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women.

The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.

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 a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

For more information on the 2010 USA Running Circuit, visit www.USARunningCircuit.com


About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's 1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States: www.usatf.org.

Top Results below. More results here. Prize money here. Huddle picked up $11,250 for the win.

    1        32:00     5:09 Molly Huddle           26 F     1 Providence RI                     
    2        32:05     5:10 Genoveva Kigen         29 F     2 Nyack NY KENYA                    
    3        32:16     5:12 Jen Rhines             36 F     6 Mammoth Lakes CA                  
    4        32:45     5:17 Katie McGregor         33 F     3 Minneapolis MN                    
    5        33:14     5:21 Stephanie Rothstein    26 F     5 Flagstaff AZ                      
    6        33:24     5:23 Clara Grandt           23 F     8 Morgantown WV                     
    7        33:46     5:26 Kim Conley             24 F    16 West Sacramento CA                
    8        33:49     5:27 Megan Duwell           24 F    32 Flagstaff AZ                      
    9        33:54     5:28 Lindsay Allen          24 F    13 Flagstaff AZ                      
   10        33:59     5:28 Erin Nehus-Vergara     29 F    19 Indianapolis IN                   
   11        34:12     5:31 Alisha Williams        28 F    10 Manitou Springs CO                
   12        34:25     5:33 Wendy Thomas           31 F    24 Windsor CO                        
   13        34:29     5:33 Cassie Slade           27 F    22 Highlands Ranch CO                
   14        34:41     5:35 Jennifer Donovan       28 F    12 Brighton MA                       
   15        34:43     5:36 Meghan Armstrong       24 F     9 Richfield MN                      
   16        34:50     5:37 Atalelech Asfaw        27 F     7 Albuquerque NM ETHIOPIA           
   17        34:52     5:37 Teresa McWalters       25 F    33 Cambridge MA                      
   18        34:56     5:38 Magdalena Donahue      28 F    20 Albuquerque NM                    
   19        35:11     5:40 Kristina Vegh          27 F    15 Flagstaff AZ                      
   20        35:12     5:40 Katie Dicamillo        23 F    34 Providence RI                     
   21        35:22     5:42 Jennifer Campbell      27 F    40 Watertown MA                      
   22        35:28     5:43 Kelly Calway           26 F  4091 Manitou Springs CO                
   23        35:32     5:43 Sara Donahue           30 F  5898 Jamaica Plain MA                  
   24        35:36*    5:44 Trina Painter          44 F    46 Flagstaff AZ                      
   25        35:58     5:48 Danielle Domenichelli  23 F    31 Flagstaff AZ                      
            

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