Favorites Ritzenhein and Flanagan Crush Senior Fields At 2010 USA XC Championships

By LetsRun.com
February 13, 2010
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In the men's race, Dathan Ritzenhein waited until 9km of the 12km distance to make his move, but once he did the race was over. After patiently trailing Team USA Minnesota's Patrick Smyth and adidas' Scotty Bauhs for the entire race, Ritzenhein took off and won his 3rd USA senior XC title by a comfortable 18-second margin.

Smyth led the field for the first 25 minutes of the race in an impressive performance for the young professional. He would hold off former DII star Bauhs for 2nd-place, yet again another top showing for Smyth since turning pro last June.

Brooks runner Ryan Vail ran a patient race to again qualify for the USA XC worlds team with a strong finish. He finished behind Bobby Curtis and Ben Bruce to complete the top-6 finishers, all of whom can compete for the US at worlds if they choose to go.

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(... Editor's Note: more to come on the men's, women's and junior races)

Men's Top Results (Full Results)
1 175 RITZENHEIN, Dathan 27 NIKE Open Male 34:34 0:00 4:38.0
2 181 SMYTH, Patrick 23 TEAM USA MINNESOTA Open Male 34:52 0:18 4:40.4
3 105 BAUHS, Scott 23 ADIDAS Open Male 35:01 0:28 4:41.7
4 111 BRUCE, Benjamin 27 OREGON TC ELITE Open Male 35:16 0:42 4:43.6
5 197 CURTIS, Robert 25 LOUISVILLE KY USA Open Male 35:22 0:49 4:44.5
6 185 VAIL, Ryan 23 BROOKS Open Male 35:25 0:51 4:44.9
7 152 MACK, Bobby 25 THE ATHLETES FOOT RACING Open Male 35:34 1:00 4:46.0
8 186 VEGA, Antonio 26 TEAM USA MINNESOTA Open Male 35:41 1:07 4:47.0
9 130 FURST, Stephen 24 RALEIGH NC USA Open Male 35:45 1:11 4:47.5
10 131 GABRIELSON, Matthew 31 TEAM USA MINNESOTA Open Male 35:47 1:13 4:47.8
11 (1) 144 KING, Max 29 BOWERMAN ATHLETIC CLUB Open Male 35:58 1:24 4:49.2

Women's Senior Race - Flanagan WAY Better Than The Rest

Shalane Flanagan
took the opposite approach as Ritzenhein as she took off in front of the pack right from the gun. Only Saucony runner Molly Huddle dared stay with Flanagan but even with her 15:20 5000m performance from a week ago she was no match for Flanagan after the first few kilometers. In the end Flanagan won by 51 seconds, covering the 8km course in 25:10.

Flanagan's superiority in the race should be noted again. She beat the field by 51 seconds (over 10 seconds per mile) and would have finished 14th in the Boys Junior race with her 25:10 time on the identical course. Making Flanagan's winning margin even more impressive is the fact that the woman in 2nd (Huddle) ran 15:20 for 5000m a week ago.

Defending women's champion Emily Brown finished in 7th, but may still book a ticket to Poland if one of the 6 women in front of her elects not to represent the US at the World Cross Country Championships in March. Katie McGregor has been a mainstay on the US World XC team but today only finished 9th, almost 2 minutes behind Flanagan.

Senior Women's Top-10 (Women's Results)
1 251 FLANAGAN, Shalane 28 NIKE Open Female 25:10 0:00 5:03.7
2 260 HUDDLE, Molly 25 SAUCONY Open Female 26:01 0:52 5:14.1
3 257 HASTINGS, Amy 26 FLAGSTAFF AZ USA Open Female 26:06 0:56 5:15.0
4 269 LEWY BOULET, Magdalena 36 SAUCONY Open Female 26:09 1:00 5:15.7
5 280 METIVIER BAILLIE, Renee 28 BOULDER CO USA Open Female 26:26 1:16 5:19.0
6 255 HALL, Sara 26 ASICS Open Female 26:37 1:27 5:21.3
7 234 BROWN, Emily 25 TEAM USA MINNESOTA Open Female 26:55 1:45 5:24.8
8 297 RUSSELL, Blake 34 REEBOK Open Female 27:07 1:58 5:27.4
9 275 MCGREGOR, Katie 32 TEAM USA MINNESOTA Open Female 27:08 1:59 5:27.6
10 285 NEWBERRY, Katherine 31 NEW YORK ATHLETIC CLUB (NYAC) Open Female 27:19 2:10 5:29.8

 

Boys Junior Race

University of Portland freshman Trevor Dunbar made quick work of the field in the junior boys' race. Only 2km into the race Dunbar took off and built a large lead. Wind bit into Dunbar's energy and his lead slimmed late in the race. Despite tiring, Dunba was able to hold off everyone including runner-up Walter Schafer from Colorado by a fairly comfortable margin to win the junior title.

Junior Boys Top-10 (Full boys results)
1 512 DUNBAR, Trevor 18 UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND Junior Male 24:04 0:00 4:50.5
2 548 SCHAFER, Walter 18 CENTENNIAL CO USA Junior Male 24:10 0:06 4:51.7
3 509 COLLEY, Andrew 18 NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVER... Junior Male 24:16 0:12 4:53.0
4 523 KIMPEL, Andrew 18 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY Junior Male 24:19 0:15 4:53.5
5 526 LYNCH, Michael 18 COLUMBIA MD USA Junior Male 24:24 0:20 4:54.6
6 536 MOUSSA, Ammar 16 ARCADIA CA USA Junior Male 24:28 0:24 4:55.4
7 539 OLSON, Erik 17 NOVATO CA USA Junior Male 24:33 0:29 4:56.5
8 538 NELSON, Jonathan 18 BYU Junior Male 24:45 0:41 4:58.7
9 532 MONAGHAN, Taylor 19 TULSA OK USA Junior Male 24:52 0:48 5:00.2
10 502 ARNIER, Jeffery 18 DALLAS METROPLEX STRIDERS TR... Junior Male 25:05 1:01 5:02.8

Girls Junior Championship

Providence College freshman Shelby Greany pulled away from the pack in what was the closest race of the day to win the junior Girls USA XC Championship over high schooler Emily Sisson.

Girls Junior Top-10 (Full Results)
1 589 GREANY, Shelby 18 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE Junior Female 20:27 0:00 5:28.9
2 618 SISSON, Emily 18 CHESTERFIELD MO USA Junior Female 20:32 0:05 5:30.2
3 580 BOTTORFF, Juliet 19 DUKE UNIVERSITY Junior Female 20:32 0:06 5:30.4
4 600 JONES, Emily 19 GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY Junior Female 20:33 0:06 5:30.6
5 623 TREMBLAY, Laura 18 LOVELAND CO USA Junior Female 20:46 0:20 5:34.1
6 626 ZIEMIAN, Sophia 18 DUKE UNIVERSITY Junior Female 20:49 0:23 5:34.9
7 591 HALE, Kayla 18 DUKE UNIVERSITY Junior Female 20:57 0:30 5:37.0
8 608 MORGAN, Madeline 18 DUKE UNIVERSITY Junior Female 20:58 0:32 5:37.3
9 586 FLANAGAN, Lindsay 19 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON Junior Female 21:05 0:38 5:39.0
10 596 HUTH, Audrey 18 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY Junior Female 21:25 0:58 5:44.4

 

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