December 8, 2018
*Editor’s Note: See release at bottom for details of the initial bet.
It’s a Beasts victory over Hansons on the men’s side today at the Club Cross Country Championships; the Beasts scored 63 to the Hansons’ 116 points. Stay tuned for information soon on brothers and coaches Keith and Kevin Hanson spiking up for a mile on the track wearing the Beasts kit.
In other news, Brooks Beast Katie Mackey won the open women’s race while the Hansons-Brooks women finished second as a team and the Beasts men also finished second. Details are below.
Brooks Athletes End Year with a Bang at U.S. Club Cross Country Championships
Brooks Running Company elites on the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project (ODP) and Brooks Beasts Track Club claimed top finishes at the U.S. Club Cross Country Championships with Brooks Beast Katie Mackey notching a major victory by breaking the tape. The race capped off a year filled with successes for Brooks athletes in events ranging from the indoor 800-meter run all the way up to the marathon.
Mackey won the open women’s race in a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds. Anne-Marie Blaney of the Hansons-Brooks ODP was runner up in 19:41, an improvement on her fourth-place finish last year. The Hansons-Brooks women finished second as a team, scoring 74 points to Nomad Track Club’s 71.
“The awesome thing about cross country is that every course and every day are different, so it gets you back into the basics of pure racing. I just wanted to get out there and be in the moment having fun for 20 minutes today,” said Brooks Beats Katie Mackey. “Winning today is a really great way to end the year.”
In the men’s open race, Hansons-Brooks runner Ryan Mahalsky led the Brooks men across both teams, finishing third overall in 29:28. Behind him, Brooks Beast Garrett Heath finished fifth in 29:30. The Brooks Beasts men finished second as a team with 63 points while the Hansons-Brooks ODP finished fourth with 116.
The results from the Club Cross Country Championships are among many standout performances from this year of competition for Brooks athletes. Other notable moments include Katie Mackey qualifying for the world indoor track and field championships in the 3,000-meter run and teammate Drew Windle’s silver medal finish in the world indoor 800 as well as Des Linden winning the Boston Marathon.
The full rosters of Brooks athletes competing at the U.S. Club Cross Country Championships is below.
Brooks Beasts Men
Brooks Beasts Women
Brooks pre-race release explaining the wager:
Brooks Beasts Head Coach Danny Mackey and Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project Coach Kevin Hanson have made an end-of-year wager to spice things up at the U.S. Club Cross Country Championships this weekend: If the Beasts win, Kevin will race a 1-mile run in spikes wearing the Beasts singlet. If the Hansons win, Danny will run a half marathon in a Hansons singlet. Time for a showdown!
On the Hansons side, Ian La Mere was last year’s individual champion with teammate Ryan Mahalsky finishing third. They’ll be joined by veteran teammates Dathan Ritznehein and Shadrack Biwott along with Max Benoit to attempt to take the team title this year. For the Beasts, distance-focused Garrett Heath and Dillon Maggard lead the group with the rest of the men following including rookie David Ribich.
The Hansons-Brooks women are defending champions and return to capture the team title once again. All three of last year’s top scorers (Chelsea Blaase, Anne-Marie Blaney and Olivia Pratt) return along with new teammates Dana Herrick and Sydney Devore. Individual Beasts Katie Mackey and Allie Buchalski will compete. Complete rosters follow below.