The Emerald City (Seattle, WA) played host to the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships today at Jefferson Park Golf Course. In fair conditions (overcast, temperatures in the upper 30s, low 40s) more than 100 clubs and 1,100 competitors vyed for the title of fastest club team in the nation.
The morning kicked off with 2K and 4K community races, followed by 2K and 4K Disabled Club Championships. The late morning showcased some of America’s top Master’s athletes, followed by an afternoon featuring some of America’s most elite post-collegiate teams and individuals.
The Open Men’s race was won by Jonathan Grey, 23, of Team USA Minnesota. Aaron Braun of McMillian Elite trailed by 10 seconds. Running unattached, the former Tar Heels standout, Brie Felnagle, took the overall win slipping under the 20 minute barrier over the 6k distance. Neely Spence of Shippensburg, and Katherine Follett of Club Northwest followed closely behind also running under 20 minutes.
Led by Aaron Braun and Brett Gotcher, McMillian Elite defended their team title in the Open Men’s race with an average time of 30:18 over 10K with a 1:03 spread between their first and fifth runners. Boulder Running Company finished second in the team race with four runners finishing in the top 30. The Asics Aggies took 3rd led by Phillip Reid (3rd-29:48).
Adidas sponsored Team Rogue Elite, took the Open Women’s team title running an average team time of 20:50. Most impressive was the 3-second spread between their scoring finishers; 20:48-20:51. Also sponsored by Adidas, the Boulder Running Company team finished in 2nd, led by Alisha Williams who finished in 4th. The host team, Club Northwest, finished in 3rd.
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About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She also competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club in the Bay Area of California. When she isn’t running, or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.