TORI TYLER, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON,
RUNNING IN THE WOMENS 6K. TORI
FINISHED IN 21ST PLACE.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

Competitors Endure Strong Winds and Snow
at 2006 USA Cross-Country Championships

BY CLAY SHAW

VAN CORTLANDT PARK, THE BRONX, NY--A week after a 26-inch snowfall hit NYC, subsequent plowing and melting and re-freezing had the cross-country course hard and mostly snow free. The first World XC qualifier race, held February 18th, did get quite a winter snowy blast. The Junior Womens 6K competitors had to endure strong winds and sideways blowing snow. It was a tough shoot, but made for some interesting pix. The top 6 competitors from the 6 races represented the USA in the World XC Championships on April 1 & 2 in Fukuoka, Japan. The New York Road Runners who hosted the event wisely will award the bulk of the prize money to those who do go to Japan to represent the USA.

In the snowy Junior Womens 6K, Nicole Blood of Gansevoort, NY sprinted from the pack to win in 20:45, as the first six gals were just 3 seconds apart.

In race 2, the Open Mens 4K, Adam Goucher of Portland, OR outsprinted Dan Lincoln of Little Rock, AR by two seconds to win in 10:52.

In Race 3, the Open Women 8K, marathoners Blake Russell, 26:47, and Colleen DeReuck (age 41) 26:49, led the way.

On Sunday, February 19, it was cold, but sunny and less windy. In race 4, the Junior Men's 8K, Kiel Uhl of Iowa State led the way in 23:50, with two University of Arkansas runners--Scott MacPherson, 23:57, and Chris Barnicle, 24:03--taking the runner-up spots.

In Race 5, the Open Womens 4K, Carrie Tollefson of St.Paul, MN led the way in 12:32. Blake Russell doubled and finish 3rd earning a spot for both USA teams.

In Race 6, the Open Mens 12K, Ryan Hall of Woodside, CA hammered the field winning in 34:38. Twenty-seven seconds later, Jorge Torres of Boulder came in second in 35:05.

Fourth place finisher Dathan Ritzenhein of Boulder, CO running with an injury passed on the World XC, opening a spot for 7th place finisher Brandon Leslie of Albuquerque.

Race 1, Junior Womens 6K

1. Nicole Blood 20:45
2. Mckayla Plank 20:46
3. Kauren Tarver 20:47
4. Marie Lawrence 20:47
5. Erin Bedell 20:48
6. Madeline McKeever 20:48
7. Nichole Lister 20:55
8. Bria Wetsch 20:59
9. Denise Bargiachi 21:07
10 Alicia Pabich 21:11

 

KIEL UHL FINISHES STRONG IN THE JUNIOR
MENS 8K.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
Race 2, Open Mens 4K

1. Adam Goucher 10:50
2. Daniel Lincoln 10:52
3. Ryan Hall 10:57
4. Jorge Torres 10:58
5. Ian Dobson 11:01
6. Luke Watson 11:09
7. Anthony Famigletti 11:13
8. Patrick Tarpy 11:15
9. Ryan Bak 11:18
10 Charlie Gruber 11:20

Race 3, Open Womens 8K

1. Blake Russell 26:47
2. Colleen DeReuck 26:49
3. Renee Metiver 26:59
4. Sara Slattery 27:01
5. Katie McGregor 27:04
6. Sharon Thompson 27:14
7. Nicole Aish 27:24
8. Chelsea McKell 27:32
9. Samia Akbar 27:42
10 Anne Bersagel 27:44

Race 4, Junior Mens 8K

1. Kiel Uhl 23:50
2 Scott MacPherson 23:57
3 Chris Barnicle 24:03
4 Andrew Bumbalough 24:06
5. Jordan McDougal 24:09
6. Michael Eaton 24:09
7. Landon Peacock 24:19
8. Issac Stoutenburgh 24:22
9. Andrew Acosta 24:24
10 Michael Maag 24:27

 

BLAKE RUSSELL, WINNER OF THE WOMENS
8K, AS SHE CROSSES THE FINISH LINE
DURING XC CHAMPIONSHIPS.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
Race 5, Open Womens 4K

1. Carrie Tollefson 12:32
2. Lauren Fleshman 12:37
3. Blake Russell 12:39
4. Amy Mortimer 12:47
5. Sarah Schwald 12:49
6. Sara Hall 12:51
7. Kara Goucher 12:51
8. Rebecca Donaghue 12:55
9. Nicole Aish 12:57
10 Collette Liss 13:00

Race 6, Open Mens 12K

1. Ryan Hall 34:38
2. Jorge Torres 35:05
3. Max King 35:20
4. Dathan Ritzenhein 35:27
5. Jason Hartman 35:39
6. Matthew Gabrielson 35:39
7. Brandon Leslie 35:42
8. Eugene Dennis 35:42
9. Patrick Gildea 35:45
10 Ryan Kirkpatrick 25:47