Junior Men’s and Women’s Results: Aarhus World XC Championships, Denmark, March 30, 2019

by Clay Shaw

Under 20 Men:  Mengesha, Worku Lead Ethiopia to Victory

Milkesa Mengesha, of Ethiopia won in 23:52, just ahead of teammate Tadese Worku (23:54).  Ethiopia won the team title with four runners in the top ten.  Oscar Chelimo of Uganda was third in 23:55.  Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, the three-time Euro XC winner, was the first non-East African runner, finishing 12th and was spent afterwards.  Shuaib Aljalaby, the USA winner in Tallahassee was 29th and first USA.  Carter Cheeseman was 31st.  The U20 Men’s race was 8K. Ethiopia again won the team title, Uganda was 2nd, Kenya was 3rd, Morocco was 4th, South Africa was 5th, and the USA was 6th.

Under 20 Women:  Three Women Hit Finishing Tape at Same Time

Beatrice Chebet of Kenya was declared the winner after some thought the winner was either Ethiopia’s Alemitu Tariku, and Tsigie Gebreselama.  After careful examination, it was decided it was Chebet.  All three young women were clocked at 20:50 in the 6K race.  As was true for much of the day, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda dominated the results.  Ayuka Kazama, and Ririka Hironaka of Japan were 14th, and 15th, leading the non-East Africa runners.  Savannah Shaw finished 53rd, leading the USA runners, who placed 14th.  Canada had a good team showing with five runners between 30th and 47th  placing 6th among teams.  Ethiopia was 1st, Kenya was 2nd, Japan was 3rd with a solid team showing, Uganda was 4th, South Africa was 5th. The U20 women ran 6K.

Ethiopia Wins Mixed Relay

The Mixed Relay started the event with two-man/two-woman teams, each doing one lap and handing off a wrist band. Ethiopia won with a young team, by a surprising 33 seconds.  Morocco with track stars Soufiane El Bakkali, and Abdelaati Iguider, took second, when Rababe Arafi passed the Kenyan runner in the final lap.  Kenya took third led by Conseslus Kipruto, and Elijah Managoi.  The USA took fourth.  Uganda was fifth, using a woman running first and third strategy.  Spain, Canada, Denmark, and Tanzania rounded out the top nine finishing teams.  China was disqualified. 

Gabriel Mudel of USA placed 72nd in U20 race. Behind him is the infamous Museum Roof.
Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya and Kebede Endale of Ethiopia speed through the mud in the mixed relay.
Cristina Espejo of Spain and Dagmar Olsen of Denmark go through the “Water Splash” in the mixed relay. Spain was 6th, and Denmark was 8th. Tanzania, in background, was 9th.
Elijah Manangoi of Kenya and Teddese Lemi of Ethiopia run through the “Water Splash,” in the Mixed Relay.
Diamond League star Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco helped Team Morocco place 2nd in the Mixed Relay.
Jordan Mann of the USA powers through the “Water Splash.” The USA team finished fourth in the Mixed Relay.
Eleanor Fulton of USA is all alone through the water splash. The USA finished 4th in the mixed relay.
Sarah Schiffmann of Australia and Manon Trapp of France shared the early lead on the first trip through the water splash.
Becky Briggs of Great Britain placed 44th. Taryn O’Neill of Canada placed 30th. Here the U20 runners negotiate the mud pit.
USA runners Kayla Smith (75th), Savannah Shaw (53rd), and Nicole Clermont (70th) splash through the water with four runners from Morocco and others.
Ethiopia U20 gals won the team title. Alemitu Tariku (2nd), Meselu Berhe (11th), Tsigie Gebreselama (3rd), Wede Kefale (8th), and Mizan Alem (7th) show strength in numbers.
U20 winner Beatrice Chebet of Kenya shared lead with Sarah Chelangat of Uganda and Tsigie Gebreselama of Ethiopia.
Milkesa Mengesha of Ethopia is out of the water first and would win the U20 race. Jakob Ingebrigsten of Norway was the lone European in the mix He placed 12th. Ethiopia would have five men in the first eleven.
Milkesa Mengesha of Ethiopia runs (and wins) from the front as flames announce the leaders reaching the mud pit. Tsegay Kidanu of Ethiopia, a step back, would take fifth.
Hicham Serroukh of Spain, Carter Cheeseman of USA. Murdoch McIntyre of New Zealand, Andrew Davies of Canada, and Meikael Beaudoin Rosseau of USA charge through the mud pit. Cheeseman finished 31st.
Meikal Beaudion-Rosseau of USA placed 39th. Andrew Davies of Canada placed 48th. Charlie Perry of USA was 55th.
Milkesa Mengesha of Ethiopia finishes the Museum Roof and wins U20 8K in 23:52.
Shuaib Aljabaly of USA was 29th overall. He was only USA runner in the races in the top 30.
Khalid Hussein of USA placed 86th in the U20 Men race.
Kayla Smith, Savannah Shaw, and Nicole Clermont share the splashing with many others including Nikita Moore of Australia.