By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
Mechanicsville, VA, January 21, 2023, USATF Cross Country Championships 2023 Richmond—Emmanuel Bor is a second lieutenant and chief of environmental health at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. On the last lap of this 10K, he put in a winning surge that put him in the lead, as he survived a mad scramble behind him and finished in 28:43.3. Behind Bor, six men finished just two seconds apart. Bor was quoted after the race that he is “happy to represent the United States at the global level.” All seven men were vying for the six positions to represent the USA at the World Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia on Feb 18. The seven athletes had broken away from a huge 30-man lead pack on the first 2K lap.
Andrew Colley, running for On Zap Endurance, led the crazy final sprint for second, in 28:47.1. Colley grew up in nearby Williamsburg, VA and he was on the 2015 USA XC team that went to Guiyang, China.
Anthony Rotich was third in 28:48.2. Leonard Korir was fourth in 28:48.5 and passed on the Bathurst invite, as he is scheduled to run a spring marathon. Sam Chelanga was fifth in 28:48.6. Dillon Maggard of Utah was sixth in 28:48.7. With Korir withdrawing, seventh place Reid Buchanan of San Diego, who finished in 28:49, fills out the six man team.
97 men finished the USATF 10K in Pole Green Park. With a clockwise, somewhat circular 2K loop, the race was easy to follow. Next year’s USA Cross Country event will take place on January 20, 2024 in the same location. Competitors will vie for coveted spots on the USA teams for World XC in Croatia in 2024.
- 28:43.3 Emmanuel Bor, 34, Fort Huachuca, AZ
- 28:47.1 Andrew Colley, 31, Blowing Rock, NC
- 28:48.2 Anthony Rotich, 32, Colorado Springs, CO
- 28:48.5 Leonard Korir, 36, Colorado Springs, CO
- 28:48.6 Sam Chelanga, 37, Colorado Springs, CO
- 28:48.7 Dillon Maggard, 27, Logan, UT
- 28:49.0 Reid Buchanan, 29, San Diego, CA
- 28:56.5 Hillary Bor, 33, Colorado Springs, CO
- 29:01.3 Abbabiya Simbassa, 29, Flagstaff, AZ
- 29:05.3 Zachary Panning, 27, Lake Orion, MI
- 29:07.4 Benjamin Eidenschink, 26, Boulder, CO
- 29:10.4 Ryan Ford, 25, Blowing Rock, NC
- 29:14.7 Joseph Berriatua, 27, Boulder, CO
- 29:25.8 Jared Ward, 34, Kaysville, UT
- 29:27.7 Aaron Templeton, 27, Boulder, CO
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