By Clay Shaw
Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
Mechanicsville, VA, January 21, 2023, USATF Cross Country Championships—Ednah Kurgat broke away from the six-woman pack on the final 2K lap at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia, to easily win the USATF Cross Country Championship in 32:06.5, an 18 second win. Ednah was born in Kenya and ran for the University of New Mexico. She is now a pro athlete, a USA citizen, and running for the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
Six women qualified for the USA team going to Bathurst, Australia for the World Cross Country Championships that were scheduled for 2021, postponed to 2022, and finally will be held February 18 of 2023. (Look forward to Runner’s Gazette coverage and photos.)
Six women had broken away from a group of ten near the halfway point. Makena Morley of Bozeman, MT was second in 32:23.9, Emily Durgin of Flagstaff, AZ was third in 32:26.4, Emily Lipari of Honolulu, HI was fourth in 32:31.7, Weini Kelati of Flagstaff, AZ was fifth in 32:38.7 (Kelati also ran at the University of New Mexico), and Katie Izzo of San Diego, CA was sixth in 32:39.6. The Golden Coast Track Club had three runners in the top six (Durgin, Lipari, and Izzo).
The Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, VA, located about twelve miles northeast of Richmond, is in a wide-open space with a tree lined park border. Officials had cut tall grasses a few days before the event, enabling fans to see runners in all parts of the 2K lap.
- 32:06.5 Ednah Kurgat, 31, Colorado Springs, CO
- 32:23.9 Makena Morley, 26, Bozeman, MT
- 32:26.4 Emily Durgin, 28, Flagstaff, AZ
- 32:31.7 Emily Lipari, 30, Honolulu, HI
- 32:38.7 Weini Kelati, 26, Flagstaff, AZ
- 32:39.6 Katie Izzo, 26, San Diego, CA
- 33:01.3 Allie Buchalski, 28, Seattle, WA
- 33:12.2 Susanna Sullivan, 32, Reston, VA
- 33:16.4 Laura Thweatt, 34, Superior, CO
- 33:32.6 Carrie Verdon, 28, Boulder, CO
- 33:35.5 Katrina Spratford, 32, Phoenix, AZ
- 33:42.0 Katie Camarena, 25, Portland, OR
- 33:49.7 Stephanie Bruce, 39, Flagstaff, AZ
- 34:01.2 Sam Nadel, 28, Washington, DC
- 34:04.1 Jessa Hanson, 23, Flagstaff, AZ
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