By Clay Shaw Photography by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell
Bathurst, Australia, February 18, 2023, World Cross Country Championships at the Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit—Emilio Young from Newbury Park, CA who won in Richmond, VA, was the first non-East African runner at World XC. He was happy, finishing with gusto and a big smile. He was 16th in 26:03 and was soon followed by teammates Marco Langon of Raritan, NJ (19th), Max Sennes of Big Bear, CA (21st), Kole Mathison of Carmel, IN (25th), Micah Wilson of St Charles, IL (27th), and Evan Jenkins of Camas, WA (53rd). It was the first USA U20 men’s medal since 1982. Kenya edged Ethiopia 21 to 22 in team scoring. Uganda who had three men in the top eleven, did not have a fourth athlete due to visa problems. The USA scored 34 points to earn the bronze, with South Africa and Great Britain rounding out the top five.
Ismael Kipkurui of Kenya won a close race, with a one-second win over teammate Renold Cheruiyot. Kipkirui was timed in 24:29 on the hilly 8K course. Cheruiyiot was second in 24:30 and Boki Diriba of Ethiopia was third in 24:31. Dan Kibet of Uganda was fourth in 24:36. Bereket Zeleke of Ethiopia was fifth in 24:51. 64 of the 69 starters finished the hot and hilly course.
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