Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Goucher, Dunn Top T&FN USA Rankings

The annual Track and Field News rankings are out. Thirteen Minnesotans earned top-10 U.S. rankings from "The Bible of the Sport," including Kara Goucher and Philip Dunn, the #1-ranked athletes in the women's marathon and men's 50K racewalk, respectively.

Goucher, a Duluth native, earned the top spot in the marathon thanks to her 3rd-place finish at the Boston Marathon and 10th-place result at the World Championships. Goucher also earned a #4 ranking in the 5000m.

Dunn, a Carleton College alum, gained the #1-ranking in the 50K walk thanks to his victory at the USA 50K championships. Dunn is a three-time Olympian in the event.

Other Minnesota athletes earning top-10 rankings include:

Liz Roehrig ... ranked #3 in the heptathlon

Katie McGregor ... #3 in the women's 10,000m

Karl Erickson ... #5 in the men's discus

Amanda Thieschafer ... #6 in the women's triple jump

Will Leer ... #6 in the men's 1500m

Jason Lehmkuhle ... #7 in the men's marathon

Shani Marks ... #8 in the women's triple jump

Patrick Smyth ... #8 in the men's 10,000m

Laura Hermanson ... #9 in the women's 800m

Alicia Rue ... #9 in the women's pole vault

Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle ... #9 in the women's marathon


TC RC Women's Racing Team said...

Nothing for Josh Moen? He had such great performances this year. Surprising.

Charlie said...

While Moen had the 13th-fastest U.S. 10,000m time in '09, his big splash was on the roads, which T&FN doesn't factor in to its U.S. track rankings.

Moen's 46:38 10M at Twin Cities is the 5th-fastest U.S. 10M of all time!

-- CTM