With a 4th-place finish at Saturday's USA 7 Mile Championship, Team USA Minnesota's Antonio Vega regained the top spot in the year-long USA Road Racing Circuit Grand Prix standings.
The University of Minnesota alum ran 33:08 on the hilly Bix 7 Road Race course, finishing behind USA Champion Ryan Hall (32:55), runner-up Ed Moran (33:00), and 3rd-placer Sean Quigley who clocked 33:05.
Vega, according to a Team USA Minnesota media release, led the race by as much as 100-meters in the middle miles.
"You need to run gutsy every now and then," Vega explained. "It was such a good field at this race with some strong 10K runners. All I know is every mile over 10K benefits me so I just need to go out for the win and hold on."
Video of the finish of the USA 7 Mile men's race is HERE.
Complete results can be found HERE.
Recent Iowa State University graduate Lisa Koll won the USA 7 Mile women's title in 37:52,
Vega, who won the USA Half Marathon title earlier this year, has 32 points in the USARC Grand Prix. Mo Trafah, the USA 15K champ, and Ed Moran, the USA 10K champ, are tied for 2nd in the standings with 27 points. Former Golden Gopher Andrew Carlson, who finished 9th in the race, is 4th in the standings with 22 points.
Vega's Team USA Minnesota teammate Katie McGregor currently leads the women's USARC standings.
The men's and women's winners of the 2010 Grand Prix will earn $6000 each from a prize purse of $12,500, per gender.
Find complete USARC standings HERE.
The complete schedule of USARC events is HERE.