Saturday, January 05, 2013

US Men Win BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Team Challenge

The US men's team won the team title at the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Team Challenge Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland.  The US women were third.  A race report is HERE.

The US's Bobby Mack won the men's individual title by one second in 24:27 for 8K. Team USA Minnesota's Jonathan Peterson was twelveth in 25:08, the sixth man on the US team(the top six score in this meet). Joe Moore was fifteenth in 25:11, the US's eighth man to finish. Mattie Suver finished third in the women's 6K race in 21:00. Team USA Minnesota's Ladia Albertson-Junkans finished seventh in 21:08; Meghan Peyton was eighteenth in 21:38;  Jamie Cheever finished 20th in 21:41; Stephanie Price placed 21st in 21:43; McKenzie Melander was 29th in 22:58.

Report on the races from Dennis Barker, Augsburg/Team USA Minnesota coach, and coach of the US teams that competed in Scotland: "Senior Women:  The Europeans had a strong team and were in control of the race.  The US and GB/NI were neck and neck through three runners but they put their 4, 5, and 6 just in front of ours and that was the difference.  Ladia ran very well. She started a little too far back maybe, but finished strong.  She outkicked Julia Bleasdale, a 15:02 5K and sub 31 10K runner who finished 10th in the Olympics last summer.

"Senior Men: Team depth won it for our senior men.  The Europeans and GB/NI had some tough guys up front but our 2-6 guys  made up a good pack and broke up those teams a bit.  Jon Peterson ran in that pack.  He wanted to do a little better, but I thought it was a solid race for him."

A few video clips from the races are HERE.

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