Abdirahman Wins USA Men’s 10 Mile Championships

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    INDIANAPOLIS – Abdi Abdirahman used a front running approach to win his first USA championship title at the USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship in a championship record time of 47:27.

    Sunny skies and 48 degrees made for ideal conditions as the fifth annual Papa John’s 10 Miler got underway with a field of 5000 runners. This was the third year that the event hosted the USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship.

    After a 4:39 first mile, Abdirahman jumped out to a small lead. He was quickly rejoined by a contingent of championship hopefuls that included Brian Sell, Chris Graff, 2003 USA 10 Mile Champion and Matt Lane.

    After another push just past two miles, Abdirahman and Sell had broken away from the field and with a little more pressure, Abdirahman was ten meters up on Sell. As he made his way through the hills of Iroquois Park, Abdirahman’s lead fluctuated from ten to 30 meters as Sell made every effort to rejoin him.

    By the time Abdirahman exited the park at six miles, a string of steady 4:48 miles put him comfortably in the lead, 50 meters up on Sell. “If someone was going to beat me they were going to run hard,” Abdirahman said of his race strategy. “I didn’t want it to come down to a kick so I pushed it from three to six miles.”

    As Abdirahman more or less cruised to victory, Sell was left on his own as he ran to a second place finish ten seconds back in 47:37. Graff made a late race push to finish third ahead of perpetual 4th place finisher Matt Lane, 48:09 to 48:13.

    The Papa John’s 10 Miler/USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship was the fourth race on the 2005 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and paid a total of $26,500 in prize money, with Abdirahman earning $10,000. Abdirahman now leads the circuit standings with 33 points. Matt Lane is in second with 23 points and Ryan Shay is in third with 22 points.

    The USARC, a USA Track & Field road series, features USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners, including several Olympians. The eleventh edition for the men and tenth for the women, the 2005 circuit has nine events for men and eight events for women.

    The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.

    The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $4 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.

    For more information on the 2005 USARC and USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship visit http://www.usatf.org

    Results

    Place Name City Sta Split Time Pace

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    1 Abdi Abdirahman Gray TN 23:35 47:27 4:45

    2 Brian Sell Rochester MI 23:39 47:37 4:46

    3 Chris Graff Boston MA 23:57 48:09 4:49

    4 Matt Lane Palo Alto CA 24:00 48:13 4:50

    5 Matt Downin Gray TN 24:07 48:15 4:50

    6 Mike Donnelly Beaverton OR 24:06 48:18 4:50

    7 Karl Savage Philadelphia PA 23:54 48:29 4:51

    8 Dave Davis Portland OR 24:06 48:46 4:53

    9 Pete Julian Boulder CO 23:57 48:47 4:53

    10 NICK ROGERS EUGENE OR 24:15 48:51 4:54

    11 Scott Strand Hoover AL 24:20 48:55 4:54

    12 Clint Verran Rochester Hill MI 24:30 49:03 4:55

    13 Mark Stallings Atglen PA 24:30 49:06 4:55

    14 Kyle O’Brien Rochester MI 24:36 49:07 4:55

    15 Matthew Folk Canfield OH 24:36 49:27 4:57

    16 Michael Morgan Lincoln NE 24:36 49:29 4:57

    17 Kyle Baker Boston MA 24:55 49:39 4:58

    18 Nick Stanko Ann Arbor MI 25:04 49:47 4:59

    19 Mark Pilja Los Angeles CA 24:36 49:56 5:00

    20 Martin Rosendahl Rochester MI 24:43 50:04 5:01

    21 Andrew Cook Flower Mound TX 25:05 50:11 5:02

    22 James Lander Rochester MI 24:46 50:13 5:02

    23 Robert Gary Gray TN 24:10 50:28 5:03

    24 Nic Crider Louisville KY 25:05 50:40 5:04

    25 Matthew Sandercock Exton PA 25:01 50:55 5:06

    26 Mark Stenbeck Littleton CO 25:24 51:05 5:07

    27 Ryan Desgrange Belleville MI 25:43 51:18 5:08

    28 Jef Scott Bowling Green KY 25:42 51:42 5:11

    29 Dan Kahn Durham NC 25:48 51:56 5:12

    30 James Scott Bowling Green Ky 25:57 52:00 5:12

    31 Torry Zeller Pierre SD 26:05 52:43 5:17

    32 Jason Parks Anderson IN 25:50 53:24 5:21

    33 Brian Miller Indianapolis IN 26:49 53:59 5:24

    34 Joey Zins Tallahassee FL 25:50 54:07 5:25

    35 Mike Horan Louisville KY 26:54 54:42 5:29

    36 Mark Andrews Canisteo NY 24:35 55:03 5:31

    37 Richard McCurdy Jr New Albany IN 27:19 55:22 5:33

    38 Matt Hargleroad Jeffersonville IN 27:42 56:06 5:37

    39 Chris Hine Mentor OH 28:38 57:27 5:45

    40 Stephen Houston Shelbyville KY 28:51 57:29 5:45

    41 Matthew Moody Vincennes IN 29:05 57:50 5:47

    42 Billy Coale BLOOMINGTON IN 29:25 59:36 5:58

    43 Randy McDowell Frankfort KY 30:17 1:00:13 6:02

    44 Keith Sinclair Marietta GA 30:45 1:01:30 6:09

    45 Gordon Benfield Evansville IN 32:14 1:04:14 6:26

    46 Byron Batteiger Bargersville IN 33:31 1:06:33 6:40

    47 Bryan Purvis Buffalo KY 33:24 1:08:33 6:52

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