March 15, 2004 at 7:12 pm #1297
INDIANAPOLIS – Olympian Bob Kennedy and NCAA champion Shalane Flanagan lead the Team USA lineups that will compete at the 32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships, March 20-21 in Brussels, Belgium. A total of six races will be held at the World Championships, in the following divisions: senior men’s 12 km and 4 km, senior women’s 8 km and 4 km, junior men’s 8 km and junior women’s 6 km.
Athletes earned their places on the Team USA roster at the 2004 USA Cross Country Championships held February 6-7 in Indianapolis. The event mirrored the format used at the World Championships with three races held each day.
Team USA will be led by two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy, who at Indianapolis won the men’s 12 km title for the second time in his career. Kennedy, who previously won the U.S. long course title in 1992, is the American record holder in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
Kennedy will be joined on the men’s long course squad by 2000 Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, who will be competing at the World Cross Country Championships for the fifth time in his career after placing fifth at the U.S. Championships. Kennedy and Abdirahman last joined forces at the 2001 World Cross Country Championships where they finished 12th and 15th respectively in helping lead the U.S. squad to the men’s long course team bronze medal. Abdirahman’s best finish at World Cross Country was in 2002 when he placed 11th in Dublin, Ireland.
Also look for Dave Davis to compete on the U.S. men’s long course team following his seventh place finish in Indianapolis. Davis placed 64th in the 4 km race at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships.
Team USA’s women’s long course squad will be led by 2004 national runner-up Katie McGregor, who placed 16th at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships in helping Team USA to the team bronze medal. She will be joined by 2004 third-place finisher Ann Marie Brooks, who placed 56th in the 4 km race at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Molly Austin (5th at Indy) will make her second World Cross Country Championships appearance following her 77th place finish last year in Lausanne. The women’s long course team also will feature former Yale standouts and identical twins, Kate and Laura O’Neill, who placed fourth and sixth respectively in Indianapolis.
Former Notre Dame standout Luke Watson will lead the men’s short course team in Brussels after finishing as the runner-up last month in Indianapolis. 1996 Olympic 3,000m steeplechaser Robert Gary also will compete on the men’s short course squad after finishing as the runner-up to Kennedy in the long course race, and third in the short course race in Indianapolis. The 2003 U.S. short course cross country champion, Gary last competed at the World Cross Country Championships in 1998 in Marrakech, Morocco. Ian Connor (6th at Indy) will compete for Team USA again after placing 62nd in the short course race last year in Lausanne.
The University of North Carolina’s Shalane Flanagan made the U.S. women’s 4 km squad by winning her first USA Cross Country title last month by a two-second margin over Carrie Tollefson. The 2002 and 2003 NCAA Cross Country champion, Flanagan will be joined by 2003 NCAA 5,000m champion Lauren Fleshman (3rd at Indy). The two will be reunited in Brussels after solid performances as juniors at the 2000 Worlds in Vilamoura, Portugal, where Fleshman finished 26th and Flanagan placed 29th.
The University of Colorado’s Peter Janson enters the World Cross Country Championships as the 2004 USA junior men’s champion. He is the second consecutive Buffalo to win the U.S. crown after his collegiate teammate Billy Nelson won the title in 2003. Joining Janson on the squad is prep star Ryan Deak, who was the runner-up to Janson in Indianapolis and will enroll as a freshman at Colorado in the fall. Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore serves in that capacity for this year’s junior men’s team.
UCLA freshman Alison Costello will lead the U.S. junior women’s team following her win in the 6 km competition in Indianapolis. One of the Bruins’ top performers at their seventh place finish at last year’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, Costello will be joined by twins Amanda (5th at Indy) and Katherine (4th at Indy) Trotter, both freshmen at Stanford University. Brigham Young University freshman Amber Harper placed third at Nationals and enters the World Championships as the reigning USATF Junior Olympic Young Women’s cross country champion.
2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Team USA Roster (Alphabetical by event)
Senior Men’s 12 km Name Place at U.S. Champs Residence Abdi Abdirahman 5th – 35:37 Tucson, Arizona Richard Brinker 10th – 36:10 Utica, Michigan Dave Davis 7th – 35:46 Portland, Oregon Joshua Eberly 9th – 36:00 Gunnison, Colorado Bob Kennedy 1st – 35:03 Indianapolis, Indiana Nolan Swanson 6th – 35:39 Springfield, Oregon
Senior Men’s 4 km Ian Connor 6th – 11:22 Columbus, Ohio Jared Cordes 4th – 11:17 Colorado Springs, Colorado Isaiah Festa 5th – 11:19 Colorado Springs, Colorado Robert Gary 3rd – 11:15 Columbus, Ohio Sandu Rebenciuc 7th – 11:28 Lafayette, Colorado Luke Watson 2nd – 11:14 South Bend, Indiana
Junior Men’s 8 km Ian Burrell 6th – 24:28 Colorado Springs, Colorado Ryan Deak 2nd – 24:24 Aurora, Colorado Trent Hoerr 3rd – 24:24 Peoria, Illinois Peter Janson 1st – 24:14 Boulder, Colorado Joshua McDougal 5th – 24:27 Peru, New York Forrest Tahdooahnip 4th – 24:25 Palo Alto, California
Senior Women’s 8 km Molly Austin 5th – 27:44 Boulder, Colorado Ann Marie Brooks-Schwabe 3rd – 27:33 Boulder, Colorado Katie McGregor 2nd – 26:47 Edina, Minnesota Katherine Newberry 7th – 28:02 Williamsburg, Virginia Kate O’Neill 4th – 27:38 New Haven, Connecticut Laura O’Neill 6th – 27:45 New Haven, Connecticut
Senior Women’s 4 km Melissa Buttry 4th – 12:59 Waverly, Iowa Shalane Flanagan 1st – 12:26 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Lauren Fleshman 3rd – 12:38 Stanford, California Sarah Hann 6th – 13:05 Winchester, New Hampshire Janet Trujillo 5th – 13:01 Superior, Colorado Christin Wurth-Thomas 7th – 13:08 Fayetteville, Arkansas
Junior Women’s 6 km Jenny Barringer 5th – 21:34 Oviedo, Florida Brittany Brockman 6th – 21:37 Waco, Texas Alison Costello 1st – 20:55 Los Angeles, California Amber Harper 3rd – 21:19 Provo, Utah Amanda Trotter 5th – 21:34 Palo Alto, California Katherine Trotter 2nd – 21:06 Palo Alto, California
2004 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Schedule of Events:
March 20, 2004: 12:40 p.m. Junior Women’s 6 km 1:30 p.m., Senior Men’s 4 km 1:30 p.m., Senior Women’s 8 km 2:10 p.m.
March 21, 2004: Junior Men’s 8 km 1:15 p.m., Senior Women’s 4 km 2:15 p.m., Senior Men’s 12 km 2:45 p.m.
For more information on the 2004 World Cross Country Championships, visit http://www.usatf.org
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