USA Cross Country Championships

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USA Cross Country Championships
Date Mid-February
Location United States
Event type Cross country running
Distance 12 km for men
8 km for women
8 km for junior men
6 km for junior women
Established 1890
Official site USA Cross Country Championships

The USA Cross Country Championships is the annual national championships for cross country running in the United States. The championships is generally held in mid-February and it serves as a way of designating the country's national champion, as well as acting as the selection race for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[1]

The competition, run under the auspices of USA Track & Field, traces its history back to 1890. The competition was held sporadically until 1905 at which point it has been held every year since.[2] It was previously known at the USA Winter Cross Country Championships and it gained its current moniker in 2003.[3][4][5] There is also an annual competition for club runners run by USATF: the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.[6]

There are four races held at each championships: the men's 12 km open race, the women's 8 km open race, a junior men's race of 8 km and a junior women's race of 6 km.[1] All four serve as selection races for the IAAF World Championships in which the top six runners from each race gain qualification.[7] Each race awards medals on an individual basis and a team basis (where the performances by athletes belonging to a certain running club or sponsor are combined).[1] Between 1998 and 2006 the championships featured short course races of 4 km for both men and women – these races are now discontinued. Occasionally, masters races, determined by age group, are held as part of the championships.[8]

Lynn Jennings, a nine-time US champion, is the only competitor to have won the USA Cross Country Championships and IAAF World Championships in the same year, having done so three times consecutively in 1990, 1991 and 1992. The competition has been televised in the past on ESPN2.[8]

Editions[edit]

Long course[edit]

Deena Kastor (Drossin) has won the long race on seven occasions.
Dathan Ritzenhein is a three-time USA Cross Country champion.
Edition Year Venue Location Men's Women's
82nd 1979 Alberto Salazar Margaret Groos
83rd 1980 Jon Sinclair Mary Shea
84th 1981 Adrian Royle Julie Brown
85th 1982 Pat Porter Leslie Welch
86th 1983 Pat Porter Betty Springs
87th 1984 Pat Porter Cathy Branta
88th 1985 Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
89th 1986 Pat Porter Leslie Welch
90th 1987 Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
91st 1988 Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
92nd 1989 Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
93rd 1990 Bob Kempainen Lynn Jennings
94th 1991 Todd Williams Lynn Jennings
95th 1992 Bob Kennedy Lynn Jennings
96th 1993 Todd Williams Lynn Jennings
97th 1994 Reuben Reina Olga Appell
98th 1995 Brad Schlapak Joan Nesbit
99th 1996 Reuben Reina Lynn Jennings
100th 1997 Tim Hacker Deena Drossin
101st 1998 Short course only Short course only
102nd 1999 Alan Culpepper Deena Drossin
103rd 2000 Soldier Hollow Midway, Utah Adam Goucher Deena Drossin
104th 2001 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Meb Keflezighi Deena Drossin
105th 2002 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Meb Keflezighi Deena Drossin
106th 2003 Buffalo Bayou Park Houston, Texas Alan Culpepper Deena Drossin
107th 2004 Fall Creek and 16th Street Park Indianapolis, Indiana Bob Kennedy Colleen De Reuck
108th 2005 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Dathan Ritzenhein Colleen De Reuck
109th 2006 Van Cortlandt Park New York City, New York Ryan Hall Blake Russell
110th 2007 Flatirons Golf Course Boulder, Colorado Alan Culpepper Deena Kastor
111th 2008 Mission Bay Park San Diego, California Dathan Ritzenhein Shalane Flanagan
112th 2009 Agricultural History Farm Park Derwood, Maryland Meb Keflezighi Emily Brown
113th 2010 Plantes Ferry Recreation Park Spokane, Washington Dathan Ritzenhein Shalane Flanagan
114th 2011 Mission Bay Park San Diego, California Brent Vaughn Shalane Flanagan
115th 2012 Forest Park St. Louis, Missouri Bobby Mack Sara Hall
116th 2013 Forest Park St. Louis, Missouri Chris Derrick Shalane Flanagan
117th 2014 Flatirons Golf Course Boulder, Colorado Chris Derrick Amy Van Alstine

Short course[edit]

Edition Year Venue Location Men's Women's
101st 1998 Dan Browne Amy Rudolph
102nd 1999 Adam Goucher Amy Rudolph
103rd 2000 Soldier Hollow Midway, Utah Adam Goucher Deena Drossin
104th 2001 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Tim Broe Regina Jacobs
105th 2002 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Tim Broe Regina Jacobs
106th 2003 Buffalo Bayou Park Houston, Texas Robert Gary Shayne Culpepper
107th 2004 Fall Creek and 16th Street Park Indianapolis, Indiana Charlie Gruber Shalane Flanagan
108th 2005 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Vancouver, Washington Tim Broe Shalane Flanagan
109th 2006 Van Cortlandt Park New York City, New York Adam Goucher Carrie Tollefson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Keflezighi, Brown take open titles at USA Cross Country Championships. USATF (2009-02-07). Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  2. ^ USA Cross Country Champions - Men. USATF. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  3. ^ Drossin wins fifth 8K title at USA Winter Nationals. USATF (2002-02-09). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  4. ^ 2002 USA Winter Cross Country Championships. USATF (2002). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  5. ^ Culpeppers win U.S. Cross Country titles. USATF (2003-02-16). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  6. ^ 2009 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. USATF (2009-12-12). Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  7. ^ Estest, Jim (2010-02-14). Ritzenhein and Flanagan cruise to US XC titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-19.
  8. ^ a b Culpepper, Kastor dominate at USA Cross Country Championships. USATF (2007-02-10). Retrieved on 2010-02-20.

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