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]

Until 1985, women's championships were held separately in late November (credited as the following year), while men were held in mid-February.

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 / Women) Men's Women's
1st 1890 William Day
2nd 1891 M. Kennedy
3rd 1892 Edward Carter
1893-6 Not held
4th 1897 George Orton  Canada
5th 1898 George Orton  Canada
6th 1901 Jerry Pierce
1902 Not held
7th 1903 John J. Joyce
1904 Not held
8th 1905 W.J. Hail
9th 1906 Frank Nebrich
10th 1907 Frank Bellars
11th 1908 Frank Bellars
12th 1909 Willie Kramer
13th 1910 Frank Bellars
14th 1911 Willie Kramer
15th 1912 Willie Kramer
16th 1913 Abel Kiviat
17th 1914 Hannes Kolehmainen Finland
18th 1915 Nick Giannakopoulos
19th 1916 Willie Kyronen
20th 1917 James Henigan
21st 1918 Max Bohland
22nd 1919 Fred Faller
23rd 1920 Fred Faller
24th 1921 Earle Johnson
25th 1922 Ville Ritola  Finland
26th 1923 Ville Ritola  Finland
27th 1924 Fred Wachsmuth
28th 1925 Ville Ritola  Finland
29th 1926 Ville Ritola  Finland
30th 1927 Ville Ritola  Finland
31st 1928 Gus Moore
32nd 1929 Gus Moore
33rd 1930 William Zepp
34th 1931 Clark Chamberlain
35th 1932 Joseph McCluskey
36th 1933 Ray Sears
37th 1934 Don Lash
38th 1935 Don Lash
39th 1936 Don Lash
40th 1937 Don Lash
41st 1938 Don Lash
42nd 1939 Don Lash
43rd 1940 Don Lash
44th 1941 Greg Rice
45th 1942 Frank Dixon
46th 1943 William Hulse
47th 1944 James Rafferty
48th 1945 Thomas Quinn
49th 1946 Robert Black
50th 1947 Curtis Stone
51st 1948 Robert Black
52nd 1949 Fred Wilt
53rd 1950 Browning Ross
54th 1951 Bill Ashenfelter
55th 1952 Fred Wilt
56th 1953 Fred Wilt
57th 1954 Gordon McKenzie
58th 1955 Horace Ashenfelter
59th 1956 Horace Ashenfelter
60th 1957 John Macy
61st 1958 John Macy
62nd 1959 Al Lawrence  Australia
63rd 1960 Al Lawrence  Australia
64th 1961 Bruce Kidd  Canada
65th 1962 Pete McArdle
66th 1963 Bruce Kidd  Canada
67th 1964 Dave Ellis  Canada Marie Mulder
68th 1965 Ron Larrieu Sandra Knott
69th 1966 Ron Larrieu Doris Brown
70th 1967 Ken Moore Vicki Foltz
71st 1968 John Mason Doris Brown
72nd 1969 Jack Bacheler Doris Brown
73rd 1970 Frank Shorter Doris Brown
74th 1971 Frank Shorter Doris Brown
75th 1972 Frank Shorter Francie Larrieu
76th 1973 / Long Beach, California Frank Shorter Francie Larrieu
77th 1974 / Albuquerque, New Mexico John Ngeno  Kenya Lynn Bjorklund
78th 1975 Gainesville, Florida / Bellbrook, Ohio Greg Fredericks Lynn Bjorklund
79th 1976 Belmont, California Ric Rojas Jan Merrill
80th 1977 Alameda, California / Miami, Florida Nick Rose United Kingdom Jan Merrill
81st 1978 Atlanta, Georgia / San Bernardino, California Greg Meyer Julie Brown
82nd 1979 Atlanta, Georgia / Memphis, Tennessee Alberto Salazar Margaret Groos
83rd 1980 Eugene, Oregon / Raleigh, North Carolina Jon Sinclair Mary Shea
84th 1981 Louisville, Kentucky / Pocatello, Idaho Adrian Royle United Kingdom Julie Brown
85th 1982 Pocatello, Idaho / Burbank, California Pat Porter Leslie Welch
86th 1983 Edwardsville, Illinois / East Rutherford, New Jersey Pat Porter Betty Springs
87th 1984 East Rutherford, New Jersey / University Park, Pennsylvania Pat Porter Cathy Branta
88th 1985 Waco, Texas / Boston, Massachusetts Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
89th 1986 Waco, Texas Pat Porter Leslie Welch
90th 1987 Dallas, Texas Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
91st 1988 Dallas, Texas Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
92nd 1989 Seattle, Washington Pat Porter Lynn Jennings
93rd 1990 Seattle, Washington Bob Kempainen Lynn Jennings
94th 1991 Tallahassee, Florida Todd Williams Lynn Jennings
95th 1992 Memphis, Tennessee Bob Kennedy Lynn Jennings
96th 1993 Sandy, Oregon Todd Williams Lynn Jennings
97th 1994 Memphis, Tennessee Reuben Reina Olga Appell
98th 1995 Boston, Massachusetts Brad Schlapak Joan Nesbit
99th 1996 Stanford, California Reuben Reina Lynn Jennings
100th 1997 Portland, Oregon 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
118th 2015 Flatirons Golf Course Boulder, Colorado Chris Derrick Laura Thweatt
119th 2016 Rivers Edge Golf Course Bend, Oregon Craig Lutz Mattie Suver
120th 2017 Rivers Edge Golf Course Bend, Oregon Leonard Korir Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton

Short course[edit]

Edition Year Venue Location Men's Women's
101st 1998 Lake Buena Vista, Florida 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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