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Derrick, Thweatt Take Home Titles at USATF Cross Country Championships

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 BOULDER – Chris Derrick ran away from the field late to take the men’s race for the third consecutive time, while local favorite Laura Thweatt put on a clinic over the final mile of the race, as both runners took home top prize at the USATF Cross Country Championships Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.

The USATF Cross Country Championships are the second stop on the 2015 USATF Running Circuit. The top 15 finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the 2015 .US National 12K, which takes place in November in Alexandria, Virginia.

The early stages of the men’s race saw a large pack running tightly together. Andrew Wacker pushed early, then after the first mile Augustus Maiyo and Patrick Smyth took over for much of the next two miles.

Bend, Oregon picked to host 2016-17 USATF Cross Country Championships

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BEND, OREGON -- USA Track and Field announced this week that Bend, Oregon has been chosen as the host city for the 2016 and 2017 USATF Cross Country Championships.

“Bend proved to be a wonderful host when the city staged the Club Cross Country Championships in 2013,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Our athletes had a great experience and we’re happy to introduce Bend to another group of elite athletes who will be competing at an individual level.”

The course will be set around River’s Edge Golf Course, and will be similar to the one used for the 2013 USATF Cross Country Championships with a few changes to the routing.

Jon Grey, Heather Kampf to Compete at Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland Jan. 10

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Minneapolis/St. Paul – Jan. 6, 2015 – Team USA Minnesota’s Jon Grey and Heather Kampf have been named to the U.S. team that will compete at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge in Scotland on Jan. 10.

Grey will be a member of the senior men’s team that will compete in the 8k, while Kampf will run in the 2 x 1k international mixed relay.  Grey’s selection resulted from his seventh place finish at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships on Dec. 13.  Kampf is one of the country’s top milers and has been paired with U.S. runner Ben True for the relay.

Ritzenhein makes winning return to cross-country at Campaccio

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Dathan Ritzenhein created a small slice of history today (6) as he became the first American winner of the Campaccio Cross Country, an IAAF Cross Country Permit race, held in San Giorgio su Legnano.

Ritzenhein spent most of the 2014 season sidelined with a groin and ankle injury but the three-time Olympian, despite admitting he wasn’t at full fitness, still ran out victorious at the 58th running of this race which was held over 10km.

The American crossed the finish-line in 29:08 to dash the hopes of home favourites Andrea Lalli and Daniele Meucci, who were looking to become the first Italian winner of the Campaccio since Francesco Panetta in 1993.

Michigan State caps historic season with first women's cross country crown

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(photo: AJ Mast | NCAA Photos)TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- A team full of Michigan natives gave Michigan State its first NCAA team championship in any women’s sport Saturday.

The top-ranked Spartans dominated the field with four runners in the top 25, posting a score of 85 to hold off a solid effort by second-place Iowa State (147). New Mexico was third, edging No. 2 Georgetown by a point.

Bringing home the university’s first title in the women’s side of the sport was something coach Walt Drenth has been building up to since taking over the women’s program in 2006.