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B.A.A. defends USATC Club XC, HOKA ONE ONE NAZ wins Men's club title, Amy Van Alstine wins Women's title, Garrett Heath wins Men's title, release from USATF, notes by Larry Eder

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In a wonderful day of cross country racing, Golden Gate Park became a celebration of all things cross country, as 1,922 cross country runners ran in five amazing races. Each with their own excitement, and each with their own drama.

The women's 6k master's race and Men's Masters' 8k (60 plus) and Men's Masters' 10k were thrilling! Sonja Friend-Uhl won in an upset in the first race of the day. In the second race, a huge field competed over the 8k course, with Rick Becker winning the overall title.

IMG_0437.JPGJonathan Grey leads the Men's Open 10k, photo by Larry Eder

Hill and Bielaczyc Capture First Place Titles in 37th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional

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RACE HIGHLIGHTS:                      Annie Hill of Kalispell, Mont., and Garek Bielaczyc of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships (FLCCC) West Regional today. In the girls' race, Hill, a sophomore at Glacier High School and two-time FLCCC national qualifier, captured the West Regional title in 18:13. Kate Hunter, a junior at Provo High School in Provo, Utah, finished second in 18:14, and Olivia Hoj, a senior at Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, placed third in 18:22.

Bielaczyc, a senior at East High School and two-time FLCCC national qualifier, claimed the title in 15:22. Phillip Rocha of Azusa, Calif., and a senior at Arcadia High School, placed second in 15:28. Talon Hull of Ogden, Utah, and a junior at Weber High School, placed third in 15:33.

B.A.A. defends USATF Club XC title despite streak of upsets in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Saturday’s USATF Club Cross Country National Championships were nothing short of stunning, with an idyllic backdrop and stacked fields in every race as national championship contenders took to Golden Gate Park to see who reigned supreme. Individual national champions were crowned in open men’s 10 km and women’s 6 km races, as well as masters age group victors at 6 km, 8 km and 10 km distances.

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.