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Colorado repeats as national champion, Ducks' Cheserek takes individual race

Written by Craig Pearson | NCAA.com.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Two of the top programs in NCAA men’s cross country made history Saturday at LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

Colorado brought home its fifth men’s NCAA team championship -- all since the 2001 season under coach Mark Wetmore -- and Oregon sophomore Edward Cheserek and senior Eric Jenkins teamed for the first 1-2 finish for any program in 25 years.

The Buffaloes put three runners in the top 10 as junior Ammar Moussa was fifth, sophomore Ben Saarel seventh and senior Blake Theroux ninth. The Buffaloes’ team total of 65 points was the lowest winning score since Wisconsin’s 37 in 2005.

Two-month countdown begins to 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Champs

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BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA -- The 2014 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships will take place in less than two months -- on December 13 -- over Lehigh University’s historic cross-country course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Early hotel bookings indicate that the annual event will be bigger than ever.

Last year more than 1,200 runners and 100 teams entered the Club Championships in Bend, Oregon.

“We thought our easy-to-reach location, just four hours from Washington, D.C. and five-and-a-half hours from Boston, would prove attractive to many East Coast runners,” says race director Terry Delph. “It looks like that’s happening.

SAUCONY® LAUNCHES THE 500 MILE CHALLENGE.COM HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TRAINING PROGRAM

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XC Champions Are Made In the Off-Season−Now With Extra Help From An Innovative Digital Training Initiative That Encourages High School Runners To “Find Their Strong” Through Summer Training - LEXINGTON, MA (June 12, 2014) – Saucony, committed to inspiring the human spirit through running, knows that a strong cross country team is built in the off-season. To ensure that scholastic runners are better prepared for the in-season, Saucony, in collaboration with DailyMile, Inc. and RunBlogRun, today announces the launch of the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com high school cross country training program.

A new, innovative, digital training initiative, the Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com leverages a smartphone-optional website to allow high school athletes and their coaches to track their all-important summer base mileage online as they prepare for the start of the fall cross country season. Along the way, athletes will be motivated to reach training benchmarks and unlock rewards as they pursue a 500-mile summer training goal. For added inspiration, runners will receive training tips and support from Saucony athletes Ben True and Olympian Molly Huddle, two of America’s top cross country all-stars. Starting today, athletes and coaches can sign up by going to Saucony 500 Mile Challenge.com.

Derrick repeats, Van Alstine surprises at USA Cross Country Championships

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INDIANAPOLIS – Chris Derrick repeated as senior men’s champion, while Amy Van Alstine surprised the senior women’s field with her upset victory at the USA Cross Country Championships, Feb. 15 in Boulder, Colorado.

The USA Cross Country Championships are the second stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National Road Racing Championships. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the .US National Road Racing Championships.

Derrick rolled into Boulder on Saturday as the pre-race favorite. After winning his first USA Cross Country Championship title in 2013, the Portland-based runner seemed poised to repeat, but plenty of competition would challenge him throughout.

Kenyan double for Tanui and Kipyegon at Cinque Mulini

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Paul Tanui and Faith Kipyegon added their names to the prestigious roll of honours on Sunday (26) at the 82nd edition of the Cinque Mulini, the eighth IAAF Cross Country Permit meeting of the 2013-2014 season.

Both Kenyans wore bib number six which the organisers traditionally give to the favourites and they lived up to their reputation with impressive wins ahead of world-class fields on a sunny but windy day in San Vittore Olona.

Tanui defeats defending champion Edris

Tanui, the world 10,000m bronze medallist, was joined by last year’s Cinque Mulini winner Muktar Edris, the world junior 5000m champion, in a seven-man leading group. Along with two-time European cross-country champion Alemayehu Bezabeh, world mountain running silver medallist Geoffrey Kusuro, Kenyan duo Thomas Lokomwa and Alex Kibet and 17-year-old Ethiopian Yuhuniligh Adane, they completed the first lap in 7:26.