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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.

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

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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.