Arizona standout Shrader win men's title, Huddle defends in women's race at .US National 12K Championships in Arlington - INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 16, 2014) – A furious early pace by Olympian Molly Huddle split the pack early, while a tenacious finish by Brian Shrader put a gap on the field late, but the end result was the same, as both took home top prize Sunday morning at the .US National 12K in Alexandria, Virginia.
An opening first mile in 5:09 gave Huddle a clear edge early, as the U.S. 5,000m record holder on the track showed her speed from a long racing season was still sharp. From the gun, Huddle strung out the pack and by the first mile the lead group was a mere seven athletes.
By the time Huddle hit the second mile split, the pack found itself a group of five, as Providence College standout Emily Sisson, Olympian Kim Conley, Sara Hall and Emily Infeld stayed with the pace. Mile by mile Huddle continued to run even splits and by the half way turnaround, she cleared the field and put over ten seconds on then second place runner Hall.