PROVIDENCE -- Molly Huddlewon her third straight USA 5 km title, as she pulled away in the late stages of Sunday’s race, while Diego Estradaused a furious kick to the finish to run to his first USA title at the USA 5 km Championships in Providence, Rhode Island, hosted by the CVS Health Downtown 5k.
The USA 5 km Championships are the tenth stop on the USA Running Circuit, which concludes this fall with the .US National 12K. The top ten finishers at each race on the circuit qualify to compete in the 2014 .US National 12k which takes place Sunday, November 16 in Alexandria, Virginia.
In usual style, Huddle jumped to the lead Sunday morning, as the energy from her hometown Providence crowd fueled the USA 5,000m record holder to push a strong opening pace. While Huddle led the early stages, she was closely followed by teammates Jordan Hasayand Mary Cain, along with 2013 runner-up Emily Infeld.
The large pack started to thin out around the halfway point, as Huddle continued to push the pace. While Cain slipped back into the chase back, Hasay and Infeld stuck with Huddle until the two-mile mark, when Infeld started to fall off the pace and the race became a two woman race.