­

(USATF) INDIANAPOLIS — More than two dozen of the top cross country athletes in the United States will don the red, white, and blue on March 30 at the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

Last year's world championship meet in Bathurst, Australia, was the first since 2019 to see a full American contingent hit the trails, and this year's squads will be looking to improve on the solid efforts they turned in under difficult conditions Down Under.
 
Team USATF finished fourth on the 2023 medal table thanks to bronzes earned by the U20 men and U20 women. The team medals were the first ever for the U20 women and the first since 1982 for the U20 men. In senior team competition, the U.S. women placed fifth, with the men nabbing sixth, and the mixed relay was fourth.
 
The site of the 2013 European Cross Country Championships, Park of Friendship along the Danube River in Belgrade will play host to teams from around the world, with five races on the schedule – senior men's and senior women's 10K, Under-20 men's 8K, Under-20 women's 6K, and an 8K mixed relay.
 
Ellie Shea, whose 10th-place effort at Bathurst was the best U20 women's placing by an American since 1991, returns along with bronze medal teammates Zariel Macchia and Allie Zealand. Macchia won this year's USATF U20 cross country title by less than a second over Zealand. The lone returnee from the men's U20 bronze medal team is Kole Mathison. Mathison was second to Kevin Sanchez at the USATF U20 Cross Country Championships.
 
Senior squads are led by Weini Kelati, a dominant women's winner at the USATF Championships, taking the title by more than 35 seconds, and men's runner-up Anthony Rotich. Kelati was 21st at Bathurst last year, and Rotich placed 45th in the men's race. Emmanuel Bor, 31st in 2023, is the highest-placing men's returnee.

SENIOR WOMEN’S ROSTER

 

NAME RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION
Weini Kelati Flagstaff, AZ Arizona
Emma Grace Hurley Indianapolis, IN Indiana
Katie Camarena Longmont, CO Oregon
Allie Ostrander Seattle, WA Pacific Northwest
Cailie Logue Erie, KS Missouri Valley
Abby Nichols Flagstaff, AZ Arizona

 

U20 WOMEN’S ROSTER

 

NAME RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION
Zariel Macchia Shirley, NY Long Island
Allie Zealand Forest, VA Virginia
Jolena Quarzo Brownsville, PA Three Rivers
Mary Bonner Dalton Charlotte, NC North Carolina
Maddie Gardiner Charlottesville, VA Virginia
Ellie Shea Belmont, MA New England

 

SENIOR MEN’S ROSTER

 

NAME RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION
Anthony Rotich Colorado Springs, CO Colorado
Ahmed Muhumed Aloha, OR Arizona
Emmanuel Bor Sierra Vista, AZ Colorado
Christian Allen Orem, UT Utah
Reid Buchanan Kansas City, MO New England
Anthony Camerieri Brecksville, OH Colorado

 

U20 MEN’S ROSTER

 

NAME RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION
Kevin Sanchez Austin, TX Texas Southern
Kole Mathison Indianapolis, IN Indiana
Noah Breker Plymouth, MN Hawaii
Aidan Jones Minneapolis, MN Minnesota
Birhanu Harriman Arlington, VA Potomac Valley
Berkley Nance Richmond, VA Virginia

 

MIXED RELAY ROSTER

 

NAME RESIDENCE ASSOCIATION
Ella Donaghu Portland, OR Oregon
Katie Izzo San Diego, CA San Diego-Imperial
John Reniewicki Baltimore, MD Potomac Valley
Kasey Knevelbaard Caruthers, CA Central California

 

STAFF ROSTER

 

NAME POSITION
Kathy Butler Senior Women’s Coach
Rick Rothman Senior Men’s Coach
Rita Gary U20 Women’s Coach
Paul Greer U20 Men’s Coach
Jack Ransone Head ATC
Trinity Parris PT/ATC
­