Going Back to Roots at USATF XC Nationals

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Some more cross country action for HepsNation –

The USATF Cross Country Club National Championships will take place this Saturday at the River’s Edge Golf Course in Bend, Ore.  This national championship race will serve as the Team USA selection for upcoming cross country international  competitions in Europe (the BUPA Great Edinburgh International Cross Country race in the United Kingdom) and Caribbean (North America, Central American, & Caribbean Cross Country Championships in Jamaica).  The event will start at with a community 4-km race at 9am PT, followed by the Master’s women (9:45am PT), Master’s men (10:45am PT), Open women (noon PT), and Open men (12:45pm PT).  Further details on the event can be found on the USATF website and the local Bend, Ore website.

There are a number of Ivy graduates listed in the entry sheets, including recent graduates Michael Franklin (Pr ’13), Katie Kellner (Cor ’13), Kate Rosettie (Cor ’13), and Mark Feigan (Col ’13), and former All-Americans Liz Costello (Pr ’10) (above, #546 from a 2012 USATF XC race), and Lucas Meyer (Y ’05).  But the race will have an extra touch of Ivy as Max King (Cor ’02) is serving as the race director and course designer for this weekend’s event.  King’s course design was inspired by his wish to get cross country away from being a “grass track meet” and back to an event where runners are “running through plowed fields, going down dirt trails and maybe even hopping over a couple of fences,” he shared with the Bend (Ore.) Bulletin.

“A lot of people will be yelling at me in December,” jokes King, who was an All-America cross-country runner at Cornell University. “I had an old cross-country coach in college who talked about taking in the landscape (when designing a race) and letting a course present itself. … I took that philosophy with me when I started walking around the golf course and let it come to me.”

King is also listed as racing in the event.  A full list of entries can be found here.

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