Collegiates weren’t the only ones busy at national championships this weekend. There were two US running championships that took place this weekend on both sides of the continental USA. Not a bad way to transition to outside running after a long, cold winter.
First up was the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla., which served as the 2015 USATF 15km championship and the first stop of the USATF Road Running Circuit for 2015. Dartmouth alum Ben True joined an elite club of winners on Saturday morning by winning this race for the third consecutive year. He battled with Girma Mecheso and Christo Landry through most of the race, but be ultimately broke them both in the last two miles. True won in a time of 44:03, besting Landry by 11 seconds and Mecheso by 25 seconds. True became the fourth man to win three consecutive titles (Todd Williams (1994-96), Meb Keflezighi (2001-04) and Mo Trafeh (2010-12)). “Today being as hot as it was, I really just wanted to go for place and go for the win,” said a happy True afterward to USATF. “Every time I toe the line I go for the win and I was going to go until I couldn’t go any more until I get the win today.” True was not the only Ivy who raced well at the Gate River Run – Princeton alum Donn Cabral finished in 4th place (44:47) while Alexi Pappas finished 5th in the women’s race in 45:19, which was won by Amy Cragg in 44:18. Jeff Caron shared the above photo of the top 10 men finishers, with True and Cabral being the 2nd and 4th from the right, respectively.
At today’s USATF Marathon Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., Max King and Sage Canaday showed the marathon community that because one can still be competitive in a road marathon if they are dominant in the trail/mountain ultra-running scene. Both Cornell alumni finished in the top 10 of the men’s championship, as King finished fifth in 2:17:30 and Canaday finished 8th in 2:20:02. Princeton alumna Sarah Cummings also placed in the top 10 in the women’s competition as she finished 9th overall in 2:42:20. The championships were won by Jared Ward (2:12:56) and Blake Russell (2:34:57).
Congrats to these athletes on their excellent performances.
photo by Jeff Caron