Boulder Running Co./adidas defends women's team title; men of ZAP Fitness win third team crown at USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.
LEXINGTON - The women of Boulder Running Company/adidas successfully defended their title and the Zap Fitness men won their third team championship in four years Saturday at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky.
The 12th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships featured mare than 1,000 athletes representing America's top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States. Athletes competed for a total prize purse of $30,000, as well as team and individual titles at 10-kilometer for men and 6-kilometer for women.
In the open women's race, Serena Burla (Ellisville, Mo.), used the final one-kilometer uphill to pull away for the individual title, running 20:23 for the 6 km course. Kim Conley (West Sacramento, Calif.) took the runner-up spot, finishing in 20:36 as Alissa McKaig (Blowing Rock, N.C.) finished third in 20:38.
In the team race the Boulder Running Company/adidas had more of a fight on their hands as they dueled with McMillan Elite through mid-race before pulling away for a 15 point win. The Asics Aggies took third with 109 points.
In the men's open race, David Jankowski (Blowing Rock, N.C.) made a decisive move at 4.5 miles to pull away from Josh Simpson (Morgantown, W.V.) for the individual win, running 29:18 for a nine second win over Simpson. Jankowski's teammate David Nightingale (Blowing Rock, N.C.) took third in 29:40 to help solidify ZAP's 32 point team victory over Boulder Running Company/adidas. International City Racing Track Club finished third in the team standings with 96 points.