Cross Country

Derrick lives childhood dream as Thweatt wins in home town at USAXC

Chris Derrick and Laura Thweatt were triumphant at the USATF Cross Country Championships at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday with dominant displays.

Derrick won his third straight tit;e and ran alone for the second half of the race. It was his third consecutive title and he crossed the finish line in 36:18.

The chasing pack was eventually sorted with Bobby Curtis and Dathan Ritzenhein filling the minor positions in 36:48 and 36:51 respectively.

For Derrick (Bowerman Track Club) it was like living his childhood dream with an impressive celebration and he likened it to playing in the NBA on his twitter account.

Derrick doing the goggle box. Image: PhotoRun

Derrick doing the goggle box. Image: PhotoRun

Laura Thweatt was the home town hero in the women’s race and she ran a strong final mile to take the title in 27:42. Thweatt was ecstatic as was her coach Lee Troop who proudly commended her bottle to win a national title on home turf.

Mattie Suver and Olympian Jennifer Rhines finished second and third in 28:21 and 28:23. The top six finishers in both races automatically qualify to compete for Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, which take place March 28 in Guiyang, China.

Top 6 men

Chris Derrick 36:18
Bobby Curtis 36:48
Dathan Ritzenhein 36:51
Ryan Vail 36:55
Patrick Smyth 37:01
Maksim Korolev 37:03

Top 6 women

Laura Thweatt 27:42
Mattie Suver 28:13
Jennifer Rhines 28:21
Brie Felnagle 28:23
Sara Hall 28:26
Elaina Balouris 28:29

Matt Centrowitz winning the 1,000m at NBIGP. Image PhotoRun
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Feidhlim Kelly

Feidhlim Kelly

Con Houlihan once told me that tomorrow is now. In taking on this venture I’ve started to try and put his words into action.

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