MECHANICSVILLE, Virginia — With Team USATF roster spots on the line for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia next month, the competition was fierce at the USATF Cross Country Championships, as U.S. Army standouts Ednah Kurgat and Emmanuel Bor won the open women’s and open men’s titles, Irene Riggs and Leo Young picked up U20 wins, and April Lund and Ben Bruce locked in Masters titles.
Open Women’s 10km
As the open women’s 10km race got underway, a pack of twelve women immediately jumped to the lead, with pre-race favorites Weini Kelati and Emily Durgin heading the charge. The lead pack shrank ever so slightly as the leaders came through the first 2km loop, with ten runners working to power along the course.
Carrying on over the next 2km loop, Kelati and Durgin continued to push the pace, with Makena Morley, Kurgat, and Susanna Sullivan right behind.
Open Men’s 10km
From the start in the open men’s race, a massive pack of 25+ men merged, running shoulder to shoulder, and came through 2km packed up. Shortly after it was brothers Hillary Bor and Emmanuel Bor pushing the pace, with Reid Buchanan, Leonard Korir and a host of others, stringing the field out.
Just before the halfway point, Emmanuel Bor surged ahead of the field, coming through 5km in 14:23, a couple seconds ahead of the chase pack that shrank down to 12 men and led by Sam Chelanga, Buchanan, Korir, and Hillary Bor.