While the 7 – 11 inches of snow that was predicted for race day in Spokane, WA never quite materialized (there was just a dusting of snow on the course at race time), the wind and cold temperatures were definitely a factor. By the time the races began on Saturday the temperature was about 20 degrees with winds around 30 mph (that makes it feel like its about 0 degrees out).
Seattle teams had a very strong showing taking 4 of the top 5 places in the women’s masters (40+) race. With Club NW (A) getting the win followed by Fleet Feet Boulder, Seattle Running Club, Eastside Runners and Club NW (B), respectively. In the men’s masters (40+) race it was team Fluffy Bunny winning over Fleet Feet Boulder, Bowerman Athletic Club, Dirigo R.C. and Club NW, respectively. The Boulder Running Company/Adidas won the open women’s race with New Balance Boston, the Boston Athletic Association, New York Athletic Club and Run Ohio-Second Sole Racing Team rounding out the top five. For complete results visit the USATF XC Club Nationals site.
The men’s open race was won by the McMillan Elite team, followed by the Bowerman Athletic Club, Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, Boulder Running Company/Adidas and Asics Aggie Running Club. The race for individual champion ended up being a great battle between Scott Bauhs and Andrew Carlson. In the end Scott Baughs out kicked Andrew Carlson to win by 2 seconds and claim his first national championship as a professional runner. I heard Bauhs even had to stop to tie his shoe once during the race. This guy is going to be a great runner. For a complete recap of all the races check out the USATF race review.
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