Thursday, February 10, 2011

Richmond at the 2010 USATF National XC Championships (San Diego, CA)

A Few Photos from the National Cross Country Championships held in Mission Bay Park in San Diego, California on Saturday, February 5, 2010...

Following the Prerace USATF XC Championships press conference the Spiders got Lisa Koll and Shalane Flanagan to pause for a photo...Pictured L-R- Matt Llano (21st Sr Men), Lisa Koll (3rd place and NCAA 10K Record Holder), Shalane Flanagan (Race Champion and 2008 USA Olympian 10K), Jon Wilson (37th Sr Men), Amy Van Alstine (28th Sr Women) and Ryan Lee (21st Jr Men).

L-R Abdi Abdirahman (3 time USA Olympian) poses with Spider All-American Matt Llano, Jon Wilson and Ryan Lee.

L-R-Matt Llano, Amy Van Alstine, Jon Wilson and Ryan Lee outside the hotel.

Matt Llano speaks with Lisa Koll and Shalane Flanagan following the press conference the day before the races.
Matt Llano and Lisa Koll...

Abdi Abdirahman is happy to sign Ryan Lee's race number...Our nations great runners, like Abdi Abdirahman, are amazing at giving their time...

Ryan Lee, Matt Llano and Jon Wilson give an interview to link to the video interview is HERE.

L-R—Jon Wilson, Ryan Lee, Matt Tegenkamp and Matt Llano…Tegenkamp is one of our nations top distance runners holding the American Record for 2 miles (8:07.07) and a 5K personal best of 12:58.56.

L-R—Jon Wilson, Amy Van Alstine, Molly Huddle, Matt Llano and Ryan Lee…Huddle is our nations 5k record holder at 14:44.76 set in 2010.

The press conference...or is it the post press conference?

Race morning brought the typical sunny skies and temperatures around 70 degrees...Athletes begin to gather for the junior women's race. (Mike Scott photo).

Richmond's Matt Llano, who earned 2010 NCAA All-America honors in the 10K, shown en route to 21st place in the senior men's race. Here he pulls away from Sean Quigley who finished 24th. Quigley has personal bests on the track of 28:03.72 in the 10K and 13:27.17 for 5K. (Mike Scott photo)

Matt Llano (#794) is in the front pack at 3K...Llano ran 28:51 for 10K last spring at the Stanford Invitational. (Mike Scott photo)

Richmond's Jon Wilson on his way to 37th place in the senior men's race... (Mike Scott photo)

Richmond's Jon Wilson on his way to 37th place in the senior men's race... (Mike Scott photo)

Amy Van Alstine ran 9:42 in the 3K at GMU the week before the USATF National Cross Country Championships...She holds several Spiders records and qualified for the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships and the first round of the 2010 NCAA Track & Field Championships in the 5K. (Mike Scott photo)

Van Alstine placed 28th in the senior women's race. (Mike Scott Photo)

Richmond's Ryan Lee (#580) placed 21st in national championship race for the junior (under 20) men. Lee is a freshman for the Spider's and comes in as one of the most decorated high school runners in Delaware history. (Mike Scott photo)

Ryan Lee (#580) placed 21st in the junior men's competition. (Mike Scott photo)

Mission Bay Park in San Diego is where the races were contested. (Mike Scott photo)

The sun sets on Mission Bay, CA (Mike Scott photo)


Richmond Competes On National StageCross country elite compete at USATF Championships.By KC Rismiller

Feb. 8, 2011

San Diego, Calif.
- Four Spiders participated in the USATF Cross Country Championships this past weekend in San Diego, Calif. against the nation's best cross country athletes.

"This is a great event and an opportunity our athletes took advantage of," said women's head coach Lori Taylor. "Each of them ran well and represented our program with their performances.

On Friday, freshman Ryan Lee competed in the Junior Men's race and placed 21st overall (26:04).

"Ryan Lee placing 21st in the junior men's race was a good race and puts him into the right mental position as we move toward the outdoor track season. He has the potential for a great career in this sport."

As for the Open Men's race on Saturday, redshirt-senior Matt Llano placed 21st with a time of 37:28 and redshirt-senior Jon Wilson finished 37th with a time of 38:51.

"Matt Llano and Jon Wilson ran in the senior men's race and also ran well. Matt's goal was a top 15 finish. He went out with the leaders and ran really well through 5K. After a rough 2K he began to start rolling again picking people off throughout the final 2K."

Redshirt-senior Amy Van Alstine was the only Spider female to participate at the Championships, and she finished 23rd in the Open Women's race with a time of 29:55.

"Amy Van Alstine ran well after last weekend's 9:42 in the 3K. She sustained a slight injury during that race but managed to come back with a good effort here. She was running in the top 20 with our nation's best female distance runners through 6K before the distance caught up to her. I'm proud of her effort. She always gives her best effort and is a racer...She's a true competitor."


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