PROUD USA MEN WITH
THE AMERICAN FLAG.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
USA Men Shock at World at XC Champs
BY CLAY SHAW
BYDGOSZCZ, POLAND -- The Senior Men 12K at World XC had a Kenyan
winner, Japhet Korir (32:45), no big surprise. The surprise was
the other Kenyans were 12th, 15th, 26th, 36th, and a DNF
-- due to a big fall that had him taken to hospital. Imane
Merga of Ethiopia, the defending champ from the 2011 meet in
Punta Umbria, Spain, was second in 32:51. Teklemariam Medhin
of Eritrea was third in 32:54. The big story was the USA
men led by Maine's Ben True, who was 6th in 33:11, and Illinois'
Chris Derrick who was 10th in 33:23. Cold weather and a
tough course didn't faze the USA team at all, as Ryan Vail placed
17th in 33:42, and Robert Mack in 19th in 33:49, as the USA placed
second among the fifteen teams, behind Ethiopia, and ahead of
Kenya. How about that! It was great seeing the joy
on the USA teams as they celebrated afterwards. Elliott Heath
(30th, 34:11), and James Strang (37th, 34:20), also ran solid
races for the USA.