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March 23-24, 2002, Leopardstown Race Course, Dublin, Ireland

World XC Championships

photo by Paul Merca

Junior Women 6k
Erika Odlaug 17th, 1:10 behind repeat champion Viola Kibiwot; USA 5th
Men 4k
Jorge Torres 11th, USA 5th; Kenya and Ethiopia dominate.
Women 8k -
Deena Drossin and USA are 2nd
Junior Men 6k -
USA 7th with Rod Koborsi 30th, Billy Nelson 33, Bobby Lockhart 39, and Yong-Sung Leal 41 (Tim Moore 54, Zachary Sabatino 81).
Women 4k -
Suzy Favor-Hamilton 5th
Men 12k -
Abdi, Meb, and Ritz in top 25; USA 5th

Stories: the Odlaug diary - Fast conditions await US runners -
Walt Murphy's reports
- Bento Leal's report -
the Odlaug diary - The Odlaugs of Illinois have an international flavor. Erika Odlaug, a member of the US junior team at Dublin, competed in England and Scotland with the US junior team last summer after winning the USA Junior Nationals 3000 meters. Erika's dad Theron works for a Japanese company and will arrive in Dublin on an around the world trip via his company's home office in Japan. Erika's mother (nee Pat Brennan) has Irish blood in her veins. They wrote down their thoughts in their trip to Dublin for the World Cross.
Bento Leal's report - Yong-Sung Leal of San Lorenzo CA was the only high school junior on the USA junior men's team at Dublin. After the race, his father, Bento Leal, called.

Dublin Album
World XC Championship Photos

by Paul Merca
Junior Women

Erika Odlaug, best finish by US junior woman in 10 years.
by John Nepolitan
Junior Men

Billy Nelson, best US prep

Schedule - US Team Roster - USATF web site - IAAF web site - Dublin web site -
Course Map - US Winter Nationals - 2001 World Cross on DyeStat -

Walt Murphy's Reports

Senior Women-Long Course(7,974m)
It was a great day for the U.S. women, who finished 2nd, only 10 points
behind Ethiopia (28-38). Great Britain's Paula Radcliffe pulled away late in
the race to win her 2nd straight long-course title, but Deena Drossin held on
for 2nd, while Colleen DeReuck moved all the way up to 3rd to enable the U.S.
to finish ahead of Kenya(41). Jen Rhines finished 12th and Milena Glusac 23rd
to finish out the U.S. scoring. Elva Dryer and Amy Rudolph gave strong backup
in 28th and 31st places, respectively.

Junior Women (4,982m)
Kenya's Viola Kibiwot defended her title with a narrow win over Ethiopia's
Tirunesh Dibaba, who was 5th last year. Colorado-bound Erika Odlaug, a senior
at Deerfield(IL) H.S. was the top American finisher(17th), while the U.S.
women finished a respectable 5th in the team standings.

Senior Men--Short Course(4,228m)
Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, the 2001 Junior Champion, who also finished 2nd
in last year's senior short course race, won easily over Kenya's Luke
Kipkosgei. Colorado's Jorge Torres was an impressive 11th, with Matt Lane not
far behind in 18th. The U.S. team finished 5th, a slot below last year.

High School stars well represented on US teams

Last year it was Dathan Ritzenhein, shocking everyone by finishing 3rd in the Junior Men's 8k race in the mud and cold at Ostend, Belgium. This year's high school runners will have a hard time matching Ritz' achievement, but six outstanding preps will give it a try. In the US Winter Nationals at Vancouver WA last month, four high school boys and two girls finished in the top 6 to earn a spot on the US junior teams (top 6 at Winter Nationals).

HS Boys: Foot Locker national cross country champion Tim Moore, Novi MI senior, leads the US team after winning at Vancouver. Three more Foot Locker finalists also made the team: Taft CA sr Billy Nelson, 3rd, and Winchester VA sr Bobby Lockhart and Arroyo CA jr Yong-Sung Leal tying for 5th. Lockhart showed his fitness by running away with the 2-mile title at the Nike Indoor Classic earlier this month in a time of 8:58.04. Billy Nelson was 7th in the same race in 9:09.77. The others skipped indoor meets to concentrate exclusively on training for the 8k race in Ireland.
US Junior Men qualifiers at Vancouver:

   1   Moore, Timothy         24:48.0      

   2   Koborsi, Rod           24:55.0      

   3   Nelson, William        25:04.0      

   4   Sabatino, Zach         25:16.0      

   5   Lockhart, Robert       25:18.0      

   5   Leal, Yong-Sung        25:18.0      

HS Girls: Deerfield IL sr Erika Odlaug 2nd and Allen TX sr Valerie Lauver 5th. US Junior Women qualifiers at Vancouver:

    1    Cicero, Maria      21:05.0            
2 Odlaug, Erika 21:19.0
3 Bei, Sara 21:26.0
4 Lee, Nicole 21:33.0
5 Lauver, Valerie 21:40.0
6 Andersen, Kathryn 21:41.0


Saturday, March 23

11:05 Junior Women's 6K
11:45 Open Men's 4K
12:15 Open Women's 8K

Sunday, March 24

12:30 Junior Men's 8K
1:20 Senior Women's 4K
2:00 Senior Men's 12K

US Team Roster

Junior Men

Rod Koborsi 8K
Yong-Sung Leal 8K
Bobby Lockhart 8K
Timothy Moore 8K
William Nelson 8K
Zachary Sabatino 8K

Senior Men

Abdi Abdirahman 12K
Matthew Downin 12K
Greg Jimmerson 12K
Meb Keflezighi 12K
Dathan Ritzenhein 12K
Clint Wells 12K
Jared Cordes 4K
Tony Cosey 4K
Dave Davis 4K
Matthew Lane 4K
Jonathon Riley 4K
Jorge Torres 4K

Junior Women

Kathryn Andersen 6K
Sara Bei 6K
Maria Cicero 6K
Valerie Lauver 6K
Nicole Lee 6K
Erika Odlaug 6K

Senior Women

Colleen De Reuck 8K
Deena Drossin 8K
Elva Dryer 8K
Milena Glusac 8K
Jennifer Rhines 8K
Amy Rudolph 8K
Suzy Favor Hamilton 4K
Sarah Hann 4K
Mary Jayne Harrelson 4K
Sarah Toland 4K
Carrie Tollefson 4K
Janet Trujillo 4K


Course Map

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