Journal Day 7 April 2 (Race day, post race Party, ending thoughts) – Now I’m nervous. Just a little bit. Not more than usual, but I am nervous. Like I said, no pressure today so I shouldn’t be any more nervous than for most races, heck I get nervous before workouts. I think it helps prep my body for a hard effort or something.
Got up after 6.5 hrs of sleep feeling pretty good because of the time change. Didn’t have to drag myself out like usual before a race. There was a light rain last night that dampened everything and a warm front that came in making a little warmer, quite a bit more humid, and brought with it 30mph gusts of wind. A short jog and stretch then settled in to a quite corner of the hotel with a comfortable chair so I could enjoy my powerbar and read for a while. It was a little early before the race to be eating but I figured I’d just eat a little more later.
We headed to the course on the 11:30 bus for our 2:30 race. Relaxed for a bit before my usually short walk with the soothing tones of Linkin Park at full volume to really get the adrenaline flowing. Man, that is an unbelievable feeling. As soon as that courses through my veins I feel more alive than at any other time. It’s hard to describe but I think it’s that feeling that lets athletes believe, even for a moment, that they could take down the best in the world...too bad it can’t stick around for twelve thousand meters or Bekele might be in trouble.
Went through a normal warm-up feeling pretty good and confident of a good race. The wind had picked up to a pretty constant 30mph. “Tuck in” would be the name of the game today. The check in procedure for World XC races is a little different than I’m used to. You have to proceed through a call room where they put your front number on that has a timing chip attached. This takes a few minutes so you have to set aside time for that. Once you get through you aren’t allowed to use the starting area for striders so they have a small area cordoned off that gets crowded in a hurry for strides. They call you to the line about 1min before the start. Get settled in the stalls, no striders, you stand in your gates like a team of caged horses ready to rip across the field. The starter toys with you for an interminably long time after the “Set” and then, “Snap”, we’re off…into our 30mph headwind. Due to the wind the race went out rather slow. I managed a great start, right up front after about 500m and pretty relaxed. As soon as we turned the corner away from the wind the pack took off. I was able to stay with them for two laps. Ryan got 4 or 5. Going into the wind I tried to tuck in behind someone. For such a flat course that was supposed to be like a track that wouldn’t break your rhythm there was an awful lot of pace changes. Sprint to get on the back of someone just before going into the wind. Try to surge by someone as the wind was at your back. Stuff like that. And the crowds were awesome. At least a couple hundred people lining the whole course. I know that’s small by some standards but that’s pretty good for an XC race. Everybody banning together to beat the Kenyans and Ethiopians. I had Aussies yelling for me, Canadians, Brits, and a large contingent of Americans running around the spectator friendly course.
Well, you know the results. It didn’t go exactly as planned but I really can’t be disappointed. I thought I raced hard, I don’t have any excuses, and it was a great first experience. I was tired and I know I’ll be sore tomorrow, and that’s all I can ask for. A hot shower back at the hotel felt good. Waiting around for dinner seemed like an eternity and later in the evening I was wishing that I had decided to take a short nap. But alas I did not and I would suffer for it later. To steal a saying from the “great” Bode Miller, we got to party on an Olympic level. Maybe not quite Olympic but just World XC level. I don’t have anything to compare it too but most of the other veterans said they had possibly one of the best post race parties. It was pretty incredible. The New Jersey banquet hall became a disco hall with lights, stage, band and some decent dancing out of our bold neighbors to the north. The Canadians had to get things started but then everybody joined in and it turned out to be a great time. The dancing ended and we (the English speaking contingent of Aussies, Brits, Cunucks, and Yanks, funny how everyone has a nickname isn’t it) all headed up to the hotel bar where David Bedford was buying drinks…for everyone. It was rowdy, kind of a tame version of an old Cornell Track party. Lots of fun. Got to meet a lot of the other runners from Canada and Great Britain that I didn’t know before.
Eight of us ended the evening with a friendly game of bowling just down the block. I know what you’re saying, what a dork, bowling? Yeah I know, but give me a chance. It was fun. It’s my idea of a better time than sitting in a bar trying in vain to make small talk with the dude sitting next to me. Then to bed.
Sorry I’m late on this one. I could say that I was reflecting on my race and thinking about what to say, but really I was out all night and didn’t have a chance to write this.
So as this comes to an end one thing I can say is that I am blessed to be one of the few that get to experience an event that brings the best athletes in the world together. A crowd of people that relate, if for nothing else but because we each go through exactly the same physical motions and emotions when we pour our sweat out on miles/kilometers of earth. We may have different training methods but we all have to put one foot in front of the other, every day, a lot. It was an amazing trip and I can tell, even if this was my only one so far, that each world championship, no matter how many you go on, is special in it’s own way. This one won’t be my last. I learned a lot and I now have a lot more experience that I can draw from next year.
On a final note, thanks to everyone helping me to get here. XO. Footzone. Rebound. Jim. Dylan and the other BBC regulars. Parents and Grandparents. And most of all my wife for putting up with everything.
Journal Day 6 April 1 (The day before the race) - First day of racing. Slept in a bit today to get a good night of sleep two nights before the race. Pretty standard. Hobbled down to breakfast and lunch. I decided that since I was going to the course and wouldn’t get lunch that I’d just eat both. So I had a light breakfast, waited about 20 min, (nothing else to do) then had a light lunch…spaghetti. Worked pretty well. Called the wife. Went over to the course to watch the races. Got my 30min run, striders and stretch in before they started then took it easy. It was an almost perfect day for racing; overcast, cool, with a slight breeze. Overall it was a pretty good day for us. Everybody ran pretty well and Goucher had a great race. That kid is on fire. 6th place for those who haven’t seen results. That’s phenomenal. So we were all pretty happy about that.
The course is fast and not quite as crowded as I thought it would be. Some of the guys said it also didn’t go out quite as fast as they were expecting. So that’s a good sign. I was kind of worried about the first 800m and getting into position. So the race goes out flat for about 300m then heads up the first small hill, levels off for about 10m then back down and almost immediately into the sharpest corner of the course, a horseshoe 120 degree U-turn. I’m worried about being in the middle of the pack and having a huge bottleneck right at that turn and letting the front pack get a gap opened up. We’ll see what happens. 12k is also a long ways and a lot can happen in 35min.
Headed back to the hotel for a bit of R & R around 3:30. Read a little. Ate a quick dinner before our abbreviated team meeting at 7:30. Didn’t have much to talk about. Take the 11:30 bus, get the warm-ups in the bag, give your passports to the coaches, yada yada. Talked about the strategy for the race a little but really not much. Basically don’t go out too fast and don’t go out too slow. Good advice eh? Duh? I’ve decided there really isn’t any pressure on us and certainly less than at Nationals. It’s a good race to take some risks here and there and see what we can do. I realize no one is really expecting much from the long course team since we’re so young but I’m hoping we can pull off a good race and not race like a bunch of amateurs. We’ll see. Our story has yet to be told.
Without much fanfare we adjourned the meeting and retired to our rooms. But only shortly, our 3hr dinner was cut short by the meeting so Pat and I decided to head back down to dinner for a cup of tea and some more people watching. The people watching is quite amazing here really. It’s great with so many different nationalities. It is head and shoulders above any mall or sidewalk café, hands down. There’s the famous runners obviously, there’s neon pink hair girl from Australia, there’s the very serious-never smiling Ruskies, oh, there’s spiky hair girl from Australia (who’s hot by the way, don’t tell my wife), and many more.
With dinner winding down we headed back for the room. I finished the evening off by arranging all my stuff for my run in the am and my powerbar and water breakfast, and then a viewing of Office Space. Now it’s 12 on the eve of the race and I’ll be up in about 6 or 7 hrs to prep for the race. Not nervous yet.
Journal Day 5 March 31– Course preview day. Another breakfast at the New Jersey Marriot. Pretty good. I have certainly eaten my fill of banana bread this week. The Japanese make a mean banana bread. With this buffet for every meal I’ve been really wary of eating too much. I can’t tell if I’ve been eating a lot or not. I’m not really hungry between meals so I feel like I’m eating too much but the plates and glasses are about half the size of any normal dinner ware so I know I’m not eating that much. I’m confused. So I’m erring on the side of not eating too much cus I need to watch my girlish figure and I don’t want my love handles dangling over the waist of my shorts on Sunday. I have definitely eaten my fill of banana bread this week. The Japanese make a mean banana bread.
Then it was off to the course. I will commend the Japanese on their organization, but the buses taking people to the course did not carry the mark of their strict military like organization. It was a fiasco. But we made it. It was a beautiful day, no wind and sunny. The course is about a 30 min drive from the hotel out on a peninsula in the bay. Basically it is a sand dune with grass on it. It’s supposed to rain Saturday and Sunday but no amount of moisture or rain would ever make it a muddy course. Disappointed? Yeah, but it’s pretty similar to the Van Cortlandt course plus 50 degrees so it should go alright. Pretty fast. Very flat except for a few small man made hills.
After taking team pictures we headed back to the hotel for some lunch. Same thing but good. I didn’t eat too much.
Finally got a glimpse of Bekele today. It’s humbling to know how fast he can run but how much like everyone else he really is. I mean he still has to eat the same food I do, he’s even about the same height as me. There were some British girls scurrying over to take pictures with him but I have a hard time getting that excited about someone famous. I can’t say I’m not impressed but I can’t let on that I am. When I see someone “famous” I don’t get all excited like “Ooh, there’s so and so” I just don’t see it. They’re just a person like you and I but happen to have a recognizable face so everyone automatically thinks they know them. Sure they can run fast but I’ve got to think I can too and they aren’t above me. Runners like Bekele and Mottram are my opponents, I may never beat them, but I can’t think like that or I’ll never beat anyone.
The evening was pretty uneventful. Some reading, another 3hr dinner, a little green tea ice cream, stayed away from the banana bread though. Talked it up with some of the other runners. Shootin it. It’s been really enlightening to be able to talk with other sponsored athletes about the business side of running or sport that most people never think about. After you run fast everything starts to get more complicated. Trust me. That’s another topic for another time. Time for bed.
Journal Day 4 March 30– Pretty laid back day today. Woke up to a hurricane, well not quite but it was windy enough that some of the junior girls floated away. Still getting full nights of sleep, which is great. Some of the guys are having a hard time sleeping still from the time change. Went to the track after breakfast for my normal couple of 200s then jogged back to the hotel.
Just before I left I ordered the book The Gift: A Runners Story. I haven’t finished it yet but that’s what I’ve been reading in some of my spare time. Luckily I run faster than I read, but I’m hoping to get through the 262 page book before I get back.
Went to lunch. They’ve got us in a big banquet hall now and looking around the room we could be in a Marriot somewhere in New Jersey for all we knew. Nothing says Japan like chafing dishes full of pasta and stacks of Coca~Cola in a room full of identical chairs and numbered tables.
After lunch Pat and I, by the way I’m rooming with Pat Gildea, finally finished the DVD we started two nights ago. We keep crashing around 9:30pm so today we decided to start the movie at 2pm so we were actually coherent enough to understand what was going on. Around 4, feeling pretty bored in the room with dinner more than an hour away, I decided to go for a walk down by the beach. Then we ate dinner for two and a half hours (what else are we going to do), then went with Pat down to Starbucks, yeah Starbucks, right next to the Nike store, Toys R Us, Hard Rock Café, Billabong, and Quicksilver in the mall. And that was about it for the eventful evening. Finished it off with a good laugh at “Steamin Willie Beamon” in “Any Given Sunday”. Entertaining.
Journal Day 3 March 29- Today was a little more exciting. Got a taste of Japanese tourist culture. A little more comfortable with the athlete schedule – do nothing all day. It’s harder than you think to have nothing at all to do. After only two days I’m going nuts ready to claw my way out of a hotel room. Even though I could work a little less than I do now it is nice to have something to do during the day.
The typical day for the week is get up at about 7 or 7:30 because you wake up wide awake then or before. Go to breakfast down at the cafeteria that has the same exact selection everyday. They have some typical Japanese food then also some other stuff like pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereal. Then we go hang out back in the room or with some other runners until around 10:00 when we go for a run. Since we’re all tapering it’s different for everybody. Some people do an hour run, some did a workout today, I’m just doing a short warmup of about 20min, 10 X 200m in 29-32sec, then a short cool down everyday this week. Then its off to lunch, same thing as the day before, good selection though. Today we had a team meeting at 2pm to go over some little details like uniform policy, team leader introductions, and schedule for the week. Not much to talk about until Friday when we have the course tour.
After that it was time for some tourism. We, as in 30 US athletes and coaches, all piled onto a city bus to go to the city center. It was comical. We would bottom out the bus on a small bump in the road then getting off took about 15min while everyone paid the driver. We had people honking and staring and other people waiting to get on the bus, it was a fiasco. From the bus we had to take a 15min train ride out to Dazaifu where there is a Buddist Shrine. The train ride was pretty uneventful and pretty easy to navigate even for an American. The Shrine itself was a little outside the city on the edge of the mountains. It was a beautiful area with Japanese gardens and ponds and Pagoda style buildings. We didn’t get to stay long but it was nice to get out of the city and see some Japanese culture. In the village of Dazaifu there are little shops that are mostly for the tourists visiting the Shrine and some of the shops reminded me of Krispy Kreme. People would wait in line for these rice cakes that would come hot off the grill. They were actually pretty good and almost comparable to a Krispy Kreme. They are a rice mash stuff filled with a sweetened red bean paste and they would just melt in your mouth. Very tasty and recommended. Then we made our way back to the hotel for dinner. This evening we mixed it up and went to the Chinese Buffet, our other restaurant option for dinner. It was very good food and a few treats that you don’t see at the Ithaca Chinese Buffet like cooked jellyfish. I had to try it. Very squiggly kind of like gristly fat without much taste and not highly recommended. They had some green tea ice cream that made up for the jellyfish though. The rest of the evening was spent up in the room chatting with the other runners, Sharon, Ian, Jorge, Matt, and Luke. Ian and Jorge have played about 70 games of speed solitaire since they arrived two weeks ago. That is just amazing to me. I guess that’s one way to pass the time.
So good night for now. Tomorrow’s another day in the land of the rising sun.
Journal Day 2 March 28– Whoa, where’d the days go. This whole international date line is screwing with me. I was trying to figure out my running schedule because I figured I’d take Sunday the 26th off but I didn’t want to take Monday off because I didn’t want to take two days off, but then I figured out that since we lost a day if I didn’t run Sunday or Monday I was really only missing one day, not two. Then on the way back I’ll actually be able to run twice on Monday April 3rd but it will be like running two days.
Anyway, so far everything here is very nice and pretty normal or at least pretty close to what I’m used to in the US. In the restaurant they cater to everyone and have some normal American food and then some traditional Japanese food as well. I can’t say I’ve tried any yet but I will. I’ve only eaten breakfast so far and didn’t feel like rice and vegetables for breakfast. I haven’t gone for a run yet either.
Journal Day 1 March 26–So, Ross (Team XO director extraordinaire) asked if I would document some of my trip to the World Cross Country Championships. First, I have to thank Ross and Team XO for their support and all the work they do to make sure us post-collegiates have somewhere to call home even if we live and train on our own. It’s nice to have an environment that is similar to college when we travel to races and a team to compete with. After all cross country is a team sport.
Well I’m on my way to Japan. It’s been quite a trip to get here and by no means is it over, but competing for the USA in a world championship cross country race has been a goal of mine since, I guess, high school, when I figured out that cross country is what I really loved about running. You’ve heard this before, but it is raw, pure heart. No track, no time barriers, just you, your competitors and the environment. So cliché but so true. I just wish I could explain it better. Since I’m an engineer I’m not exactly an eloquent writer, nor is my punctuation up to par.
Sitting in the seat I’m in now, as a member of the US World XC team is quite an honor and as rewarding an accomplishment as qualifying for an Olympic team in my eyes. Although many people wouldn’t hold world cross country in the same regard as the Olympics track and field, cross country brings all those Olympians together to compete against each other in one competition in the purest of sports. Don’t get me wrong, to be called an Olympian puts one on a level that even the most apathetic couch potato can understand and appreciate, and in the next two years I intend to put myself in a position to represent the US in Beijing as well.
After the national qualifying race in NYC in February I was as surprised as anyone that I finished third. It’s humbling to be running with the best in the country, but at the same time it feels good that with each race my confidence in my racing and fitness grows and I can compete where I have to believe I can.
Training since Nationals has been pretty hit and miss. Nationals really tore me up. I mean I had trouble running for about two weeks after the race. The race course was so hard and the weather so cold that my calves felt like they were packed with walnuts for two weeks. Then the small little nagging injuries started in, not to mention the residual fatigue. Workouts up until a week ago have been pretty miserable, so naturally I was starting to wonder if I would be ready for Worlds. This past week though has been back to normal. Some good fast speed work and some strong longer intervals have helped reassure me that I’m mentally ready to go and that physically I have been all along. I was just being a pathetic weenier and I needed to grow some.
So now I’m here, flying somewhere over the pacific near the Sea of Okhotsk. In a week I’ll be ready to go. To race the best or at least take the first step toward actually racing the best. Man this is a long plane ride. I’ve already watched two movies. I need to write a report for work on Dimensional Analysis of Pressure Swirl Atomizers. What a vacation. I’ll try to write a little more each day on what it’s like to experience the world championships. So far it’s a goal finally achieved and a long plane ride.
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King Leads XO With Commanding Performance
Van Cortlandt Park - New York City - N.Y. - February 18-19 2006 - There is no better place than on ESPN to bust onto the national elite running scene in America. Max King used his opportunity and did just that at Sunday’s U.S. National Cross Country 12k Championships. On a cold clear day that claimed several under-prepared runners, King showed his strength on the famed hills of the Bronx’s Van Cordtland Park in New York City.
Having run in a pack of five for the early stages of the race that included such luminaries as Nike’s Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman, Reebok’s Jorge Torres, and Asics’s Ryan Hall, King alternately took leading duties and tucked into the rear of the pack as he held pace with the nation’s best. Hall made a surge midway through the race that opened a gap and the race was on with Torres chasing, King hot on his heels and the rest of the pack falling inevitably behind. “I felt Ritz[enhein] falling back and was feeling pretty good at that point (late in the race) so I knew I could hold my position,” said the Cornell graduate who was cheered on by many family and friends. Ultimately, the order of runners didn’t change late in the race as Hall, Torres, King, and Ritzenhein crossed in order, followed by Jason Hartmann and Matt Gabrielson rounding out the top six spots earning each a trip to the World Championships.
Modest as usual, Max King strode into the media tent, brow sweaty and shoes muddy, an American flag wrapped around him and an easy smile across his face where he was surrounded by cameras, microphones and questions about making the U.S. Team that will travel to Fukuoka, Japan for the World Cross Country Championships.
“It will be my first international race outside of the U.S.,” beamed King, “I’m very excited.” King plans on running the NACAC Championships in which he finished third last year as the first American finisher. He will then travel with Team USA to Worlds at the beginning of April.
The next runner in for XO was Masters 8k champ Rick Fuller (38:11) who was chased by XO newcomer Dylan Mason (38:44), training partner of Max King. “I was really pretty happy about my race,” said Mason who is looking forward to running the Oregon Road Championship Series as well as hitting the track for the occasional 5k.
Tim Julian (39:52) rounding out XO as well as the top nine club finishers comprised of only Team XO and Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. “I wasn’t in the best shape coming in, but it wasn’t that bad for my current fitness level,” remarked Julian, who like Fuller has been involved with XO since the cross country team’s inception. “I’m looking forward to the track races this spring, but this race was fun.”
Pleased with another second place team finish at the Winter National meet, team director Ross Krempley added, “This weekend was huge for XO starting off with Rick and his first U.S. Masters title. With Max leading the team to another second place finish and qualifying for the world championships team in impressive style, XO seems well on its way to achieving many of the goals we set out for ourselves this year. The past three years have been focused on this year to be the one where we show the nation what Team XO is all about. Placing third at Club Nationals, our impressive showing at Winter Nationals, getting another runner on the World Championships team were all goals of ours as we head into the Indoor National Championships where we can showcase some of our fine field event athletes. During the outdoor track season we now have thirty to forty elite athletes competing at the University of Oregon meets, which are our home meets. We will compete several times with a full track team, something we have only shown sparingly thus far. Throw in the elite high school meet, the XO Invite which is now a nationally featured meet on the elite high school statistical website dyestat.com, and we present a solid argument that we are one of the premier track and field team in the nation.”
The next opportunity for success will be the USA Track and Field Indoor National Championships in Boston, Massachusetts on February 24-26. XO athletes attending will be Leonidas Watson (Long Jump), Simidele Adeagbo (Triple Jump), Kyley Johnson (High Jump), Cari Soong (Weight Throw), and Niki McEwen (Pole Vault).
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Place Place Bib# Finisher Time City, State Affiliation
1 16 Ryan Hall, 23 34:38 Woodside, CA Asics
2 13 Jorge Torres, 25 35:05 Boulder, CO Reebok
3 1 607 Max King, 25 35:20 Bend, OR Team XO
4 11 Dathan Ritzenhein, 23 35:27 Boulder, CO Nike
5 648 Jason Hartmann, 24 35:39 Boulder, CO Nike
6 640 Matthew Gabrielson, 27 35:39 Apple Valley, MN Team USA Minnesota/Reebok
7 662 Brandon Leslie, 29 35:42 Albuquerque, NM Sports Warrier Track/Brooks
8 633 Eugene Dennis, 31 35:42 Fond du lac, WI Wisconsin Runner RT
9 642 Patrick Gildea, 26 35:45 Knoxville, TN New York Athletic Cl
10 656 Ryan Kirkpatrick, 27 35:47 Colorado Springs U.S. Army
11 659 Travis Laird, 24 35:55 Flagstaff, AZ
12 621 Andrew Carlson, 23 35:55 Apple Valley, MN Team USA Minnesota
13 612 Ryan Bak, 24 35:58 Marina, CA Big Sur Distance Pro
14 681 Celedonio Rodriguez, 25 35:59 Alamosa, CO Reebok
15 619 Fernando Cabada, 23 36:18 Bristol, VA Virginia Intermont C
16 613 Kyle Baker, 30 36:24 Westfield, IN
17 654 Peter Julian, 34 36:26 Boulder, CO adidas
18 686 Jason Sandfort, 23 36:27 Fayetteville, AR
19 643 Brian Godsey, 25 36:28 Baltimore, MD
20 2 600 Josh Eberly, 25 36:36 Rochester, MI Hansons-Brooks Dista
21 3 602 Chad Johnson, 29 36:39 Rochester Hills, Hansons-Brooks Dista
22 615 Fasil Bizuneh, 25 36:41 Marina, CA Big Sur Distance Pro
23 4 603 Josh Moen, 23 36:45 Rochester Hills, Hansons-Brooks Dista
24 5 604 Ryan Sheehan, 22 36:46 Rochester, MI Hansons-Brooks Dista
25 6 601 Jeffrey Gaudette, 23 36:46 Rochester, MI Hansons-Brooks Dista
26 690 Josh Simpson, 21 36:47 Peekskill, NY Westchester TC
27 673 Corey Nowitzke, 21 36:53 Monroe, MI Eastern Michigan Uni
28 653 Gabriel Jennings, 27 36:57 Mendocino, CA
29 672 Sean Nesbitt, 31 37:00 Boulder, CO Boulder Express
30 644 Kyle Goklish, 25 37:05 Whiteriver, AZ Sports Warrier Track
31 20 Robert Gary, 32 37:08 Westerville, OH Reebok
32 652 Teren Jameson, 28 37:10 Taylorsville, UT New Balance
33 624 Jedidiah Chappell, 25 37:13 Scottsdale, AZ
34 661 Nelson Laux, 27 37:17 Arvada, CO Boulder Running Comp
35 682 Ben Rosario, 26 37:21 St. Louis, MO Brooks
36 697 Jay Wassell, 28 37:26 Elm, NJ Philadelphia Track C
37 664 Chris Lundstrom, 29 37:27 Minneapolis, MN Team USA Minnesota
38 631 Scott Defilippis, 26 37:33 Normandy Beach, Mizuno Runner's High
39 670 Lucas Meyer, 22 37:35 Redwood City, CA The Farm Team, Inc.
40 660 Steve Laurie, 25 37:50 Eugene, OR Team Eugene
41 669 John Mentzer, 29 37:54 Monterey, CA U.S. Navy
42 678 Joshua Perrin, 20 37:58 Hillsdale, MI Eastern Michigan Uni
43 626 Jonathan Clemens, 31 37:59 San Diego, CA U.S. Navy
44 693 John Supsic, 27 38:03 Boulder, CO Boulder Express
45 7 605 Patrick Fuller, 40 38:11 Eugene, OR Team XO
46 680 Oscar Ponce, 28 38:12 Boston, MA Boston Athletic Asso
47 691 Nick Stanko, 25 38:27 Ann Arbor, MI
48 679 Chase Pizzonia, 19 38:34 New Rochelle, NY Iona College
49 637 Adam Fitzgerald, 24 38:36 Carlisle, MA
50 625 Luke Chrusciel, 20 38:41 Grandville, MI Eastern Michigan Uni
51 8 608 Dylan Mason, 32 38:44 Bend, OR Team XO
52 620 Judson Cake, 28 39:00 Blowing Rock, NC ZAP Fitness
53 702 Joey Zins, 26 39:05 Tallahassee, FL
54 683 Frederick Rountree, 28 39:10 Williston, VT
55 689 Levi Severson, 25 39:17 Belmont, MA U.S. Air Force
56 641 Jonathan Gibson, 24 39:23 Woodinville, WA
57 646 Eric Hamner, 24 39:23 Pataskala, OH
58 671 Teddy Mitchell, 33 39:26 Albuquerque, NM U.S. Army
59 666 Carlos Martins, 36 39:28 Kearny, NJ
60 677 Nathan Pennington, 29 39:31 Apo, AE U.S. Army
61 635 Billy Edwards, 28 39:39 Virginia Beach, U.S. Marine Corps
62 617 Andrew Boone, 24 39:44 Cambridge, MA U.S. Air Force
63 623 Louis Chapa, 26 39:50 San Benito, TX U.S. Army
64 9 606 Tim Julian, 35 39:52 Ashland, OR Team XO
65 694 Davidson Taveras, 22 39:55 Milton, FL U.S. Navy
66 657 Jeffrey Klemmer, 35 39:59 Fpo, AP U.S. Marine Corps
67 10 610 Andrew Ames, 43 40:03 Boulder, CO Fleet Feet Boulder
68 629 Mark Cucuzzella, 39 40:08 Shepherdstown, W U.S. Air Force
69 684 Kurt Russell, 23 40:10 Milton, FL U.S. Marine Corps
70 630 Russ Curley, 34 40:18 Titusville, NJ
71 11 632 Lance Denning, 44 40:33 Boulder, CO Fleet Feet Boulder
72 628 Liam Collins, 35 40:41 Alexandria, VA U.S. Army
73 663 Matthew Lowe, 25 40:43 Arlington, VA U.S. Air Force
74 614 John Beyer, 22 41:11 West Seneca, NY
75 12 688 Jeremy Schwartz, 31 41:35 Boulder, CO Fleet Feet Boulder
76 655 Kevin Kemmerle, 19 41:37 Dover, DE
77 675 Michael Owens, 32 41:44 West Wardsboro,
78 638 Nathan Flores, 26 41:47 Jacksonville, NC U.S. Marine Corps
79 650 Alexander Hetherington, 38 41:53 Stafford, VA U.S. Marine Corps
80 698 Mike Wasson, 40 42:06 Monument, CO U.S. Air Force
81 668 Joe McVeigh, 42 42:18 Convent Station, New York Athletic Cl
82 13 1009 Hans Funke, 45 42:25 Boulder, CO Fleet Feet Boulder
83 627 Richard Cochrane, 32 42:31 Norfolk, VA U.S. Navy
84 611 Vincent Augelli, 35 42:34 San Diego, CA U.S. Navy
85 645 Mitchell Hall, 33 42:55 San diego, CA U.S. Navy
86 616 Thomas Blackwell, 35 43:19 Jacksonville, NC U.S. Marine Corps
87 649 Jerome Henry, 38 43:32 San Francisco, C
88 665 Michael Mann, 37 43:41 Hampton, VA U.S. Air Force
90 685 John Sabatino, 39 47:21 Morris Plains, N Sneaker Factory Road
91 647 David Harding, 45 50:49 Lake Oswego, OR Team Red Lizard
92 651 Dr. Brian Hickey, 37 52:19 Tallahassee, FL
Place Place Bib# Finisher Time
1 Hansons-Brooks Distance Proj. Score = 14
2 600 Josh Eberly, 25, Rochester, MI 36:36
3 602 Chad Johnson, 29, Rochester Hills, MI 36:39
4 603 Josh Moen, 23, Rochester Hills, MI 36:45
5 604 Ryan Sheehan, 22, Rochester, MI 36:46
6 601 Jeffrey Gaudette, 23, Rochester, MI 36:46
2 Team XO Score = 25
1 607 Max King, 25, Bend, OR 35:20
7 605 Patrick Fuller, 40, Eugene, OR 38:11
8 608 Dylan Mason, 32, Bend, OR 38:44
9 606 Tim Julian, 35, Ashland, OR 39:52
3 Fleet Feet Boulder Score = 46
10 610 Andrew Ames, 43, Boulder, CO 40:03
11 632 Lance Denning, 44, Boulder, CO 40:33
12 688 Jeremy Schwartz, 31, Boulder, CO 41:35
13 1009 Hans Funke, 45, Boulder, CO 42:25
Ross Krempley—Team XO Director
Mail: P.O. Box 3915
XO Travels Across The Country to the World XC Trials
Van Cortlandt Park - New York City - N.Y. - February 17 2006 - XO will send a team of five to the U.S. National Cross Country Championships that will act as the trials for the World Cross Country Championships. Max King will lead the charge along with Dan McLean, Tim Julian, Dylan Mason, and Rick Fuller who will double in the masters 8k and the open men’s 12k on the following day. Fuller is aiming at his first U.S. Masters individual championship after turning that “magic number” 40 last year. King is seeking his first World Cross Country team berth in the open 12k. Last year King placed 11th in the 12k. “I am hoping to make the team, after coming off a PR in the Half marathon at the US championships last month and another PR up in Seattle two weeks ago in the mile and 3k, I feel like anything is possible,” said King.
The meet will take place at New York’s Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on February 18-19. XO team director Ross Krempley is optimistic about XO’s chances, “We know that this is mainly an individual event, and the team aspect is not as important, but we still wanted to bring a full team to support the team component of the meet. Members winning championships, making the world team, and having fun on the sloppy course in New York is what this trip is all about”.
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