Angell, Clickman, Pacheco lead locals at USATF Championships in Oregon

2/9/2017
 
Results & Photos

On Saturday, nine (9) athletes from the Virginia association competed at the USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon.  Six championship races were held on a course that needed a mammoth community effort to remove nearly 24 inches of snow during the week leading up to the meet.  The local Bend community came out in force in the days leading up to the meet to clear the snow from the course resulting in the 2 km circuit looking more like a green carpeted tunnel framed by white walls of snow. To add to the elements an early morning race-day down pour and warming temperatures left the course extremely treacherous in many areas resulting in numerous falls.
 
The day began with championship races for masters (ages 40 and over), followed by the under-20 men and women races and then the Open women and men took to a course that was well worn and anything but fast.
 
The top 6 finishers in the open and under-20 races earned automatic Team USA births to compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships March 26 in Kampala, Uganda.  Additionally, athletes finishing in the top 25 were eligible for selection to represent Team USA at the North American Central America Caribbean Championships March 4 in Florida.
 
David Angell, 40, of Blue Ridge started the day off finishing fourth in the masters men’s 40-44 division.  He covered the 8 km course in 28:18. Angell missed making a trip to the awards podium by just 12 seconds. Jacques Sallberg won the race running 26:29.  Angell’s age graded performance of 79.31% was the 13th best (out of 93 masters men) performance of the day.
 
In the open men’s race a trio of Richmond Spiders led the way for the local athletes.  Miles Clikeman, 19, of Chesterfield finished 49th running 34:01 on the 10 km course.  He was followed by Alex Lucking, 20, of Richmond in 58th place and Andrew Testas, 19 of Richmond in 68th place.  The event annually hosts the Armed Forces championship and three of the services were represented by the next three Virginia finishers.  Placing 76th was Sean O'Hollearn, 23, (U.S. Air Force, Hampton).  Robert Alvarado, 29, (U.S. Navy, Norfolk) and Richard Jennings, 40, (U.S. Marine Corps, Quantico) finished 79th and 86th, respectively. 
 
In the open women’s race U.S. Marine Corps teammates Sara Pacheco, 31, of Dumfries and Katherine Sullivan, 25 of Carlsbad, Calf. finished 56th and 66th, respectively.  For the first time in championship history the women’s championship distance was 10 km.