Angell fourth at Club XC Championships in frigid Kentucky

12/11/2017
 

The 2017 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday (9-Dec) at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  Nine (9) local athletes from the Virginia association were among the 1171 competitors from around the country that compete in the five races - Open Women (6 km), Open Men (10 km), Masters Women (6 km), Masters Men 40-59 yrs (10 km) and Masters Men 60+ yrs. (8 km).
 
There was a chill in the air, a bite to the wind and frost on the ground as runners contended with temperatures that never rose above freezing.
 
MASTERS  - Angell continues to shine on national stage; Hirn medals
The storyline of the day for the locals was the fourth place finish by David Angell (Blue Ridge, VA, Roanoke Valley Elite) in the men’s 40-44 division.  Angell, the 2017 USATF national grand prix champion, ran 33:11 over the 10 km course finishing just nine seconds behind the second place finisher John Howell of Oregon.  The race was won by Neville Davey of California in 32:43.  Finishing just ahead of Angell in third place was Jorge Maravilla of California in 33:07.  Angell was a stalwart on the national masters circuit in 2017 as he competed in all nine championships around the country in 2017; winning four of them and finishing in the top four in each effort.  He was the 2017 national champion at 5 km, 8 km, 10 km, and 15 km and finished second in the 1 mile and 5 km cross country championships.  His total point score of 850 was easily the most across all the masters athletes that competed in the grand prix (175 points more anyone else).
 
In the men’s 55-59 division Colonial Road Runners teammates Gregory Dawson (Williamsburg, VA) and Kevin White (Virginia Beach, VA) finished 46th and 70th, respectively.
 
In the masters women’s race Ann Hirn, 72, (Portsmouth, VA, Colonial Road Runners) earned a bronze medal and a trip to the awards podium for her third place finish in the 70-74 division.  She covered the 6 km course in 41:35.  Her fellow Colonial Road Runners teammates Karla Havens, Kimberly Votava, and Robin Moon scored 53 points to finish sixth as a team in the 50+ division.  Havens, 55 (Shacklefords, VA) and Votava, 50 (Virginia Beach) finished 9th and 19th, respectively in the 50-54 division while Moon, 58 (Yorktown, VA) finished 18th in the 55-59 division.
 
OPEN - Michener runs to strong finish
In the open men’s race Nate Michener, 24, of Roanoke finished 241st (out of 434 runners) running 33:26 over the 10 km course.  Andrew Osborne, 23, (Yorktown, VA, Colonial Road Runners) finished 309th stopping the clock at 34:22.
 
See the complete set of Virginia results plus photos here.
 
The 2018 championships will be held December 8 in Spokane, Washington.
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