US 12-K National Road Racing Championships at ALEXANDRIA, VA
On a chilly and windless fall morning here, the 2015 USATF Running Circuit came to a close with victories for Molly Huddle and Sam Chelanga at the third edition of the .US 12-K National Road Racing Championships. Huddle won for the third consecutive time, running away from the field early, while Chelanga won by a fraction of a second in tight sprint finish over Tyler Pennel. Both winners collected $20,000 in prize money plus Running Circuit bonuses.
A large chase pack formed a few meters behind her, including Mattie Suver, Sara Hall, Alisha Williams, Kim Conley, Alexi Pappas, Liz Costello and Brianne Nelson.
Behind Huddle, there was an exciting battle for the next two spots on the podium. Four women –Hall, Williams, Conley and Nelson– were together at the 10-K mark (32:46). Coming down the long finish stretch on North Union Street, Hall and Williams got in front of the other women, then Hall unleashed a strong sprint to clinch second in 39:02. The snap in her legs was surprising considering that she had run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon just five weeks ago.
“Off marathon training I felt better as the race went on,” Hall told Race Results Weekly. “The first mile was the hardest part of the race for me. I’m really happy about it.”
Williams took third (39:05), Conley fourth (39:11) and Nelson fifth (39:17).
1 1 Molly Huddle 31 Providence 38:36
2 26 Sara Hall 32 Redding 39:02
3 50 Alisha Williams 33 Golden 39:05
4 13 Kim Conley 29 West Sacramento 39:11
5 35 Brianne Nelson 35 Golden 39:17
6 47 Mattie Suver 28 Colorado Springs 39:28
7 37 Sarah Pagano 24 Brighton 39:33
8 14 Liz Costello 27 Brighton 39:40
9 38 Alexi Pappas 25 Eugene 39:46
10 8 Emma Bates 23 Brighton 39:50