VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Olympian Colleen De Reuck, challenged by soggy conditions and a tight hamstring, won the women's 8-kilometer race at the U.S. Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
Tim Broe won the men's 4-kilometer race at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The top six finishers in the open and junior races over the weekend qualify for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Cross Country Championships March 19-20 in St. Galmier, France.
De Reuck, of Boulder, Colo., won her second straight long course title in 27 minutes and 24 seconds, followed by Jen Rhines (27:44) and Blake Russell (27:54) on a course damp from morning rain.
"I thought the girls were going to go out hard and I have a bit of a tight hamstring. The course became a bit muddy and that made it more of a strength race, which made a big difference because under dry conditions this can be a fast course. So I'm happy it rained," she said.
Broe, who won the men's 4K in 2001 and 2002, ran in 11 minutes and 31 seconds, holding off Adam Goucher (11:39) and Donald Sage (11:40). Alan Webb fell off the pace in the final lap and finished sixth in 11:48.
"I didn't know where I was with my training after Boston," Broe said. "I came out here today to compete. I wasn't too worried about time."
University of Colorado freshman Liza Pasciuto won the junior women's 6K title (21:50), while Danny Martinez of Alhambra, Calif., won the masters men's 8K (26:36), and Carmen Ayala Troncoso of Austin, Texas, won the women's 8K championship (30:13).
The event continues on Sunday.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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