By: USATF & Quad-City Times
Ben Lloyd takes the $3500 Rhythm City Race for the Jackpot
DAVENPORT, Iowa - (July 25, 2009) - 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Meb Keflezighi (San Diego, Calif.) took his third U.S. title of 2009, running 32 minutes, 25 seconds at the USA 7 Mile Championships on Saturday in Davenport. Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) bested the women's field as she won her second career U.S. road title in 37:39. The national championships were hosted by the 35th Quad-City Times Bix 7, a Midwest summer tradition.
Opening with a 5:01 uphill mile under clear skies and 70 degree temperatures, Keflezighi, 34, the 2009 half-marathon and cross country U.S. champion, led wire-to-wire as he out-paced 2009 USA 15K champion Anthony Famiglietti (Knoxville, Tenn.). Into the downhill second mile, Keflezighi unleashed a 4:08 that left him clear of the field as the two-time Olympian cruised to the 31 second win over Famiglietti.
Keflezighi (photo left, PhotoRun) won his second USA 7 Mile title (also Bix in 2002) as well as his 19th national title overall, the most by any active U.S. male distance runner.
"Being able to win here in 2002 was great," he told the Quad-City Times, "but this one is even sweeter." Keflezighi had suffered from a hip injury the past year plus.
James Carney (Boulder, Colo.) took third in 33:17, while Brian Olinger (Columbus, Ohio) and Antonio Vega (St. Paul, Minn.) rounded out the top five in 33:30 and 33:35 respectively.
The women's race saw 2008 USA 10K champion Huddle, 24, battle with Serena Burla (Ellisville, Mo.) and 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) through six miles. Going up the final hill Huddle made her move and pulled away from the pair and the Notre Dame grad ran to a five second win over Burla. Lewy Boulet held on for third, running 37:46 as Ilsa Paulson (New York, N.Y.) and 2009 USA 25K champion Sally Meyerhoff rounded out the top five in 37:54 and 38:04 respectively.
With a 9/10s of a mile headstart on the professional field, Ben Lloyd, 26, a Davenport native, won the $3500 Rhythm City Race for the Jackpot. Lloyd, who became a new father on Tuesday, finished 50 yards ahead of Keflezighi, and nearly 12,000 followed Keflezighi.
The USA 7 Mile Championships were also the sixth stop for men and the fifth for women on the 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and paid $50,000 in U.S. prize money with Keflezighi and Huddle picking up $12,500 each for the respective men's and women's national titles. The 2009 USARC, a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon, attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The 2009 USARC has ten events each for men and women.
Olympian Famiglietti currently leads the men's circuit with 39 points and Boulet leads the women with 37 points. The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided more than $8 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
35th Quad-City Times Bix 7: USA 7 Mile Championships
Davenport, IA, Saturday, July 25, 2009
1) Meb Keflezighi (CA), 32:25, $12,500 or a 2009 automobile
2) Anthony Famiglietti (TN), 32:56, $4000
3) James Carney (CO), 33:17, $2500
4) Brian Olinger (OH), 33:30, $1500
5) Antonio Vega (MN), 33:35, $1000
6) Josh Moen (MN), 33:36, $900
7) Bret Schoolmeester (OR), 33:41, $800
8) Dan Browne (CA), 33:44, $700
9) Forest Braden (WA), 33:50, $600
10) Ian Burrell (AZ), 33:56, $500
1) Molly Huddle (RI), 37:39, $12,500 or a 2009 automobile
2) Serena Burla (MO), 37:44, $4000
3) Magdalena Lewy Boulet (CA), 37:46, $2500
4) Ilsa Paulson (NY), 37:54, $1500
5) Sally Meyerhoff (OR), 38:04, $1000
6) Jill Steffens (GA), 38:42, $900
7) Rachel Marchand (IN), 38:45, $800
8) Kristen Nicolini Lehmkuhle (MN), 38:54, $700
9) Meghan Armstrong (MN), 39:06, $600
10) Kelly Jaske (OR), 39:17, $500
Complete results at: www.Bix7.com.