Lewy Boulet wins Women's 2009 USA Running Circuit Grand Prix crown
By Jim Estes, USATF
BOSTON - (October 12, 2009) - Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.) ran 32 minutes, 7 seconds to defend her title Monday at the USA Women's 10K Championship in Boston. The national championship was hosted by the 33rd Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women and was the Women's 2009 USA Running Circuit finale.
Clear skies and temperatures in the low 50s on a Columbus Day tradition met a field of more than 7,000 women that included an international field as well as the top U.S. women.
Genoveva Kigen of Kenya jumped to an early lead, passing the first mile in 4:52 for a five-second lead over Huddle, Katie McGregor (St. Louis Park, Minn.), Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.) and Teyba Naser of Ethiopia.
After the Boston University turn at about two and a half miles, Huddle, 25, took charge of the chase pack and began to close on Kigen. At four miles, Huddle drew even with Kigen and the pair ran shoulder-to-shoulder across the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge. After passing the fifth mile in 25:55, Huddle and Kigen remained side-by-side until the final turn on Charles Street when Huddle used a final burst to sprint to a five second win, a road personal record and her third U.S. title of the year (also 7 mile and 10 mile).
Donaghue ran a personal best 32:29 to finish national runner-up as Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and Renee Metivier-Baillie (Boulder, Colo.) took third and fourth respectively, with both timed in 32:44. McGregor rounded out the top-five U.S., running 32:46.
After the final race of ten on the Women's 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC), 2008 Olympian Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) was crowned the women's USARC Grand Prix champion with 59 points. Three-time USARC champion Colleen De Reuck (Boulder, Colo.) finished second with 54 points and Huddle finished third (50 points). The USARC, a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships from 5K to the marathon, attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The 2009 USARC has ten events each for men and women.
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 awarded more $8.2 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
33rd Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women: USA Women's Championship
Boston, MA, Monday, October 12, 2009
1) Molly Huddle (RI), 32:07, $11,050
2) Genoveva Kigen (KEN), 32:12, $2400
3) Rebecca Donaghue (PA), 32:29, $6250
4) Sara Hall (CA), 32:44, $3250
5) Renee Metivier-Baillie (AZ), 32:44, $2700
6) Katie McGregor (MN), 32:46, $2450
7) Teyba Naser (ETH), 33:05
8) Aziza Aliyu (ETH), 33:21
9) Korei Omata (JPN), 33:25
10) Amy Rudolph (RI), 33:26, $1850
11) Samia Akbar (VA), 33:27, $1400
12) Jennifer Donovan (MA), 33:29, $1200
13) Marisa Ryan (MA), 33:37, $1100
14) Amy Mortimer (KS), 33:43, $1000
15) Jill Swope (GA), 33:44
1) Patty Murray, 44, CO, 36:26, $975
2) Joan Samuelson, 52, ME, 36:31, $725
3) Magdalena Visser, 41, CA, 36:45, $575
Complete results at: www.tuftshealthplan.com/tufts10k