TEAM USATF WOMEN REIGN VICTORIOUS AT 2017 THORPE CUP
Dusseldorf, Germany-- Team USATF women reigned as the 2017 Thorpe Cup champion, an international track and field competition between USA and Germany in which male and female athletes compete in multi-events.
Seven women competed in the heptathlon, taking home the victory win over Team Deutschland for the second consecutive year. Team USATF totaled 17, 461 points compared to Germany’s 16,281.
Team USATF swept the top five spots as Alex Gochenour (Missouri Valley, Iowa) won with a score of 5,898 points, followed by Allison Reaser (El Segundo, California) with 5,782 and Chari Hawkins (Rexburg, Idaho) in third with 5,781.
On the men’s side, Team USATF fell short of the prize, totaling 37,321 points in the decathlon to Germany’s 38,642.
Top finishers for Team USATF were Scott Filip (Bloomingdale, Illinois), with a fourth place finish at 7,632 points, followed by Kurtis Brondyke (Clinton, Iowa) in fifth with 7,595, Daniel Golubovic (Los Angeles, California) in seventh with 7,432, Gabriel Moore (Freeport, Florida) in eighth with 7,370 and Tim Wunderlich (Westminster, Maryland) in tenth with 7,292 points.
THREE TEAM, TWO INDIVIDUAL MEDALS HIGHLIGHT WORLD MOUNT RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Premana, Italy -- To say Team USATF had an amazing day on the rugged trails of Premana, Italy at the 33rd World Running Championships would be an understatement, as they finished the day earning a total of five medals.
The day started with a bronze medal for USA’s Talon Hull, representing the junior men, who cranked out a time of 28:01 on the challenging 6.5-kilometer course, which boasted over 1800 vertical feet of climbing. For the junior women, Lauren Gregory added a second bronze to the medal collection with a time of 33:33, while also leading her squad to a silver medal.
On the 13 kilometer course, the senior women took home team gold, with Allie McLaughlin (Nashville, Tennessee) finishing fifth with a time of 1:06:06, followed by Addie Bracy (Longmont, Colorado) in eighth with a time of 1:07:46, Kasie Enman (Huntington, Vermont) in 13th with a time of 1:09:11 and Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Common, Vermont) in 23rd with a time of 1:12:14.
Team USATF’s final medal came from the senior men with a bronze-medal podium finish. First across the line was Joseph Gray (Lakewood, Washington) with a fourth-place finish timed in 55:35. Patrick Smyth (Santa Fe, New Mexico) finished in eighth place with a time of 57:19, followed by Brett Hales (Layton, Utah) in 22nd with a time of 59:30, and Andy Wacker (Boulder, Colorado) in 30th place with a time of 1:00:52.
For more information, check out the full event recap, final results and race day photos.
Contributed by Nancy Hobbs, USATF MUT Chair
MARIA MICHTA-COFFEY HIGHLIGHTS USATF NATIONAL RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Manalapan, NJ -- Some of the nation’s elite race walkers competed in the annual 10k USATF National Race Walking Championship, a 25 lap event, held at Manalapan High School on Sunday.
Highlighting the event was Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey (Farmingville, New York) of Walk USA who dominated competition, crossing the finish line in 45:31.40, a full ten minutes ahead of second-place. The men’s victory came from Anthony J. Gruttadauro (Brockport, New York) of Shore AC who finished in 45:27.34.
Shore AC swept the team competition for the men, while Walk USA took home team gold for the women.