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Flanagan leads USA squad to Punta Umbria

Another national cross country title for Shalane Flanagan (Kirby Lee)Another national cross country title for Shalane Flanagan (Kirby Lee) © Copyright
Olympic Bronze medallist and American record holder Shalane Flanagan is once again set to lead the Team USA women at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships as they seek to improve on their bronze medal finish in 2010.

As Team USA heads to Punta Umbria, Spain for the championships to be  held on 20 March, Flanagan and 2010 teammates American Record holder at 5000m Molly Molly Huddle and 2008 Olympic marathoner Magdalena Lewy Boulet will join forces with Blake Russell, a member of the U.S. team that won a bronze medal in the women’s short course in 2005; Lisa  Koll (Portland, Ore.), the NCAA 10,000m record holder; and Alissa McKaig, who finished fifth at the USA Women’s Marathon Championship in her debut at the distance last fall.

The senior men’s team will be led by Brent Vaughn, who surprised the men’s field to win  his first USA title at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego.

Joining Vaughn in Spain will be Andrew Bumbalough, a  member of the U.S. junior team in 2006; Andrew Carlson, the 2008 USA Men’s 15Km champion; Ben  True, an NCAA All-American in Cross Country at Dartmouth; Brian Olinger, an NCAA All-American in Track and Cross Country at The Ohio State University; and Max King, the 2010 NACAC Cross Country champion who will be competing on his fourth U.S. Cross Country squad.

Cuffe leads junior women

The junior women’s team will be led by high school senior Aisling Cuffe, who won the junior women's 6Km championship in San Diego. Joining Cuffe will be Molly Grabill; University of Washington freshman Katie Flood; Sierra Vega; Julie Nacouzi; and Hannah Valenzuela.

Olson leads junior men

The men’s junior team will see Stanford University freshman Erik Olson, the 2011 Junior Men’s 8Km champion, along with Syracuse University freshman Maxwell Straneva; Craig Lutz; Justin Vilhauer  Ryan Poland; and 2010 junior squad member Ammar Moussa.

Jim Estes (USATF) for the IAAF