USA Track & Field has this week named the members of its team for the 36th IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Edinburgh, Scotland (30 March).
The line-up is led by experienced international names such as Jorge Torres and Katie McGregor.
The senior men's 12km squad will be led by recent USA men's 8km champion Jorge Torres (Boulder, Colo.). Torres was the runner-up in the 12km at the USA Cross Country Championships in San Diego and finished 13th in the 4km at his last appearance at the World Cross Country Championships in 2005. Edwardo Torres (Boulder, Colo.)the younger (by ten minutes) twin brother of Jorge, finished ninth at the championships in February to join the U.S. team, marking the first time the brothers have represented Team USA together.
Joining the Torres brothers will be Pan American Games 5000m gold medallist Ed Moran (Williamsburg, Va.); 2006 NCAA Division I Cross Country champion Josh Rohatinsky (Portland, Ore.); 2008 USA Half Marathon Champion James Carney (Boulder, Colo.); two-time team member Max King (Eugene, Ore.); 3-Time NCAA Champion (DIII) Ryan Bak (Eugene, Ore.); NCAA Div. II 10,000m champion for Chico State, Scott Bauhs (Chico, Calif.), at 21-years-old will be the youngest member of the senior men's team; and All-PAC 10 Conference athlete for Stanford University Jonathan Pierce (Blowing Rock, N.C.).
Experience will play a vital role for the senior women's squad as six-time Team USA harrier Katie McGregor (Minneapolis, Minn.) along with four-time team members Renee Metivier-Baillie (Boulder, Colo.), and Kathy Newberry (Williamsburg, Va.), lead the open women's team in the 8 km race in Edinburgh. Amy Hastings (Flagstaff, Ariz.), who finished 20th in the junior women's 6 km in 2003, will make her first appearance with the senior women's Team USA Cross Country squad. Completing the senior women's team will be four-time All-American at the University of Minnesota Emily Brown (Minneapolis, Minn.), and eight-time All-America at Notre Dame Molly Huddle (Providence, R.I.).
McGregor's best finish at the World Cross Country Championships was 16th in 2003. Newberry's best finish came in 2004 with 25th place and Baillie's came with a 36th place finish in Mombasa, Kenya last year.
German Fernandez (Riverbank, Calif.), a senior at Riverbank High School in southern California and the USA Junior Cross Country champion, will lead Team USA's junior men to Edinburgh. The runner-up from the championships in San Diego Ryan Sheridan (New Rochelle, N.Y.) is the third consecutive Iona student to make a U.S. junior team for the World Cross Country Championships.
Joining Sheridan and Fernandez will be Emil Heineking (Hartsgrove, Ohio), currently a freshman at the University of Virginia, who turned in a solid performance at the USA Cross Country Championships placing third in the junior men's race, running 24:34 over eight kilometres; Bobby Moldovan (Fort Wayne, Ind.), a freshman at North Carolina State, Moldovan finished four seconds behind Heineking for fourth place in San Diego; Kevin Williams (Lakewood, Colo.), a senior at D'Evelyn High School in Denver, took fifth place at the championships, running 24:39 to earn a place on the Edinburgh squad; Benjamin Johnson (Albuquerque, N.M.), a senior at Albuquerque Academy, finished sixth at last month's USA Cross Country Championships to take the final roster spot, running 24:41.
Leading the Team USA junior women will be Alex Gits (Edina, Minn.), a freshman at Stanford University, who finished second at the USA Cross Country Championships last month, running 20:45 over six kilometres. Git's teammates include Emily Reese (Chamblee, Ga.), a high school senior from Chamblee High School, who ran to a third place finish in San Diego last month, finishing 6 km in 21:26; Marissa Treece (Maple City, Mich.) a freshman at Notre Dame, finished a solid fourth, running 21:33 at the championships to join Team USA; Duke University freshman Emily Schwitzer (Minnetonka, Minn.) earned her ticket to Edinburgh with a fifth place finish in 21:34; Lauren Saylor (Clovis, Calif.), a freshman at the University of Washington, grabbed the final spot for Edinburgh with her sixth place finish at the USA Cross Country Championships, running 21:36