Feb. 5, 2011
SAN DIEGO - Katie Flood added to her long list of year one achievements, as the Husky freshman placed third overall at the U.S. Junior Cross Country Championships today, earning a spot on Team USA when it heads for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships next month in Punta Umbria, Spain.
Flood, a Des Moines, Iowa native, was the 2010 Pac-10 Cross Country Newcomer of the Year, and she took a break from the indoor track season to run the 6k at Mission Bay Park in San Diego this afternoon, along with Husky freshmen teammates Chelsea Orr and Mackenzie Carter.
The top six finishers in the junior women's race qualified for the national team that will run March 20 in Spain at Junior Worlds. Flood finished third in 21-minutes, 43-seconds, just four seconds out of second-place. New York native Aisling Cuffe, the Footlocker high school national champion last year, took the victory in 21:13.
Orr was just one spot and five seconds away from joining Flood on the Team USA roster. The Sammamish native and Eastlake High grad placed seventh in 22:22. Carter also had a strong showing, placing 16th in the field of 50 in a time of 23:04. Orr will be the No. 1 alternate for Worlds in case any of the top six cannot make the trip. What Orr will qualify for, however, is a spot on the U.S. team that will travel to the North America Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships, held in just two weeks in Trinidad & Tobago.
"Overall, I wished that I would have run faster, but I'm glad that I qualified for the team, which is what I came here to do," said Flood after the race.
"I'm excited to make the trip to Spain. It really didn't hit me until a few minutes after the race."
The open women's race was won by Shalane Flanagan, a U.S. Olympian who has competed at the past two Washington indoor track meets in the Dempsey Indoor.