Harding Leads Team USA to NACAC Title

March 6, 2005

CLERMONT, Fla. - Washington freshman Jon Harding's sixth-place finish led the United States' under-20 cross country squad to the team title Sunday at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Clermont, Fla., while former Husky Sabrina Monro captured an individual crown.

Athletes from Team USA won three of four individual gold medals, and swept all four team titles at the NACAC meet, held at the National Training Center. The meet combines the top junior and senior-age athletes from North and Central American, and the Caribbean, based on performances at major national competitions.

Under clear and sunny skies, and with temperatures in the high 50s at the start of the first race, Harding led the pack through the first third of the 6,000-meter boys' race before ceding the lead to eventual champion Dave Mock of Newport News, Virginia, a freshman at the College of William & Mary. Issaquah native Harding, who placed 13th two weeks ago at the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash., finished sixth Sunday in 20 minutes, 19 seconds, as Team USA swept the top-six individual places for a perfect 10-point team score.

Puerto Rico was second with 31 points, and Jamaica third at 37.

Washington also found success in the women's 6,000-meter event, with 2003 UW alum Sabrina Monro winning her first international title in her Team USA debut. The former NCAA cross country runner-up, now a resident of Rochester Hills, Mich., pulled away from teammate Lucinda Hull on the final lap to win in 21:40, 12 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger.

'After 4k, when I took over the lead, my thoughts were, 'Please don't catch me!'' Monro said after the race. 'I was exhausted but I knew I had a little bit more at the end. Winning in my first national team race is pretty exciting, and it gives me some hope for next year in trying to make a World Championship team.'

Washington's cross country runners will be in action once more this spring, as freshman Jeremy Mineau competes later this month at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Saint Garnier, France.

For complete results from Sunday's NACAC Cross Country Championships, visit www.usatf.org.

Note: USA Track and Field's Paul Merca contributed to this report.

> National Training Center - Site License Hy-Tek's Meet Manager> NACAC Championships 2005 - 3/6/2005> N. American, Cen. American, Carribean> National Training Center, Clermont, Fl. USA> Last Completed Event>> Event 1 Girls 4k Run CC>==================================================================================> Name Year Team Avg Mile Finals Points>==================================================================================> 1 Barringer, Jennifer Usa 5:58 14:50 1> 2 Fidducia, Christina Usa 6:05 15:06 2> 3 Harrison, Emily Usa 6:07 15:10 3> 4 Nelson, Zoe Usa 6:09 15:16 4> 5 Mendez, Lillian Puerto Rico 6:09 15:17 5> 6 Wetsch, Bria Usa 6:10 15:19> 7 Tyler, Victoria Usa 6:11 15:21> 8 Thomas, Tamica Jamaica 6:22 15:49 6> 9 Ramos, Beverly Puerto Rico 6:28 16:02 7> 10 Morgan, Neisha Jamaica 6:32 16:13 8> 11 Rivera, Zuleyka Puerto Rico 6:34 16:19 9> 12 Roman, Doraly Puerto Rico 6:46 16:48 10> 13 Barnett, Latoy Jamaica 7:04 17:33 11> 14 Cassandva, Veronica Jamaica 7:09 17:46 12>> Team Scores>=================================================================================> Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 *5 *6 *7 *8 *9>=================================================================================> 1 United States of America 10 1 2 3 4> Total Time: 1:00:22.00> Average: 15:05.50> 2 Puerto Rico 31 5 7 9 10> Total Time: 1:04:26.00> Average: 16:06.50> 3 Jamaica 37 6 8 11 12> Total Time: 1:07:21.00> Average: 16:50.25> National Training Center - Site License Hy-Tek's Meet Manager> NACAC Championships 2005 - 3/6/2005> N. American, Cen. American, Carribean> National Training Center, Clermont, Fl. USA> Last Completed Event>> Event 2 Boys 6k Run CC>==================================================================================> Name Year Team Avg Mile Finals Points>==================================================================================> 1 Mock, Dave Usa 5:20 19:51 1> 2 McLeod, Timothy Usa 5:22 19:58 2> 3 Shackleton, Drew Usa 5:23 20:03 3> 4 Miletich, Alexander Usa 5:25 20:10 4> 5 Shay, Stephen Usa 5:26 20:14> 6 Harding, Jon Usa 5:27 20:19> 7 Velez, Denides Puerto Rico 5:30 20:30 5> 8 Colon, David Puerto Rico 5:34 20:45 6> 9 Brown, Kirk Jamaica 5:37 20:54 7> 10 Bent, Damion Jamaica 5:38 20:58 8> 11 Williams, Marshall Jamaica 5:42 21:14 9> 12 Lucea, Lorry Martinique 5:43 21:17> 13 Luna, Jayson Puerto Rico 5:43 21:18 10> 14 Drummond, Andre Jamaica 5:46 21:27 11> 15 Morales, Juan Carlos Puerto Rico 5:46 21:29 12> 16 De Jesus, Alexander Puerto Rico 5:47 21:31> 17 Stevens, Kamari Jamaica 5:51 21:47> 18 Luna, Osman Usa 5:52 21:50> 19 Ashton, Junior Svg 5:52 21:51> 20 Clayton, Jermaine Jamaica 5:53 21:56> 21 Colon, Eduardo Puerto Rico 5:55 22:02>> Team Scores>=================================================================================> Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 *5 *6 *7 *8 *9>=================================================================================> 1 United States of America 10 1 2 3 4> Total Time: 1:20:02.00> Average: 20:00.50> 2 Puerto Rico 33 5 6 10 12> Total Time: 1:24:02.00> Average: 21:00.50> 3 Jamaica 35 7 8 9 11> Total Time: 1:24:33.00> Average: 21:08.25> National Training Center - Site License Hy-Tek's Meet Manager> NACAC Championships 2005 - 3/6/2005> N. American, Cen. American, Carribean> National Training Center, Clermont, Fl. USA> Last Completed Event>> Event 3 Women 6k Run CC>==================================================================================> Name Year Team Avg Mile Finals Points>==================================================================================> 1 Monro, Sabrina Usa 5:49 21:40 1> 2 Hull, Lucinda Usa 5:52 21:52 2> 3 Aklufi, Erika Usa 5:53 21:55 3> 4 Nervo, Patricia Usa 5:58 22:13 4> 5 Cuellar, Elisa Mexico 6:07 22:47> 6 Hernandez Melendez, Elid Guatemala 6:11 23:00> 7 Akbar, Samia Usa 6:11 23:01> 8 Cruz, Lourdes Puerto Rico 6:12 23:06> 9 Mendez, Erika Puerto Rico 6:36 24:36> 10 Torres, Luz Puerto Rico 6:39 24:47> 11 Martin, Arietha Jamaica 6:47 25:16> 12 Patini, Claudine Martinique 6:52 25:35> 13 James, Metrecia Jamaica 7:03 26:16> 14 Charles-Felicite, Chanta Martinique 7:20 27:20>> Team Scores>=================================================================================> Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 *5 *6 *7 *8 *9>=================================================================================> 1 United States of America 10 1 2 3 4> Total Time: 1:27:40.00> Average: 21:55.00> National Training Center - Site License Hy-Tek's Meet Manager> NACAC Championships 2005 - 3/6/2005> N. American, Cen. American, Carribean> National Training Center, Clermont, Fl. USA> Last Completed Event>> Event 4 Men 8k Run CC>==================================================================================> Name Year Team Avg Mile Finals Points>==================================================================================> 1 Barrios, Juan-Luis Mexico 5:03 25:06> 2 Arevalo, Jose Alfredo Guatemala 5:05 25:16> 3 King, Maxwell Usa 5:09 25:34 1> 4 Collazo, , Luis Puerto Rico 5:10 25:39 2> 5 Lam, Cesan Puerto Rico 5:11 25:43 3> 6 Eberly, Joshua Usa 5:11 25:44 4> 7 Gilmore, Peter Usa 5:12 25:48 5> 8 Garcia Gabriel, Jose Ama Guatemala 5:12 25:49> 9 Cabada, Fernando Usa 5:15 26:02 6> 10 Gomez, Francisco Costa Rica 5:15 26:03> 11 Iniguez-Cabrero, Moises Mexico 5:19 26:25> 12 Kezes, Paul Usa 5:19 26:26> 13 Torres, Jesus Mexico 5:21 26:33> 14 Ballantyne, Pamenos Svg 5:22 26:39> 15 Donawa, Albert Bermuda 5:25 26:54> 16 Claude, Nohile Martinique 5:26 26:59> 17 Sundell, Steven Usa 5:27 27:04> 18 Rivera, Luis Puerto Rico 5:34 27:38 7> 19 Saunders, Jason Jamaica 5:36 27:47 8> 20 Talbert, Waiward Jamaica 5:37 27:55 9> 21 Figueroa, Adith Puerto Rico 5:42 28:20 10> 22 Edwards, Phillip Jamaica 5:43 28:25 11> 23 Ledger, Victor Saint Lucia 5:45 28:31> 24 Castellanos, Sergio Honduras 5:46 28:40> 25 Elleson, Jason Jamaica 5:51 29:02 12> 26 Zayas, Jose Dominican Republic 5:51 29:05> 27 Pitter, Shawn Jamaica 5:53 29:13> 28 Ramos, Roberto Puerto Rico 5:54 29:18> 29 Campbell, Kevin Jamaica 5:57 29:34> 30 Nunez, Alfredo Dominican Republic 6:09 30:34> 31 Villata, Maurice Martinique 6:15 31:02>> Team Scores>=================================================================================> Rank Team Total 1 2 3 4 *5 *6 *7 *8 *9>=================================================================================> 1 United States of America 16 1 4 5 6> Total Time: 1:43:08.00> Average: 25:47.00> 2 Puerto Rico 22 2 3 7 10> Total Time: 1:47:20.00> Average: 26:50.00> 3 Jamaica 40 8 9 11 12> Total Time: 1:53:09.00> Average: 28:17.25
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