Lauren Fleshman Leads USA To Third Place At IAAF World Championships

March 22, 2005

St.-Etienne, France - Former Stanford All-American Lauren Fleshman led a strong United States team to a third place finish in the women's short race (4,000 meters) at last weekend's IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Fleshman, a four-time cross country All-American, placed eleventh among 106 runners in a time of 13:44. That was the best finish by an American athlete in any of the six races held at the Championships. For her efforts, Fleshman was named the USATF Athlete of the Week. Tirunesh Dibab of Ethiopia won the race with a time of 13:15. Ethiopia won the team competition with 18 points followed by Kenya with 19 and the United States with 67. Sixteen countries competed.

Team USA's bronze medal performance was the first women's short-course team medal for the Americans since 1998.

Freshman Lindsay Flacks placed third among United States runners and 30th overall to help the six-member American squad to a fourth place finish in the junior women's race (Under 20). Flacks ran the 6,000 meter course in a time of 22:37. Burika Bati Gelete of Ethiopia won the competition over 116 other runners in a time of 20:12.

Kenya won the competition with 16 points followed by Ethiopia with 22, Japan with 56, the United States with 118 and Morocco with 135. Seventeen countries competed in 85 degree weather.

In the junior men's competition (Under-20), another Cardinal freshman, Hakon DeVries finished fourth (8,000 meters, 26:33) among United States runners and 50th overall to help the United States to a seventh place finish among 18 teams. The Americans chalked up 154 points. Kenya won the competition with ten points. Five Kenyan runners finished 1-2-3-4-5 in the 132 man field.

Two other Stanford runners competed in France. Senior Ian Dobson was second among United States runners and 61st overall as the United States finished 13th in the long race for men (12k). Dobson was timed in 38:45. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia won the race (35:06). Ethiopia won the team competition with 24 points. Kenya was second with 35. The United States tallied 262 points. Senior Donald Sage placed second among American runners and 60th overall (12:36) in the short race for men (4,000 meters). The Americans finished 13th with 252 points. Ethiopia won with 23 points.

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