Huskies In Top-15 at USA Cross Country Championships

Feb. 18, 2006

NEW YORK CITY - Washington freshman Tori Tyler and assistant coach Kelly Strong each earned top-15 finishes Saturday at the 2005 USA Cross Country Championships in New York City's Van Cortlandt Park. Tyler and Strong are among four Huskies competing at the two-day event, which serves as both the national championships and the world championships team trials.

The top-six finishers in each open- and junior-level race will represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, in April.

A freshman from Los Altos, Calif., Tyler ran 13th in Saturday's junior women's 6,000-meter race, her time of 22 minutes, 10 seconds less than 90 seconds off the winning pace of 20:45 set by New York high-schooler Nicole Blood. In fact, just three seconds separated the top-six finishers, each of whom earned World Championships berths.

Saturday's junior women's race also featured Husky signee Mo Huber, who will join Tyler at Washington next fall. The Acalanes High School senior ran 30th overall in 22:45, and was the 18th-highest prep finisher.

Strong, meanwhile, matched Tyler's 13th-place finish in the open women's 8,000-meter race, crossing the line in 27:53. Blake Russell won the race in 26:47, while the final Team USA berth went to sixth-place finisher Sharon Thompson (27:14).

Strong will race again Sunday in the open women's 4,000-meter race, while UW freshmen Jordan McNamara of Auburn and Chris Ahl of Seattle will attempt to make the U.S. Junior National Team at the 8,000-meter distance.

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