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Shea and Kelati lead US teams at 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships

Shea and Kelati lead US teams at 2024 World Athletics Cross Country Championships

The USA team consisted of 29 athletes in Belgrade, one of the biggest cities in Serbia. The World Cross Country Championships were held on March 30, 2024, in Belgrade. This is a report from USATF media communications on the performances of the US team in cross-country. 

BELGRADE — Ellie Shea placed 15th individually to lead the United States women’s U20 team to a fourth-place finish, and Weini Kelati matched that with a 15th-place effort in the senior women’s race to lead Team USATF in very warm conditions Saturday at the World Cross Country Championships in Serbia’s capital city.

Shea, last year’s USATF U20 champion on the track in the 1500 and 3000, who was 10th at the World XC meet the previous year in Australia to help the U.S. to a team bronze, was the first non-East African to cross the finish line in the U20 6K race, clocking 20:50, with teammate Allie Zealand next across the line in 16th. Mary Dalton was 28th, and Zariel Macchia was 29th, giving the Americans 88 points to edge Great Britain in the fourth position. Ethiopia swept the top three places and won 12 points, while Kenya (28 points) and Uganda (48) took the team silver and bronze.

Going through the first lap in 12th place in the senior women’s 10K, Kelati cranked up the pace in the second 2K lap and moved up to seventh with a 5:56 split. She kept that place through 6K in 18:29 and 8K in 24:47. Still, that rapid tempo took its toll on the final lap as Kelati dropped back and finished in 32:53. Equaling the performance of the U20 squad, the U.S. senior women were fourth in the team standings, with Allie Ostrander taking 30th, Abby Nichols 33rd and Emma Grace Hurley 35th to tally 113 points. Kenya dominated the podium, with all three medalists winning with a perfect score of 10, and Ethiopia edged Uganda for the silver.

Team USATF’s men placed seventh in both competitions, led by Anthony Rotich’s 22nd-place individual finish in the senior 10K and Kevin Sanchez’s 24th-place effort in the U20 8K race.

Rotich was 14th through the first 2K circuit before yielding a few places over the next loop. He was 25th with one lap remaining and picked up three places heading to the finish, going across the line in 29:22. Emmanuel Bor made up a lot of ground as the race progressed, going from 47th at 2K to 35th at 4K and then 25th at 6K, finishing 25th in 29:27. At the same time, Ahmed Muhumed was 36th in 29:53 and Christian Allen 37th in 29:54 as the U.S. scored 120 points…

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