Big XC Weekend For Current and Former Iowa Preps!

Anna HoldimanIt was a big Cross Country weekend for both former Iowa preps and current Iowa preps.

Two time 1A Cross Country champion, Rebecca Topham of Griswold, was in Albuqurque, New Mexico for the US Junior Olympic National Championships.  Topham, competing in the Intermediate Girls division finished 3rd for 5k in 19:27.

Anna Holdiman the 3A Cross Country champion, from Waverly Shell Rock, came home with a very impressive 7th place finish from the Footlocker Nationals, held in San Diego.  Holdiman, an Iowa State recruit, finished the 5k in 17:43.  Sophomore Anna Rohrer, Mishawaka, Indiana was the Footlocker winner in 17:25.

At the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships  in Lexington, Kentucky, the state of Iowa was  represented very well.

There were over 100 teams and over 1200 individuals competing in the various races held throughout the day.  There were 222 finishers in the Women’s Open 6k championship race.

Obsie Birru-Johnston-Grand Viewcourtesy-Michael Scott

Obsie Birru-Johnston-Grand View
courtesy-Michael Scott

In that Open Women’s 6k race, Team USA Minnesota came away with the team title.  The Minnesota squad was led by two former Iowa Hawkeyes.  Meghan (Armstrong) Payton finished 3rd in 20:26 and McKenzie Melander was 11th in 20:47.

Former Johnston state champion, and Grand View NAIA national champion, Obsie Birru, finished 49th in 21:39.

Obsie’s team, Team Green Adidas, had only 4 finishers so they did not figure in the team scoring. “I think it’s great just to be running and to have great coaching is a gift.  The post collegiate running world and this race was a good indication.”  Obsie plans to compete in the USA Individual Cross Country Championships.

Former Dowling state champion and Iowa All Big Ten performer, Betsy Flood was 65th overall in 22:01, and her Boulder Track Club squad finished 5th.. “I say the season has been a great opportunity to build strength and gain experience and see what post collegiate racing is all about. I’m not satisfied with any of my performances but I am so happy to be running and excited for the future!”

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