Kate Avery eyes Euro Cross spot

European under-23 5000m bronze medallist finishes a fine third at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships

Posted on November 25, 2013 by
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Kate Avery NCAA D1 XC Champs 2013 (Credit Patrick Holleran of Shannon Digital Imaging)

Kate Avery has been left hoping for a place in the British team for next month’s European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade following her third place finish at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

The European under-23 5000m bronze medallist, running for Iona College, clocked 20:05.5 for the 6km course to finish just five seconds behind Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino with 20:00.3 and Boise State’s Emma Bates with 20:03.9.

Following the event, David Monti, editor and publisher at Race Results Weekly, reported how Avery had expressed her hope for selection for the Euro Cross on December 8.

“If they pick me,” she said.

Taking the lead from the start, Avery held on to her advantage thanks to a brilliant run but had to settle for third when D’Agostino and Bates picked up the pace in the closing stages. Fellow Brit Charlotte Arter also placed in the top 30, finishing 18th in a time of 20:30.9. Providence won the women’s team title.

In the men’s 10km race won by Oregon’s Kenyan Edward Cheserek, Luke Caldwell finished 10th in 30:17.2 – the European under-23 championships 5000m fifth placer improving on his 27th place finish from last year.

Tom Farrell, who led home Britain’s team in the European Championship last year, finished 16th with a time of 30:23.5, while Daniel Clorley placed 38th. Colorado took the team title.

Over at the NAIA Championships and Sam Atkin, a former Northern junior champion, took the silver medal in the 8km with a time of 24:21.49.

» Results from the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships can be found here

» Update: On Tuesday Caldwell, Farrell and Avery were named in the GB team for the European Cross Country Championships. See the full team listed here.

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