Garrett Heath, Ben Blankenship, Anne-Marie Blaney and Kelsey Chmiel also feature on USA team for Stirling event

Two-time champion Leonard Korir will look to make it three wins in a row when he lines up for the Simplyhealth Great Stirling XCountry as part of the USA team on Saturday (January 12).

The Olympian claimed victory in Edinburgh in 2017 and 2018 and now, as the event moves to Stirling for the first time, he leads a senior men’s team featuring 2016 winner Garrett Heath, who is also a two-time short course winner in Edinburgh, plus Ben Blankenship, Hillary Bor, Ryan Mahalsky and David Elliott.

Anne-Marie Blaney, runner-up at the recent American club cross country championships, will be at the forefront of the USA senior women’s team and is joined by Grace Barnett, Ayla Granados, Marisa Howard, Rachel Johnson and Olivia Pratt.

Kelsey Chmiel won last year’s junior 4km race in Edinburgh and this time features in the junior relay team.

The BBC televised event, which also includes a Simplyhealth Great Stirling Castle Run and Scottish inter-district races, will see the United States team take on squads from Great Britain and Europe.

Click here for news on the GB and Europe teams.

USA team

Senior men
Benjamin Blankenship
Hillary Bor
David Elliott
Garrett Heath
Leonard Korir
Ryan Mahalsky

Senior women
Anne-Marie Blaney
Grace Barnett
Ayla Granados
Marisa Howard
Rachel Johnson
Olivia Pratt

Senior relay
Craig Nowak
Stephanie Schappert
Danielle Shanahan
Frankline Tonui

Junior relay
Drew Bosley
Kelsey Chmiel
Katelynne Hart
Jake Renfree

More information about the meeting and timetable details can be found here.

See the January 10 edition of AW magazine for an event preview.

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