USATF Cross Country Championships in Mission Bay Park on January 8
2020 champion Natosha Rogers. Photo by Andrew McClanahan / USATF San Diego
The stage is set for the 2022 USATF Cross Country Championships presented by Toyota at Tecolote Shores in Mission Bay Park on Saturday, January 8. Eight Olympians will lead the contestants to the line for the chance to be crowned some of the first national champions of 2022.
8:45 am – First 4K racing community.
9:30 am – Masters Women 6 km.
10:30 am – Masters Men 8 km.
11:30 am – Juniors Women 6 km.
12:15 – Juniors Men 8 km.
1:00 p.m. – National Professional Women’s Championship.
1:50 p.m. – National Professional Men’s Championship.
At Tecolote Shores in Mission Bay Park:
Six separate races – the Masters Women 6 km, Masters Men 8 km, U20 (Junior) Women 6 km, U20 (Junior) Men 8 km, Open Women 10 km and Open Men 10 km – the first race starts at 9:30 a.m. and the last race starts at 1:50 p.m.
Tokyo Marathon bronze medalist Molly Seidel leads the women’s entries, and will be joined by Olympic teammate Alicia Monson, who finished 13th in the 10,000m. Emily Infeld, the 2018 USATF champion, was a 2016 Olympian in the 10,000m.
Olympic obstacle runners Benard Keter and Hillary Bor top the men’s entry list, and a trio of USATF team runners from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro will provide fierce competition. Leonard Korir, who won national cross country gold in 2017 and 2018, and Shadrack Kipchirchir, the 2019 winner, were both in the 10,000m in Rio, and Ben Blankenship was a finalist in the 1,500m there.
Defending champion Natosha Rogers, who won by 22 seconds in 2020, is back to defend her title, while Lawi Lalang is the best returning man after finishing third two years ago.
Over $ 18,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs, with $ 2,000 awarded to the winners of the men’s and women’s open races as well as $ 1,000 for the age-rated masters champions.