By: Jim Estes, USATF
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – (September 20, 2009) – Matt Tegenkamp (Portland, Ore.) and Amy Yoder Begley (Portland, Ore.) won the respective men’s and women’s titles Sunday at the USA 5K Championship in Providence. Tegenkamp, 27, the reigning U.S. champion at 5000 meters on the track won his first U.S. road title in 13 minutes, 57 seconds, while Yoder Begley, 31, the 2009 USA 10,000 meter champion on the track and USA 15K champion, ran 15:27 to add the 5K road title to her collection of 2009 crowns.
As a field of more than 10,000 runners toured downtown Providence for the 20th CVS Caremark Downtown 5K, the lead men’s pack passed the first mile in 4:30 with Ben Bruce (Eugene, Ore.) leading defending national champion Anthony Famiglietti (Knoxville, Tenn.), Tegenkamp, Bolota Asmerom (Oakland, Calif.), Jordan Horn (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Ian Burrell (Flagstaff).
By two miles, the lead group had thinned to about ten men with Asmerom assuming the lead ahead of Famiglietti and Tegenkamp.
Making the final turn off Canal Street and up the only major hill on the course, Tegenkamp made his move around Famiglietti and Asmerom to kick to a one-second win over Asmerom. Famiglietti was timed in 13:59 for third as Horn and Burrell captured fourth and fifth (U.S.) in 13:59 and 14:01, respectively.
In the women’s race, three-time Olympian Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) led a deep field of women through the first mile in 4:54. As the lead women passed two miles in 9:50, the contenders were narrowed down to Yoder Begley, Rhines, Rebecca Donaghue (State College, Pa.) and Sara Hall (Mammoth Lakes).
With about 800 meters to go, Yoder Begley made her move, but Donaghue and Rhines held on until Yoder Begley had last push at three miles to pull clear for the title. Donaghue held off Rhines by one second for the national runner-up position, running 15:30. Hall took fourth in 15:33 and Katie McGregor (St. Louis Park, Minn.) finished fifth U.S. in 15:50.
The USA 5K Championship was the eighth stop on the 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and paid $30,000 in U.S. prize money with Tegenkamp and Yoder Begley taking home $5000 each as national champions plus $3000 as overall race winners.
The 2009 USARC, a USA Track & Field road series featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon, attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The 2009 USARC has ten events each for men and women. Magdalena Lewy Boulet (Oakland, Calif.) currently leads the women’s standings with 59 points, while Famiglietti tops the men with 49 points. For more USARC information, go to: USATF.org
20th CVS Caremark Downtown 5K: USA Championship
Providence, RI, Sunday, September 20, 2009
1) Matt Tegenkamp (OR), 13:57, $8000
2) Bolota Asmerom (CA), 13:58, $5000
3) Anthony Famiglietti (TN), 13:59, $3000
4) Jordan Horn (AZ), 13:59, $1500
5) Andrew Lemoncello (GBR), 14:00
6) Ian Burrell (AZ), 14:01, $1000
7) Bado Worku Merdessa (ETH), 14:05
8) Stu Eagon (WI), 14:07, $900
9) Aucencio Martinez (CO), 14:09, $700
10) Phillip Reid (CA), 14:10, $500
11) Ben Bruce (OR), 14:12, $300
12) Mohamed Trafeh (CA), 14:14, $100
1) Amy Yoder Begley (OR), 15:27, $8000
2) Rebecca Donaghue (PA), 15:30, $5000
3) Jen Rhines (CA), 15:31, $3000
4) Sara Hall (CA), 15:33, $1500
5) Mary Cullen (IRL), 15:48
6) Katie McGregor (MN), 15:50, $1000
7) Molly Huddle (RI), 15:52, $900
8) Renee Metivier-Baillie (CO), 16:02, $700
9) Amy Mortimer (RI), 16:05, $500
10) Salome Kosgei (KEN), 16:10
11) Amy Hastings (CA), 16:11, $300
12) Lindsay Allen (AZ), 16:23, $100
Full race results at: www.cvsdowntown5k.com