New York Athletes Excel At USA XC Championships in St. Louis

Seven athletes from the New York Association competed in the USA Cross Country Championships held February 2 in St. Louis.  Leading the New York athletes were Delilah DiCrescenzo, 6th in the open women's championship, and Bill Seiff who won the men's 75-79 age division title in the masters championship race.

By finishing in the top six, DiCrescenzo, 26, of New York and representing the New Jersey New York Track Club earned a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on March 24.  DiCrescenzo's time over the wind swept 8 km course was 26:58.  Catherine Robbie, 32, from New York, N.Y. finished 41st in the open women's race.  The race was won by Olympian Shalane Flanagan (Portland, Ore.) in 25:49.

Seiff, 79, from Bronx, N.Y. ran 52:32 over the 8 km course in bring home the national title to New York.

Liam Collins, 42, from West Point, N.Y. finished a very respectable 7th place in the men's masters 40-44 division.  Collins, representing the U.S. Army, ran 27:00 on the 8 km course.  The race was won by Ahrlin Bauman (Portland, Ore.) in 25:58.   

In the open men's championship race Matthew Forys (New York, N.Y. / New York Athletic Club) finished 26th with a time of 37:06 for 12 km.  The race was won by Chris Derrick (Portland Ore.) in 35:39.

In the junior men's race, Columbia University teammates Benjamin Golestan and Dustin Wilson finished 24th and 28th respectively running 25:46 and 25:52.  The race was won by Craig Nowak from Oklahamo State University in 24:47.

Complete results, recaps, and photos of all races are available here.