Molly Huddle, Shadrack Kipchirchir Claim Thrilling U.S. 5K Titles In NYC

NEW YORK -- In two completely different tactical races, Molly Huddle and Shadrack Kipchirchir claimed the USATF 5K Championship titles on Saturday morning. To the delight of the Central Park crowd, Huddle ran a blistering Abbott Dash to the Finish course record of 15:24 to win the women's race, while Kipchirchir beat Tommy Curtin and Kirubel Erassa in a kicker's battle to win the men's crown in 13:57.

Complete results

The performance marks Huddle's fifth USATF 5K championship title. The Olympic finalist also owns the American record in the road 5K after running 14:50 at the BAA race in 2015.

Huddle assumed the lead early on and led the top pack of runners until she broke away right before entering Central Park. Although her 11-second margin of victory over runner-up Molly Seidel was significant, Huddle said she never underestimated the depth of the U.S. field, which included 800m world silver medalist Brenda Martinez, four-time NCAA champion Seidel, breakout star Natosha Rogers, and marathon sensation Desi Linden.

"It's always hard, you have to be engaged and you can't let up. You have to watch where people like Brenda are at the finish and people like Molly Seidel who are so strong right now and Natosha Rogers. That's what I'm thinking of in every race," Huddle told reporters.

"There's always people to watch out for….I'm always on my toes and it's something that I'm proud of to pull off afterwards. I never take it for granted."

For Seidel, the performance marks her first podium finish at a senior USATF Championship. Rogers followed Seidel for the third and final podium spot when she crossed the finish line in 15:39. Saturday's race marks her second U.S. podium finish this year after she won the national half marathon championships in April.

The men's race was more of a tactical battle between a stacked group of competitors. In a field that included Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo, Olympic finalists Lenny Korir, Kipchirchir, and Hassan Mead, and U.S. road 5K record holder Ben True, the men's race was surprisingly determined by a kick in the final 100-meter stretch.

Knowing the depth and the speed of the field, Kipchirchir knew what he had to do.

"I had to be really, really patient... I mean, I'm a 10K guy but I'm also a good 5K guy, but I haven't had a chance to run a fast 5K. In training, I know I have it, but it was a matter of putting it together, the endurance and the speed. So I respect them, but I just came here to win," he said.

The first mile of the race was led by NAZ Elite standout Crag Lutz who split 4:36. What followed was a steady pace with everyone in contention through two miles in 9:12. By the time the pack entered Central Park, Curtin, Mead, True, and U.S. Army teammates Kipchirchir, Chelimo and Korir started to pull away.

An uphill battle ensued as the pack entered the final stretch down West Drive where Kipchirchir ultimately pulled away from the favorites to win the U.S. crown. Behind the Army standout, who crossed in 13:57, Curtin followed close behind for second in 13:58 and Erassa claimed third in 13:58.1. Chelimo barely missed the podium when he crossed the finish line in fourth-place.

Comprehensive Field Event Coverage At 2019 Big Ten Championships

The 2019 Big Ten Indoor Championships will offer track and field fans the opportunity to customize their viewing experience of this weekend’s meet at the University of Michigan. 

House Of Run: USATF Indoor Preview, Tefera's WR, UK Selection Screw-Up

Jason and Kevin discuss Samuel Tefera stealing Yomif Kejelcha’s thunder and running the 1500m world record, Laura Muir’s 4:18 mile, Great Britain committing another self-inflicted selection wound, the confusing IAAF world records in the 5K and this weekend’s USATF Indoor Championships.

FloSports To Live Stream 2019 Big 12 Indoor And Outdoor Championships

Deal includes live and on-demand coverage of Swimming and Diving, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Wrestling, and Softball

Weekend Recap: Tefera Crashes Kejelcha's World Record Party

In recent weeks I have been referring to the 2019 indoor season as the winter of Kejelcha, as the Ethiopian’s string of fast performances have made him arguably the top attraction in the sport so far this year. 

Samuel Tefera Upsets Yomif Kejelcha, Breaks 1500m WR

Ethiopian Samuel Tefera broke the world record in the 1500m on Saturday, running 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England to better Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark of 3:31.18 from 1997. 

Hassan, Wanders To Race Monaco 5K On Sunday

Monaco is typically known as the home for one of the world’s top Diamond League meets. But this Sunday, a few of the biggest names in the world will take to the roads on the French Riviera in a 5K. The men’s field is highlighted by Julien Wanders, who just broke the European record in the half marathon, while Sifan Hassan is the top entrant for the women.

FloTrack Predicts Top-12 NCAA DMRs For This Weekend

This weekend for most mid-distance squads is called ‘DMR weekend’, where majority of the top DMR schools compete for an NCAA qualifier (Top-12 National Mark).

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Miles & DMR At UW, Austin Marathon LIVE Sunday

With NCAA conference championships next weekend and many of the top pros coming off of the Millrose Games last Saturday, this upcoming Friday through Sunday will be a little quieter for the top track and field athletes. But there's still plenty of entertaining races coming your way on FloTrack this weekend, from fast mid-distance action in Seattle to our race coverage of the 2019 Austin Marathon and more.

House Of Run: What's Kejelcha's Next Move?

Jason and Kevin discuss Yomif Kejelcha’s almost world record, Ajee Wilson and Donavan Brazier’s American records, the scary scene involving Kemoy Campbell and all the other news from this year’s Millrose Games.

These 58 Returning All-Americans Haven't Qualified For NCAAs Yet

With just two weeks left to qualify for the 2019 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, there are a lot of big names who have yet to make the top 16 in one of their marquee events. Below is a list of 161 athletes who have the talent or experience to become an All-American this year, but currently do not hold a top-16 mark. Among these athletes, a staggering 58 of them were All-Americans in 2018 (indoors/outdoors).