USATF Announces 2018 Great Edinburgh XC Rosters

USATF has released the rosters for the 2018 Great Edinburgh XCountry Challenge to be held in Scotland on January 18. Last year, the senior men, junior women and junior men captured team titles, while the senior women tied for second place and the co-ed relay was second.

Press release via USATF:

Defending men's champion Leonard Korir and three-time winner Garrett Heath lead a squad that also features USATF Club Cross Country champion Ian La Mere and 2013 IAAF World Outdoor Championships team member Chris Derrick. Korir, a 2016 Olympian at 10,000m, outkicked Britain's Callum Hawkins last year to win in 24:03 and help the U.S. to the team title.

2016 Olympic marathon seventh-placer Desi Linden drops down in distance to lead the American women, and she will be joined by 2015 NCAA cross country champion Molly Seidel and reigning USATF Half Marathon champion Natosha Rogers, who finished 23rd at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in March. Team USATF tied for second in the women's point standings in 2017.

Looking to defend their team title, the junior women will have California state champion Claudia Lane, who also won the Foot Locker national meet on December 9, along with NXN Nike Cross Nationals runner-up Kelsey Chmiel. Katelynne Hart was the runner-up to Lane at Foot Locker, while Iowa State's Cailie Logue was fourth at the Big 12 championships.

Team USATF's junior men also took home top team honors last time out, and Foot Locker champion Dylan Jacobs will help defend that title. Texas 5A state champion Graydon Morris, runner-up at Foot Locker, and Illinois state champion Danny Kilrea, who was fifth at the NXN Nike Cross Nationals and third at Foot Locker, add quality depth.

The popular co-ed 4x1K relay will see sub-13:20 5,000m performer Will Geoghegan and steeplechaser Travis Mahoney team up with 2017 NCAA 1500m sixth-placer Rebecca Mehra and Ayla Granados to try and move up one spot atop the podium after a second-place finish in 2017.

Senior Men (8K)

Emmanuel Bor
Chris Derrick
Trevor Dunbar
Garrett Heath
Leonard Korir
Ian La Mere
Ryan Mahalsky
Morgan Pearson
Abbabiya Simbassa

Senior Women (6K)

Chelsea Blaase
Anne-Marie Blaney
Desiree Linden
Rosa Moriello
Olivia Pratt
Natosha Rogers
Molly Seidel
Makenna Smith
Katrina Spratford

Junior Women (6K)

Kelsey Chmiel
Maggie Farrell
Katelynne Hart
Claudia Lane
Cailie Logue
Emily Venters

Junior Men (6K)

Drew Bosley
Dustin Horter
Dylan Jacobs
Danny Kilrea
Clayton Mendez
Graydon Morris

4x1K Senior Relay 

Will Geoghegan
Travis Mahoney
Ayla Granados
Rebecca Mehra

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