adidas-McMillan elite sweep men's & women's titles at US Club Cross Country Championships, releases, note by Larry Eder

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More info plus photos from Mike Scott on the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, held this past Saturday in Charlotte, NC.

On Saturday in Charlotte, NC, adidas-McMillanElite became only the second team in history to capture both the men's and women's titles at the US Club Cross Country Championships.  

The women's team was led by Natasha LaBeaud in 8th place and dominated the competition defeating the 2009 Champions from the Boulder Running Company (also an adidas-sponsored team) by 34 points.  It was the first women's team title for the women of adidas-McMillanelite at these championships.

The men's team was led by the 1-2 finish of Aaron Braun and Nick Arciniaga and like the women, easily defeated the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project by 30 points. It was the men's second team title in three years at these championships.

McMillan Elite sweeps open team titles at USATF National Club Cross Country Championships

CHARLOTTE - McMillan Elite (Flagstaff, Ariz.) captured their second men's team title and their first women's crown as they swept the open team divisions Saturday at the 2010 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships at McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, N.C.

The 13th annual USATF National Club Cross Country Championships featured America's top post-collegiate club teams from across the United States vying for top honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team. More than 1,100 athletes competed in the event, which featured a 10-kilometer men's race and a 6-kilometer women's race. The championships offered a total prize purse of $30,000, with $25,000 going to the top open teams.

In the women's team race, McMillan Elite turned the tables on 2009 champions the Boulder Running Company/adidas, scoring 69 points to the defending champion's 109.

2010 USA Indoor 3,000 meter champion Rene Metivier Baillie of the Running Republic of Boulder took the overall title in the women's 6 km, running 19:51.

The men's 10 km, Aaron Braun took the overall title in 29:36, to lead McMillan Elite as they placed three runners in the top-ten, scoring 29 points for a 30 point win over three-time team titlist Hansons-Brooks Distance Project (Rochester Hills, Mich.). Braun's teammates Nick Arciniaga and Scott Smith took second and eighth in 29:40 and 29:53 respectively.

Video Highlights from each race:

Video of Champion Aaron Braun:

Some selected photos (courtesy of Mike Scott and

The 2010 Men's & Women's National Champions!

The 2010 Men's National Champs - (l-r) Nick Arciniaga, Marco Anzures, Aaron Braun, Scott Smith, Jordan Horn, Coach Greg McMillan

The 2010 Women's National Champs - (l-r) Natasha LaBeaud, Danielle Domenichelli, Lindsay Allen, Megan Duwell, Emily Harrison, Jaime Winslow, Stephanie Rothstein, Erin Bedll, Asst. Coach Trina Painter

Natasha LaBeaud (#673) was the top finisher on the women's team

Jaime Winslow (#669) and Stephanie Rothstein power home to the finish.

Megan Duwell (#671) battles to the finish line

Lindsay Allen (#668)

The men's team shortly after the race. (l-r) Nick Arciniaga, Aaron Braun, Jordan Horn, Marco Anzures, Scott Smith

Aaron Braun (#997) on his way to winning the race individually and, with Nick Arciniaga following close behind, to a 1-2 finish.

Aaron Braun - National Champion!

Nick Arciniaga (#996) makes it a 1-2 finish for adidas-McMillanElite

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