Bobby Curtis came second this morning in Jacksonville at the USA 15K championship. He covered the 9.3 mile road course in 43:40. Curtis hit 5K in 13:49 and 10K at 29:21, and the lead group hit the 8 mile mark in 37.44. Curtis ran in the lead pack the entire race, but was out-kicked by Ben True over the final quarter-mile. As he states in the post-race interview (above), with his new Hansons-Brooks training group, he's been working on "strength, strength, strength" and didn't really expect to be able to out-kick people at the end. Overall, he was quite satisfied with second, under the circumstances. Three-time defending champion Mo Trafeh was beaten into 8th place.
On the women's side, Jen Rhines finished 20th in 52:24. She's regaining form after down time due to injuries.
Men 1. Ben True 43:38 2. Bobby Curtis 43:40 3. Ryan Vail 43:43 4. Sean Quigley 43:45 5. Christo Landry 43:46 6. Tim Ritchie 44:01 7. Craig Curley 44:04 8. Mo Trafeh 44:11 9. Tyler Pennel 44:17 10. Donn Cabral 44:20