Saturday, January 7, 2017

Garrett Heath's Great Edinburgh XCountry win streak snapped...

EDINBURGH, Scotland—Garrett Heath’s (above/photo by John Nepolitan, three-race winning streak at the Great Edinburgh XCountry challenge came to a screeching halt, as the member of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts finished sixth over the 8k course at Holyrood Park Saturday.

While Heath could claim that he again finished in front of British hero, and double Olympic champion Mo Farah of the Nike Oregon Project, Heath was a ways away from collecting yet another victory.

In what was a repeat of last year’s thrilling stretch run in which Heath held off Farah for the win, Leonard Korir of Team USA caught Great Britain’s Callum Hawkins over the final few meters of the 8k distance to win in a time of 24:03 to Hawkins’ 24:04.

Heath was Team USA’s number four scorer in sixth, running 24:43, while Farah was one place behind in seventh, clocking 24:49.

Team USA had all six of its scorers place in the top eleven to win the three-team race between Team Europe and Great Britain.  Team USA had a low score of 37, with Europe taking second with 70 and Great Britain third with 70 (Europe’s fifth scorer was 16th; Great Britain’s was 17th).

The Americans’ win in the final men’s 8k race gave Team USA the overall win with 149 points to Team Europe’s 152 and Great Britain’s 208 (adding the team scores of the men’s and women’s senior and mens’ and women’s under-20 races).

NOTE:  USA Track & Field, and the Great Edinburgh XCountry challenge organizers contributed to this report.

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