NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - On Labor Day in New Haven, Conn., Molly Huddle won her second consecutive USATF 20 km title as she became the sixth fastest U.S. performer in history over the 20 km distance.
Huddle broke away early and never looked back as she won her second consecutive USATF 20 km Championship title on Monday in New Haven, Connecticut. Huddle, who resides in Providence, RI, is a native of Elmira, N.Y. and maintains her USATF membership with the Niagara association
A near perfect morning of race conditions led to some fast times and great racing, but it was Huddle making a statement early on by pulling away from the field and running alone nearly the entire way.
The defending champion gapped the chase pack ever so slightly by mile two, putting a few strides on fellow Olympians Janet Bawcom and Amy Cragg. Each mile, Huddle put a few more seconds on the field and by 10 km, her lead had grown to nearly 75 meters on the rest of the field.
Huddle continued to push the pace, building a lead that grew to nearly 300 meters at the finish line. Her winning time of 1:06:26 was 1 minute ahead of second place finisher Janet Bawcom and makes her the sixth fastest U.S. performer in history. She trails only; Kara Goucher, Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Marla Runyan, and Amy Yoder-Begley on the all-time list. Additionally, her victory is the first women’s repeat win in USATF 20 km Championship history and the fastest winning time since 2003.