Kelati and Shea spearhead Team USA

Edwin  - CEO March 11, 2024
Updated 2024/03/12 at 5:15 PM
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USA's Weini Kelati in action at the World Road Running Championships in Riga (© Marta Gorczynska)/World Athletics
USA's Weini Kelati in action at the World Road Running Championships in Riga (© Marta Gorczynska)/World Athletics

As America takes on the rest of the World at WXC Belgrade 24


Weini Kelati on her way to the US cross country title (© Kevin Morris)/World Athletics


World Athletics reports that national cross-country champion Weini Kelati and Pan-American U20 champion Ellie Shea headline the USA’s 28-strong team for the World Athletics Cross Country Championships Belgrade 24 on 30 March.


Kelati secured her place on the team after her convincing victory at the US Cross Country Championships earlier this year, where she won the senior women’s race by 37 seconds. The 27-year-old competed at last year’s World Cross in Bathurst, placing 21st in the senior women’s race. She finished seventh over 5km at the World Road Running Championships in Riga.


Earlier this year, just six days before winning the US cross-country title, Kelati set a North American half marathon record of 1:06:25 in Houston.


Three-time NCAA steeplechase champion Allie Ostrander will join her on the senior women’s team.


Anthony Rotich, a three-time NCAA steeplechase champion, leads the US senior men’s team. Emmanuel Bor and Reid Buchanan – who, like Rotich, competed in Bathurst – are also featured on the team.


One year after leading the USA to a historic team bronze medal in the U20 women’s race, Ellie Shea will don the US vest again in Belgrade. Zariel Macchia and Allie Zealand, who shared team bronze in Bathurst, are also on the team.


Kole Mathison, another team bronze medallist in Bathurst last year, is once again part of the U20 men’s team for Belgrade.


Meanwhile, Pan-American 5000m champion Kasey Knevelbaard leads the mixed relay team.


US team for Belgrade


Senior women: Katie Camarena, Emma Grace Hurley, Weini Kelati, Cailie Logue, Abby Nichols, Allie Ostrander
Senior men: Christian Allen, Emmanuel Bor, Reid Buchanan, Anthony Camerieri, Ahmed Muhumed, Anthony Rotich


U20 women: Mary Bonner Dalton, Maddie Gardiner, Zariel Macchia, Jolena Quarzo, Ellie Shea, Allie Zealand
U20 men: Noah Breker, Birhanu Harriman, Aidan Jones, Kole Mathison, Berkley Nance, Kevin Sanchez


Mixed relay: Ella Donaghu, Katie Izzo, Kasey Knevelbaard, John Reniewicki


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