USA’s 2016 World Mountain Champion is Pan American x-country Champion

USA’s Joseph Gray and Connor Jeffery, Canada’s Brogan MacDougall and Ecuador’s Carmen Toaquiza were the winners at the Pan American Cross Country Championships in San Juan Opico, El Salvador, on Saturday (17). Joseph Gray led the USA charge in the men’s elite 10km race over a two-kilometre loop course at an equestrian site. Donning the US uniform for the third time in a continental cross-country race, the 33-year-old Gray found an extra gear to finally rise to the top of the podium, following a seventh-place finish at the inaugural 2015 Pan American event in Colombia. Gray, the 2016 world mountain-running champion, completed the distance in 30:02, three seconds ahead of Maiyo. Team USA won the team title.

posted Sunday February 18th