Aisling Cuffe Leads Team USA to Victory in International XC

Team USA placed four athletes on the medal stand Saturday at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Teams from the United States, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and a select European team  competed in men’s and women’s junior and senior races. Each team in the International Team Challenge consisted of nine athletes per team (six on the junior teams) with the first six athletes per team scoring. Great Britain and Northern Ireland took the overall team title, scoring a total 144 points over Team USA’s 196. In cross country, the team with the lowest overall score wins.  In the junior women’s 4 km, Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich.), led the field for the first one kilometer before European Junior champion Emelia Gorecka of Great Britain took charge and steadily pulled away to win in 14:48.  Aisling Cuffe (Cornwall on Hudson, N.Y.) ran 15:09 for the runner-up finish, while Molly Siedel (Hartland, Wisc.) took third in 15:16.


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