Serena Burla 4th and Christo Landry 7th At US National 20K Championships
by Ron Wayne on September 5, 2012
September 3, New Haven Connecticut. Mizuno Racing Teammates, Serena Burla and Christo Landry are both in a build up training phase for upcoming fall marathons. Both have been putting in record mileage and were concerned about their ability to race on tired legs. This year, the depth of the men's and women's fields was the best ever for the 35th edition of the US National 20K Championships. Serena ran in the lead pack of 5 runners for about half the race and finished 4th in a time of 1:08.45. Running a personal best time of 1:00.04 (4:50 per mile), Christo Landry placed 7th (only 10 seconds out 4th place) and moved into 3rd place in the USATF Circuit Championship standings with 32 points, passing Olympic Marathon Runner Meb Keflezighi, Christo is only 3 points behind leader, Abdi Abdirahman with 2 races to go. Other Mizuno finishers in the men's race were Craig Curley, 16th 1:01.52 (4:59 per mile), Craig Leon 18th, 1:02.09 (5:01 per mile), Patrick Rizzo, 19th, 1:02.28 and Zach Hine, 26th 1:04.29. Additional Mizuno Women - in 11th place was Kristen Zaitz, 1:10.33, Meghan Peyton, 16th, 1:12.20, Heidi Westover, 17th, 1:13.05 and Amanda Marino (Team Riadha), 18th place 1:13.24.
Serena Burla Pushing The Pace At New Haven US 20K National Road Race Championships