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Chelenga, Reid win NCAA cross country; Only two Australians in top 100

Sam Chelanga and Shelia Reid have won the 2010 NCAA cross country titles in Terra Haute, Indiana.

Commonwealth Games representative David McNeill, who was one of the favourties for the title, finished a disappointing 123rd, two minutes behind defending champion Chelanga's winning time over the 10km course of 29:22.2. McNeill was in the leading pack after the first two kilometres, but by the halfway point was over 20 seconds behind and gradually fell further through the field.

Matt Gibney, representing Iona College, was the best of the Australians, placing 63rd in 30:42.9, whilst in the women's race national 1500m medallist Zoe Buckman, representing the University of Oregon, was the best finisher in 81st place in 21:11.5 for the 6km distance, with Reid's winning time being 20:06.9.

Other Australians in action were Lucy Kennedy (110th), Rebecca Lowe (148th), Genevieve Lacaze (185th) in the women's race; and Matt Johnsen (136th), Matt Bayley (214th) and Ryan Foster (222nd) in the men's race.

Full results are available here: Men and Women.

Photo by Randy Miyazaki/TrackandFieldPhoto