I got this great e-mail from Coach Sean Cleary of West Virginia I would like to share with you.
\"Just wanted to drop you a line with some info on Josh Simpson. Josh is
one of the reamaing men from the team that was dropped in 2003. An all
state cross country runner and track and field runner for Oak Glen,
Simpson finished 6th place at the National 10 Mile Championships held in
Louisville Ky on saturday. Running a time of 49:51 in Hot and Humid
Conditions for the ten mile distance. Entering the final straightaway in
4th place, Josh could hold off past USA World Championships team members
Pete Julian and Matt Lane before settling for 6th place. Being the
National Championships Josh earned valuable points in the quest for
title of the nations best road racer.
The Papa John\'s 10 Miler/USA Men\'s 10 Mile Championship was the third
race in the 2006 USA Running Circuit (USARC), a USA Track & Field road
series, featuring USA Championships from 5 km to the marathon and
attracts the best U.S. distance runners, including several Olympians.
The eleventh edition for the men and tenth for the women, the 2005
circuit has nine events for men and eight events for women.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first,
12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final
$12,500 grand prix purse ($6000, $4000, and $2500) for the top three men
and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon
Championships will be doubled
Here are a few quotes from Josh about the race...
My Training has been going very well for Several months now without
injury or sickness....I\'ve been progressing month by month on the track
with my intervals and steadily getting smoother on the roads.
My Expectations for the race were high to begin with. I knew I was fit
and wanted to see what I could do against the nations top guys. The goal
was to run a hard and smart race and see if i could crack the top 15....\"
Josh Simpson accomplished his goals and made us all proud. The magnitude of the competition and his high placing puts Josh in elite company.