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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Seidel, Finn, 3 from Spokane on U.S. team

By Doug Binder

USA Track and Field has named five prep athletes to its junior teams that will compete at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Team Challenge on Jan. 7 in Scotland.

The six-member sides are comprised of a mix of college freshmen and high school students. The junior women's team is led by Standford freshman Aisling Cuffe, the Dyestat female Athlete of the Year in cross country and track and field for he 2010-11 school year. She is joined by Kaitlin Flattman and Jessica Jackson, both from the University of Arkansas. Additionally, Foot Locker finals winner and runner-up Molly Seidel (Hartland, Wis.) and Erin Finn (West Bloomfield, Mich.), and Nike Cross Nationals third-place finisher Katie Knight (Spokane, Wash.).

The junior men's squad includes Princeton freshman Eddie Owens, Ohio State's Michael Bradjic, Oklahoma State's Kirubel Erassa and Virginia Tech's Thomas Curtain. The are joined by two high school runners, both from Spokane. Nathan Weitz and Andrew Gardner were third and sixth, respectively, at the Foot Locker finals.

It is the first year the event has included a junior component. The U.S. team will race Great Britain, Northern Ireland and a select European team in both senior and junior races. The top four finishers on the junior teams factor into the scoring. For more information, visit USATF.org