|Bydgoszca, Poland - Mass start of the junior men's race|
The team silver is the best finish by a US men's team at World Cross in nearly thirty years. That 1984 team was lead by legends Pat Porter, Ed Eyestone, and Craig Virgin, who paced the team to silver in front of a home crowd at the Meadowlands of NJ. The toughest race in sport has lost a bit of luster in recent years as prize money and lucrative payouts have listed heavily in favor of road racing and the marathon (see: unknown athletes running 2:05s, and the drop-off of elite 10,000m races on the track). With Boston, London, and Rotterdam marathons only weeks away, several of the world's top endurance athletes passed on Poland. This was most conspicuous with the makeup and finish of team Kenya, though even the triumphant Americans ran without their front line of top athletes (Rupp, Ritzenhein, Jager, Lomong, Tegenkamp).
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