Zariel Macchia Wins USATF U20 XC Championship

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Turns out, Zariel Macchia wasn't finished with her cross country season just yet. 

The standout freshman from William Floyd (NY) High School, a recently-minted All-American at the Eastbay Cross Country Championships in December, captured her biggest win to date on Saturday at the USATF U20 Cross Country Championship at Mission Bay Park in San Diego, California, winning the junior women's 6K field in 22:50. 

Macchia, 15, was the only female in the field, which was comprised of college freshman and junior runners under the age of 20, to post a time under 23 minutes.

Oklahoma State University freshman Colleen Stegmann was second in 23:39 while Utah State's Kaybree Christensen was third in 23:51.

The junior women's field consisted of 18 runners, while the USATF Championship series held 13 races, which also featured masters, military, open and community races.

Macchia hit the 2K split at 7:21, three seconds ahead of Stegmann, and then extended it in the middle portion of the race, pushing through the 4K marker at 14:52, a full 22 seconds ahead of her competitor. 

Macchia finished 12th overall at the Eastbay Cross Country Championships on Dec. 11. She ran a personal best time of 17:42.70 on Nov. 27 at the Eastbay Northeast Regional. Her final two 5K races were both under 18 minutes. 

placenameresidence6K Time
1Zariel MacchiaShirley NY22:50
2Colleen StegmannOklahoma State University23:39
3Kaybree ChristensenUtah State University23:51
4Madison EymanUniversity of Toledo23:53
5Nora WollenLoyola University Chicago24:10:00
6Aisha RamoneWings of America24:54:00
7Olivia GangUniversity of Toledo25:06:00
8Emma BurgessLihue HI25:42:00
9Madeline CastilloAlamosa CO25:54:00
10Lia CastilloAlamosa CO25:59:00

Stevens Finishes Eighth

In the junior men's race, Yerington (NV) High School senior Kutoven Stevens, running for Wings of America, finished the 8K race in eighth overall, clocking a time of 27:47.

Saturday's race was also Stevens' last of 2021-2022 after a breakout season that saw him win a Nevada Class 2A State Championship and clock a 5K PR of 15:25.80 at the Team Southwest Regional. 

Stevens won six races across his final season as the lone runner on Yerington's cross country team. 

placenameschool8K time
1Gabe SimonsenOklahoma State University25:42:00
2Chase LeachUtah State University25:50:00
3Cael GrotenhuisNorthern Arizona University26:22:00
4Garrett WoodhoouseUtah State University26:44:00
5William DixonUtah State University26:57:00
6Gabe SmitLoyola University Chicago27:01:00
7Bahozhoni ChurchWings of America27:30:00
8Kutoven StevensYerington NV27:47:00
9Joshua GalindoColumbia MD28:01:00
10Micah SliversGanado AZ28:45:00