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Van Ord produces best U.S. Championship finish, Colley among leaders

By David Rogers. NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With her best finish yet at a U.S. Championship race, Blowing Rock’s Tristin Van Ord finished the 2023 USATF 20-kilometer Road Racing Championships in the No. 4 position on Sept. 4, finishing the course in 1:07.22.

Tristin Van Ord ran among the leaders throughout the 2023 USATF 20KM Road Racing Championships in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 4. Photo courtesy of Pete Rea, ZAP Endurance

Her fiance, Andrew Colley, was No. 7 in the men’s division, timed at 59:47. Both are members of the Blowing Rock-based ZAP Endurance professional running team.

“They are both healthy and reaching their peak condition,” ZAP Endurance head coach Pete Rea told High Country Sports after the race. “This is particularly significant for Tristin, because it is her highest placing in a U.S. Championship race. She was No. 5 in July for the U.S. 6k Championship, which was run in Akron, Ohio.”

Both Van Ord and Colley are scheduled to compete in October’s Chicago Marathon as a tune-up for next February’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Orlando, Fla.


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