Reilly the Clear Victor in a Messy Finish

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t get Universal Sports, the US Indoor National Championships were held this past Saturday. Of the 10 women lined up for the 3k, three of them have made appearances on the Level before. That makes for good watching!

Chelsea Reilly held on for a hard fought victory and survived a pretty brutal finish in the process. Lisa Uhl tried to pass on the inside and ended up taking both of them down. Uhl suffered the worst of it, as evidenced by the nasty bruise under her eye. See it for yourself here:

While the leaders were going down in a tangled mess, the rest of the field was battling it out on the final lap. Joanna Murphy of New Balance Boston (the 2013 New England indoor 3k champ) and Cat Beck of the Central Park Track Club held on to finish 7th and 8th, respectively. Murphy ran a 9:46 and Beck finished with a 9:50, both strong times considering it was at altitude.

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