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Waterford's Sam Alexander, running for the United States, helped the Americans capture gold in the 2014 North American, Central American and Caribbean Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Trinidad & Tobago.
Alexander, one of five U.S. athletes selected to the team, was the third American finisher and finished fifth overall in 24.54.77 over the 8K course. Team USA won the event with 16 points followed by Canada (30) and Jamaica (47).
It was the second major international event for Alexander, a 2008 Waterford High School graduate. After placing ninth in the USA Club Cross Country Championships in December, Alexander qualified to compete for Team USA at the 2014 Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in Scotland in January, where he placed 27th overall and helped the Americans finish second.
That performance earned Alexander an invite to run for the U.S. in the NACAC event.
After graduating from Waterford, Alexander enjoyed a productive career at Central Connecticut State University, where he won the 2011 Northeast Conference championiship and was a two-time All-NEC choice. He graduated from CCSU in 2012 and is currently on the Blue Devils' coaching staff.
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