The strong USA cross country team will face Great Britain and Europe on Saturday.
Back-to-back reigning event champion Leonard Korir will lead the USA team at the Great Stirling XCountry on Saturday (January 12).
Olympian Korir, who won 15km and 20km USATF Championships last year, is joined in the senior men’s team with proven greats Ben Blankenship, Hillary Bor, Garrett Heath, Ryan Mahalsky and David Elliott.
Heath is a three time winner at the event’s previous home in Edinburgh. 2016 Olympians Bor and Blankenship, the latter of which won the 2018 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships, will also put forth strong efforts for the international title.
The women’s team boasts returning athletes Anne-Marie Blaney and Olivia Pratt. In addition, Ayla Granados transitions to the 6km after competing in the 4x1km senior relay in 2018.
Making up the USA’s senior mixed relay team, who will face Europe and GB’s quartet led by Laura Muir, are Craig Nowak, Stephanie Schappert, Danielle Shanahan and Frankline Tonui.
Meanwhile, Kelsey Chmiel, Katelynne Hart, Drew Bosley and Jake Renfree are the named in the USA’s under-20 mixed relay team.
Great Britain’s team, which includes Muir, Kate Avery and Andy Vernon can be found here, while Europe’s team features Spain’s Adel Mechaal and European U23 cross country champion Anna Emilie Moller of Denmark can be found here.