Former St. Xavier High and Villanova University standout Bobby Curtis helped Team USA to a fifth-place finish Tuesday in the International Chiba Ekiden at Chiba, Japan.
The marathon-length relay race, held for the 21st year, featured mixed teams of men and women.
The Japan University Select team won in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 52 seconds. Kenya was runner-up in 2:08:06, followe by Japan (2:08:12), Russia (2:09:35) and Team USA (2:10:54).
Curtis ran the 5,000-meter leadoff leg in 13:36, putting the Americans in fourth place.
Stephanie Pezzullo of Charlotte, N.C., followed with a 16:28 5K, dropping Team USA to fifth place.
Ed Moran of Flagstaff, Ariz., followed with a 29:50 10K, and Kim Conley of West Sacramento, Calif., added a 16:41 5K to keep the team in fifth.
Aaron Braun, also of Flagstaff, moved the Americans into fourth place with a 29:33 10K.
Meghan Armstrong of Minneapolis finished with a 7.195-kilometer leg of 24:46, but was passed by Russia for fourth place.