Molly Huddle wins third consecutive New York Half Marathon, Emily Sisson runs fastest half marathon debut by American woman
NEW YORK CITY -- For the third time in a row, Molly Huddle (Elmira, New York) took home the women’s title at the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon, finishing in 1:08:19 with a burst of speed in the final 100m to push slightly ahead of training partner Emily Sisson (Chesterfield, Missouri).
Huddle, who ran the third-fastest time in the history of the event, stayed in the front pack throughout the course along with Sisson in her distance debut and 2016 Olympian Amy Cragg (Leavenworth, Kansas), among others. Sisson and Huddle created some distance with three miles to go and battled for first until Huddle snatched the lead in the race’s final moments. Sisson’s second place time of 1:08:21 was the fastest half marathon debut by an American woman.
On the men’s side, Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia clocked the fifth-fastest win in event history with a time of 1:00:04.
U.S. Paralympian Susannah Scaroni won the women’s wheelchair race in 55:06, cheered on by Tatyana McFadden holding the finish line.
Max King breaks own course record to win Chuckanut 50K, Ladia Albertson-Junkans wins in debut ultra
BELLINGHAM, Washington -- Max King (Bend, Oregon) beat his own 2014 Chuckanut 50K course record by over two minutes, despite the rainy and muddy conditions, with an impressive time of 3:33:11. Ladia Albertson-Junkans (Seattle, Washington) put her course training to excellent use and won her first ultra in 4:17:44, finishing in 21st overall.
The Chuckanut 50K also served as the final selection race for the 2017 U.S. Trail Team. Winners King and Albertson-Junkans earned spots to represent Team USA at the IAU/ITRA Trail Championships on June 10.
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Shoemaker and Angell turn in fast times at the USATF Masters 8K Road Championships
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia -- The rain held off and the USATF Masters 8K Championship went off as Perry Shoemaker and David Angell took home the overall titles at the Towne Bank 8K on Saturday morning.
Shoemaker (Vienna, Virginia) had back-to-back wins at the USATF 12K Masters Championship in 2014 and 2015 heading into the race, and found the course to her liking. She roared off from the starting line, hitting the 2-mile mark in 11:37 with a substantial lead over Janet McDevitt, winner of last year’s 5K Championship. Shoemaker built the lead from there, taking the gold medal for the overall win in 29:54. McDevitt was 2nd and Marisa Sutera Strange completed the podium.
On the men’s side, Angell, the third-place finisher last year in both the 5K and 15K Masters Championships, employed the same tactics as Shoemaker, powering to the 2-mile mark in 10:19 with 16 seconds on Philippe Rolly and 18 on Kristian Blaich. Angell finished strong claiming his first Masters title in 25:24. Rolly and Blaich completed the podium in that order.
Colorado’s Edi Stevenson, 67, led the way in age-grading, with her 35:25 scored an age-grading percentage of 95.11. Marisa Sutera Strange, 53, ran 29:56 for 93.65; Doreen McCoubrie, 55, finished off the podium with 31:10 for 92.19. Susan Lynn Cooke, 58, ran 32:57 for a 90.54, just edging Laura Bruess, 56, whose 32:09 graded at 90.46. Topping the age-grading list on the men’s side was Californian Brian Pilcher, 60, who ran 28:14 for a 92.33. Pilcher, despite coming off a five-week layoff earlier this winter, came within seven seconds of the American Record. Nat Larson, 54, ran 27:04 for 91.38; Kristian Blake, 50, completed the podium with a 26:19 for 90.94.
Athletes Angell, McCoubrie, McDevitt, Pilcher, Shoemaker, Stevenson and Strange, mentioned above, also won their respective Age Division competition. Additional Age Division Champions included: Mo Bartley, 60, 35:23; Kathleen Jefferson, 71, 45:54; Joanne Markely, 75, 50:48; Brent Fields, 45, 27:44; Mike McManus, 51, 26:38; John Van Kerkhove, 55, 29:06; Tom Bernhard, 65, 30:38; Jim May, 70, 35:01; David Turner 71, 41:00; and Duane Lougee, 80, 44:36.
Next up on the USATF Masters Grand Prix circuit is the USATF Masters 10K Championship in Dedham, Massachusetts on April 30th.
Contributed by Paul Carlin, USATF Masters LDR Media Chair
Masters sprinter Allen Woodard betters own 400m world record
HOUSTON, Texas -- At the Texas Southern University Relays, multi-time USATF and WMA champion Allen Woodard (Houston, Texas) broke his own listed M45 400m world record, clocking a 49.09 finish to cross fifth overall against a field of collegians more than half his age. Woodard, whose 49.09 translates to an age-graded 43.7, has a previous best of 49.12 from a 2016 meet at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The listed world record is Woodard’s 49.69 from the 2015 Victor Lopez Classic at Rice University.