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Tuliamuk wins USATF Half Marathon Championships

It didn’t take long for Aliphine Tuliamuk to re-establish her dominance on the USATF Running Circuit Sunday morning in Pittsburgh at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, while Chris Derrick claimed another national title with an impressive final surge late in the race.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, are the fourth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit.

Parker Stinson took to the lead in the early stages of the men’s race on a cool and overcast morning in downtown Pittsburgh. Followed closely by a large pack, including USATF Running Circuit overall leader Leonard Korir and three-time cross country champion Chris Derrick, Stinson set a brisk pace that thinned out the field early on.

Through the halfway point, Stinson continued to lead with Derrick, Korir, ZAP Fitness’ Andrew Colley, Sid Vaughn Jr. and Samuel Kosgei on his shoulder. That same pack of six ran together until mile 11, when Stinson, Derrick and Korir started to pull ahead.

With one mile to go, Derrick charged to the lead and started to grind down Stinson and Korir. As Korir fell off pace, Colley started to a push back into the top three. Derrick and Stinson would run well ahead of the field, while Colley moved into sole third place.

Derrick’s decisive move in the final mile proved enough, as he held off a furious final charge by Stinson, winning 1:02:37-1:02:38, both fantastic performances given the challenging layout in Pittsburgh.

Colley, who continued his charge back from a frustrating number of months dealing with injury, ran to a third place finish in 1:02:40, while U.S. Army runners Kosgei and Korir took home fourth and fifth place finishes in 1:03:13 and 1:03:24.

Korir’s fifth place effort earned him another six points, giving him a whopping 51 points in the current USATF Running Circuit standings, well ahead of second place Martin Hehir and his 24 points.

Nearly catching Korir in the final portion of the race, Matt Llano took home sixth place overall in 1:03:29. Just behind Atlanta Track Club’s Wilkerson Given earned seventh in 1:03:45, well ahead of Vaughn Jr., who ran with the lead pack much of the race before sliding to eighth in 1:04:27. George Alex and Johnny Crain finished ninth and tenth in 1:04:29 and 1:04:55, respectively.

While the men’s race offered a dramatic finish, Tuliamuk, in her trademark style, shot to the lead of the women’s race in the first mile Sunday morning and never looked back. Winning her eighth national title, Tuliamuk ran to a large lead by mile two, grew that lead over the next six miles and then held off a late charge to take home the victory.

The two-time defending USATF Running Circuit overall champion owned a 40-meter lead passing mile two, and seemed to add another 10-20 meters to her lead until she passed halfway nearly 100 meters ahead of then second and third place runners Sara Hall and Gwen Jorgensen.

Trailed closely by Rochelle Kanuho, Hall and Jorgensen challenged each other early on, packing together but keeping a close eye on the other and any dramatic moves they might make.

At the halfway point in the race, Hall surged ahead, working to catch Tuliamuk. While Jorgensen couldn’t cover the move, it gave Kanuho an opportunity to move up and run with Jorgensen for a bit.

Kanuho would eventually make her own move and run up to Hall, as the duo continued to push to catch Tuliamuk, but with little success.

Into the final mile, it was clear Tuliamuk would lay claim to another USATF Running Circuit title, while Hall put space on Kanuho and made one final push to the finish.

As Tuliamuk crossed the finish, her effort was met by an enthusiastic Pittsburgh crowd, cheering the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite runner across the finish in 1:10:04.

Unbeknownst to Tuliamuk, Hall made a late charge over the final mile, rapidly closing the large lead. Hall charged home, coming up just short of surprising Tuliamuk, finishing three seconds off in a runner-up time of 1:10:07.

After Hall made her late charge, Kanuho hung on to third place in 1:10:49, fending off Jorgensen in the final mile to earn a big ten points towards her USATF Running Circuit standings. Kanuho’s effort moved her up into fourth place overall with 19 points, 3.5 points behind Emily Infeld and Molly Huddle, but still well off Molly Seidel’s circuit lead of 33 points.

Jorgensen, making her debut in the half marathon distance, ran a strong race throughout, taking home fourth in 1:10:58, while fellow Portland-based runner Carrie Dimoff continued her impressive 2018 campaign by taking fifth in 1:11:51.

In sixth place, Samantha Bluske held off a strong challenge from Roberta Groner, finishing in 1:12:32, while Groner took home seventh in 1:12:35. Elaina Tabb also went sub-73 with her eighth place finish on 1:12:57, while Lindsay Flanagan ran 1:14:15 for ninth and Bethany Sacthleben placed tenth in 1:14:33.

The fifth stop on the USATF Running Circuit takes place next Saturday, May 12, as the USATF 25 km Championships take place at the Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Source: usatf.org

 

Korir to defend his title at USATF Half Marathon

Leonard Korir the defending champion leads an impressive men’s field into Sunday’s USATF Half Marathon Championships in Pittsburgh, while Olympic triathlon gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen makes her debut over the 13.1 mile distance and finds plenty of competition on the women’s side.

The USATF Half Marathon Championships, hosted by the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, are the fourth stop on the 2017 USATF Running Circuit. Race videos, results, post-race interviews and photos will be available shortly after the race on USATF.

Korir, who won the USATF Cross Country Championships and USATF 15 km Championships earlier this season, leads the current USATF Running Circuit standings with a whopping 45 points, 21 points ahead of current second place runner Martin Hehir. While Korir did not finish at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in late March, the defending champion will look to get back to the top of the podium in Pittsburgh.

Looking to get his 2018 season going, while challenging Korir for victory, is three-time USATF Cross Country champion Chris Derrick. The Bowerman Track Club standout has had an up and down past couple years while dealing with injury, but a good block of training of late, including top eight finishes at the United Airlines NYC Half and Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile show he is in fine form.

The trio of Parker Stinson, George Alex and Matt Llano are also all capable of a top three challenge. Stinson in particular is having a fine 2018 season. The 26-year old has already run three half marathons this year, finishing each between 63:35-63:44, while he also placed second in the 10,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays last month.

For Alex, he’s raced sparingly in 2018, most recently placing fifth at the SACTOWN Run in early April, a race where Llano took third. Alex holds a half marathon best of 62:54, fourth fastest in the field, while Llano holds the third fastest in 61:47, sitting only behind Derrick’s 61:12 and Korir’s 59:52.

One runner to quietly keep an eye on is Hudson Elite runner Sid Vaughn Jr. Vaughn Jr. edged out Stinson in the 10,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing a half step ahead for the win, while also besting a strong field, including Alex, Llano and others at the SACTOWN Run last month. The 23-year old former University of Georgia runner continues to improve and impress.

Other notable entries include Korir’s U.S. Army teammate Samuel Kosegei, who placed fifth at the USATF Marathon Championships in December, ZAP Fitness teammates Andrew Colley and Johnny Crain, as well as sub-64 minute half marathon runners Ben Payne and Roots Running Project teammates Willie Milam and Wade Meddles.

Unlike the experience Korir brings to the roads, Jorgensen continues to make her transition from professional triathlete to professional distance runner and gives the half marathon distance a go Sunday. Jorgensen has shown some tremendous speed on the track, having run 15:15 for 5000m indoors, finishing only behind teammate Emily Infeld, while coming back to run 31:55 for 10,000m at the Stanford Invitational just over a month ago – where she beat NCAA champion Karissa Schweizer among others.

While Jorgensen is unfamiliar with the half marathon distance, the Bowerman Track Club runner did compete at the USATF 10 Mile Championships in 2016, where she placed third, coming back to place 14th at the New York City Marathon a month later.

Challenging Jorgensen up front are experienced veterans Aliphine Tuliamuk and Sara Hall. Tuliamuk, the two-time defending USATF Running Circuit overall champion, won four USATF Running Circuit races in 2017. While the former Wichita State standout finished third in last year’s USATF Half Marathon Championships, she’s ready to challenge for yet another win on the circuit.

For Hall, the California-based runner is in a similar situation, hoping to use Sunday’s race to prove she’s back to being a consistent contender on the USATF Running Circuit. Hall won both the USATF Marathon and USATF 10 Mile Championships in 2017, while finishing second behind Tuliamuk in the overall circuit standings (123-85 points). Both Tuliamuk (69:16) and Hall (69:37) hold personal bests under 70 minutes.