Kenyan cruises in women’s half marathon

Vicoty Chepngeno was the very clear preferred heading into the women’s 50 percent marathon Sunday. Her résumé is rather extraordinary in United States road races. The 28-year-old Kenyan had received 10 of her prior 11 50 percent marathons in the U.S. at 13.1 miles.

It was no surprise she ran absent from the field in her Houston debut. She broke the tape in 1:05:03, the speediest women’s 50 % marathon run in the United States. Major all the way, she shattered the class history by 47 seconds (Brigid Kosgei, 2019).

“I desired to operate my very best time,” Chepngeno reported. “To gain the race, I’m so happy for that. Thank you for inviting me.”

Her time will make her the 11th-speediest girl in 50 percent marathon history.

She was so relaxed running out front that when runner-up Sara Corridor arrived at 15K, Corridor was a distant 1:47 guiding the chief. Chepngeno’s splits ended up 4:55, 4:56, 5:00, 5:03.

Chepngeno mentioned she was astonished she ran so significantly a lot quicker than her past very best of 1:07:22 in her most latest outing more than the distance in Philadelphia two months in the past.

Richard Dean


Ethiopian sprints to men’s 50 percent gain

Milkesa Mengesha Tolosa of Ethiopia outsprinted Kenyan John Korir to win the men’s fifty percent marathon in 1:00:24 in his Houston debut. Korir was clocked at 1:00:27.

“Things came out the way I anticipated,” the 21-yr-previous Tolosa stated through a translator. “I could have carried out superior if the climate was warmer.”

Tolosa was expecting to run with a pacer. That did not come about.

“I did not get a pacer to run with,” Tolosa stated. “The climate was cold at the beginning. When it started acquiring warmer, I obtained vitality, and that’s how I continued to run and run.”

The winner ran with a pack of eight to 10 runners. But when he manufactured the switch onto Memorial Push at 19K, the pack diminished to only two males in front. Tolosa took the guide there and went on the assault more than the last a few kilometers.

Tolosa finished 10th symbolizing Ethiopia at 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Richard Dean


Women’s winner receives helping hand

It was fitting that Calum Neff served Keira D’Amato acquire the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday in a file time that was also the quickest at any time by an American female.

Soon after all, the former University of Houston length runner has a right to call himself the race’s unofficial defending winner, owning operate the marathon distance practically in 2:22 very last January on his way to smashing a 30-yr-old Canadian history at the 50K distance on a Bear Creek Park course he had laid out himself with so quite a few official activities referred to as off mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Seventeen of his fellow ultra-marathoners, integrated a few of ladies he was coaching, joined him that day.

“We all submitted our (marathon length) splits,” he reported, “and they told me my time was the speediest.”

His winning 50K time was 2:51:57, a lot more than a minute speedier than the earlier record by a Canadian.

Neff graduated from UH in 2007, then moved to Calgary, exactly where he was born, for function. Additional synergy: As an functions manager for Baker Hughes, he stated he often worked with Chevron on tasks. When Baker Hughes transferred him again to Houston 8 many years in the past, he designed his marathon debut in this article in 2014. He has completed four are living Houston Marathons, also functioning a 2:22 in the second, and two Aramco 50 percent Marathons aside from the virtual one particular in 2021.

But he thinks he’s individually greater suited for the even for a longer time distances as his 50K exertion would suggest.

At 37, Neff is the similar age as D’Amato and the father of 3 girls. She has two kids, so they bonded simply as soon as she attained out to him “on Instagram about a month ago” to provide as her pacer on a program he understands really perfectly. He termed supporting her get into situation to attain what she did Sunday “a unusual opportunity.“

“I was working ideal with her right until about a mile to go,” he stated, “then just permit her pull away and have her individual race.”

Dale Robertson


1st attempt a achievements for Dan Green pupil

Woodlands resident Tiffany Moran experienced a magical working day Sunday, even if her marathon time of 3:07:18 was rarely on par with D’Amato’s spectacular 2:19:12. A 36-yr-previous mother of two herself, Moran ran her debut marathon, a promising very first step as she commenced her not likely quest to qualify for the U.S. 2024 Olympic trials.

Moran by no means took up managing until eventually she was an adult. But she fortuitously crossed paths with Dan Inexperienced, the longtime Woodlands Significant College track coach who was also the winner of the to start with Houston Marathon in 1972. Inexperienced saw something in her that she admits she did not see in herself, and right after she experienced her next little one, their partnership received serious.

“I necessarily mean, physically, I really feel exactly like I bought strike by a bus,” Moran admitted when she was attained afterwards in the working day. “I’m weary. But I truly feel humbled and very pleased. Just … wow!”

She said prior to the race she needed to finish in three hours but would be happy with a 3:15. Mission attained.

“I caught in the 3-hour group for 3 hrs, then hit the wall,” Moran reported. “I possibly hit the wall 2 times. My hip was screaming. But this would be a terrific initial step.”

Questioned if finding out what D’Amato experienced carried out would encourage her likely ahead, Moran replied, “That was definitely remarkable … she’s acquired two young children, also. I wager she’s more than the moon. Guy, what an accomplishment. I in no way believed I could be starstruck, but I unquestionably was being out on the identical class with her and with Sara Hall (who, at 38, established the American record in the Fifty percent Marathon). … I cannot hold out to get back again at it. I’m certain Dan has some designs for me.”

Dale Robertson


Odds and finishes

In fourth place, Kirubel Erassa, recovering from disease, was the best American in his half-marathon debut, finishing with the very same time (1:00:44) as 3rd-put Wilfred Kimitei of Kenya. Erassa, 28, of Colorado Springs, Colo., had 5 excellent months of schooling in Ethiopia but two months in advance of the Houston race contacted COVID. … Of the 6 fastest fifty percent marathons by American ladies, 3 arrived Sunday in Houston. Hall’s 1:07:15 tops the list.

Richard Dean