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).