In the wake of Sunday’s Chicago marathon, a top collection of female talent gathered in Boston on Columbus Day, ready to contest the Tufts 10k. When the dust settled, Emily Infeld had grabbed second place in a strong field, with a performance that would have won this race 32 years out of its 36-year history. Her time of 31:47 was just nine seconds off the 25-year-old course record, and the only woman to beat Infeld to the line on Monday was Ethiopian sensation Sentayehu Ejigu — a 14:28 5000m runner, and the #3 woman all-time in the indoor 3000.
Behind Ejigu, Infeld outstripped a strong field that included a collection of international athletes and top Americans Mattie Suver, Allissa McKaig, and Janet Bawcom. The Portland-based Infeld bettered previous winning times turned in by stars such as Molly Huddle, Deena Kastor, Catherin Ndereba and Lynn Jennings.
Despite Ejigu opening the winning margin in the fifth mile, the former Hoya continues to demonstrate great strength on the roads this year. To wit: she finished a whopping 25-seconds ahead of third-place, and 41-seconds ahead of the next American.