Monday, July 5, 2010

Chepkurui Retains Peachtree Title, Vaughn 3rd in US Champs

The final time may have been six seconds slower than her World Leader, but there’s no doubt that Lineth Chepkurui remains Queen of the Roads after winning the 2010 AJC Peachtree 10k in Atlanta on Sunday.  Returning to the site of her 2009 triumph, Chepkurui clocked 30:51 to win the women’s race by a whopping twenty-one seconds and finish within shouting distance of the world-leading 30:45 she ran in New Orleans three months prior.  Left in her wake was a field that included Olympian Kim Smith and Boston Marathon champion Dire Tune.

Chepkurui left the rest of the women behind early in the proceedings, and explained, “I didn’t want to worry about anyone … I just wanted to run my own race.”  Nor should she have much reason to worry: running even faster than she did in a stellar 2009 campaign, the African and World Best’s for 10k — 30:27 and 30:21, respectively — might offer the best challenge for her talents, presently.

The USATF 10k Road Championships were also contested as part of the Peachtree Men’s Race with several KIMbians in the field. In a continued run of road success, eleventh-hour entrant Brent Vaughn worked himself into third place among the American contingent by the time he hit the finish line. Part of the early chase pack, Vaughn ran down Ian Burrell late in the race to claim third, while fellow Boulderite James Carney placed fifth in the USATF Championship.

Ed Moran, runner-up in the 10,000m at the US Outdoor Track Championships two weeks prior, won the US Road Title for the distance, and place 10th overall. Among all-comers, Boaz Cheboiywo crossed the line as the top KIMbia finisher, placing 16th.

Local coverage can be seen here, with hull results here.

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