WTW: Time to Panic for Mary Cain? Doping in the Super Bowl, No Medal No Problem, Kenyan Rap Videos, Clayton Murphy Breaks 4 (by a lot), Meet Randall Cunningham’s Daughter, and a US Marathoner Saves a Life

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by LetsRun.com
February 9, 2016

Last week Matt Tegenkamp retiredit was reported that Wang Junxia admitted she doped more than 20 years ago, Drew Hunter broke Alan Webb’s HS indoor mile record by running 3:58 (Drew Hunter and Armory Track Invite Photo Gallery) and much more. We don’t talk much about the things we just mentioned so catch up on them now if you missed them.

Past editions of The Week That Was can be found here. Questions or comments? Please email us or post them in our running messageboard.

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Did You Know That The Super Bowl MVP Served A Six-Game Suspension In 2013 For Trying To Evade An NFL Drug Test?

Heading into Super Bowl 50, there was a decent amount of drug talk given the recent links of HGH to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. But few would have predicted that the Super Bowl MVP would be a man who already has served a six-game drug suspension — Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (banned for six games in 2013).

Now, before all of us track fans pompously and self-righteously proclaim that our sport has way a better drug testing policy than the NFL (it does) and probably much less PED use than the NFL (which we also believe to be the case), let us state something that we also believe to be true. Despite his drug usage, we don’t have reason to believe Von Miller is a PED user.

Let us explain. Like most discussions on the PED front, this one is a little complex. As a rookie in 2011, Miller tested positive multiples times for marijuana. In 2013, in the offseason when the NFL does it once-annual recreational drug test, Miller was set to get tested again. A third positive for marijuana would result in a four-game suspension. So what did Miller do? Well this excerpt from a 2013 ESPN article sums it up pretty well:

[S]ources said the NFL, NFLPA and Miller’s representatives became aware that the Broncos linebacker and the collector involved worked together in an attempt to help Miller avoid a failed test.

Sources said the collector worked in Miami, where Miller spends offseason time, and the collector reveled in knowing the Broncos linebacker while being, according to a source, ‘star struck.’ It led, sources said, to the collector’s willingness to substitute another person’s urine specimen for Miller’s. It might have worked, sources said, had a second collector not discovered that Miller was not in the city where his collection was supposed to have taken place.

‘He’s fast,’ one source said of Miller, ‘but he’s not that fast.’

So Miller tried to beat the test. What did the NFL do when they found out about it? They simply added two games to the suspension he would have received. Even if Miller isn’t a PED user (there’s always the possibility he was on steroids and marijuana), the whole episode just shows us what a joke the NFL testing system is. If you work to circumvent a test, you don’t even have to sit out a year. In track and field, you’d be facing a four-year suspension.

In general, we feel strongly about the NFL’s drug problems.

1) The penalties for the NFL drug testing violations are WAY TOO lax. Players pumped up on steroids and HGH are a huge reason why the game is so dangerous. The fact that a player can get roided up and make millions of dollars and then only lose 1/4th of a season (four games) if they are popped is absurd. With a risk/reward ratio like that, it’s pretty obvious why one source estimated to us that he thought 70-80% of the league is currently or was at one point on performance enhancers. If you think that stat is way too high, then read this article, which cites ex-players estimating HGH usage at between 20% and 50%. That’s just for HGH.

2) The NFL (or any sports governing body) shouldn’t be wasting its money testing for recreational drugs. Just as how we don’t care what someone is doing in their bedroom, we don’t care if players are on marijuana. The NFL is a professional sports league – not the moral police. In 23 states plus DC, the drug is legalized in some shape or fashion. The NFL should use the money it spends on its recreational drug tests to beef up its other testing and making sure its testers aren’t star-struck fans.

3) The NFL is paying lip service to caring about concussions while it has a lax drug policy that lets players get bigger and bigger.

More: MB NFL Discussions: Super Bowl MVP Von Miller Was Suspended 6 Games in ’13 for Trying to Cheat Drug Test
Miller, collector tried to cheat test
MB: Did you know that Tennessee had to pay out $300,000 for Peyton Manning shoving his balls in the face of a w trainer?
*NFL whiffs on drug penalty for Denver Broncos Von Miller

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Randall Cunningham’s Daughter, Vashti Cunningham, Is America’s Latest Teenage Track Phenom

Speaking of the NFL, last week Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, had quite the week. The 18-year-old leapt 6’4 3/4″ (1.95m) to shatter both the U.S. HS and U.S. junior indoor high jump marks. If Cunningham was in college, she’d be the NCAA leader by 2.75 inches (7 cm) and in the top 10 all-time indoors. With that mark, she’s currently tied for #3 in the world. And it’s not even an absolute pb for Cunningham as she jumped 1.96m outdoors to win the Pan Am junior gold medal last summer, the same medal won by her older brother Randall II, who is a sophomore at USC. Vashti may not even go to college as it’s possible she goes straight to the pro ranks.

Vashti is coached by her dad, who in addition to being an NFLer was also a 6’10” high jumper in high school. Her goal is to make the Olympics this year according to a nice article in the Albuquerque Journal

More: MB: Breaking!!! HUGE STORY!!! HS indoor HJ record!!!
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Cunninghams have high aspirations
*Vashti, Randall Cunningham make their own names in high jump

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Putting a Lack of A Medal in Perspective

Last week, another great American runner, Matt Tegenkamp, retired. We wrote a tribute to Tegenkamp that you can find here. In the popular press, his tributes, along with those to Ryan Hall and Alan Webb always seem to have a significant disclaimer – never won a medal at major championship. It’s a fact, but a couple of things reminded us last week that there are lots of incredible runners that never win major medals.

In Germany, in Düsseldorf on Wednesday and then in Karlsruhe on Saturday, many of the world’s top 5,000-meter runners raced each other at 3,000. The full results are listed below and you can see that 29-year-old Kenyan Augustine Choge won both races, taking down the likes of 2015 World silver medallist Caleb Ndiku, 2014 World Junior champ Yomif Kejelcha, 12:48 man Yenew Alamirew and even World 1500 silver medallist Elijah Manangoi.

PSD Bank Meeting - Düsseldorf - Wednesday, 
 1. Augustine CHOGE, KEN, 1987, 7:39.23 WL
 2. Caleb NDIKU, KEN, 1992 2-1 7:39.82
 3. Yenew ALAMIREW, ETH, 1990, 7:40.24
 4. Albert ROP, BRN, 1992, 7:40.29
 5. Yasin HAJI, ETH, 1996, 7:42.18
 6. Isiah Kiplangat KOECH, KEN, 1993, 7:42.53
 7. Vincent RONO, KEN, 1990, 7:43.04
 8. Paul Kipsiele KOECH, KEN, 1981, 7:45.09
 9. Othmane EL GOUMRI, MAR, 1992, 7:51.82
10. Edwin SOI, KEN, 1986, 7:54.16
11. Pieter-Jan HANNES, BEL, 1992, 8:08.44
    Jackson KIVUVA, KEN, 1988, DNF (pace)
Indoor Meeting - Karlsruhe, Sat 
 1. Augustine CHOGE, KEN, 7:43.22 
 2. Yomif KEJELCHA, ETH, 7:43.45 
 3. Bethwel BIRGEN, KEN, 7:43.49 
 4. Caleb NDIKU, KEN, 7:44.09 
 5. Vincent KIBET, KEN,  7:44.87 
 6. Yenew ALAMIREW, ETH, 7:45.13 
 7. Yasin HAJI, ETH, 7:48.64 
 8. Florian ORTH, GER, 7:51.04 
 9. Carlos ALONSO, ESP, 7:59.76 
    Jackson KIVUVA, KEN, DNF (pace) 
    Paul Kipsiele KOECH, KEN, DNF 
    Elijah MANANGOI, KEN, DNF

Choge has never won a medal at the senior level outdoors at Worlds or the Olympics (he has a World Indoor silver at 3,000 from 2012). His PRs are amazingly impressive – 1:44.86, 3:29.47, 7:28.00 (indoors to boot) and 12:53.66. And as a teen, he was a phenom, winning World Youth and Junior titles at 3,000 (2003 World Youth), 5,000 (2004 World Junior) and cross country (World Junior 2005).

So just remember – it’s hard to medal.

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Mary Cain celebrates after winning 2014 USAs.

Mary Cain celebrates after winning 2014 USAs.

Messageboard Post Of The Week / Time To Panic For Mary Cain Fans??

About this time last year, LetsRun.com fo-founder Robert Johnson pointed out that Mary Cain‘s 1500 pb dated from 2013. Thus if she didn’t PR in the summer of 2015, it would make things a little nerve-wracking for Cain fans as he wrote “But and this is a big but. If she doesn’t run well outdoor (in 2015), people are going to go back and look at those things TOTALLY differently. Is she yet another HS girl that peaked really early?”

In last week’s Week That Was, we expressed a little more concern as Cain’s season opener at 3,000 was more than 20 seconds slower than what she ran in 2013, but it was a little hard to know what to think as she did lap the field in the low-key race.

Well now there is no doubt. It’s officially time to get nervous if you are a Mary Cain fan. She flew over to Germany and TOTALLY bombed, running just 4:20.73. She was way off the back at 800. He race was so bad we wondered if she fell (she didn’t, but the beIN Sports feed briefly cut off to show a pole vault attempt while Cain was getting dropped).

Results Women's 1500
 1. Axumawit EMBAYE, ETH, 4:08.22 WL
 2. Konstanze KLOSTERHALFEN, 1997, GER, 4:08.38 PB
 3. Ciara MAGEEAN, IRL, 4:08.66 PB
 4. Gesa-Felicitas KRAUSE, GER, 4:08.91 PB
 5. Selina BÜCHEL, SUI, 4:08.95 
 6. Nancy CHEPKWEMOI, KEN, 4:09.68 PB
 7. Maureen KOSTER, NED, 4:10.68 PB
 8. Diana SUJEW, GER,  4:15.67 
 9. Mary CAIN, 1996, USA, 4:20.73 
10. Elina SUJEW, GER,  4:22.23 
    Anastasiya TKACHUK, UKR, DNF

On the messageboard thread about the race, famed Italian coach Renato Canova penned an insightful post about Cain and all US teen phenoms.

I’m not inside the US activity, but I think American people are too much complicated when try to explain the decrease in performances of Mary Cain.

It’s not a problem of form, or of training. It’s a problem of mental pressure, that in your Country is the main enemy for a right and progressive development of your best talents.

Since the most part of people following athletics are Young students, without any knowledge of the athletic history, there is the trend to give to the best Young talents responsibilities they are not yet able to sustain.

For example, about Mary Cain, already in 2013 people spoke about winning Olympics and running WR, when she was n. 27 in the world with 4’04″62.

The next year, she won World Junior Champs in 3000m, but her performance in 1500m didn’t improve (4’06″34, n. 49 in the world).

The pressure on her mind grew very much, because, after winning WJCh, nobody had the patience to look at graduality for building up not only the body, but also the personality, and this fact destroyed her fun of running.

Same thing happened with Jordan Hasay, with people speaking about medals, when she is still one and half lap far from the best in the world in 10000m. She can become a strong Marathon runner with the time, but doesn’t have any chance when we speak of track : the talent of the best African is something different.

I hope you don’t do again the same mistake with Donavan Brazier and with Drew Hunter : athletics needs top american in every middle distance event, for the international activity, not only Young talents good for HS, and the best talents have to spend more long time before approaching the international level and being consistant (sic) as world class athletes.

More: MB: Mary Cain 2nd to Last Place in Germany in 4:20.73

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Performance of The Week Year

This post from US marathoner Adriana Nelson‘s Instagram pretty much speaks for itself.

Overwhelmed with emotions right now. Something happened on my run last night I never would imagine I would ever come across. I was on my easy run and I normally take the same route every time. But I had this urge to go to a different trail…like something was pulling me to this other dirt path. While I was running and admiring this beautiful trail, I happened to notice a figure sitting on the edge of the cliff which startled me. I saw he had a rope around his neck and looked like he was ready to jump. ? I am not sure how I had the courage to do this, but I ran over to him and asked if everything was okay and he responded he’s not okay. I spoke with him and asked him to remove the rope around his neck. It was not an easy moment at all as I was picturing the worst to happen right in front of me…He said he was about to jump. He is 26 years old and having a tough time right now. No job and family to support him. Once he removed the rope off his neck, I grabbed his arm and I walked him to his car and spoke to him for about an hour. One thing that surprised me was what he said to me “I never have been able to talk so deeply with someone in my entire life…” I felt very sad but very grateful to be there that moment. He left and I went home overwhelmed with emotion. A couple hours later I went back to cut the rope off the cliff and drop it down. This was one of the craziest things I’ve experienced in my life. And it’s a reminder to me that people need help sometimes. And if anyone ever feels this way, PLEASE go and seek help. You can call 1 (800) 273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. ___________________________________________________ #youarenotalone #suicideprevention #live #life #love

A photo posted by Adriana Nelson (@adi_nelson) on

The way Nelson handled that is unreal. To not hesitate and ask him questions that connected with him instead of getting defensive or treating him like a criminal may have saved his life.

More: U.S. marathoner prevents suicide attempt while on a recent run

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Video of the Week

At LetsRun.com, we’ve never really fallen for the theory that “Kenyans are so much better at distance running because running is much more popular in Kenya than in other countries like the U.S.” Have you looked at a local Kenyan sports website recently? It’s totally dominated by football (soccer) coverage.

But we may have to rethink our position a tiny bit. Running may not be super popular in Kenya for spectators but it appears to be for rappers. In the U.S., American rappers occasionally rap about NBA players. In Kenya, rappers rap about track and field athletes. Kenyan rapper Kyalo (follow him on Twitter @MachakosKyalo) last week released a new rap video “Run Caleb Ndiku” about World Indoor champ Caleb Ndiku. Watch it for yourself.

We asked Cyalo what inspired him to rap about Ndiku and he responded, “Caleb and I grew up together in Machakos. At a time when no one was telling me to follow my dreams, Caleb would message me telling me that he won races and before the races he was always listening to my songs. That’s when I decided to make him his very own song.” Now Ndiku isn’t the only Kenyan track and field athlete to have a rap song/video named after him. Some savvy messageboard posters have noticed that world javelin champ Julius Yego also has a rap video about him by Khaligraph Jones.

MB: Run Caleb Ndiku – Song of the Year??!!

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The U.S. Isn’t The Only Country Where Top Young Talent Is Now Skipping The Collegiate System

What do Alan Webb, Evan Jager, Mary Cain, Ajee Wilson, and Alexa Efraimson all have in common? Well they’e decided there is no need for them to run in college and thus went pro early (Webb and Jager both turned pro after their freshman years; some are wondering if Drew Hunter, who has signed with Oregon, should go pro this year – MB: How many other people think Hunter should consider going pro in June and stick with Tinman?). Apparently, that trend also happens in Japan where the 70th Marugame Half-Marathon was held on Sunday where 81 men broke 65:00. Leading the way for the Japanese, with a third-place finish in 60:54, was 20-year-old Keijiro Mogi. Mogi never ran collegiately. He went straight to the Asahi Kasei corporate team.

Top 3 Finishers at 2016 Marugame Half-Marathon
MEN (gun times) - 
 1. Goitom Kifle, 1993, ERI    1:00:49
   [14:27 / 28:50 / 43:05 / 57:36]
 2. Dominic Nyairo, 1997, KEN  1:00:50 PB
 3. Keijiro Mogi, 1995, JPN    1:00:54 PB
WOMEN
 1. Eunice Kirwa, BRN          1:08:06
   [15:45 / 31:51 / 48:09 / 1:04:33]
 2. Diane Nukuri, BDI          1:09:23
 3. Eloise Wellings, AUS       1:09:29

More: Kifle and Kirwa Win Marugame Half, Isshiki Takes Kanagawa Half in Tokyo Marathon Tuneup

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Stat of The Week

139 – total number of finishers at the 2016 US Cross Country Championships held on Saturday in Bend, Oregon, in the men’s (59 finishers) and women’s races (46 finishers) plus the junior boys’ (30 finishers) and girls’ races (14 finishers).

With the fact that there is no World Cross Country this year, and the fact that the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials are this week, and the fact that World Indoors are in the U.S. next month, the meet organizers faced an impossible task attracting people to the meet. Our suggestion: combine the USATF Club Cross Country Championships, which were held in December (and had 757 finishers in just the open men’s and women’s races), with the USA Cross Country Championships at least in the years when World Cross Country spots aren’t on the line.

More: Mattie Suver And Craig Lutz Win USA XC Champs In Bend, Oregon They each won their first national title by seven seconds. *Discuss
*MB: 
Fun game – how many of the top 10 finishers at 2016 USA XC have you ever heard of?

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Georgetown Tops Syracuse

Last week, we raved about how Syracuse had three guys break 3:59 in the mile in a single race. A week later, Georgetown topped that feat by having four guys do it on the same track where Syracuse did it in Boston.

Mile- Heat 1 –
1. Ahmed Bile Georgetown 3:57.84 PB
2. Cole Williams Georgetown 3:57.88 PB
3. Amos Bartelsmeyer Georgetown 3:58.22 PB
4. Michael Lederhouse Georgetown 3:58.42 PB
5. Alexander Seal Boston U. (AUS) 4:01.16 PB
6. Daniel Castle Wcap Air Force 4:01.94 PB
7. Steven Flynn George Mason 4:03.13 PB
8. Kevin Thomas Boston U. 4:07.16

Considering Oregon already has three guys this year at 4:00.13 or better plus Matthew Maton, who broke 4:00 in high school last year, we suggest that the teams get together and try to break 16:00 in the 4 x mile outdoors, either at the Penn Relays or an Oregon home meet. Or what about trying it next year at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, which is this weekend in Boston? The NBIGP has a thing for relays as the men’s 4×800 world record went down there in 2014 and the women’s DMR mark was beaten last year.

More: GEORGETOWN HOYAS: 4 UNDER 3:59 IN THE MILE
*With Hunter going to Oregon next year, will Oregon crack 16min in the 4Xmile?

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Speaking of the mile, last year Akron sophomore Clayton Murphy made the jump from not making NCAAs as a freshman to the World Championship 800 semifinalist as he lowered his pb from 1:50.03 to 1:45.59. Despite that success, Murphy at times over the summer still talked about the 1500/mile. Now we know why. A week after finishing a disappointing sixth out of six in a loaded 800 at Penn State in 1:48.67, Murphy moved up to the mile last week and knocked it out of the park. At the Akron Invitational, in a race where second place was just 4:01.99, Murphy broke 4:00 for the fist time in 3:57.11.

Much like Robby Andrews, who ran 1:44.71 at age 20, the 20-year-old Murphy may indeed may find his home in the professional ranks in the 1500.

If Murphy doesn’t run the 800 at NCAAs, the favorite very well could be super frosh Donavan Brazier of Texas A&M. Brazier ran the second collegiate 800 of his career last week at Texas A&M and he took down fellow super frosh Jonah Koech of UTEP, who ran 1:46.8h in Kenya. One guy who won’t be winning 2016 NCAA indoors in the 800 is 2014 champ Brandon McBride of Mississippi State, who last week announced he’ll be skipping NCAA indoors to get more training in for the Olympic year. McBride is working on his endurance as he opened up last week individually at the Armory with a 2:23.60 1k/4:11.96 mile double.

Texas A&M Reuslts
 1. Donavan Brazier, FR, Texas A&M, 1:47.80 
 2. Hector Hernandez, SR, Texas A&M (PUR), 1:48.02 PB
 3. Jonah Koech, FR, UTEP (KEN), 1:49.14 PB
 4. John Lewis, FR, Clemson, 1:49.93
 5. Brandon Moore, JR, Baylor, 1:52.69

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Speaking of undefeated freshmen, Penn State’s Isaiah Harris remained undefeated by running a big pb of 1:47.31 at home last week. The week before, he won the ‘B’ heat of the 800 at the meet where Murphy was 6th.

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Stat of the Week II

23.49 – amount of seconds faster that 2015 NCAA cross country champ Molly Seidel of Notre Dame opened up in this year than last.

Last year, Seidel opened at 9:20.62 for 3k; last weekend she opened up at 8:57.13 at the Meyo Invitational.

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Quotes of the Week (that weren’t quote of the day)

#1 Seb Coe = Hillary Clinton

“That neither Hillary Clinton nor Lord Coe saw any conflict-of-interest in accepting lucrative financial payments from major business interests they would ostensibly need to regulate while in office is the blind-spot that begs for light….

“Pragmatists say you can’t overturn the entirety of such systems, because the ambient culture has long since settled into place. But that is the insidiousness of a rigged, insider’s system.  Not to see these relationships as conflicting is to fail understand that it is distance itself that governing requires in order serve as an honest broker.

“So while it may prove to be uncomfortable, even jarring, until a true outsider is brought in with the proper cleaning crew and cleanser, the dirt will only find different corners in which to collect.”

Toni Reavis writing in a column on ToniReavis.com where he compared Seb Coe to Hillary Clinton as both are the ultimate insiders.

More: Toni Reavis compares Seb Coe to Hillary Clinton in that both are the ultimate insiders  

#2 3:58? That’s Nothing. How About 3:53?

“It’s an amazing moment for Drew and the sport. He can go faster.”

Alan Webb in a text message to the Washington Post after Drew Hunter broke his US HS indoor mile record.

The Post deserves a Big Thumbs Up for putting Hunter’s feat on the front page of the sports page on the day of the Super Bowl. And a remember, Webb was coached in 9th grade by Hunter’s parents.

#3 How Fast Will He Go If He Feels Good And Has More Than Seven Weeks of Post-XC Training in Him?

“I felt terrible out there. So, honestly, the whole race I was just like, I’m going to hang on for as long as possible.”

Drew Hunter talking to Runner’s World after his 3:58 mile.

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Don’t Forget About Matthew Centrowitz and Chris O’Hare

Hunter’s story was obviously a HUGE deal last week as shown by the tweet above. It definitely caught our attention to a MUCH bigger degree than the two sub-4s last year by U.S. high schoole outdoorsrs. That being said, how about a little love for former Tulsa runner Chris O’Hare, who won Hunter’s race in 3:54.59. The Brit O’Hare, who is sponsored by adidas and trains under the B.A.A.’s Terrence Mahon, is in great early-season form. 3:54.59 is the #2 1500/mile time in the world this year. The #1 guy is Matthew Centrowitz, who is on fire. Centrowitz, who ran 3:54.09 on a FLAT TRACK last week (which would convert to 3:51.14 if he was in the NCAA), continued to roll last with a 5.45-second pb of 7:40.74 for 3,000 meters in Portland.

*MB: Centro And Mead Go 7:40!!

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Photo of the Week

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Almost Free Money

Each week, we always peruse our copy of Race Results Weekly to see if there was any easy money to be had. We found a race in Texas where a man picked up $1,000 for running a 32:13 10k.

All-America City 10-K (34th)
Edinburg, TX, USA; Saturday, February 6
Distance: 10 km
Finishers: 2200 (up sharply from 1429 last year)
Prize Money: See primary details below
Course Records: Men, 28:04.1, Julius Kogo (KEN), 2015; Women, new (see below)
   NOTE: Organizers put together a very competitive women's race here, led by the talented Ethiopian Buze Diriba, who finished 5th at the 2013 IAAF World Championships 5000m.  She set a course record of 32:05.3, beating Veronicah Njeri Maina of Kenya.  Americans John Valentine and Lauren Smith were rewarded with $2000 prizes for being the top Americans --Ed.

MEN (extended gun times) - 
 1. Julius Koskei, KEN         29:16.5  $5000
 2. Haron Lagat, KEN           29:42.4   3000
 3. Nelson Oyugi, KEN          31:01.7   2000
 4. John Valentine, USA        31:37.6   2000a
 5. Jason Garcia, USA          31:58.2   1500a
 6. Ben Snodgrass, USA         32:13.5   1000a

WOMEN (extended gun times) - 
 1. Buze Diriba, ETH           32:05.3 PB/CR* $5000
 2. Veronicah Maina, KEN       32:11.3 PB      3000
 3. Risper Gesabwa, KEN        32:14.0         2000
 4. Ogla Kimaiyo, KEN          32:32.5
 5. Gladys Cheboi, KEN         33:48.9
 6. Demese Yemanu, ETH         34:04.9
 7. Lauren Smith, USA          34:11.3 PB 2000a
 8. Allie Kieffer, USA         34:12.6    1500a
 9. Lindsay Scherf, USA        34:33.1    1000a
a= American Prize Money.

If you were willing to run a full marathon, you also could have picked up some cash in Jacksonville for some pedestrian times.

Tallahassee Marathon (42nd)
Tallahassee, FL, USA; Sunday, February 7
Distances: 42.195 km and 21.1 km
Finishers: Marathon, 224 (down from 335 last year); Half-Marathon, 869 (up from 702 last year) 

Marathon (gun times): 
MEN - 
 1. Kennedy Kemei, 37, Hebron, KY (KEN)     2:31:32  $2000
 2. Diego Vanegas, 40, New York, NY         2:40:19   1000
 3. Peter Kemboi, 35, Hebron, KY (KEN)      2:42:44    500

WOMEN - 
 1. Tamara Kozulina, 40, Clermont, FL        3:03:17  $2000
 2. Jennifer Bayliss, 45, Danville, CA       3:07:32   1000

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