ND Alumna First American to Win NYC Half

Peter Gambaccini | March 16, 2015 

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With the high knee lift and buoyant stride of a track veteran, Molly Huddle became the first American runner to win the NYC Half on Sunday, pulling away from Kenya’s Joyce Chepkirui in the final mile to win in a personal best of 1:08:31. In the men’s race, Leonard Korir, an alumnus of Iona College in the New York suburbs, used what he called his “college kick” to edge fellow Kenyan Stephen Sambu in the final few strides to earn the men’s title by one second in 1:01:06.

Despite an extraordinary year in 2014, including a third place in her NYC Half debut and an American record at 5000 meters, Huddle has to be considered an upset winner. In Prague last April, Chepkirui ran 1:06:19, the fastest half marathon personal best in the women’s field by more than two minutes.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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