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This weekend was not just about the undergraduates.  A number of alumni represented the Ivy League and HepsNation well at various races around the country and world.

On Saturday, Ben True (D’09) defended his USATF 15-km Championship title at the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla. by outkicking Chris Derrick with less than a mile to go, finishing in 43:03 to Derrick’s 43:16.  True had been dueling with Derrick after they surged from the pack at the 5-km point, slowly thinning out the top contenders until it was just the two of them by the 8-mile split.  According to officials in the lead vehicle, True finished his final mile in approximately 4:00 (it should be noted that the last mile is downhill).  In the women’s race, Alexi Pappas (D’ 12) (4th – 50:06) and Lindsey Scherf (H’ 08) (5th – 50:31) finished in the top 5, behind race winner Shalane Flanagan (47:03).  For Pappas, this was her longest race to date so she tried to focus on “being brave” while “enjoying the race”.  Scherf, who had a number of injuries that sidelined her for most of 2013, came into this event after winning the Gasparilla Half Marathon in February.  You can watch a video of the races and their finishes through USATF.tv.

Over in Washington D.C., Adam Doherty (D ’13) made his first marathon a memorable one.  He won the Rock ‘N Roll USA Marathon in 2:33:53.  “It feels great to win, you can’t ask for much more than that. I came in expecting to run around 2:35 and I got under that too, so success on every front today.” he told Running Competitor after the win.

Sunday was highlighted by the NYC Half-Marathon.  Lisa Stublic (Col ’05) earned her second consecutive top-5 finish at this race, finishing in 4th place in 1:09.36.  Stublic was leading the competition at the 5-km (16:34) and was in the lead pack at the 10-km (33:00), before being dropped by eventual 1-2-3 of Sally Kipyego (1st – 1:08.31), Buzunesh Deba (2nd – 1:08.59), and  Molly Huddle (3rd – 1:09.04) by the 15-km mark.  Last year, Stublic finished in 3rd in 1:09.18, which is still her personal best.

Meanwhile, Hillary Dionne (D’ 07) helped her Boston Athletic Association women’s team win the team title at the New Bedford Half Marathon (Mass.).  She finished 3rd overall in the women’s race in 1:14.55, a new personal best.  Providence graduate Kim Smith won the race in 1:11.08.

Originally, this post was going to be focused on road-racing results, but a recent review of the Runner’s World website showed two additional Ivy winners, but out on the trail ultra-racing circuit.  Cornell alumni Sage Canaday (Cor’ 08) and Max King (Cor ’02) both won trail ultra races earlier this month, but on opposite ends of the world.  Canaday defended his title at the Tarawera 100K race in Rotorua, New Zealand (tropical storm Lusi changed the course distance to 69-km, versus the original 100-km course), winning the event by 18 minutes over the next finisher.  Canaday finished the 69-km course in 5:33.  In Fairhaven, Wash., King set a new course record at the challenging Chuckanut 50K, winning the event in 3:34 (a new course record by almost 5 minutes).  This is his third time competing in the race, with a previous best finish of 2nd place and a time of 3:43 from last year.

photo by WJXT4 News Station (Jacksonville, Fla.)

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