Jemal Yimer and Rosemary Wanjiru take wins at Utica Boilermaker

Rosemary Wanjiru ran 48:53.11 to win the women’s race and Jemal Yimer Mekonnen clocked a course record 42:37.14 to take the men’s contest.

This year marked the first time in three years that the PRRO Circuit Championship, a series of premier non-marathon road racing events, held the championship race.

World 10,000m 4th place finisher from Doha 2019, Rosemary Wanjiru secured the win in the women’s event in her competitive debut in the distance after she crossed the finish line first ahead of fellow Kenyan Veronica Nyaru Wanjiru who ran 49:14.01 for second place.

Another Kenyan runner, Mary Munanu was third in 49:28.83 with the top five finishers completed by Biruktayit Degefa (49:32.38) of Ethiopia and Carrie Verdon (49:34.97) of USA who ended with a new PB.

Mekonnen won the men’s contest with 42:37.14, breaking the previous course record by almost eight seconds.

Edwin Kimutai ran 42:39.31 for second place with Sam Chelanga (43:08.27) taking third followed by Shadrack Kimini Korir (43:22.36) and Biya Simbassa (43:36.46).

posted Monday July 11th
by Glen Andrews