With spring finally upon us, the indoor track season has come to a close, which could have made for a boring weekend without many races. It certainly wasn’t the busiest weekend of racing, but running fans around the world were still treated to some big performances from Emily Sisson and Jacob Kiplimo. Here’s a quick rundown from a not-so-packed (but still exciting) weekend of racing.
Sisson wins USATF 15K Championships
On Saturday, the top road runners in the U.S. lined up in Jacksonville, Fla., to race the USATF 15K Championships, and Sisson smashed the women’s field in 48:09. She ran alone for the entire 15K, quickly opening a gap on the rest of the field. By the 5K checkpoint, Sisson (who clocked a 15:39 split) had a 17-second advantage on eventual second-place finisher Lindsay Flanagan.
At 10K, passing through in 31:37, that lead had extended to more than 40 seconds, and by the finish, Sisson was more than a minute ahead of Flanagan and the other women. Flanagan crossed the line in 49:14, and Emily Durgin finished in 49:24 for third place.
The race marked Sisson’s debut in the 15K, and while this fact guaranteed her a PB, she ran for much more than just personal records, posting the fourth-fastest time in U.S. history. She now sits behind only Molly Huddle (47:50), Deena Kastor (47:15) and American record holder Shalane Flanagan (47:00) in the U.S. 15K all-time rankings.
The men’s race saw a much tighter competition, and Clayton Young grabbed the win in 43:52, just ahead of Abbabiya Simbassa (43:54) and Shadrack Kipchirchir (43:55). Canadian Rory Linkletter finished in 13th place, clocking a final time of 44:41.
For full results from the USATF 15K Championships, click here.
Kiplimo’s XC win
In his first race since the Valencia Half Marathon (where he ran to a record-breaking second-place finish in 57:37), Uganda’s Kiplimo got back to his winning ways, and he took the top spot at the first event of the World Athletics Cross Country Permit series in Italy. Running in an eight-man lead group, Kiplimo started the 10K race relatively slowly, and the top runners posted a 3:08 opening kilometre.
By halfway, Kiplimo and four other men were still close together, and they passed through 5K in 15:38. It wasn’t until the 7K checkpoint that Kiplimo began to really push the pace, and that five-man group dwindled to three before the young Ugandan broke away for sole possession of the lead.
Ahead by a few seconds, Kiplimo avoided disaster at around 9K, when he stumbled and very well could have given up his lead. He recovered, though, and powered forward to the finish, where he crossed the line in 29:07, beating second place by three seconds.
To see the full results from the meet, click here.