Natasha Wodak is on a tear. The distance runner from Vancouver has racked up five first-place finishes in the 2019 season and a bunch of impressive times to go along with the wins.
BIG 👍 to @tasha_wodak 71:21 who ends super-successful-Spring with a valiant solo chase of Lioudmila Kortchaguina 2003 CR (70:03) “I had it thru 15k but then it started to slip. I started to have to push really hard, then the bridge finished me off – lost 30 seconds” #scotiahalf pic.twitter.com/d7jEaa9fGA
— alan brookes, CRS (@alnbrookes) June 23, 2019
Sunday morning Wodak crossed the finish line first in the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon in 1:11:20, only 1:17 off the course record, which was set in 2003 by Lioudmila Kortchaguina.
Wodak has been named to the World Championship team for the 10,000m, won the Canadian 10K championships, won the Vancouver Sun Run, and won the Pioneer 8K and the Canadian 10,000m championships. Suffice to say, she’s having a great 2019.
Second place in the women’s event was Dayna Pidhoresky in 1:14:35, and third place went to Briana Hungerford in 1:18:19.
In the men’s results, Ben Preisner took the win in in 1:05:41. Sunday was Preisner’s debut half-marathon. The 23-year-old runner had primarily focused on the longer track distances during his time as a collegiate runner for Tulsa. He competed for Canadian at the World Cross-Country Championships this past March, finishing 77th.
Second place went to Chris Balestrini in 1:05:58 and third place to Julian Heninger in 1:06:18.
Full results can be found here.