Emily Sisson Breaks Her Personal American Report at Houston Half Marathon

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Emily Sisson ran 1:06:52 to interrupt her personal American document by 19 seconds en path to ending second place total on the Houston Half Marathon on Sunday morning. She is the primary U.S. girl to run underneath 67 minutes on a record-eligible course, and he or she owns 4 of the highest six all-time quickest marks within the distance by an American girl.

The 31-year-old from Flagstaff, Arizona, opens 2023 with a bang after a record-setting 2022 that noticed her set American information within the half marathon (1:07:11) final spring, and the total marathon (2:18:29) on the Chicago Marathon. In doing so, she turned the primary American girl to carry each nationwide information since Deena Kastor held each marks from 2006-2018

She averaged 5:07 per mile within the document run, although her tempo slowed barely after a fast opening 5K of 15:31. Hiwot Gebremaryam of Ethiopia took the race out sizzling, splitting 15:14 (4:54 tempo) for the primary 5K, and held on to win in 1:06:28. Sisson made up some floor on Gebremaryam, however questioned after the race if she may have run sooner with a extra even effort.

“I believe I may have run a bit extra evenly so I’m hoping to run one other half and run even sooner,” Sisson informed ABC-13 in Houston. “I wished to try to go for the win however [Gebremaryam] was simply too good at present. My foremost focus was on competing and hoping the time was quick on the finish of the day. I went a bit too quick the primary few miles so the previous couple of miles I used to be positively feeling it.”

Sisson raced within the brand-new New Stability FuelCell SuperComp Pacer.

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Her long-time coaching accomplice Molly Huddle completed as fifth total and second American in 1:10:01, 9 months after giving start to her daughter, Josephine. Huddle, who had set a brand new American document with a 1:07:25 on the identical course in 2018, reduce three and a half minutes from her final half marathon outing this previous fall.

American Ladies Racing in Houston

A number of different high-profile American ladies additionally made their debuts within the distance. Former 1,500m specialist and 2011 world champion Jenny Simpson took her first crack at 13.1 miles, and completed because the fifth American in 1:10:35. Vanessa Fraser of the Nike Bowerman Observe Membership, who has run one of many fastest-ever U.S. indoor 5Ks in 14:48, made her debut in 1:11:00 because the ninth American. Each ladies certified for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon by operating sooner than 1:12.

In line with Quick Ladies, a complete of eight ladies certified for the U.S. Olympic Trials for the primary time by both operating underneath 1:12 for the half, or 2:37 for the total: Huddle (1:10:01), Erika Kemp (1:10:14), Simpson (1:10:35), Amy Davis-Inexperienced (1:10:58), Fraser (1:11:00), Elena Hayday (1:11:33), Jacqueline Gaughan (2:34:26) and Jennifer Pope (2:36:24). Kemp was seventh total, whereas one other American Lindsay Flanagan was eighth total (1:10:20), however she had already certified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.