LINCOLN — Repeat winners in the men’s events and a pair of first-time women’s champions ran through the tape Sunday at the Lincoln Marathon.
Edward Tabut of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, defended his marathon title by completing the course in 2:27.38. That was more than 10 minutes slower than his 2014 winning time.
“If I had someone pushing me it might have been better,” Tabut said. “I like this course, it’s very flat. I struggled some halfway through, so I knew I wasn’t going to break the record.”
Men’s half-marathon champion Sammy Rotich of West Des Moines, Iowa, was taking aim at his course record for the 13.1-mile event but fell more than a minute short, finishing in 1:06.38.
This was Rotich’s fourth win at the Lincoln event. He also was the champion in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
“Having a headwind slowed me down,” Rotich said. “I was alone by the 10-mile mark, so at that point I just told myself I have to win. Winning is very important to me.”
Those winds made things difficult for the early finishers, and heat took its toll on some of the competitors who finished later in the morning.
Event co-director Nancy Sutton said there were more people brought to the medical tent this year than usual, but that’s something they anticipated. She said five people had to be transported to a hospital, but not all of those were because of the temperatures.
“That was to be expected because the last two years it was really cool,” Sutton said. “There also were some people who chose to finish the half-marathon rather than the full marathon, which is their option.”
Then there was the thunder and lightning that rolled into town in the early afternoon. Sutton said those on the course had to take cover, but once the weather passed they could get back to the race.
Of the 9,909 participants who finished, 1,145 completed the marathon.
Women’s marathon winner Danna Kelly Herrick noticed the changes in different parts of town that created more headwinds than usual.
“The second half definitely was really windy,” Kelly Herrick said. “For a while it was coming out of the southeast but then shifted to the southwest when we were going to Holmes Park.
“We only had six miles to go so I just decided to roll with it and have some fun.”
The 28-year-old from Urbandale, Iowa, toured the route in 2:43.24, not far from her goal of 2:40. The biggest part of the day for the former Truman State distance specialist was getting to the finish line first.
“Two years ago, I got second place,” Kelly Herrick said. “My time was 2:44.12, and I lost by 6 seconds, so I had a fire in my belly to get it done.”
Women’s half-marathon winner Katelyn White of Broken Bow was the only champion to better his or her goal time. But that win in 1:18.16 took its toll on the former Nebraska runner.
White crumbled to the Memorial Stadium field turf just after crossing the finish line at the 50-yard line. The physical therapy student at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha was helped to the medical room.
It took close to 40 minutes for White to feel healthy enough to leave the medical room. She wanted to get to the finish line to watch her father, Jason White, finish his race.
While she wasn’t able to recall what happened after getting into the stadium, White does remember one thing that happened less than one mile from the finish line: Encouragement from race officials helped White get going again after about 10 to 15 seconds.
“I stopped with three-quarters of a mile to go,” White said. “I didn’t know if I could finish. I had never run farther than a 10K, so maybe I wasn’t doing enough mileage training.”
Men’s: 1, Edward Tabut, Coon Rapids, Minn., 2 hours, 27 minutes, 38 seconds. 2, Kenneth Rayner, Boston, 2:37.09. 3, Pete Kostelnick, Lincoln, 2:41.06. 4, Chad Sellers, Lincoln, 2:43.20. 5, Ryan Regnier, Lincoln, 2:43.57. 6, Kyle Clouston, Lincoln, 2:47.26. 7, Javier Torres Rolon, Aibonito, PR, 2:49.33. 8, Tim Larsen, Gretna, 2:50.36. 9, Grant MacKinnon, Salem, Wisc., 2:51.32. 10, Christan Stewart, La Grange, Ky., 2:52.08.
Women’s: 1, Danna Kelly Herrick, Urbandale, Iowa, 2:43.22. 2, Liubov Denisova, New York, N.Y., 2:46.29. 3, Emily Shertzer, Jonestown, Pa., 2:55.16. 4, Jessica Pape, Omaha, 3:07.59. 5, Varinka Ensminger, Lexington, Ky., 3:11.33. 6, Joni Williamson, Lincoln, 3:12.05. 7, Ll Buckley, Austin, Texas, 3:12.38. 8, Katie Nelson, Lincoln, 3:12.49. 9, Emily Fischer, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3:14.02. 10, Jordan Bloesser, Kearney, 3:15.20.
Men’s: 1, Sammy Rotich, West Des Moines, 1:06.36. 2, Mike Morgan, Rochester Hills, Mich., 1:07.17. 3, Alvaro Sanabria, Kearney, 1:07.33. 4, Tanner Fruit, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1:08.29. 5, David Tuwei, Coon Rapids, Minn., 1:10.50. 6, Trevor Vidlak, Lincoln, 1:11.51. 7, Eric Rasmussen, York, 1:12.23. 8, Cory Logsdon, Omaha, 1:12.45. 9, Ben Schneider, Minneapolis, 1:13.02. 10, Thomas York, Omaha, 1:13.24.
Women’s: 1, Katelyn White, Broken Bow, Neb., 1:18.16. 2, Shannon Suing, Lincoln, 1:21.49. 3, Bridget Easley, Lincoln, 1:23.17. 4, Hayley Sutter, Lincoln, 1:23.41. 5, Erin Block, St. Paul, Minn., 1:24.47. 6, Kayte Partch, Lincoln, 1:25.01. 7, Angie Voight, St. Paul, Minn., 1:25.16. 8, Breelan Kear, Omaha, 1:26.20. 9, Erica Doering, Bellevue, 1:27.20. 10, Megan Zavorka Thomas, Omaha, 1:27.39.
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