Jacob Chemtai Captures Men’s Half Title, Falls One Second Short of Setting New Record
David Glennon Wins Men’s Marathon Race, Jenny Graef First Women Marathoner
ST. LOUIS (MO) – April 6, 2014 – Kellyn Johnson, 27, from Flagstaff, AZ set a new women’s GO! St. Louis Half Marathon record, with a time of 1:11:51. On the men’s side Jacob Chemtai, 27, from Santa Fe, NM narrowly missed breaking the men’s half marathon record set in 2013 by Aaron Braun (1:03:13). Chemtai finished with a 1:03:14.
More than $17,000 in prize money was awarded to the half marathon invitational field, including a $5,000 prize for both Johnson and Chemtai.
Chemtai, out-dueled Jordan Chipangama, 25, Flagstaff, AZ, who finished with a time of 1:03:31. Chipangama competes for Northern Arizona Elite, and is quickly becoming a frequent top finisher at GO! St. Louis races. Chipangama also finished second in last year’s GO! St. Louis Half Marathon. Third place went to Stephen Pifer, 29, Louisville, CO with a time of 1:03:45. The top local elite was Big River Running’s Matt O’Connor, 27, St. Louis, MO., who finished sixth with a 1:05:32.
In the women’s field Johnson eclipsed Mattie Suver’s record of 1:12:22, set in 2013. She out-paced Pasca Cheruiyot, 27, who finished with a 1:15:09. Sarah Kiptoo, 24, Santa Fe, NM took home third place with a time of 1:16:31. Kiptoo also finished third in last year’s women’s half marathon.
In the marathon race, David Glennon, 32, from Boulder, CO outlasted the field, posting a 2:34:34. He was followed by second place finisher Stephen Marthy, 26, Saint Robert, MO, who with a time of 2:38:51. Finishing third in the marathon was Matthias Messner, 32 from Boulder, CO, with a time of 2:40:44. Zach Young, 30, Jackson, MO won the men’s wheelchair marathon with a time of 2:18:36.
In the women’s marathon race, Jenny Graef, 28 from Stillwater, OK was the first women to cross the line with a time of 2:57:18. Graef finished ahead of Lauren Mulac, 25, from Chicago, IL, and third place finisher Kendall Schler, 25, Columbia, MO.