Allison Mendez, the former UT runner, won the biggest race of her career yesterday when she took first place at the Medtronic TC 10-Miler in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Under ideal conditions (clear and cool), Mendez cruised to the victory in 56:27, more than a minute faster than Katie McGregor in second.
Mendez, who won her first 10-miler in April in the Austin 10/20, qualified for the ’16 US Olympic Trials by virtue of her 1:13:47 at the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in 2013. Mendez is planning to run her first marathon at the Trials in Los Angeles.
Allison Macsas, a teammate of Mendez on Team Rogue, also earned her second trip yesterday to the US Olympic Trials. Macsas, who heads Rogue Expeditions and spends much of her year on the road directing and setting up running adventures, placed eighth in the Twin Cities Marathon in a PR of 2:39:58.
Scott MacPherson didn’t fare quite as well as Macsas and Mendez. Shooting for a personal best, MacPherson went out aggressively—reaching halfway in 1:07:47—but faded to ninth in 2:17:19.
Jeff Sadler finished in 2:26:01 and Craig Ottman of Keller crossed in a 13-minute PR of 2:33:43.
Top central Texans included:
|Omar Cardenas||M||39||San Antonio||3:30|
|Mitch Allen||M||53||San Antonio||3:39|