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Thompson, Krifchin Gazette Stockade-athon champs

Thompson, Krifchin Gazette Stockade-athon champs

Record field for 37th annual 15k

SCHENECTADY -- Christian Thompson of Elkins Park, Pa., ran 47:01 to win the 37th annual Gazette Stockade-athon 15k, and 24-year-old Maegan Krifchin of Dewitt nearly broke the women’s record, posting a 51:59 to win the women’s race this morning.

Thompson, a 24-year-old Colorado University graduate who grew up in Candor, near Binghamton, pulled away from a pack that included defending champ Tim Chichester, 2006 champ Fred Joslyn, Sam Morse and Mark Mendrek-Laske.

Joslyn made a surge after the four-mile mark in the Stockade, and only Thompson stayed with him before taking the lead around the five-mile mark. Other than a moment of doubt in Vale Cemetery through the 10k, Thompson handled the hills on the second half of the course well.

“Going through the cemetery, I saw every part of the course except that one,” Thompson said. “Rude awakening. But I loved it. I like the smaller town races that can draw a big crowd, like this one and Boilermaker. I think it means more to the people than at races like a big city marathon.”

Joslyn, who competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials this year, finished second in 47:45, only five seconds slower than his winning time in 2006.

Krifchin, Joslyn’s teammate on Syracuse-based Stotan Racing, was chasing Lori Hewig’s 19-year-old race record, but fell a little short. Hewig ran 51:34 in 1993.

“It was in the back of my mind,” Krifchin said. “I was feeling decent, and I wasn’t quite sure of my pace, if I was on it or not. Then when I heard my nine-mile split, I thought, ‘Uh, I’m not going to get it.’ I still pushed it in and try to get a nice finish and a nice time.”

Krifchin, a miler while competing as an undergrad for Syracuse University, finished 13th (1:12:29) at the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Kavarna, Bulgaria, on Oct. 6 and hopes to run the marathon for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics. She was second at the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in 1:10:36 on June 16.

The race drew 1,859 entries, of which 1,639 finished, breaking the records established last year (1,794, 1603).

Here's a link to complete overall results, via Albany Running Exchange: Click here.

For complete race coverage, see Monday's print and online editions of The Daily Gazette.

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