Former Saratoga Springs High star Hannah Davidson won her second Stockade-athon 15k in three years this morning, posting a sharp 51:19 to beat women's runner-up Salome Kosgei by 58 seconds.
Davidson finished 15th overall behind men's winner Yonas Mebrahtu of Flagstaff, Ariz., who broke away from the lead pack at 5k and covered the 9.3-mile course in 46:10 on a bright but windy day for the 40th anniversary of the race.
A 2007 cross country state champion for Saratoga, Davidson said the Stockade-athon should be a good steppingstone to the Philadelphia Half Marathon in two weeks. She won the Stockade-athon in 2013 with a time of 54:12 before finishing second to Megan Hogan on the faster, newly configured course last year.
"It’s awesome. I love coming back," Davidson said. "It’s a perfect set-up for Philly. This got me excited for the half."
The 27-year-old Mebrahtu is a native of Eritrea, a small country in the Horn of Africa, and ran for Iowa State University until he graduated two years ago. He expects to gain U.S. citizenship by the end of the month and wants to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials next February.
By the four-mile mark of the Stockade-athon, he had a 17-second lead over Sam Morse and Thomas Young, with Eric Macknight not far behind them.
Macknight was able to pass Morse and Young to finish second 31 seconds behind Mebrahtu in 46:41, and Morse (46:45) and Young (46:49) sprinted through the finish line not far behind.
"At the beginning it was very slow, and the wind was very challenging and the course is hilly, so when I could see I wasn’t going to break the course record, I just tried to win," Mebrahtu said.
From humble origins,the Schenectady race has grown to over 1,600 finishers the last four years and is considered one of the best 15k road races in the country. A total of 1,568 runners finished the race today. Frank Shorter, the 1972 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon, served as official starter to help commemorate the anniversary.
Below are the top 10 men and women and a link to the complete overall results:
1. Yonas Mebrahtu (27, Flagstaff, Ariz.), 46:10
2. Eric Macknight (26, Ballston Lake), 46:41
3. Sam Morse (32, Camden), 46:45
4. Thomas Young (35, Fort Lee, N.J.), 46:49
5. John Busque (23, Manchester, Conn.), 47:34
6. Conor Cashin (23, Albany), 47:43
7. Jaime Julia (31, Albany), 48:25
8. Kiplangat Tisia (26, Rochester), 48:42
9. Ryan Millar (24, Clinton), 48:44
10. Scott Mindel (29, Ballston Lake), 49:21
1. Hannah Davidson (25, Saratoga Springs), 51:19
2. Salome Kosgei (35, Highfalls), 52:17
3. Jodie Robertson (31, Melville), 53:59
4. Karen Bertasso (31 Albany), 56:10
5. Katie O’Regan (30, Lititz, Pa.), 56:29
6. Renee Tolan (41, Clifton Park), 57:12
7. Sara Dunham (39, Plattsburgh), 57:56
8. Brittany Burns (27, Watertown), 57:58
9. Diane Ryan (33, Malta), 58:58
10. Kimberly Milton (33, Clifton Park), 59:09