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Roads Scholars Turn in Strong Showings at Medtronic Twin Cities Races
Griffith Graves, a 2015-16 RRCA Roads Scholar, was the top American finisher at Sunday’s Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, finishing eighth overall with a time of 2:20.51. Graves, who trains with ZAP Fitness in Blowing Rock, NC will compete at the U.S Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February 2016.
Graves’ showing was particularly impressive considering the fast field. Dominic Ondoro of Kenya won the marathon in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 16 seconds. That was the fastest time since 1990, and a little more than a minute off the thirty year old course record.
RRCA Roads Scholars also completed notable performances at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, also held on Sunday.
Alexi Pappas (‘13) finished third in 53:10. Pappas’s time actually bested Kara Goucher’s course record of 53:16 that stood heading into the race. However, Neely Spence Gracey, who finished second in 53:03 and Molly Huddle, who finished first with a new course record of 51:44 also broke the mark.
For the men, Tyler Pennel (‘13) finished second in 46:48 when he was out sprinted to the finish by Sam Chelanga, who won the race in 46:47. Three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenheim finished third.