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.