Kiyai Claims Victory

WHEELING – If post-race attire means anything, the parka worn by Shadrack Kiyai following Saturday’s running of the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic pretty much told the story. Despite what he felt were not ideal conditions, Kiyai took the lead early and went on to cross the finish line in 1:06:56.5 to take the overall male title.

“Too hot or too cold (is) not good,” the 29-year-old Kiyai said. “This is my first time running here and it is very hilly – very tough.

A native of Kenya but running out of Hebron, Ky., Kiyai estimates he went in front for good about 3 miles into the race, breaking off from the pack and eventually out-distancing Abdehadi El Mouaziz of New York, who finished in a time of 1:07:40.9.

“I prefer to run alone,” Kiyai said. “If I am running with a group I get more tired.”

The time wasn’t a personal best for Kiyai, who cut the tape during a 2010 race in Culiac’n, Mexico, in 1:02:46.

Abu Kebede, a 22-year-old out of Annadale, Va., came home third. Robert Wambua, also of Hebron, Ky., and Abdelkebir Lamachi, of New York, rounded out the Top-5.

The top American finisher came in seventh. Jeff Weiss, 26, of Ravenswood, W.Va., crossed the line in 1:12:38.2.

Colin Gundling, a Wheeling native who captured the Ogden Mile on Friday night, was the top local finisher as he placed eighth overall with a time of 1:17:52.9. That number is actually faster than his winning time in 2011 (1:20:25) when he became the first Wheeling native to capture the event.

Martins Ferry’s Cedric Robinson earned himself a 10th-place finish when he came across in 1:19:47.1. Valley Grove’s Sean Flannagan (1:21:46.6) finished 12th, while 43-year-old Wintersville resident Eric Laughlin ended up 13th with a time of 1:22:04.1