American women, led by Mattie Suver, capture fourth through sixth place and five of top ten standings during annual women's race in NYC
NEW YORK - (June 8, 2013) - With the field so full of U.S. and international champions, it was tough to predict who’d make it to the podium at this year’s Oakley New York Mini 10K. At the media event on Friday morning, the day before the race, U.S. Olympian Desiree Davila said she was thrilled to be here again; the field’s traditional depth was illustrated by her 11th-place finish last year. “The history of this race goes back so many years, and this is always a fun event,” Davila said. “Having run the course really helps me know what to expect.”
With more than 5,500 runners lined up behind them, the pros took off on Central Park West this morning for a mile-plus slightly uphill battle for the lead, before bearing right into the park at 90th Street. Early in the race, two-time Mini champion Linet Masai of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska turned up the heat and left the rest of the pack behind. In the fourth mile, Daska made her move and built a 50-meter lead on Masai, which she never gave up. In her third Mini, Masai took second.
“Once I dropped them, I figured I had the win,” said Daska, who also won the Aramco Houston Half-Marathon this year. “It was very competitive out there, which encouraged me to run better.” She finished in 31 minutes, 47 seconds.
British cross-country specialist Gemma Steel wasn’t sure what to expect in such a competitive road race. “I thought maybe top-five, so top-three is so surreal,” she said after earning the final spot on the podium. “I’ve seen other athletes on the telly with their flag wrapped around them, and I’ve thought, ‘That could be me one day.’ It’s my day today.”
Mattie Suver, runner-up at the 2013 USA 25K Championships, was fourth, leading an unusually strong performance by the American contingent, who placed five women among the top 10. Suver was followed by Stephanie Rothstein Bruce (fifth), Davila (sixth), Brianne Nelson, who is Suver’s training partner (eighth), and Liz Costello, the first local finisher, who represents the New York Athletic Club (10th).
Davila, who runs for the Hansons-Brooks team and is sponsored by Oakley, was pleased with her return to the Mini. “I felt like I was competing out there,” she said afterward. This was her first race back since she dropped out of the 2012 London Olympic Marathon due to a femoral stress fracture; she’d also planned to run the Boston Marathon in April, but her persistent injury prevented her from starting. “Now I know where I’m at to go home and work. The America side of this race was really strong, so it was great that I was able to stay with them today,” she said.
When asked if she’ll return to run in NYC again this year, Daska said, “I will not be running in New York soon, unless I decide to try the marathon—you never know.” Anyone watching these women, each carrying a flower and finisher’s medal, would bet that the champion—like so many other women—will try to return next year.
Oakley New York Mini 10K
New York, NY, Saturday, June 8, 2013
1) Mamitu Daska 29 ETH 31:47
2) Linet Masai 23 KEN 32:46
3) Gemma Steel 27 UK 32:59
4) Mattie Suver 25 CO/USA 33:11
5) Stephanie Rothstein Bruce 29 AZ/USA 33:14
6) Desiree Davila 29 MI/USA 33:22
7) Diane Nukuri-Johnson 28 BUR 33:36
8) Brianne Nelson 32 CO/USA 33:37
9) Helen Clitheroe 39 UK 33:53
10) Liz Costello 25 NJ/USA 33:53
For full results, visit: http://www.nyrr.org