Riley, Mock, Flanagan, Stinson rewrite U.S. all-time lists in Chicago

10/17/2019
 
On Sunday (13-Oct), ten elite athletes and over 500 residents of the Centennial state took to the streets of Chicago as they competed in the 42nd Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Weather conditions were ideal with a start time temperature of 41°F and finish time temperatures still in the mid 40s.
 
The storyline of the day for the Coloradans were the U.S. all-time top 30 performances turned in by Jacob Riley (Boulder), Jerrell Mock (Fort Collins), Lindsay Flanagan (Louisville), and Parker Stinson (Boulder).

Mock was competing in his debut marathon and Riley in his first marathon since the 2016 Olympic Trials. 
 
In the men's race Riley, Mock, Stinson, as well as Noah Droddy (Boulder) and Alex Monroe (Longmont) ran in a pack that consisted of mainly U.S. athletes shooting for a sub 2:11 time.  They passed the half way mark, almost exactly on pace, in 1:05:25.  Trailing that group was William Milam (Longmont) in 1:06:51.
 
The lead Colorado group maintained a consistant 5:00/mile pace through 35 km.  At 35 km Riley, Mock, and Stinson were still grouped together, as they would be for another 5 km, with Droddy was just 10 seconds back and Monroe another four seconds in arrears.  Over the last mile Riley and Mock pulled away from Stinson as they ran 4:50 from 25 to 26 miles while Stinson ran 5:00 for that mile.  Riley would edge ahead of Mock at the finish stopping the clock at 2:10:36 with Mock just one second behind in 2:10:37.  They finished 9th and 10th overall, respectively and were the top two Americans. Their times make them the #22 and #24 U.S. performers all-time (on a record eligible course). Riley's time was a career best by 2:40 (previous best was 2:13:16) at the 2014 Chicago Marathon).  
In Their Words - Jerrell Mock
Running at the Chicago Marathon was an amazing  experience for me. Because it was my first marathon, I was really nervous about how it was going to go, what kind of result my training was going to buy me, and especially whether it was going to seem like an event I would eventually like to commit my running career to. So many of these worries were put to rest thanks to the organizers of the event who did an amazing job. I feel extremely fortunate to have had a good race, and thankful that the organizers of the Chicago Marathon were willing to let me into the elite field without having any marathon experience and without having an agent or sponsor to vouch for me. I felt like they really took a chance on me so it was a relief to be able to show that I could compete with the rest of the field. I am also very thankful for my training partners, Andrew Epperson and Grant Fischer, as well as my coach Art Siemers, who has continued to write my training since college. Andrew was originally going to run the Chicago Marathon with me as well, but was given the opportunity to represent the USA at the World Marathon Championships in Doha, Qatar and chose to do that instead. Although we were no longer training for the same race, the races were only a couple weeks apart so we were able to keep our training cycles synchronized which was a tremendous help for some of our harder workouts. 


Stinson would cross the line in 11th place running 2:10:53 making him the #29 U.S. performer all-time and bettering his previous best of 2:14:29 run last year in Chicago.
 

In Their Words - Parker Stinson
The Chicago course layout makes for such a special experience at this race. It never goes too far away from the city and this allows the fans to make a huge difference in our performances. There was multiple sections during the race where my ears were ringing and I couldn’t hear myself think for up to a mile. It reminded me of running at Hayward Field during NCAAs...both are once in a lifetime experiences!






 


Droddy held on strong to set a career best time of 2:11:42 (previous best 2:16:26; 2017 Chicago) to place 17th in the race.  His time puts him at #67 on the U.S. all-time performer list.


In Their Words - Noah Droddy
I came to Chicago on the heels of a disappointing spring marathon. I was anxious to prove that I could be a good marathoner, and with a healthy training block behind me, I approached the starting line optimistic. We were lucky to form a large pack of Americans early in the race, and we worked cooperatively to run even splits. We were all ultimately rewarded with big PB’s, as this was the first marathon in history where 10 US men have broken 2:12 in the same race. Though I wish I could have been more competitive over the last 10k, I’m satisfied with the effort and grateful for the experience.



 

Monroe, competing in just his second marathon, finished in a career best time of 2:14:15 (previous best 2:26:28; 2018 New York) and Wilim finished strong over the last half of the race to run 2:14:54, also a career best performance.  They finished 23rd and 26th, respectively.


In Their Words - Alex Monroe
I had a really positive experience in Chi-town, and am proud of the effort I put  forward. It stings to come so close to my A goal of 2:13 or faster, as I started to struggle with 5k to go. A race week sinus infection probably kept me from being a little more aggressive, but a PR day is something to be celebrated. I’ll take the 12 minute improvement. 








 


FLANAGAN FLYS TO SEVENTH PLACE FINISH AND CAREER BEST
In the women's race Flanagan had her sites set on improving on her career best of 2:29:25 run at the 2018 Franfort Marathon.

At the half marathon mark she was in 8th place with a split of 1:12:59.  While she slowed over the second half she was able to pick up one place to finish 7th and was the second U.S. athlete on the day, only trailing Emma Bates (4th place; 2:25:27).  Flanagan's performance makes her the #25 U.S. performer all-time.  The women's race was won by Bridget Kosgei of Kenya in a world record time of 2:14:04.

 



In Their Words - Lindsay Flanagan
Sunday was a very special day for both the American men and women. It was fun to finally run in my home city, where I grew up watching the marathon. I was hoping to run a bit faster, but cannot be disappointed with a new PR by over a minute. After finishing 9th in Boston and 7th in Chicago, I’m feeling excited and optimistic for the trials. 











 

Laura Thweatt (Superior), rebounding from a stress fracture in June, ran a conservative first half coming through the half marathon mark in 1:15:00 and running the second half in 1:14:06 to stop the clock at 2:29:06.  She finished one place behind Flanagan in eighth place. 


In Their Words - Laura Thweatt
I’m extremely please with my performance at the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Due to a calcaneus stress fracture in June my block was a bit more unconventional than I would have originally liked. So the goal then became to get reacquainted with the marathon and to walk away with a solid performance that we could use as we gain momentum for the trials. So walking away with the Olympic A standard and a top ten finish at another Major marathon was more than I could have asked for given that I only had 8 weeks of ground running under me going into Chicago. And after dropping out last year due to another injury it meant the world that the staff at Chicago offered me another shot at redemption. 



 


Also turning in big performances in the women's race were Jennifer Bergman (Boulder) and Lindy Jones (Colorado Springs).  Bergman ran 2:34:37 for an eight minute career best while Lindy ran 2:36:59 in her marathon debut.  The duo placed 16th and 21st, respectively.

 

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