Molly Huddle became the first U.S. runner since 2004 to win the all-women’s New York Mini 10K over the weekend, crossing the finish line in an American record time of 31:37. The 29-year-old bested Ethiopian Mamitu Daska (31:49) and Briton Gemma Steel (32:11) to claim victory.
The field was one of the best in the race’s 43-year history, and Huddle walked away with $15,000 for her winning effort. American Deena Kastor, 41, finished 11th in 33:17.
“I toughed it out. I beat [Daska] in the Boston 5K in April, and I know she’s not comfortable to leave it to the finishing kick,” Huddle said. “So I hung. I was conscious of the American record, and knew if I could hold around 5:05 miles, I could gain some time in the last 800.”
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