Galen Rupp and Kim Conley won the men’s and women’s 10,000m titles at the USA Track & field Championships Thursday.
For Rupp, it was an historic sixth straight national title in the event, a streak that dates back to 2009. He was previously tied with Frank Shorter, who also had five 10K wins. Rupp clocked in at 28:12.07 Thursday.
“You know, I was trying to run as easy as possible,” Rupp said. “I’m still planning on running Paris, so I didn’t want to make it any harder than it needed to be.”
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Conley, meanwhile, earned her first national title with her 32:02.07 effort. The 28-year-old California native kicked with 200 meters to go and crossed the line first as hundreds of supporters cheered for her in the stands.
“It is so meaningful, I can’t even begin to describe it,” said Conley, a resident of West Sacramento. “To win my first title here, with the Sacramento Running Association here and the whole Sacramento running community, it’s just perfect.”
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