Ready to Run Store Manager Jen Hall Wins at Capitol 10,000; ZAP Fitness-Reebok Team Runs to Victory

Ready to Run Store Manager Jen Hall had a series of setbacks while competing for Purdue University, suffering five stress fractures that limited her collegiate career. But today, Under 55-degree crystal-clear skies, Hall put all that

Ready to Run store manager Jen Hall set a PR of 36:44 to win the 2017 Statesman Capitol 10,000

behind her, winning the Statesman Capitol 10,000. Coached by Ryan Ponsonby, who, also coaches 2012 1,500-meter silver medalist Leo Manzano, Hall trains mainly on the trails at Lady Bird Lake to avoid too much pounding.

Under Ponsonby, she learned to stay injury-free, while steadily building up quality miles. The training paid off, as Hall blew away the competition, passing through the 5K mark in 17:57 and racing to a personal a personal best of 36:44. Katherine Leugers was a minute back for second in 37:44, while Sarah Rimel took third in 38:45.

“This is my first race in a while. And my first-ever Capitol 10,000,” said Hall who moved here from Colora

The ZAP Fitness-Reebok team of Blowing Rock North Carolina surprised the field at the Statesman Capitol 10,000 as Zap runners Andrew Colley and Johnny Crain bested local elites JT Sullivan, Erik Stanley and Raymond Joseph

do Springs in 2013. “I really like Austin. I like the climate, and it has the best running community of anyplace I’ve ever been. The trail system here is unique to a city this size. It’s perfect for training.”

The ZAP Fitness-Reebok team of Blowing Rock North Carolina surprised the field at the Statesman Capitol 10,000 as Zap runners Andrew Colley and Johnny Crain bested local elites JT Sullivan, Erik Stanley and Raymond Joseph, leading the race from start to finish, with Colley breaking the tape ahead of his team mate.

Colley, 26, and Crain. 24, paced the field of some 21,000 runners north on Congress Avenue through a five-minute flat first mile. Turning left on Trinity Street the pair began to assert themselves, pulling ahead of a pack that included a who’s who of ex collegiate runners: Sullivan, a former Stanford track star, ex Longhorn Stanley, and University of Arkansas alumni Joseph and Rio Reina.

The pair worked together, until they the six-mile mark on Riverside Drive. At that point, Colley, who has a 3:58 mile on his résumé, put down the hammer, sprinting ahead to break the tape in 30:30, well off Eric Chirchir’s course record of 29:24, set in 2013.

Crain finished just two seconds back in 30:32, with Joseph taking third in 30:59. Sullivan (31:27) and Stanley (31:29) rounded out the top five.

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