Ethiopian Belete Assefa won the Bolder Boulder men's pro race today
pulling away from teammate Solomon Gonfa in the final quarter-mile and
waving his arms at fans in Folsom Field who greeted his arrival with a
In the women's division, the American elite women's squad
of Amy Hastings, Renee Metivier-Baillie and Magdalena Lewy-Boulet made
good on a promise to improve on last year's performance by moving up to
second this year. Hastings led the way taking fourth.
Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, meanwhile, unseated two-time defending
champion Mamitu Daska, topping the Ethiopian in a sprint to the finish
in 32 minutes, 34.46 seconds.
Men's elite winner Assefa, a
first-time competitor in the race, finished in 29 minutes, 22.56
seconds. Gonfa was 5 seconds behind and Allan Kiprono of Kenya was
third. Assefa is the third consecutive men's winner from Ethiopia.
Carney was the top American finisher in fifth-place with a time of
30:16.15. Carney led Team USA to a third-place finish. His teammates,
Ryan Hall and Aaron Braun, finished seventh and 12th respectively.
also won the men's international team challenge with three of the top
nine finishers. Kenya was second with three in the top six finishers. It
is the fifth consecutive victory in the team challenge for the