No stopping Kenyan Julius Kogo at News and Sentinel Half Marathon
Wins race for the eighth time
PARKERSBURG — Not even 92 percent humidity could stop Kenyan Julius Kogo during Saturday’s 32nd running of The News and Sentinel Half Marathon.
For the third straight summer and record eighth time overall, Kogo topped the field in the 13.1-mile race by finishing with a time of 1 hour and 4 minutes flat, which allowed him to take home the $3,000 first-place prize money.
Runner-up honors and $2,000 was claimed by Louisville’s two-time steeplechase All-American Edwin Kibichiy. The Kenyan finished just off Kogo’s pace with a time of 1:05:19.
Cyrus Korir (1:05:29, $1,500) and Panuel Mkungo (1:05:57, $1,000), both of Kenya, rounded out the top four. Mkungo was last year’s runner-up while Korir just missed out on cashing in 2017 when he finished sixth.
On the women’s side, the top prize money of $3,000 went to first-time winner Delvine Meringor of Kenya as she crossed the finish line in 1:10:12.
All four of the top female finishers were from Kenya. Vicoty Chepngeno claimed the runner-up spot with a clocking of 1:13:25. She was followed by Brilliant Jepkorir (1:14:52) and Susan Jerotich (1:16:43).
A familiar name finished as the top American male — new United States citizen Alene Reta, who placed fifth overall but previously had three-peated as champion in Parkersburg from 2007-09. He finished in 1:07:49 and earned $1,000 while the second American was Colorado’s Fernando Cabada, who crossed in 1:09:41 to claim $500.
The same prize money for the women went to top American Sarah Biehl of Hilliard, Ohio. She was sixth overall with an effort of 1:20:34. Finishing right behind Biehl as the second American was New Mexico’s Malika Camacho.
Also, the best efforts in the marathon from current Mid-Ohio Valley residents belonged to Lowell’s Mitchell Morris and Marietta’s Krystal Miller.
Sharon Marks, of Parkersburg, as well as well Lee Stough of Glassport, Pa., grabbed $200 apiece as the women’s and men’s respective half marathon walk champions.
In other age-based races for the half marathon run were the following winners: Male masters (Derrick Jones of Henrietta, N.Y.), grand masters (John Eric Ashton of Columbia, S.C.) and senior grand masters (George Sellers of Jackson, Ohio); female masters (Luybov Denisova of Russia), grand masters (Tammy Slusser of Monroeville, Pa.) and senior grand masters (Leisa Villani of Virginia Beach, Va.).