SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (March 4, 2023) – Eilish McColgan and Alicia Monson both broke national 10,000m records at the World Athletics Continental Tour Silver event held at Sound Running The TEN 2023 in San Juan Capistrano, California, on Saturday night (5). Woody Kincaid won the men’s race and posted a fast time as well!
Josette Andrews did a fantastic job of pacing the women’s field as she pulled both athletes through the halfway mark in 15:09. They maintained the early pace before increasing the tempo in the thrilling encounter. Read more: Sound Running’s The TEN 2023 results; record runs by McColgan, Monson
Eilish McColgan Takes Down Paula Radcliffe Record
European star and Commonwealth Games champion McColgan won the women’s race in 30:00.86, breaking the British 10,000m record of 30:01.09 set by Paula Radcliffe at the 2002 European Championships in Munich.
Monson of On Athletics Club finished second in 30:03.82 and easily surpassed the North American record of 30:13.17 set by Molly Huddle at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
McColgan, who is set to make her marathon debut in London next month, delivered a stunning performance in California after she bolted away from her American rival on the final lap where she clocked a blistering 64.87 last 400m.
The Scottish standout’s impressive form now sees her adding a fifth national record to her record-breaking spree.
Alicia Monson Gets North American Record
Monson was equally as quick on her final lap, which was timed at 67.99. She followed home a quality second place to claim her second Area record this year, after posting a time of 8:25.05 to set the indoor 3000m record at the Millrose Games in New York on Feb. 11.
The impressive performances by McColgan and Monson elevated them to 12th and 14th on the world all-time list, respectively.
McColgan’s record-breaking spree now includes national records for 5000m (14:28.55), 5km (14:45), 10km (30:19 European record), and half marathon (1:06:26). She also holds the Area best for 10 miles at 50:43 in 2021.
Elly Henes finished third in 30:48.26 for a personal best, followed by lifetime marks from Natosha Rogers (30:48.69), Fiona O’Keeffe (30:55.05), Laura Galván (MEX, 31:04.08 NR), who also went faster than they’ve ever gone before over 10,000m.
Woody Kincaid Runs Personal Best
In the men’s race at the Sound Running The TEN 2023, Woody Kincaid won with a time of 27:06.37, setting a new personal best and dipping well under the World Athletics Championships qualifying standard of 27:10.
Kincaid, the North American indoor 5000m record holder with 12:51.61, narrowly defeated his American countryman Joe Klecker, who finished in a time of 27:07.57 to set a personal best and also achieved the World Championships standard for Budapest 2023.
The field was paced by Australia’s Commonwealth Games 1500m champion Oliver Hoare, who pulled the runners through the opening stage of the race in 13:35.
Athanas Kioko, who initially started out as one of the pacers, went all the way to finish third in 27:23.84 for a personal best, while former BYU and NCAA champion runner Conner Mantz grabbed fourth in 27:25.30, and Luis Grijalva set a Guatemalan national record with 27:42.56 for ninth.
Reporting – San Juan Capistrano, California, for New Media Wire.