Saturday, June 5, 2010

Maloy finishes 10th at Freihofer's Run

Loudonville native and former Academy of the Holy Names student-athlete - and four-time defending Troy Turkey Troy champion - Liz Maloy finishes the 32nd annual Freihofer's Run for Women Saturday in Albany. She placed 10th overall in 15:53. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Emily Chebet, a 24 year-old Kenyan, won the 32nd annual Freihofer's Run for Women race Saturday in Albany in 15:12, breaking Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui's course record of 15:18, set in 2005.

The local story was Liz Maloy, a former standout at Holy Names who became a college star at Georgetown in recent years. Although she had won four straight Troy Turkey Trots - a Maloy family tradition - this was her first serious, major 5K road race.

"They went out kind of conservatively and then when they crested the hill they totally took off," Maloy said of the race leaders. "My coach and I were thinking to not go right with them just because it is so hilly and a lot of these girls are marathoners and 10K runners. I don't think I'm quite strong enough yet to run with them for three miles but I'm really happy with how I placed."

Our Ryan Kircher and David Filkins covered the race, so for more about the Freihofer's Run, be sure to check out Sunday's edition of The Record.

I will also have a story Sunday on the Watervliet track team's success despite not having a track on the school campus, as well as notes on the rest of the athletes from Section II who will be running in the state meet Friday and Saturday in Vestal.

32nd Freihofer's Run For Women
1. Emily Chebet (Kenya) 15:12, 2. Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 15:20, 3. Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia) 15:23, 4. Teyba Erkesso (Ethiopia) 15:36, 5. Belainesh Zemedkum (Ethiopia) 15:44, 6. Jelliah Tinega (Kenya) 15:48, 7. Benita Willis (AUS) 15:49, 8. Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) 15:50, 9. Rebecca Donaghue (USA) 15:50, 10. Elizabeth Maloy (USA) 15:53.

The starting line at the 32nd annual Freihofer's Run for Women in downtown Albany on June 5, 2010.

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