Lindsey Scherf Places Second In US 25K National Championships, Mizuno Men Place 4th and 6th
by Ron Wayne on May 15, 2012
Saturday, May 12 - Fifth Third River Bank Run, Grand Rapids, MI. Over 7,000 runners participated in the US 25K (15.5 miles) National Championships. Mizuno Race Team member, Lindsey Scherf, once again ran a great race placing second. Lindsey pushed the pace and had the lead until mile 14, when eventual winner Janet Cherobon put on a spurt and pulled away to win in a time of 1:24.36 for a new American 25K record. The old record, set in 1986, was held by Joan Benoit in a time of 1:24:43. Lindsey's time of 1:25.12, along with Cherobon's time, broke the US 25K Championship Race Record time of 1:25.15 set by Colleen De Reuck in 2005. Cherobon's time was the 5th fastest in the world in 2012 and Lindsey's time is the 13th fastest in the world this year. Said Greg Meyer, elite runner coordinator for the River Bank Run, “I think you could easily say that Lindsey’s run helped push Janet to the record." Mizuno Athlete, Kristen Zaitz, who was 4th in this race last year, placed 8th in a time of 1:28.30, a 45 second improvement over last year. Rounding out the Mizuno Women was Heidi Westover in 13th place with a time of 1:32.20. For the men, the top finisher was Zach Hine in 4th in 1:16.49, The was Zach's highest finish in a USATF National Championship. Also, in his highest finisher ever in a national championship, Craig Leon was 6th in personal best time of 1:17.23 and Tyler McCandless was 13th in 1:20.17.
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