MOLINE, IL - Kiplangat Terer (Kenya) and Hirut Guangul (Ethiopia) powered through rainy conditions to continue dominance Sunday at the TBK Bank Quad Cities Marathon. Terer now owns three overall titles (2013, 2018, 2019) at the event. Gunagul is five-for-five in victories, having won in each of her starts at QCM (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019). The 26.2-mile race was run in rain-soaked conditions with temperatures around 70-F and high humidty.
Terer finished in 2:17:17 Sunday, while Guangul ran 2:41:34. The duo also own the course records as well, from earlier victories, but neither approached the top marks of 2:14:04 (Terer, 2013) and 2:35:07 (Guangul, 2012). Guangul's time Sunday cracked the top-10 all-time as the ninth best women's performance at the QCM.
Terer ran 5:14 pace per mile and Guangul averaged 6:10.
In the men's open race, Terer and Sammy Kipkosgei Rotich (Kenya) rolled through the opening 10K at 32:22 and quickly broke free from the lead pack. The duo ran through the half split together at 1:08:16 and were together at 20-miles (1:43:28). From that point, Terer surged and opened a 31-second lead at 23 miles and won by a final margin of 1:17. Rotich had a 2:18:34 finish time to capture runner-up honors. Gezahagn Girma Beyene (Ethiopia) ran most of the race in third to place next at 2:19:50.
Birhanu Dare Kemal (Ethiopia) ran even splits (1:10, 1:10) to capture fourth in 2:20:17. Rounding out the top-5 overall was William Mutai (Kenya) with a solid 2:21:01 effort.
In the women's open race, three runners set an early pace through the first 10K at 37:48, including Guangul, Jacquline Nyetipei (Kenya) and Gladys Cheboi (Kenya), while Amy Regan was fourth at 39:00. By the halfway point, Guangul and Nyetipei led at 1:20:57, followed by Cheboi (1:22:01) and Regan (1:22:28). Guangul then broke the race open and Regan followed. Guangul rolled through 20-miles at 2:03:16, with Regan second at 2:05:40. The two continued to push through the final 10K. Guangul dashed to the win and her 2:41:34, while Regan hammered home the final miles to clock 2:44:24 at her debut marathon. Nyetipei placed third at 2:53:54, while Cheboi was fourth in 2:56:08. Caitlin Robinson (Oakland, CA) ran a steady race and rounded out the open top-5 in 2:58:04.
Regan's sub 2:45:00 qualified her for the 2020 USA Olympic Marathon Trials. She is the fifth woman in the history of the QCM to hit the qualifying standard.
In the master's division, Edwin Korir (Kenya) and Jennifer VandeVegte (Sioux Center, IA) were winners. Korir posted a 12-second win with his 2:43:30 finish, while VandeVegte ran steady splits and had a large margin of victory with her 3:04:05. Brian Martin (Wheaton, IL) was a close second at 2:43:42 and David Tuwei (Kenya) was third in 2:46:16. The top-3 women were rounded out by: Allison Beck (Davenport, IA) in 3:53:19 and Anett Udvari (Fort Worth, TX) in 3:58:13.
Top local honors in the marathon went to: Tristan Coughlin (Davenport, IA) at 2:38:59 and Elizabeth Lundine (Davenport, IA) at 3:23:55.
Terer tied the men's records for most wins ever at the QCM with his third, while Guangul stands alone with the all-time win record now at five.
MICKOW SHATTERS COURSE RECORD IN MEL FOSTER CO. HALF, BAREIKIS WINS BIG IN WOMEN'S RACE
Colin Mickow (Naperville, IL) charged through downtown Davenport and across Arsenal Island to break open the Mel Foster Co. Half Marathon. Mickow's 1:04:47 set a new course record and gave the former Illini (U of Illinois) runner a 16-second win. He opened with a 30:37 10K en route to the impressive performance. The previous record was 1:05:03 by Robert Wambua (Kenya) in 2012. Mickow ran 4:57 pace per mile.
Daniel Kemoi (Kenya) opened as the early leader at 30:21 through 10K, before finishing second in 1:05:03. Zach Ripley (Rockford, MI) opened at 30:58 and clocked a quick 1:07:02 finish to capture third overall.
In the women's race, Jane Bareikis (Crestwood, IL) was at 37:06 through 10K and leading by 33 seconds. She finished with a solid 1:19:20 winning time (6:03 pace per mile). Andi Ripley (Rockford, MI) was runner-up at1:21:44. Regan Weidner (Platteville, WI) placed third with a 1:25:11.
Zach Hird (Rock Island, IL) was the top local half finisher (1:14:53), along with Stephanie Sellers (Bettendorf, IA) 1:32:09.
Photos: Aaron Scheller
2019 QC MARATHON OVERALL RESULTS:
1. Kiplangat Terer, Kenya, 2:17:17
2. Sammy Kipkosgei Rotich, Kenya, 2:18:34
3. Gezahagn Girma Beyene, Ethiopia, 2:19:50
4. Birhanu Dare Kemal, Ethiopia, 2:20:17
5. William Mutai, Kenya, 2:21:01
1. Hirut Guangul, Ethiopia, 2:41:34
2. Amy Regan, Lenexa, KS, 2:44:24
3. Jacquline Nyetipei, Kenya, 2:53:54
4. Gladys Cheboi, Kenya, 2:56:08
5. Caitlin Robinson, Oakland, CA, 2:58:04
MEN'S MASTERS MARATHON
1. Edwin Korir, Kenya, 2:43:30
2. Brian Martin, Wheaton, IL, 2:43:42
3. David Tuwei, Kenya, 2:46:16
WOMEN'S MASTERS MARATHON
1. Jennifer VandeVegte, Sioux Center, IA, 3:04:05
2. Allison Beck, Bettendorf, IA, 3:53:19
3. Anett Udvari, Fort Worth, TX, 3:58:13
MEN'S TOP LOCAL MARATHON
1. Tristan Coughlin, Davenport, IA, 2:38:59
WOMEN'S TOP LOCAL MARATHON
1. Elizabeth Lundine, Davenport, IA, 3:23:55
MEN'S HALF MARATHON
1. Colin Mickow, Naperville, IL, 1:04:47 (Course Record)
2. Daniel Kemoi, Kenya, 1:05:03
3. Zach Ripley, Rockford, MI, 1:07:02
WOMEN'S HALF MARATHON
1. Jane Bareikis, Crestwood, IL, 1:19:20
2. Andi Ripley, Rockford, MI, 1:21:44
3. Regan Weidner, Platteville, WI, 1:25:11
MEN'S LOCAL HALF MARATHON
1. Zach Hird, Rock Island, IL, 1:14:53
WOMEN'S LOCAL HALF MARATHON
1. Stephanie Sellers, Bettendorf, IA, 1:32:09
1. Kent Nichols, Davenport, IA, 16:15
2. Colin Young, Rock Island, IL, 17:27
3. Jacob Albert, Decatur, IL, 17:44
1. Kelley Timmerman, Geneseo, IL, 20:41
2. Tammy Kallback, Dubuque, IA, 21:17
3. Rubi Tapia, East Moline, IL, 21:41
MEN'S 1 MILE
1. Alejandro Sanchez, Davenport, IA, 4:40
2. Kevin Claus, Port Byron, IL, 4:42
3. Nathan Kimbrell, Dubuque, IA, 5:01
WOMEN'S 1 MILE
1. Morgan Meseke, Davenport, IA, 6:09
2. Aerielle Johnson, Davenport, IA, 6:11
3. Jessica Hamblin, Petersburg, IL, 7:36