About eight minutes separated first and second place at the end of the men's 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters Half Marathon, while a familiar name finished first among the women on Saturday morning at Wheeler Park.
Chris Gomez took first in the half marathon with a time of 1:20:40, with second-place finisher Will Drexler finishing in 1:28:22. Drexler came through one minute ahead of third-place finisher Charles English, earning his fourth top-three finish of the summer.
On the women's side of the half marathon, Emily Torrence edged out Colleen Lingley at Wheeler Park by less than a minute to win her second-straight Summer Series race after taking first in the Machine Solutions 10K last week. Torrence and Lingley finished sixth and seventh overall in the half marathon, which included 165 men and women running with another 57 walking the 13.1 miles.
Torrence finished the half marathon in 1:34:47 with Lingley behind at 1:35:21. Stephanie Hunt took third in 1:38:24 while Michelle Wesson, who took second in the Machine Solutions 10K, finished in fourth on Saturday in 1:41:13 as she is still looking to snag a three-peat as Summer Series champion.
The two top men's finishers of Saturday's half marathon were also two of the top-three finishers in the Machine Solutions 10K, as Gomez took second in the race and Drexler took third.
The women's side also had familiar names at the top of the of the race leaderboard as Torrence, Hunt, who took third in the Machine Solutions 10K, and Wesson all finished in the top four in back-to-back races.
In the 5K fun run, Colm Cawood took first in 18:15 while Brian Hofstetter and Ryan Kee took second and third in 19:05 and 19:14 respectively. Kiona Allen finished first among women in the 5K with a time of 20:51, followed by Haley Johnson in second place and Jessica Rappleyea in third with times of 21:09 and 22:19 respectively. A total of 140 runners competed in the 5K.
There is just one more race to go in the Flagstaff Summer Series. The series will finish with the Gaspin in the Aspen 5K/15K with the start at the Arizona Nordic Village on Aug. 25.