Stephanie Bruce

NAZ Elite runners Stephanie Bruce (left) and Kellyn Taylor train on a trail at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff.

A pair of Flagstaff-based runners went 1-2 at the New York Mini 10K on Saturday while racing for a national title at the distance through Central Park in the prestigious women's only race.

Sara Hall edged Stephanie Bruce for the win, clocking a 32:27 for a PR at 10,000 meters after battling recent setbacks.

"This one meant a lot to me," Hall said on Twitter after the victory. "Today’s USA National 10K Championships marks 3 months after my two longest injuries of my career, almost back to back. Grateful to win a national title but especially to be back doing what I love -- competing!"

NAZ Elite's Bruce crossed the finish line in 32:32 while racing to win the 10K national title for a second straight year. Last year, she won her first-ever national championship in the distance and since has won another at the half marathon distance.

NAZ Elite also had two other runners in the Mini 10K, which served as the first time ever as the host of a national championship. Aliphine Tuliamuk, who was looking for her 10th overall national title, took seventh place in 32:52, while Danielle Shanahan came in 17th with a time of 34:11.

Hall, 36 years old, outkicked 35-year-old Bruce down the stretch as they pulled away from third-place finisher Sally Kipyego, who registered a time of 32:35.

All three podium finishers are mothers.

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