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.

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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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Mike Hartman can be reached at 556-2255 or at mhartman@azdailysun.com. Follow him on Twitter @AZDS_Hartman.


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