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NAZ Elite Fauble

NAZ Elite's Scott Fauble competed in the TCS New York Marathon along with teammates Scott Smith and Stephanie Bruce.

Scott Fauble is made to run marathons.

The NAZ Elite runner finished the New York City Marathon on Sunday in seventh place on the men's side overall and as the second American, setting a PR in NY in just the second marathon of his career.

Jared Ward, a 2016 Olympian, was the first American to cross the finish line in 2:12:24, just edging out Fauble for sixth place.

NAZ Elite head coach Ben Rosario said Fauble showed he's ready for the Olympics as well.

Fauble's first-ever marathon was in October of 2017 on a Mainova Frankfurt course that is flatter than NYC. He took ninth in Frankfurt in 2:12:35 with teammate Scott Smith earning eighth.

The two ended up pushing each other again at the distance.

Smith was 17th overall in NYC at 2:17:12, battling a stomach issue down the stretch that finally got the best of him and caused him to drop back after running with Fauble for most of the race. The stomach issue caused Smith to fall four places in the 800 meters alone.

But that's not what stands out most.

“I would focus less on that and instead on the fact that Fauble's race was so positively impacted by Scott Smith because they ran together for so long, and I don’t think they could have done that without each other,” Rosario said.

Running, as Smith experienced, has its surprises. NAZ Elite's Kellyn Taylor has been facing plenty while dealing with a running quandary as well after winning the Grandma’s Marathon in June.

“This fall her races have been a little bit below her expectations and a little bit below what her training indicates she’d be able to do,” Rosario said of Taylor, who is set to run her final race of 2018 on Sunday when she takes on the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in Monterey, California.

She'll be in the half just a week after taking fourth at the EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler in 53:53. The team hopes this is the race where Taylor's training and racing combine for a better result.

NAZ Elite's Stephanie Bruce had a better result on the clock in her NYC Marathon compared to 2017's, clocking a 2:30:59 a year after hitting 2:31:44 in last year's installment. She took 11th overall, however, but recorded her second-fastest marathon time in the process.

Rosario and Bruce took time to watch Bruce's NYC run and noticed she was hitting her splits hard. The pace eventually caught up and she grinded through the last three miles to place as the seventh American woman, finishing in a group of four United States female runners that included ninth-place overall finisher Mamitu Daska.

A couple of NAZ Elite rookies were in New York over the weekend, too, and competed in the Abbott Dash to the Finish 5k/USATF 5k Champs on Saturday, with Erin Clark finishing ninth in 16:07 and Danielle Shanahan 13th in 16:20.

Smith wasn't the only NAZ Elite runner over the weekend who watched bodies pass him in a race, as Clark stayed out front for most of the race before three opponents bested her down the stretch.

Rosario said that those three spots will "eat at her" for a little, but both of the young runners became "hungry for more.”

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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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