Kenyans Dominate Debbie Green Memorial 5K

By Clay Shaw

WHEELING, WV—The 21st running of the Debbie Green Memorial 5K, held August 4, takes place in downtown Wheeling along the banks of the Ohio River.  Always competitive up front, a large pack of men jockeyed for position on the turns and hills of the downtown streets.  Kiprop Mutai of Dallas, TX and Kenya took charge on the long flat out-and-back portion of the course and won in 14:12.  Cyrus Korir of Chapel Hill, NC and Kenya was second in 14:14.  2017 champ Simion Chirchir of Kenya was third in 14:17.  Juris Silenicks of Pittsburgh was top USA runner in 15:14 and sixth overall.  Rich Romano of Wheeling WV was top Masters in 17:59 placing 18th among men.

Victoy Chepngeno of Lansing, Michigan, and Kenya was top woman in 15:39.  Fellow Kenyans Delvine Meringor (15:41) and Susan Jerotich (16:18) rounded out the podium.  Ann Mazur of Pittsburgh was the top USA female in 18:27 placing seventh overall.  Sherri Martin (56) of West Alexander, PA was the top Masters in 21:32.

Kudos to race director Ron Green and his staff who put their hearts into the event which raises funds in the fight against leukemia.

Top 10 Men

  1. Kiprop Mutai, 31, Kenya 14:12
  2. Cyrus Korir, 25, Kenya 14:14
  3. Simion Chirchir, 34, Kenya 14:17
  4. Daniel Kemoi, 31, Kenya 14:29
  5. Kipkoech Kirui, 27, Kenya 15:13
  6. Juris Silenicks, 25, Pittsburgh, PA 15:14
  7. Abraham Kiplagat, 34 Kenya 15:33
  8. Max Petrosky, 23, Bradford Woods, PA 15:39
  9. Robby Creese, 24, State College, PA 16:00
  10. Cedric Robinson, 27, Martins Ferry, OH 16:36

Top 10 Women

  1. Vicoty Chepngeno, 24, Kenya 15:39
  2. Delvine Meringor, 26, Kenya 15:41
  3. Susan Jerotich, 31, Kenya 16:18
  4. Iveen Chepkemoi, 18, Kenya 16:39
  5. Margaret Wamahiga, 27, Kenya 17:15
  6. Josephine Wanjiku, 25, Kenya 17:53
  7. Ann Mazur, 32, Pittsburgh, PA 18:27
  8. Beighley Ayers, 18, Wheeling, WV 19:28
  9. Kelsey Chambers, 22, New Manchester, WV 19:44
  10. Zara Zervos, 15, Moundsville, WV 19:56

Masters Men

18.  Rich Romano, 41, Wheeling, WV 17:59

Masters Women

11.  Sherri Martin, 56, West Alexander, PA 21:32

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Ann Mazur Pittsburgh, PA 7th 1st USA
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Kiprop Mutai 516 of Dallas TX and Kenya was the 2018 winner.
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Lead pack
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Vicoty Chepngeno Kenya 1st female
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Final all out sprint in Debbie Green Memorial 5K
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Kids Fun Run
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Kids Fun Run