By Liam Nee
CAJoyciline Jepkosgei and Alex Korio, both of Kenya, won 2019 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth. Jepkosgei, 25, finished in 31:05, averaging about 5-minute miles. It’s the race’s fastest time since Mary Keitany’s 30:41 course record set in 2017.
Korio, a late entrant, led nearly all 6.2 miles running 27:34, or 4:26-mile pace, 7 seconds from taking down Gilbert Okari’s 16-year-old course record of 27:28.
Jepkosgei’s personal bests at the distance are 29:43 on the road and 31:28 on the track. She currently holds non-IAAF considered world records in both the half-marathon and 10,000-meter, set in the same race in 2017.
Korio, 28, topped his previous 10K road course PB of 27:48.
Ellsworth’s Dan Curts, a recent Iowa State University graduate, was the top Maine men’s finisher in 29:26, the second-fastest mark all-time in the Maine men’s division. The 23-year-old was the 2019 Big 12 outdoor 5K champ.
Falmouth High School student Sofie Matson, 16, was the top Maine women’s finisher in 36:02. She’s presumed to be the division’s youngest winner ever.
The fastest Americans were 2016 Olympian Emily Infeld, who trains with Bowerman TC in Portland, Oregon, and NAZ Elite’s Scott Fauble, a Flagstaff, Arizona, resident who took seventh in this year’s Boston Marathon.