MHS coach Ishida wins age group, finishes in top 10

The 12th annual Two Cities Marathon and Half took place on Sunday at Woodward Park in Fresno. The marathon is a 26.2 mile course that begins in front of Woodward Park, runs through Old Town Clovis, then back toward Woodward Park, where it turns north on N. Friant Road. Runners enjoy the benefit of downhill for the first portion of the Friant run, only to be punished with a demoralizing uphill on the return. The race ends inside Woodward Park. 

Two half-marathons are also offered: the Clovis half and the Fresno half. Several local runners competed in the marathon and half-marathon events. 

The Clovis Half Marathon had 888 competitors. Monache High School cross country coach Seth Ishida finished in the top 10 for the fifth straight year, winning his age group and coming in sixth overall. Ishida ran a 6 minute, 22- second pace over the 13.1 mile course, finishing in 1:23:17. Andy Macias of Porterville placed second in the 60-64 age group, finishing in 1:52:26 for 132nd place overall. Lindsay's Mary Garcia came in 17th in her 35-39 age group in 1:59:17. Rodrigo Andrade-Espinoza, also of Lindsay, finished 28th in the men's 30-34 age group with a time of 2:04:18. 

The overall winner was Sean Marzolf, Sanger High School's cross country coach, who ran a 5:42 pace to finish in 1:14:41. The women's champion was Chelsey Albertson of Fresno. Albertson finished 3rd overall, running an impressive 5:47 pace to finish in 1:15:44.

The Fresno Half Marathon had 631 runners. Porterville's John Carranza came in 12th in his 45-49 age group with a time of 2:23:10 to finish 239th overall. Brenda Duran ran a 2:27:55 for 21st in her 30-34 age group. Lety Basaldua's time of 2:37:35 put her in 27th place in the 50-54 age group. Misael Rivas placed 4th in his 65-69 age group with a time of 2:42:30. Crystal Leyva ran a 2:50:13 to place 30th in the women's 30-34 age group. Junior Rivas placed 27th in his 40-44 age group with a time of 2:54:12. Lindsay's Dennis and Patty Hylton ran together for a  3:15:41, finishing 7th in the men's 65-69 and 5th in the women's 65-69 age groups. Tracy Lautenschlager placed 40th in the women's 40-44 age group with a time of 3:56:59. Silvia Escobar finished in 3:57:00 for 42nd place in the 50-54 age group. The overall winner of the Fresno Half Marathon was Edgar Bolanos of Fresno. Bolanos ran a 5:40 pace to finish the 13.1 mile course in 1:14:15. The women's champion was Chelsea Calkins of Newport Beach with a time of 1:34:40. Calkins ran a 7:14 pace and finished 12th overall. 

Two Porterville runners were among the 303 entries in this year's marathon. Juan Ramos finished 9th in the 25-29 age group, 68th overall, with a time of 3:54:02. Moises Lamas finished 19th in the 25-29 age group in 6:33:20. The overall winner was Clovis Community College's cross country coach, C.J. Albertson, who ran a blistering 5:09 pace over the 26.2 mile course to finish in 2:14:5. Albertson also happens to be the current world record holder in the indoor marathon. 

Becky Cutler of Fresno was the overall women's winner with a time of 3:07:52. Cutler's 7:11-mile pace earned her a 13th place overall finish.

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