Let’s start with a brief recap of last weekends 3M Half Marathon. Michael Morris and Jessica Harper topped the biggest field in the race’s history, besting more than 7,500 runners on the chilly 32-degreee morning, competing in the 25th anniversary of the event.

Morris, the head track and cross-country coach at San Marcos High School, clocked a 1:07:19, just two steps ahead Andrew Leahey of Oklahoma City, who nailed a1:07:21.  Mexico’s Ivan Ortiz was third in 1:08:00, while Austin’s Bryan Morton, clocked 1:08:14 for fourth. Zachary Meineke rounded out the top five in 1:08:55 on the fast point-to-point downhill course.

Harper broke the tape at 1:14:23—more than a minute faster than her 2018 time at 3M. Kerrville’s Emily Parker passed Anissa Angelosante of Ypsilanti, MI for second, 1:19:00 to 1:19:16. Sarah Bishop of Beavercreek, VA was a few steps back in 1:19:23 for fourth,

The 3M Half Marathon saw some outstanding age-group wins.

while Michelle Hillenbrand of New York City was fifth in 1:20:27.

Those are great performances, but the real story of the 3M is all of the superb age group times. How about 17-yerar old Nicholas Alfaro of Austin, who won the 19 and under division in 1:16:08—a 5:48 per mile pace? Round Rock’s Sebastian Martinez, only 15, took third in that age group with a 1:18:16. Austin’s Kathryn Christian, 18, won the women’s 19 and under in a very promising 1:29:02.

And taking a look at the other end of the spectrum, we see some really outstanding running. Chris Wolfe of Ann Arbor, MI, obviously thought that 3M’s reputation as a blazing course was worth traveling to Austin for. The 70-year old posted a national-class 1:35:54 to win the 70-74 division! There were 22 guys competing in that division, and the top six all broke two hours, with Austin’s running judge Jon Wisser clocking a nice 1:55:12 for fifth place. Michael Granof, 78, won the 75—79 age group in 2:23:18, one of seven finishers in that division.

Not to be outdone, longtime Austin runner Susan Kohagen posted a fine 1:57:24 to take the women’s 70-74 title. There were seven finishers in the 75-79 division, with Austin’s 77-year old Susan White winning in 3:00:22. The oldest finisher was Lololola Imperial, 79, clocking a 3:50:20.

Any age group story would be incomplete without mentioning the masters’ division, which was fairly spectacular. Austin’s Matt McCurdy, 41, ran a 1:11:55, good for eight place over all, while Campbell Ilfrey, 45 was the next in 1:13:48. Tammy Bogle, 45, posted a 1:27:57, topping the masters’ field, and placing 17th overall in the women’s field. Bulverde’s Rochelle McClanahan, 46, was next in 1:28:31.

Upcoming Races: Saturday, February 2, Cupid’s Chase 5K, at 8:00 a.m., 7th and Main St. in downtown Georgetown. Run the Raider Run 5K , on the state cross-country course at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock on Saturday, February 2, at 8:00 a.m.