So, the Statesman Capitol 10,000, the best-known race in Texas is just three weeks away. Wonder who’s entered—Who has a shot at winning the men’s and women’s titles? Here’s the scoop!
Let’s start with Rory Tunningley. The former Longhorn ace who helped the UT men win back-to-back regional titles has been on the move lately. He’s got a PR of 29:30 for the 10,000 on the outdoor track. In November, he ran a speedy 24:43 to win the Thundercloud Turkey Trot, and in January, he ran 1:08:16 at the Aramco Houston Half Marathon.
Bryan Morton, who recently placed fourth at the 3M half marathon. He’s got PRs of 15:17 for the 5K, 32:01 for 10K, and 53:08 for 10 miles. He’s also run a 1:07:16 half marathon and a 2:30:01 marathon at the California International Marathon. Good chance he’ll be up front.
Michael Morris, San Marcos High School track and cross-country coach, who won the 3M Half marathon this year in 1:07:19 is looking for another big win at the Cap 10. A 9:02 steeplechaser, he’s got the speed if he needs it.
Ryan Miller was a standout track and cross-country runner for Texas A&M and has gone 29:51 for the 10,000 on the track (Stanford invitational, 2015). He also ran 51:15 to win the Texas 10 Miler in Boerne in 2017. A 2016 United States Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Miller has a speedy half marathon PR 1:04:35. Miller took second in the Cap 10 in 2016 in 31:54. Could this be his year?
A senior at LBJ High School, Cameron Kleiman is ready to take on all comers. Kleiman, only 18, ran 15:08 to take second in 6A competition at Decembers’ UIL Cross-Country Championships, helping to lead his team to a second-place finish overall. “For the Cap 10K well, I really love racing it hard. Road races tend to be my favorite as there’s no pressure and I just get to run how I feel.”
The women’s field is still taking shape. But here are some sneak peeks for what we know so far.
Cate Barrett, a former Baylor runner with a 5K best of 16:13, took second in the Cap 10 in 2016 in 36:02. She took second last November in the Run for the Water 10 Miler, and recently had a big breakthrough at the California International Marathon running a 2:43:26 to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon B Standard.
Jessica Harper—Let’s not jump the gun. Harper who won the 2018 3M half marathon and took victory again this year in 1:08:16, says she’s still undecided.
From Alamosa, Colorado, Brittni Hutton, the 2015 USATF Colorado State Half-Marathon Champion has thrown her hat in the ring. A few years ago, she won the citizen’s race at the Bolder Boulder 10K, clocking 34:46 at altitude, and she’s gone 34:01 on the track. Originally from Michigan, Hutton was the Summit League Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Upcoming races: Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m., the Sweaty Yeti 5K Trail Run at Landa Park Dance Slab
32 Gabezo Circle in New Braunfels. Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m., the Texas Best Friends Half Marathon and Relay at 5808 McKinney Falls Parkway in Austin.