A challenging course led to runaway finishes at the USATF 7 Mile Championships Saturday morning, as USATF Running Circuit standings leader Aliphine Tuliamuk won the women's race in Davenport, Iowa, hosted by the Quad-City Times Bix 7. Stanford grad Sara Hall finished third.
From the start of the race, Tuliamuk and key challengers Sara Hall and Olympian Marielle Hall took to the lead and gapped the field easily over the first three miles. The trio ran together, mostly side by side, until the turnaround at 3.5 miles, at which point Tuliamuk started to hammer the pace.
While the three remained close leading up to the fourth mile, it was between mile four and mile five that Tuliamuk grabbed a lead she would never relinquish. During that fourth mile, the former Iowa State runner used the local fan support to push her to a nearly 30 second lead by the start of the fifth mile.
Charging downhill over the final mile, Tuliamuk ran in control and with plenty of power, ultimately crossing the finish line first in 36:30, earning her fourth USATF Running Circuit victory of the season.
Behind Tuliamuk, Marielle Hall and Stanford grad Sara (Bei) Hall battled for much of the second half of the race, until the final mile when the younger Marielle Hall was able to put a little distance on the other, a gap that would not be made up. Marielle Hall took home a mighty runner-up finish in 37:34, while Sara Hall, running for ASICS, finished third in 37:53.
While Tuliamuk, Hall and Hall battled it out for the win much of the race, Becky Wade and Chelsea Blaase each established themselves in the top five by the turnaround. Wade would eventually edge Blaase, finishing fourth in 38:07, while Blaase took home fifth in 38:19.
Stanford grad Jessica Tonn, coming off a fourth place finish at the USATF 10 km Championships earlier in the month, was also a participant.
Hall won the Gold Coast ASICS Half Marathon early on in the month, running the second fastest time of her career with a 1:10:32 effort, which currently ranks her as the fourth fastest American in 2017.