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Contact: Sarah Irvin
Jameson Becomes First U.S. Male to Win Columbus Marathon since 1993
Pushkina Women's Champion
COLUMBUS, Ohio - (October 16, 2005) - Teren Jameson of Taylorsville, Utah
pulled away from 1997 Columbus Marathon champion Jonathan Ndambuki in the
16th mile and cruised to win the 26th Columbus Marathon in 2 hours, 18
minutes, 38 seconds for his first marathon victory. Jameson is the first
U.S. male to win the Columbus Marathon since Brad Hudson of Oregon won
back-to-back titles in 1992-93.
The 28-year-old, who ran his marathon debut in 2:16:26 (sixth place) at
Twin Cities in 2004, essentially led the race wire-to-wire. He controlled a
pack of eight runners through seven miles, ran stride for stride with
Ndambuki through 14 miles and then made his move at a water station shortly
before 16 miles.
"I came here to race and my goal was top three. I was training for a 2:15
pace so I knew I would be competitive," said Jameson, who took home $5000.
"It's a win and that means a lot. I did not run a super fast time, but I
came here and won and that is a big deal."
Ndambuki, 30, coming off wins this year at the Big Sur International and
Deseret News Marathons, finished second in 2:20:42. James Mutuse of Kenya
was third in 2:22:42.
In the women's race, 2002-03 winner Lyudmila Pushkina, a 40-year-old
Ukraine native who trains in Gainesville, Fla., was unchallenged in winning
the title in 2:29:57. She is the only woman to run the Columbus Marathon in
under two hours and 30 minutes - a feat she has accomplished three times
including her 2:28:09 course record in 2003. She also earned $6000. Russian
Larisa Michailova was second in 2:42:00 and Mary Akor, 29, of Gardena,
Calif., was third in 2:52:10.
Josh Ordway, a 25-year-old Columbus resident making his marathon debut, was
the top Ohio male finisher. He ran with the lead pack until dropping back
in the eighth mile and finished sixth overall in 2:24:33. Colleen Harrison
of Akron was the top Ohio female finisher in 3:01:12 and fifth overall.
Both earned $250 and a Delta travel voucher.
Jerome Mescher, 46, of Hilliard, Ohio, was the top male master in 2:45:22.
Pushkina also won the women's master title.
The field included 4,800 marathoners and 755 relay teams who competed in
sunny skies and cool temperatures. The race was supported by 1,800
volunteers and witnessed by thousands of spectators who lined the
three-loop course through the neighborhoods in and around Downtown
Columbus. Through a new partnership with the Ohio National Guard,
participants were treated to a full color guard and fly-over prior to the
26th Columbus Marathon
Columbus, OH, Sunday, October 16, 2005
1) Teren Jameson, USA/UT, 2:18:38, $5000
2) Jonathan Ndambuki, Kenya, 2:20:42, $2500
3) James Mutuse, Kenya, 2:22:50, $1250
4) John Suspic, US?/CO, 2:23:03, $750
5) Cecil Frankke, US?/IN, 2:23:47, $500
Top Ohio Male
1) Josh Ordway, USA/OH, 2:24:33, $250
MASTERS Men (40+)
1) Jerome Mescher, 46, USA/OH, 2:45:22, $1000
2) Robert Barley, 42, USA/IN, 2:46:36, $500
3) Joe Patrick, 46, USA/OH, 2:46:45, $250
1) Lyudmila Pushkina, 40, Ukraine, 2:29:57, $6000
2) Larisa Michailova, Russia, 2:42:00, $2500
3) Mary Akor, USA/CA, 2:52:10, $1250
4) Erin Chlumsky, US?/CO, 2:57:16, $750
5) Colleen Harrison, USA/OH, 3:01:12, $750
MASTERS Women (40+)
1) Pushkina, see above
2) Connie Gardner, 41, USA/OH, 3:09:55, $500
3) Pattie Lucking, 45, USA/OH, 3:14:52, $250
Complete results at: www.ColumbusMarathon.com