Former Stanford All-American Ryan Hall took home a victory while former Cardinal standout Lindsay Allen was among the top five women at the USA 7 Mile Championship on Saturday in Davenport, Iowa.
As midsummer thunderstorms blew through the Quad Cities, Hall, the 2008 Olympic Trials Marathon champion, stormed past early race leader Antonio Vega at five miles to take the men's title in 32:55. In her professional road-racing debut, Lisa Koll easily took the women's title in 37:52.
After passing the first mile in 5:04, Vega, Scott Bauhs and James Carney separated from the pack that included Hall, Ed Moran and Sean Quigley. As the leading trio approached the turnaround point, Vega held a small lead over Bauhs.
Shortly before four miles, Vega began to pull away from Bauhs and looked to be on his way to his second USA title of the year but Hall, Moran and Quigley were working together to pass Carney and were closing in on Bauhs.
Shortly after passing five miles in 23:42, Vega was caught and passed by Hall, who quickly opened a five-eter gap. From there, Hall cruised down the Brady Street hill for his first U.S. title since the 2008 Olympic Trials.
In the women's race, local favorite Koll, became the first woman from Iowa to win the Bix 7 since 1981 as she cruised to a decisive win for her first U.S. road title. Allen, who lives and trains in Flagstaff, Ariz., was fifth in 39:57.
At the 2010 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Los Altos Hills resident Joy (Upshaw) Margerum won the women's 40-49 long jump with a leap of 16-3 1/4 to claim the national title in her division.