Sports Shorts | March 11, 2011 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Sports - March 11, 2011

Sports Shorts

ON THE ROAD . . . Former Stanford runner Chris Mocko of Palo Alto celebrated his 25th birthday by winning the 33rd annual Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon on Sunday. With his father, Paul, watching at the finish line, Mocko raced home in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 2 seconds. Menlo Park's Kota Reichart was second in 2:30:29. Racing through the scenic Napa Valley wine-growing region, Mocko used a strategy of hanging behind the early leaders and then jumping at opportunity to score a victory and a personal record in only his third marathon. The former steeplechase and cross-country runner at Stanford did not attempt to accompany the leaders, who were attempting to earn the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifying time of sub-2:19:00. At 15 miles, however, the last leader exited and left the race to Mocko and Reichert. "I got really excited when I heard that Kota and I were in the lead," Mocko said, "and at that I point I really picked up the pace. The adrenaline got me through 20 miles, but then I really started feeling it. But, I was able to hang on. Overall, I ran a negative split for the

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