STEAMTOWN MARATHON: Top Male And Female Contenders

October 6, 2018

MALE KIPLANGAT TISIA Age: 29 From: Baltimore, MD. Marathons: 12 Projected Time: 2:16 Noteworthy: Kenyan runner is a three-time champion of the Buffalo Marathon (2014, 2015, 2017). … Seven days before winning Buffalo (2:21:04) in 2017, he won the Cleveland Marathon in 2:20:25. BRYAN MORSEMAN Age: 33 From: Bath, N.Y. Marathons: 95 Projected time: 2:19 Noteworthy: Has 58 marathon wins. … Is coming off a second-place finish (2:27:37) at the Maine Marathon on Sunday, losing by one second to Moses Gitau. … Ran last year’s Steamtown Marathon but had to drop out due to the humidity. SULEMAN SHIFA Age: 25 From: Bronx, N.Y. Marathons: N/A Projected Time: 2:19 Noteworthy: Ethiopian runner who won 2016 Steamtown Marathon in 2:17:29. … Also won the Scranton Half Marathon in 2016 and in April in a race-record time of 1:05:04. TYLER EUSTANCE Age: 26 From: Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Marathons: 6 Projected Time: 2:22 Noteworthy: Was winner of the 2017 Scranton Half Marathon by .06 seconds over Abu Kebede Diriza. … Posted top-35 finishes at the Boston (24th), Buffalo (2nd) and Chicago (32nd) Marathons in 2016. … Finished 11th at 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon in 2:23:39. COLLIN FROST Age: 25 From: Randolph, N.J. Marathons: 0 Projected Time: 2:25 Noteworthy: 2015 graduate of Binghamton University won the Halloween Half Marathon in Morristown, N.J., in October 2017 in 1:09.32. … Is a math teacher and cross country/track & field coach at Delbarton School in Morristown, N.J. ERIC HARBISON Age: 34 From: Glenshaw Marathons: 5 Projected Time: 2:28 Noteworthy: Finished 21st at the 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon in 2:42:28. … Won the Miles For Smiles Half Marathon in Punxsutawney in August in 1:15:44.9. ARTURS BAREIKIS Age: 32 From: Crestwood, IL Marathons: 60 Projected Time: 2:29 Noteworthy: Won the Sioux Falls Marathon in 2:31:37 on Sept. 9. Also finished second at Edmonton Marathon (2:28:15) on Aug. 19 and second at St. Louis Marathon (2:24:04) on April 8. … His wife Jane is one of the top female contenders. They met while he was training in Kenya in 2014. FRED JOSLYN Age: 34 From: Mt. Holly Springs Marathons: 26 Projected Time: 2:30 Noteworthy: Won three consecutive Steamtown Marathons from 2013-15. … Placed second in the Fort Lauderdale AIA Marathon in 2:47.27 in February and ran 3:26:31 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn., in June. FEMALE TARYN OLMSTEAD Age: 32 From: Savannah, GA Marathons: 12 Projected Time: 2:50 Noteworthy: Won Jekyll Island Marathon in Georgia in 3:19:44 in January. … Finished 66th overall and won the Female 30-34 age division in 1:30:56.2 at the Scranton Half Marathon in April. HEIDI PEOPLES Age: 38 From: S. Abington Twp. Marathons: 9 Projected Time: 2:50 Noteworthy: Four-time Steamtown Marathon women’s champion (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015). Also has won the Scranton Half Marathon four times. … In May, repeated as women’s champion at the Run For The Red in the Poconos in 2:42:24 (5th overall) JANE BAREIKIS Age: 24 From: Crestwood, IL Marathons: 0 Projected Time: 2:50 Noteworthy: Was the eighth female finisher at the Edmonton Half Marathon in 1:18:17 in August. … Her husband Arturs is one of the top male contenders. They met while he was training in Kenya in 2014. ERIKA SUHY Age: 36 From: McKeesport Marathons: 2 Projected Time: 2:58 Noteworthy: Ran 3:08:09 at Glass City Marathon in Toledo, Ohio, in April 2017 and 3:11:18 at Pittsburgh Marathon in May 2016. … Was a PIAA medalist in track and field in 1999 and 2000 while at Elizabeth Forward HS. CATHERINE CAMPBELL Age: 28 From: Chapel Hill, NC Marathons: 4 Projected Time: 2:59 Noteworthy: Ran 3:04:24 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, in June. … Was seventh female finisher in 1:22:41.24 at Tobacco Road Half Marathon in Cary, N.C., in March. … 2012 graduate of Dickinson College who placed third in the 5,000 meters at the 2012 NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships. SARA PACHECO Age: 33 From: Montclair, VA Marathons: 9 Projected Time: 3:00 Noteworthy: Ran 3:12:51 at this year’s Boston Marathon and 3:22:09 at Marine Corps Marathon in October 2017. … Is a Gunnery Sergeant and member of the All-Marine Running Team. — SCOTT WALSH

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