Worku wins Cigna/Elliot 5K in a breeze
Justin Freeman, of New Hampton, finishes the 22nd Annual Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K race in Manchester. Freeman came in fourth. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
22nd Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5KTop 10 men
1, Abiyot Worku, Bronx, N.Y., 14:23; 2, Brian Harvey, Boston, 14:41; 3, Abu Kebede, New York, 14:55; 4, Justin Freeman, New Hampton, 14:57; 5, Mike Danaher, Nashua, 15:13; 6, B.J. Smith, Concord, 15:20; 7, Sam Daly, Bedford, 15:29; 8, Thomas Paquette, Keene, 15:30; 9, Scott Leslie, Rutland, Vt., 15:42; 10, Andrew Tuttle, Alton, 16:10.
Top 10 women
1, Grace Kahura, New Paltz, N.Y., 16:35; 2, Rachel Schneider, Sanford, Maine, 17:12; 3, Aregash Abate, Bronx, N.Y., 17:15; 4, Christine Shaw, Manchester, 17:20; 5, Denise Sandahl, Bow, 17:38; 6, Christina Supino, Windham, 17:52; 7, Shannon Murdock, Exeter, 18:25; 8, Courtney Hawkins, Milford, 18:29; 9, Casey Hecox, Manchester, 18:55; 10, Mary Klene, Manchester, 19:07.
Worku, 28, met little resistance and breezed to victory in the 22nd Cigna/Elliot Corporate 5K Road Race in 14 minutes, 23 seconds.
“Since the start I was very comfortable,” Worku said. “I could have run harder if someone was pushing me, but I didn’t have to finish hard. I wasn’t worried about my time. I was here just to win.
Grace Kahura, a 21-year-old Kenyan, was the top female finisher. She ran a personal-best time of 16:36. It was the first time Kahura, who now lives in New Paltz, N.Y., competed in the race.
Justin Freeman, a 37-year-old New Hampton resident, was the top New Hampshire finisher. Freeman finished fourth overall in 14:57.
Eighteen of the top 25 male finishers were from New Hampshire. Shaw was one of 21 New Hampshire residents among the top 25 females.