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Delvine Meringor wins 1st women’s Half

August 18, 2018
By Ron Johnston - Sports Writer ( , News and Sentinel Half Marathon

PARKERSBURG - Delvine Meringor started out in a pack of five and finished all alone at the finish line.

The 26-year-old runner from Kenya claimed Saturday's 32nd Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon in the women's division in a winning time of 1 hour, 10.12 minutes.

"This is my first time that I've run here," said the 26-year-old Meringor, who celebrated a birthday Aug. 1. "I am very happy with my time."

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Photo by Jeff Baughan
Kenyan Delvine Meringor crosses the finish line as the women’s champion in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon Saturday.

Meringor earned a winning cash prize of $3,000.

A little over a year ago, Meringor ran her maiden half marathon at Ndakaini, Muranga County in Kenya and won in a clocking of 1:16.10.

Early this year in January, she ran a PR of 1:09.01 in a half in Turkey.

At the N&S Half, Vicoty Chepngeno was runner-up in 1:13.25 ($2,000 prize); Brilliant Jepkorir was third in 1:14.52 ($1,500); and Susan Jerotich, fourth in 1:16.43 ($1,000). All are natives of Kenya.

Early on in the 13.1-mile race, Ivy Kibet, Meringor, Chepngeno, Jepkorir, Jerotich ran together, and slowly but surely distanced themselves from the rest of the female runners.

Near the South Hills Golf course at the mile 5 marker, Meringor had a slight lead, but the other four were right with her.

At about the 7-mile mark, it became more of a pack of four with Kibet dropping off the pace. Their time at this point in the run was approximately 40:06.

Then, at the 9-mile mark, near the West 95 sign, Meringor, Chepngeno, and Jepkorir were basically neck-and-neck.

A mile later, though, at the 10-mile mark, Meringor and Chepngeno surged, and Jepkorir dropped back.

Down to just two, Meringor shook off Chepngeno at mile 11, and had about a 50-yard advantage. Her time was around 1:01.25.

Meringor's time at the mile 12 marker was about 1:07:08, and it was her race to win -and she did easily.

"After (Chepngeno) fell back, I say 'Bye," said Meringor, laughing.



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