Marathon­ing agrees with Clo­vis cross coun­try coach: Two races, two records

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY AN­THONY GALAVIZ [email protected]­

Clo­vis Com­mu­nity Col­lege cross coun­try coach CJ Al­bert­son has a new ti­tle: world record-holder.

Al­bert­son set the in­door marathon record April 13 in New York, com­plet­ing 211 laps around the 200-me­ter track at The Ar­mory’s New Bal­ance Track & Field Cen­ter in 2 hours, 17 min­utes, 59.4 sec­onds.

The pre­vi­ous record of 2:19:02 was set by two-time race cham­pion Malcolm Richards, 36, San Fran­cisco school­teacher who was runner-up this year in 2:18:47.9.

“It’s def­i­nitely cool, ex­cit­ing and an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Al­bert­son said Fri­day. “The in­door marathon is a fairly odd event, and my goal is to be more com­pet­i­tive on tra­di­tional road marathons that ev­ery­one does, such as the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, or the Olympic Marathon.”

The out­door world record is 2:01:39, set by Kenya’s Eliud Kip­choge last Septem­ber in Ber­lin.

Kip­choge won the 2016 Olympic marathon and is ex­pected back for 2020 in Bei­jing – a place Al­bert­son would like to be. He qualified for the 2020

U.S. Olympic Trials by win­ning last year’s Two Cities Marathon and Half in Fresno in a course-record 2:17:40. It was his first marathon.

Al­bert­son, 25, was a stand­out at Buchanan High and Ari­zona State, spe­cial­iz­ing in shorter-dis­tance runs in both cross coun­try and track. But he ap­pears to be find­ing a niche in marathon­ing, first set­ting the Fresno race record and now scor­ing the in­door win worth $7,000 – $3,000 for win­ning, plus a $4,000 bonus for break­ing the world record.

Al­bert­son’s wife, Chelsey, was sec­ond in the women’s race in her marathon de­but, run­ning 2:54:26.5 to finish be­hind win­ner Stephanie Pez­zullo’s 2:42:11.3.

“It def­i­nitely helped me hav­ing her in the race, and I hope it helped her,” CJ Al­bert­son said.

Cour­tesy Clo­vis Com­mu­nity Col­lege

Clo­vis Com­mu­nity Col­lege cross coun­try coach CJ Al­bert­son set the world in­door marathon record on April 13 in New York.

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