Keira D'Amato, Sara Hall Set American Records In Houston

* Sara Hall (left) and Keira D'Amato (right) set American Records on Sunday at the Houston Marathon and Houston Half Marathon

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It was a big day for American distance running. 

On Sunday at the Houston Marathon and Houston Half Marathon in Texas, Keira D'Amato and Sara Hall both set American Records, with D'Amato, 37, winning the women's marathon in a time of 2:19.12 while Hall, 38, was runner-up in the half marathon in 1:07.15. 

D'Amato, a Midlothian, Virginia resident, a mother of two children and an Oakton (VA) High School and American University graduate, broke Deena Kastor's record of 2:19.36, which had stood since 2005.

Hall, a mother of four based in Flagstaff, Arizona who's coached by her husband Ryan Hall -- the Houston Half 2007 winner and American-Record holder at the distance -- set the mark exactly 15 years after her husband did the same on the other side of the coin. Hall is a graduate of Santa Rosa Montgomery (CA) and had a stellar career at Stanford. 

Other News And Notes

Former MileSplit staffer Johanna Gretschel, running for Bat City Track Club out of Austin, Texas, was 42nd overall in the half marathon in a new PR of 1:18.36. Nice work, JoJo!


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