Nov. 4, 2002
NEW YORK - Meb Keflezighi, a renowned American distance runner and Bruin great, known for his prowess on the track, made his marathon debut Sunday (Nov. 3) at the New York City Marathon.
A two-time U.S. champion and American record holder on the track at 10,000 meters (27:13.98), Keflezighi made his marathon debut in New York on Sunday. Keflezighi took the lead at mile 18 but slowed in the final eight miles. Fighting fatigue, he finished ninth in 2:12:35. Keflezighi was the top-finishing U. S. runner.
Keflezighi's performance was the best by an American in New York since Arturo Barrios placed third in 1994 in 2:11.43. Rodgers Rop of Kenya, the 2002 Boston Marathon winner, added the New York City title to his resume with his win in 2:08:07.
In the final money standings for the 2002 Men's USA Running Circuit (USARC) - a USA T & F road series featuring USA Championships from 5K to the marathon - Keflezighi placed third, earning $2500 (first-place, $6000, went to Dan Browne and second-place, $4000, to Jim Jurcevich). In 2002 USARC paid out $217,300 in prize money to 54 U. S. men who scored points at circuit events.