The Mammoth Track Club came up big Sunday at the L.A. Marathon, with both Lauren Kleppin and Gabe Proctor turning in the best American times.
Kleppin, a recent NCAA Division III star from Western State (Colo.) University who now trains with the Mammoth Track Club, led at the halfway point before finishing third in a personal-best 2:28:48.
Proctor, also of the Mammoth Track Club, finished sixth in his first-ever marathon. It was the best time by any American in the race, which was dominated by Ethipoians in both the men's and women's races.
Amena Gobena won the women’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 37 seconds Fellow Ethiopian Gebo Burka, 26, won the men’s race in 2:10:37.
It was an appropriate finish for the Mammoth runners. Last week, ASICS, the title sponsor of the L.A. Marathon, added the Mammoth Track Club to its stable of teams, giving it training and financial boosts.
Mammoth's most famous marathoner, Deena Kastor, called the action for KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Her husband, Andrew, is the coach of the team.
More coverage of Sunday's race will appear in the Mammoth Times print edition on March 13.