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OKC Memorial Marathon notebook

Published: April 28, 2008
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/> •Familiar foes in women's half-marathon: Lindsey Grewe won the women's half in 1:26:01. Jennifer Johnson was runner-up, coming in just 6 seconds ahead of Stillwater's Jennarae Downs. Tiffany Cone was fourth, 30 seconds behind Downs. Downs and Cone are getting used to finishing together. Three weeks ago, Cone placed second in the 10K at the Redbud Classic in Nichols Hills. On that day, Downs finished just behind.

•Weather not a problem for Graef: While the 48-degree temperature was the lowest in the eight-year history of the OKC Memorial Marathon, it was hardly noticeable to women's full marathon champion Jennifer Graef.

"I grew up in Wisconsin, so I'm used to running in the cold,” she said. "I think that helped me, really. But, I definitely wouldn't want it to be any windier than it was, though.”

Graef's mother, Lori Graef, not only made the trip to Oklahoma to watch her daughter run — she competed herself, running the half-marathon.

•Notable runners do well again: For the second time in three years, Tulsa's Bill Grona finished runner-up in the men's marathon. The 25-year old's time of 2:42:28 was six minutes off champion Nathan Adams' pace.

Norman's Adam Cohen, who has placed in the top eight the last four times he's run the marathon, was sixth Sunday in 2:49:17. Edmond's Russell Sears came in eighth, giving him a top-eight finish in each of the past three years. Jerry Faulkner, who won the full marathon in 2006, was runner-up in 2005 and placed fourth in the half last year, was second in the half-marathon Sunday at 1:10:28.

Perennial marathon top-five placer and 2004 champion Tracy Evans of Woodward competed in her first half-marathon Sunday, finishing 14th in 1:36:42. Katie Kramer of Oklahoma City, who placed fourth in 2005 and eighth in 2007 in the marathon, came in 16th at 3:29:05. Norman runner Deana Knight, a fourth-place finisher in 2004 and 2007 and sixth-place finisher in 2006, placed 18th overall and first in her age division (40-44) with a time of 3:31:12.

By Robert Przybylo and Justin Harper