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Romero repeats as Half Marathon champ

Nazrio Romero returned to the La Jolla Half Marathon Sunday, four years after winning his last title here. He came back with a flourish, topping second place finisher Matt Stohl by nearly three minutes when he clocked in at 1:10:24.

Hillary Corno, who has run the race before, captured her first win in 1:27:11 - more than a minute ahead of second place Beth Gerdes.

The course was packed, with 5,392 finishing the 13.1-mile trail that started at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and finished at La Jolla Cove.

La Jollans captured the winning spots in the 5K that started at La Jolla Shores and saw 1,120 finishers.

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Local Martin Rockstrom took the men’s 5K title in 15:56, with Bob Gries, also of La Jolla, finishing third.

Catherine Williams of La Jolla was the top finisher in the women’s 5K at 18:56, with Pennie McLaughlin in third and Tracy Golba fourth.

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Results:

Men TOP 5

Nazrio Romero Escondido 1:10:24

Matt Stohl San Diego 1:13:06

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Armen Vartanian Burlingame 1:15:17

Farmer Escondido 1:15:19

Brian Culley San Diego1:16:37

Women TOP 5

Hilary Corno San Diego 1:27:11

Beth Gerdes Carlsbad 1:28:38

Jessica Goertz San Diego 1:29:40

Sherri Ellerby Orange 1:30:55

Megan O’Dowd San Diego 1:32:23

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LOCAL FINISHERS: Male

10 -Christian Ruckstuhl La Jolla 1:20:55

18 - Andris Hodosy La Jolla 1:25:06

26 - James Johnson La Jolla 1:26:25

35 - Rob Swift La Jolla 1:27:19

36 - Guillermo Riveroll La Jolla 1:27:29

37 - Joel Ruff La Jolla 1:27:30

38 - Martin Hall La Jolla 1:28:31

53 - Drew Nelson La Jolla 1:28:52

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65 - Brian Flatley La Jolla 1:30:35

74 - Michael Press La Jolla 1:31:14

75 - Anthony Vincent Del Mar 1:31:15

77 - John Sabin La Jolla 1:31:24 1

80 - Peter Harris La Jolla 1:31:35

98 - Jerry Engel La Jolla CA

LOCAL FINISHERS: Female

12 - Jennifer Perry La Jolla 1:34:54

36 - Mary Morgan-Hansen La Jolla 1:39:16

39 - Jena Hales La Jolla 1:39:32

54 - Lisa Jardine La Jolla 1:40:58

66 - Alexandra Besser La Jolla CA 1:41:54

85 - Ashley Estes La Jolla 1:43:58

87 - Laura Borenstein La Jolla 1:44:02

5k – TOP 5

Men

Martin Rockstrom La Jolla 15:56

Derrick Guty San Diego 16:34

Bob Greis La Jolla 16:37

Dan Scanderbeg San Diego 16:50

Travis King San Diego 17:04

Women

Catherine Williams La Jolla 18:56

Kayleen Walsh Encinitas 19:19

Pennie McLaughlin La Jolla 19:20

Tracy Golba La Jolla 20:04

Kari Laughlin Encinitas 20:19