Chula Vistan sets American record; El Cajon Olympian also takes 35K title

The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” banged in speakers as Chula Vista’s Miranda Melville rolled into goal Saturday in Santee. She did not disappoint.

In his debut race of 35 kilometers (21.75 miles), the 32-year-old Tokyo Olympian set an American record – with 3 hours, 18 seconds.

“I was hoping to dip under 3 hours,” she said on a day with temps in their 50s. “I died in the last 5K. But it’s still a record for now, and records are meant to be broken.”

The former best American distance on the once rarely competed distance was 3:00:43 by Katie Burnett in 2017. But the Olympics and World Championships move to a single distance of 35K – from 20K and 50K.

Becoming more comfortable at 35K is El Cajon native Nick Christie, who won the men’s title on Saturday morning in 2:48:48 – with an average of 7:46 per. month ago in Dublin, Ireland.

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