Two weeks after shattering the Two Cities Marathon record in his debut at that distance, Clovis Community College cross country coach CJ Albertson did the same at the third annual Bakersfield Marathon on Sunday (Nov. 18).
The 25-year-old Albertson held off Mohammed Temam Hussein to break the Bakersfield Marathon mark in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 45.3 seconds.
Temam Hussein, 28, finished a close second in 2:19:58.9.
The old mark – 2:30:04.0 – was held by Ángel Alcántar of Pacoima. This year, Álcantar finished third in 2:36:00.4.
In a brief conversation at the high school CIF Central Section cross country meet, Albertson indicated he would not be going for a record after clocking 2:17:40 on Nov. 4.
Albertson, who ran alone after the opening miles of the Fresno marathon and finished almost 25 minutes ahead of the runner-up, was alongside the Ethiopian runner through the half-marathon mark on Sunday.
The winner picked up a $750 prize.
The marathon started and finished at Cal State Bakersfield and made its way to Bakersfield College and back.
McFarland’s Galvin González, 41, was fourth in 2:44:43.4.
The women’s winner was Gisele Schaaf of Lakewood in 3:02:39.1. She was 11th overall.
The Bakersfield race, which included a half marathon, attracted about 250 runners for the marathon.