CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College alumna Kellyn Taylor had a record-setting day over the weekend as she became the first American female in nearly a decade to win the Grandma's Marathon last Saturday in Duluth, MN.
Taylor, competing in her first Grandma's Marathon, ran a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 28 seconds (2:24.28) to shatter the previous event record of 2:26.32 set in 2013 by Kenyan runner, Sarah Kiptoo.
The time was four minutes faster than Taylor's previous personal record of 2:28.40 and is the seventh-fastest, all-conditions mark of all time for an American woman, according to FloTrack.
"I think that today things just kind of came together and I was able to show my fitness and what I am capable of," Taylor told reporters after the race, according an article published by KSTP-TV.
For winning the event, Taylor earned a $20,000 prize — $10,000 for finishing with a sub-2:29 time — and also received a 2018 Toyota Yaris, or cash equivalent, for breaking the women's event record.
Taylor, 31, is a 2006 graduate from Cloud County and 2009 graduate of Wichita State University. She still owns the school records at Cloud County in the indoor distance medley relay (12:38.33), 1,000-meter run (2:57.90), mile run (4:59.50) and outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:25.90).
She is currently a professional runner for the Northern Arizona Elite in Flagstaff and is an aspiring Olympian. Taylor stated on Nov. 20, 2017, during a visit to Concordia where she spoke to Cloud County track and field athletes, that she plans to compete at the 2020 Olympic Trials in the 5,000-meter, 10,000-meter and marathon events.