Former North Monterey County High standout Daniel Tapia won the 2012 California International Marathon on Sunday, outdistancing the rest of the field by less than a minute.
Tapia finished the race in 2 hours, 16 minutes, 29 seconds. Fighting a cold, he pulled away from Ethiopian runner Tesfay Alemayehu, who finished at 2:17:06.
Tapia, who starred for the Condors and at Hartnell College, won $10,000 for first place.
The Castroville native was the third-youngest runner of the top 10. The 26-year-old had a 5:12 pace per mile. He was one of five runners to finish under 2 hours, 20 minutes.
Alisha Williams, of Colorado Springs, Colo., won the womenís division with a time of 2:34:57.
Itís the first time since 1993 that the top male and female runners were both from the United States. Tapia is the first American to win since 1999.
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