It was a day of love Sunday when Edward Cheserek, 25, of Kenya tied the IAAF world 5K road record and won the Carlsbad 5000 in 13 minutes, 29 seconds. earlier his girlfriend won the women’s elite race.

The University of Oregon alum who is a 17-time collegiate national champion and trains in Flagstaff, Arizona, set a pace of 4:20 minutes per mile — very quick for a man who had never run the Carlsbad 5000 before.

“I was racing against the clock,” Cheserek told the Associated Press. “I was going for it. I was going to have a good time here today.”

Cheserek beat out fellow countryman David Bett, 26, who claimed the second slot with a time of 13:54. Reid Buchanan, 25, of Great Britain took third, finishing at 13:56.

Cheserek’s time matched that of Switzerland’s Julien Wanders, who set the mark earlier this year in Monaco. (The unsanctioned 5K road best is 13:00 by Kenya’s Sammy Kipketer at Carlsbad in 2000 and 2001.)

Cheserek’s girlfriend, Sharon Lokedi, a senior at Kansas who won the NCAA 10,000 meters last year, won the women’s elite race in 15:48.

The 24-year-old Kenyan beat out Charlotte Arter, 27, of Great Britain, who finished at 16:00. American Danielle Shanahan, 24, of Flagstaff claimed third with 16:03.

Former Olympic long-distance runner Meb Keflezighi helped keep the Carlsbad 5000 alive after he became part-owner of the event in December. The famous road race had been in jeopardy of folding.

Keflezighi, now 43, ran the 5K event Sunday as an age-grouper. He finished in a time of 30:13.

— Toni McAllister

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