NEW YORK -- Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor won the U.S. women's 8-kilometer championship Saturday but missed the American record by three seconds.
The 32-year old Kastor ran away from the field to cross the finish line in 25 minutes, 5 seconds, just short of Lynn Jennings' mark of 25:02 set in 1991.
Jen Rhines was a distant second at 25:54, followed by Amy Rudolph in 26:02.
Jorge Torres, in his professional road racing debut, took the lead at the halfway mark and won the men's title in 22:47. Abdi Abdirahman, a native of Somalia who now lives in Tucson, Ariz., was runner-up in 22:56, followed by Anthony Famiglietti in 23:02.
Kastor and Torres each earned $5,000 for their victories. Kastor, who also owns American records for 5K (14:54), 15K (47:15), 10,000 meters (30:50.32) and the marathon (2:21.16), collected $1,500 in time bonuses while Torres received another $500 for his time.
"I had it in my mind from the start to go for the record," said Kastor, whose finish in Athens marked the first medal for an American woman in the event in 20 years. "While I fell a bit
short, it was a great way to open the year."
After Athens, Kastor competed in the New York City Marathon, but was forced to drop out after 16 miles and hadn't raced since then.
"I was hoping to give her competition," said Rhines, who was 34th in Athens. "But once she went out that fast, I knew she was not coming back to us."