Seven times an All-American at Villanova, Frances Koons kicked off the new year in style by coming a strong second at the 34th annual Emerald Nuts Midnight Run in New York City's Central Park. The 4-mile race was won by Delilah DiCrescenzo in 21:07, 17 seconds ahead of Koons. Koons relocated to Philadelphia last fall and has been assisting Marcus O'Sullivan in Villanova coaching duties in the wake of Adrian Blincoe's return to his native New Zealand. Recent Villanova graduate Amanda Marino, based now in Falls Church, VA, was 10th. Both Koons and Marino participated in last summer's USA Olympic Trials.
Top 10 Women Finishers 1 Delilah DiCrescenzo 29 NJ-NY Track Club/Puma 21:07 2 Frances Koons 26 New Balance 21:24 3 Ashley Higginson 23 NJ-NY Track Club/Saucony 21:41 4 Renee Tomlin 24 NJ-NY Track Club 21:44 5 Nicol Traynor 23 NJ-NY Track Club 21:54 6 Allie Kieffer 25 Hudson Training System 21:56 7 Esther Erb 26 ZAP Fitness/Reebok 22:01 8 Heather Wilson 22 NJ-NY Track Club 22:11 9 Rolanda Bell 25 CPTC New Balance 22:14 10 Amanda Marino 24 Riadha/Mizuno 22:17