BANGOR, Maine — An early summer injury has prompted Katie Herbine not to enter the International Triathlon Union’s long course world duathlon championship to be held Sept. 2 in Zofingen, Switzerland.

Herbine, the girls varsity basketball coach at Bangor High School, had qualified for the event by finishing second in the women’s 30-34 age division at the Blackwater Duathlon in Cambridge, Md., earlier this year. That race serves as the USA Triathlon National Long Course Duathlon Championship.

In that race she completed the 10-kilometer run, 70-kilometer bike ride and second 10-kilometer run in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds to place 65th overall in the field of 220 competitors.

But an injury at the end of June sidetracked Herbine’s training for what would have been her second trip to a duathlon world championship meet — she competed in the world short-course championships in 2010.

“I shifted my training season because I didn’t have enough time to put in the mileage I needed to be ready for the worlds,” said Herbine, who also had qualified for this year’s short-course world championships based on her top-10 ranking nationally in her 30-34 age division.

The long-course world championships includes a 10-kilometer run, a 30-kilometer bike ride and a second 10-kilometer run.

Herbine currently is training for two duathlons this fall, including a November event in Florida.

She plans to attempt to qualify for both the short-course and long-course world championships next spring, and if successful Herbine would then likely select one of the events to compete in during 2013 since both are scheduled for September.

Gorneault, Hathaway win County half-marathon

P.J. Gorneault of Caribou and Sharon Hathaway of Island Falls took top honors last Saturday at The County Open Half-Marathon in Island Falls, the most recent event of the Tradewinds Marketplace-Sub 5 Track Club Road Race Series.

Gorneault covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 23 seconds, while second-place Nick Wheeler of Bangor was timed in 1:15:44. Evan Graves of Caribou placed third among men’s finishers in 1:19:02.

Hathaway finished ninth overall and first among women’s finishers in 1:33:23, with Kristine Guaraldo second at 1:34:34 and Marie Beckum of Caribou third in 1:36:05.

Guaraldo maintained her lead in the series women’s point standings, having won six of the eight races she has entered. Pheobe Peckenham of Orland is second, with Katherine Collins of Winterport third.

Adam Goode of Bangor continues to lead the men’s point standings with Caleb Lander of Brewer second and Judson Cake of Bar Harbor third.

The series continues at 8 a.m. Saturday with the Machias Blueberry Festival 5-miler, followed by the 50th annual Bangor Labor Day 5-Miler at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.

Beach to Beacon winners tops at Falmouth

Stanley Biwott and Margaret Wangari-Muriuki of Kenya backed up their victories earlier this month at the Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth by winning the men’s and women’s divisions of last Sunday’s Falmouth (Mass.) Race.

Like at the Beach to Beacon, the more than 10,000 Falmouth Road Race finishers had to overcome heat and high humidity.

Biwott, 26, edged Lucas Rotich — who placed third at the Beach to Beacon — in the closest finish in Falmouth race history, outlasting his fellow Kenyan by two seconds to win the 7-mile race in 31 minutes, 59 seconds.

Biwott, who set a course record at the Paris Marathon earlier this year, plans to run the New York Marathon in the fall.

Wangari, also 26, was a three-second winner over Emily Chebet of Kenya, finishing in 36:54. That marked a repeat of their 1-2 finish at the Beach to Beacon, when both were timed in 31:52 but Wangari reached the finish line first.

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...