Kabiso cruises to easy victory in Queens Half-Marathon

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Originally from Ethiopia, the Bronx resident had it all by himself without anyone pressing him midway into the race on the way to an easy 1:10.11 victory for the 13.1 miles.

North Carolina native Marc Antone, who calls Manhattan home, finished a distant second in 1:13.11.

"After the three-mile mark, he had it wrapped up and definitely took me," Antone said of Kabiso. "Still I feel I ran a good race. After I went out fast, the pack broke up. It was a race for second and third."

The first two Queens runners to finish were Jamaica's Raul Puente, who ran a 1:15.48 for seventh place, and Alfonso Polania from Jackson Heights, who finished 10th in 1:16.36.

A total of 2,068 entrants finished in three hours or less, including Stephanie Hodge, who was the first woman to cross the finish line in 1:27.03.

In the 5K (3.1 miles) race that started outside and ended inside McNeil Park in College Point, Alecsander Belavin cruised to victory in 15:17.

Francisco Martinez of Jackson Heights ran a 16:54, good for 10th place and the top finisher from Queens.

Alexandra Horowitz was the top female finisher in 18:28.

There were 414 finishers in a field of 3,311.

"The weather was a little hot," said race director Leo Nicholas. "We were satisfied with the turnout, the best we ever had. I was very impressed. I think the race went great. (The College Point Road Runners Track Club) did a lot of work to make the races a success like it always is."

Councilman Tony Avella started the race and wished everyone good luck. Both races were sponsored by Skaggs-Walsh Fuel Co. and were conducted by the New York Road Runners Club in conjunction with the College Point Road Runners Club.

Updated 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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