Newman University runner wins Prairie Fire Half Marathon
Austin Lavin crossed the finish line, bent and turned.
Lavin won the Prairie Fire Half Marathon on Sunday morning in Wichita, and he won it by almost four minutes, but as soon as he finished, he vomited.
"If I go long enough, I'll definitely throw up," he said. "If it's 10 (kilometers) or further, most likely, yes."
Lavin, 22, is a distance runner at Newman University. He is from Glendale, Arizona, and came to Wichita on a running scholarship, but he said Sunday was the first race he has won in almost two years. His time was 1 hour, 11 minutes and 8 seconds.
Lavin held steady early in the race, keeping pace with the other runners, but he said about half a mile into the race, he started to separate himself. He finished with a mile of 5:25 and a 10-kilometer split of 32:57.
Sunday was only Lavin's second half marathon, and he beat his first time by a minute.
The vomiting at the end was certainly an indication that he was giving it everything he had. Lavin said he had consumed only half of a banana and some water before the race, but he wasn't shocked that he still threw up.
"That's not the first time," he said. "And it won't be the last either."
Lavin started running competitively as a fifth-grader. With a slender frame, he got serious about it after breaking his arm in football.
"Since then, it's just been history," he said.
Lavin wanted to get under an hour and 11 minutes to qualify for the elite section in San Diego, where he said he will run his first full marathon in a few months.
"I'm sure you'll be seeing more throw-up coming," Lavin said.