CARLSBAD — Phillimon Hanneck didn't enjoy running alone Sunday, but that's the price he had to pay for being the best in the international field for the Carlsbad 5000.
If the 22-year-old from Zimbabwe had found someone to keep him company, he might have set the ninth world road-course record in the eight-year history of the 3.1-mile race.
As it was, Hanneck's winning time of 13 minutes 22 seconds, an average of 4:18 per mile, fell 10 seconds short of the record set here last year by William Mutwol of Kenya.
Shelly Steely, 30, a 1992 Olympian from Albuquerque, N.M., and the University of Florida, won the women's race in 15:36, averaging 5:01 per mile. As did Hanneck, she led all the way. Elly Van Hulst of the Netherlands, the 1990 winner, finished second in 15:42 and Sonia O'Sullivan of Ireland was third in 15:51.