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.
Michael Bartoszak of Poland finished a distant second behind Hanneck in 13:46, followed by William Musyoki of Kenya in 13:47. Marc Davis of San Diego High School and the University of Arizona was fourth in 13:50.
First prize in each division was $5,000. Runners-up earned $3,000 and third-place finishers $1,500.
The two most notable American entrants, three-time Olympians Steve Scott and Mary Slaney, had problems. Scott dropped out after 1 1/2 miles because of fatigue. Slaney withdrew 20 minutes before the race because of a twisted ankle.
Slaney said she suffered the injury during a workout Thursday.
"I tried to run today, but I couldn't even jog 100 yards without pain," she said.