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Brothers sweep Cowtown races

Updated: February 26, 2012, 2:42 PM ET
By David Stein | ESPNDallas.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kolin Styles took first in the Cowtown Marathon with a time of 2 hours on Sunday, 37 minutes and 53 seconds, and his brother Koby won the ultra marathon 50K race in 3:18:18.

Kolin was surprised to hear he won after the runner who finished in front of him was disqualified for not registering. Kolin, who wins a free trip to the Boston or New York marathon, said he doesn't mind winning by the technicality.

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Jessica Gonzalez/brightroom.comKolin Styles earned a trip to the New York Marathon by winning the Cowtown Marathon.

"I'll take it. Any possible way to win something," Kolin said. He plans to run the New York Marathon in the fall.

Koby registered for the ultra marathon just minutes before the deadline.

"My brother said I was too scared to do it," said Koby, laughing with his brother after the race. "At about 4:30, right before registration closed up, I signed up."

The two grew up in Holliday, Texas, a small town west of Wichita Falls.

"I can't let the little brother give me a hard time and try to outdo me," Koby said. "I have to show him he's still the little one."

Koby stole the show over his little brother when he did a cartwheel past the finish line after his 50K (just over 31 miles) race.

"I'm over here cramping across the finish line," Kolin said as the two continued to joke with each other.

They said they will take some time off before they start to train for the Tough Mudder in Dallas on March 31 and April 1.

David Thompson placed second in the marathon with a time of 2:40:54. The 44-year-old set a new masters record for the course.

Eric Loffland of Athens, Ga., finished second in the ultra marathon at 3:28:08. The Fort Worth native finished 10th in Saturday's 10K to warm up for today's ultra marathon.

Loffland said he's been training for the Publix Georgia Marathon and raising money for the American Cancer Society's DetermiNation program.

He will run from Athens to Atlanta, about 70 miles, before starting the marathon.

"It's going to be tough, but compared to people who have cancer, running a race is nothing," Loffland said.

Med student wins women's marathon

Beth Cooper, a medical student at the University of Oklahoma, won the women's marathon with a time of 2:55:25.

She said she wasn't paying attention until about half-way into the race, when she noticed she was in first.

It was the fastest finish for a woman at the Cowtown Marathon since 2004 and Cooper's first victory.

Karen Meraw of Detroit, Mich., finished second in the marathon with a time of 3:06:20.

It was the pharmacist's first time at the Cowtown Marathon.

Kelley Aviles won the ultra marathon at 4:00:40. The 45-year-old from Lewisville has worked with American Airlines for 22 years as a flight attendant.

She said running is how she deals with the stress of American Airlines' recent bankruptcy, but traveling has allowed her to train in a lot of different places around the U.S.

Meghan Hautzinger finished second in the ultra marathon with a time of 4:10:21.

She and her husband ran the Cowtown Marathon together. The newlyweds married in a marathon-themed wedding in October.

East Central University coach breaks half marathon record

East Central University cross country coach Steven Sawyer registered the day before the Cowtown Marathon because he didn't want his runner, Armando Saldivar, to run alone.

It worked out well for the duo from the Ada, Okla., college.

Sawyer finished in 1:09:27 to shatter the Cowtown Half Marathon record, and Saldivar finished behind him at 1:09:53. The previous record was Johnny Loria with a time of 1:10:24.

Saldivar, a Fort Worth native from North Side High School, said it was his idea to do the half marathon together.

"I did it last year, but I was coming off an injury," Saldivar said. "I convinced [Sawyer] to join me this year, and actually train for it."

Sawyer quickly interrupted, tongue-in-cheek with, "I didn't want to."

"I felt bad for [Salvidar]," Sawyer said. "We've been training together. He's faster than I am; he just didn't have the race today."

Saturday's 10K winner Logan Sherman placed third in the half with a time of 1:10:35.

Keller attorney takes home women's half marathon

Vanessa Kelley, an attorney from Keller who works in Fort Worth, won the women's half marathon in 1:24:30.

Kelley is training to do triathlons professionally this year. She said it doesn't come with a lot of free time.

"Early in the morning and late at night," Kelley said. "That's pretty much it."

TCU assistant track coach Liz Wort finished second in the half with a time of 1:25:36.

She said she didn't really start running until star runner Sally Meyerhoff, her teammate at Duke, died last March.

"Our teammates decided to start running races for her," Wort said.

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