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Natasha Wodak, 31, of Canada, won the women's division of the San Jose Rock N Roll half marathon in 1:14:39.

SAN JOSE -- Two runners training for big marathons in the coming weeks had nice tuneups Sunday in easily winning the men's and women's divisions at the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in downtown San Jose.

Ryan Vail, an Oklahoma State All-American who is entered in the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3, won the flat, 13.1-mile race in 1:02:46, well off his personal best of 1:02:02.

Vancouver's Natasha Wodak won the women's division in 1:14:39 and now has her sights set on her marathon debut Oct. 20 at the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront event.

The eighth annual race attracted a record 16,000 runners on a calm, clear morning in the South Bay.

"I'm coming off a 150-mile week, and I'm not fresh, so it's a really good sign," said Vail, who ran unchallenged in the final five kilometers. "I just wanted to test myself those last three miles."

Runner-up Fernando Cabada of Big Bear Lakes was 28 seconds behind Vail, who is based in Portland, Ore. Cabada, a Fresno native who last year supervised a hotel cleaning crew in North Dakota, was well ahead of Canadian Dylan Wykes, 20th in the London Olympics marathon. Mammoth Lake's Gabriel Proctor took fourth in his professional half marathon debut.

Former Cal runner Chris Chavez of Burlingame was sixth, 3:51.11 back. Daniel Tapia of Castroville was seventh and Adam Roach of Monterey ninth.

Like Vail, Wodak said she passed her test Sunday.


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"I went out a little harder than I wanted, and then I just sort of relaxed in the middle section because I didn't want to push too hard," she said. "The big goal is in two weeks."

Megan Deakins, a recent Duke graduate living in Mountain View, was almost two minutes behind Wodak in second place for the women.

Vancouver-area runners Erin Burrett and Sabrina Wilkie took third and fourth in the women's race. Former Stanford star Julia Stamps Mellon of Santa Rosa was fifth, followed by Menlo Park's Heather Tanner and Google program manager Shaluinn Fullove of Palo Alto. Ashley Carroll of Menlo Park was ninth with Tania Morimoto of Mountain View placing 10th.

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