The name seemed familiar, as did the result.
David Mutuse broke away from the lead pack 11/2 miles into Saturday's Bluegrass 10,000 and went on to win the 33rd annual footrace through Lexington.
A junior-to-be at Eastern Kentucky University, Mutuse made it 10 Bluegrass victories in a row for Kenyans. His older brother, James, started the streak in 2000, also winning in 2002, '04 and '06.
David Mutuse's winning time of 31:25 for the 6.2 miles extended to 23 years a streak since a Bluegrass winner broke 30 minutes. The last to do so was John Wellerding, who won the 1986 race in 29:36. Mark Nenow set the course record of 29:14 in 1983.
Fellow Kenyan and EKU teammate Joseph Maina placed second, 19 seconds behind Mutuse, in 31:44.
Two-time defending champ Jacob Korir, an EKU graduate student, did not enter.
Conditions were calm and favorable for a record 3,782 entrants. The 63-degree temperature was the coolest since the same reading in 1992.
"I wanted to improve my time from last year," said Mutuse, 22, who placed fourth in 32:42 a year ago.
Saturday, he led a pack of four through the first mile in 5:01. Maina was several seconds behind, but closing.
"I wanted to run 31:40 and I finished in 31:44," Maina said. "I was very tempted to get my teammate."
Maina caught the pack on Vine Street.
Mutuse's response: "I increased the pace."
Step by step, the industrial technology major opened a gap. Former Boyle County and Furman University standout Patrick Morgan was the last to lose contact.
"He took off a little faster than I'm used to," said Morgan, who placed fifth in 2008. "I figured I'd run my own pace and, if he came back, great."
Mutuse didn't come back, though, opening a seven-second lead on Morgan with a 4:54 second mile.
By the Richmond Road turnaround, just past 31/2 miles, Mutuse led Maina by 10 seconds, with Morgan another 18 back.
That's how they finished, Morgan clocking 32:18. Dreu Seucy, from Alamosa, Colo., placed fourth in 33:06, a second ahead of ex-Dunbar High and University of Louisville performer Thad Schroeder.
Greg Queen of Lily won his fifth straight "crank" wheelchair title in 20:40. That time ranks second all-time.
Queen led from the get-go, executing his strategy "to get up front where I could cruise and not have to worry."
Queen won "push" honors in 1998 and '99. He reluctantly switched to crank because the bending needed to push caused acid reflux problems.
Paul Erway of Shelbyville won the push division, uncontested in 33:01. The title was his fourth in a row, fifth in the push and sixth overall. He won the 2004 crank.