Weini Kelati breaks the American 10K record at Boston 10k for Women

Weini Kelati, 24, set an American record at the Boston 10K for Women on Saturday, five days after the completion of the marathon.

Kelati broke the tape by Boston Common in 31 minutes, 18 seconds to beat Molly Huddles national mark, set in Boston in 2015. Kelati finished second in his first race as a pro after winning two national titles at the University of New Mexico.

Sharon Lokedi, a 13-time All-American, dropped her training partner at the halfway point on Memorial Drive and never looked back, rolling solo through the last 3 miles to win by 39 seconds.

Kelati said he'll just race with himself [in his training] and see how fast a run can be. I know there were fast runners here today who could keep on with me, but all I was thinking was Im just going to go and run my race.

Kelati, who is from Eritrea and was born in Kenya, became a US citizen in June, having arrived in the United States at the age of 17.

The Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women began in 1977 as the Bonne Bell Mini Marathon and continued for many years. This year, more than 3,000 runners participated, making it New Englands largest all-women sporting event.

This years Boston 10K for Women, which was held on a Saturday morning for the first time, moved from its usual second Monday in October to accommodate the Boston Marathon.

We were thrilled to launch a virtual event last year for our runners, but nothing compares to this, said race founder Dusty Rhodes. Were excited to be back. Road races are celebratory events that bring out the best in all of us, and todays a perfect example of that.

Amin Touri can be reached at amin.touri@globe.com.