UTICA, NY (July 16, 2010)- This year's Road Runner Mile may have been atypical in the fact that it was held after Boilermaker Sunday, but the level of competition was top-notch as always.
After being rescheduled due to concerns over heat, the Third Annual Boilermaker Road Runner Mile took place Wednesday night along the Parkway in Utica.
The invitation only event which had previously consisted of only high school and college runners was expanded this year to include an open division in order to extend the experience to the large number of excellent area runners.
20-year-old Utica College senior Geoff Hale, took the men's college and open division crown, crossing the tape with a time of 4:29. Hale also finished in the top 300 in the Boilermaker 15K Road Race.
Ithaca College's Empire 8 Conference cross country rookie of the year Jenn Randall from Cincinnatus brought home top honors amongst the college women, finishing the mile in 5:02.
Meanwhile, Nate Matthews of Sauquoit Valley edged Aaron Tompkins of New Hartford by the narrowest of margins as both finished the mile in a blazing 4:26. Matthews however was awarded the win after proceedings came down to a photo finish.
Jenna Fallon of Waterville won the girl's high school race with a time of 5:23.
Runners and attendees were also treated to the return of the energy infused drum line located Parkway curbside.
"This race has a very promising future," Assistant Race Coordinator Ted Petrillo said. "In the future we will continue to promote area high school runners to further enhance interest and participation."