UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - On a breezy day in Central New York, running enthusiasts got a taste of Boilermaker fun at the Fifth Annual Road Runner Mile. The Mile, which takes place every year in the days before the big 15k, is sponsored by the Utica Road Runners.
In the first of four races, the College and Open Men saw Chris Stogsdill of Iona College come in first, with a blistering time of 4:05. Kevin Bronson, followed close behind for a second place finish of 4:07, and Landry La Motte took third with a time of 4:10.
Following the Men's heat, the College and Open Women ended with possibly the closest finish in Mile history, as Allison Lasnicki of the University of Connecticut won in a photo finish to take first from Kaitlyn Day of Utica College, who finished in second. Both runners clocked in at 4:51. Following the two frontrunners was Savannah Boucher of MVCC, finishing at 5:02.
With the Men's and Women's races in the books, it was then time for the High School divisions to take their marks. In the High School Boys division, Nathan Donaldson of New Hartford put on a strong performance, finishing at 4:31 to take first place. Ashton Nicholas came in second at 4:33, with Mohamad Adam Djouma and Zakaria Adam Djouma rolling in neck and neck at 4:35, for third and fourth.
In the final heat of the day, the High School Girls division, Kimberly Wrate of New Hartford led the pack with a 5:10 finish. Maddie Phaneuf of Old Forge clocked in at 5:15 for second. Sauquoit Valley was also well represented with Marissa Jones finishing at 5:19 for third, and Gianna Latella crossing the line at 5:22 for fourth.
With the Road Runner Mile now successfully in the books, all eyes are now turning to the big race, with Boilermaker Festivities set to begin next week.