MOUNT VERNON — It seems to be more of a family reunion than a race. The annual United Precast Five Mile Run/Walk, held on Saturday, is as interesting for the competition as it is for the friends and family it brings together.
Matt Behrensmeyer was the first runner to cross the finish line. The former local athlete, who currently coaches cross country at Marshall Academy in Michigan, posted a time of 27:30. Heath Boylan (27:49) was second and Jordan Vance (28:11) placed third.
“I was kind of worried about Heath Boylan and Vance, because they’ve been looking strong,” said Behrensmeyer. “They kind of worked together to try to reel me in by the second mile and that’s what I was worried about because the heat’s kind of dizzying. Nobody feels good in this weather. Heath put a surge in and I was able to cover it.”
With less than two miles to go, Behrensmeyer was finally able to achieve separation.
“I put a surge in and, luckily, I was able to hold it and they just dropped off,” said Behrensmeyer. “It was a nice battle but at about three-and-a-half miles, I was able to take the lead for good. That’s when I stopped hearing his footsteps. When I took the turn on to Howard Street, I didn’t see them and felt relieved. From there, I just made sure I focused on my form and finished strong. It just happened to be my day. I hadn’t been feeling well. I was sick the last week.”