Former University of Tennessee runner Wes Robinson took home the crown in the men’s elite race with a winning time of 4:30 while former Milligan College runner Jacquelyn Crow was the first female, crossing the line in 5:11.
Each winner received a cash prize of $200 for their efforts.
“I won a few dollars, had a good time and a bunch of my good friends were out here cheering me on, so it was fun,” Robinson said. “The course was tricky. We had some problems on the second turn, but we were fine other than that. That long straightaway coming back was nice.”
Robinson’s winning time does not beat Simeon Robert’s course record of 4:23 from last year, but is still one of the faster times in the event’s short history. Kingsport’s Carl Oberfeitinger was second (4:40) and Johnson City native Matthew Leonard was third (4:43).
Crow had a much tighter battle on her hands from the start, narrowly edging out Bluff City native and former East Tennessee State runner Macy Carrier by five seconds.
Crow’s time did not eclipse Hannah Segrave’s 2018 record of 5:01, but it does earn her a sweet victory.
“I felt really good out there, surprisingly,” she said. “I had a goal set for this race and it kind of blew me away once I got out there and was competing against everybody. … The crowd support out here was great. There were lots of people cheering us on and ringing the cowbells. It was a lot of fun.”
Allie Scalf Greer was third and rounded out the podium for the female division.
In the open race before the elites, Sam Bratton won the men’s division in 5:08 while Katy Neubert won the women’s race in 5:52.