The second annual Downtown Mile road race in Johnson City on Wednesday evening saw a larger turnout of spectators than last year and witnessed two new course records on National Running Day.
Former East Tennessee State harrier Simeon Roberts took the overall male title in a new course record of 4:23. Roberts finished up his running career for the Bucs two weeks ago at the NCAA East Prelims in Tampa by finishing 23rd in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
“I felt pretty good about my race today,” he said. “I didn’t know what kind of pace I was running or where anybody was. I was just kind of running. All I knew was that I was in the lead. The greatest challenge is to challenge yourself. That is a quote from my dad.”
Former Milligan College national champion Hannah Segrave won the women’s title in 5:01, shattering the previous record of 5:08, and she looked fairly comfortable doing it.
“This race was more of a workout for me,” she said. “I was coming off of running Music City over the weekend in the 800. I had a small personal best there of 2:02.5. I still felt pretty good about today. It was a good effort. This is a good introduction for the summer to get ready for the British championships.”
The British Athletics Championships will be in Birmingham, England, from June 30 to July 1. Segrave said she will be competing in the 800 meters, her key event.
Each first-place finisher in Wednesday’s elite race won $200, and there was also prize money down to third place.
In the men’s division, Christian Brewer (4:33) was the runner-up while Nick Horne (4:39) came in third.
On the women’s side, Lisa Goodin (5:11) finished in second place and Stephanie Place (5:22) got third.
There was also an open mile, with Zachary Hasseler (5:17) winning the male title narrowly over Phil Roberts at the line, and Cassandra St. John (5:41) winning the women’s title.