Springer sets Little Compton Scenic Road Race record
Westerly's Andrew Springer, 23, a three-time All-American and multi-Big East champion runner at Georgetown University, turned in a record breaking performance to win Saturday's 4.8-mile Little Compton Scenic Road Race in a time of 22:34.43. His time beat the old record by nearly four seconds.
The old record, 22:38, was set in 2007 by Dylan Wykes. Claudia Camargo still holds the women's record of 25:30, also set in 2007.
The record provided Mr. Springer a $500 bonus atop the $300 first place purse.
Taking second was Amos Sang, 26, of Indian Orchard, Mass., (22:56.33), followed by Glarius Rop, 30, of Palmer, Mass. — they finished 1, 2 in last year's race.
It was an impressive race by all three, said race director Wayne Curtis.
"I understand from (race officials) that the three of them finished the first mile in about 4:30 — that's a mighty fast pace."
They stuck together as a group much of the way before Springer broke loose.
"He really powered through the finish — a great run."
A gap of nearly seven minutes followed before Erin Murphy, 21, of North Easton, crossed the line as the first woman finisher, fourth overall, in a time of 29:07.22.
Great weather helped draw a big field of 509 racers with 477 listed finishers.
"Really nice weather," Mr. Curtis said. "It was a bit humid though so I was surprised to see a record performance."
The youngest runners broke a record too — 141 of them raced in three age-group races around Veterans Field.
The rest of the top ten were:
5. Brian Grant Jr., Fall River, 29:32.95
6. Molly Keating, Rehoboth, 30:02.37
7. Paul Chekal, Providence, 30:12.55
8. Orlando Lugo, Pawtucket, 30:21.12
9. Michael Needham, Oakton, Va., 30:27.30
10. Robert Ruel, Whitman, Mass., 30:42.88.
Nineteen-year-old Alan Nickerson was close behind at 30:51.61 for 11th place and first Little Compton finisher.
Seth Camara, 17, of Tiverton, was the second local finisher (13th overall) in 31:07.55, followed two seconds later by Ethan Rix, 22, of Little Compton (31:09.44).
Lydia Sweetser was the first Westport resident to finish — 51st place in 34:02.72.
Other Sakonnet area finishers among the leaders were:
17. Daniel Sullivan, Portsmouth, 31:23.54
21. Dan Murphy, Little Compton, 31:34.59
23. Geoff Manning, Little Compton, 31:53.62
27. Samuel Booth, Little Compton, 32:11.73
31. Jeremy Howard, Little Compton, 32:31.00
42. Gordon Gibson, Portsmouth, 33:32.16
53. Nicholas Rockwell, Little Compton, 34:08.70
60. Ricky Smith, Little Compton, 34:29.42
62. Cooper Richmond, Little Compton, 34:31.42
64. Katie Ciszewski, Tiverton, 34:41.35
65. Matthew Ciszewski, Tiverton, 34.43.30
66. Kevin McCarthy, Portsmouth, 34.52.18
72. Jonathan Blake, Westport, 35:02.48
75. Jim Hartnett, Westport, 35:07.30
76. Olivia Mussafer, Little Compton, 35:09.44
83. Eileen Manchester, Little Compton, 35:45.67
84. Felix Tremblot, Little Compton, 35:46.51
86. Elizabeth Sullivan, Portsmouth, 35:53.76
89. Jessica Chatfield, Little Compton, 35.55.79
92. Stephanie Jones, Tiverton, 36:06.08
93. Nick Braz, Tiverton, 36:07.61
95. Rene Mora, Little Compton, 36.09.89
101. Mark Williams, Little Compton, 36:41.53
Lily Shore, 12, of Little Compton, was second in the 12 and under age group (46.55.40.