Nick Cruz and Colten Morris ran together for the first three miles of the Masser 5-Miler May 30 under wet and windy conditions, but it wasn’t that bad.
“He started moving out at mile four, and over the last mile I just couldn’t catch him,” Morris said.
Cruz added, “Colten had never raced the five-mile distance before. I could feel him behind me. It’s going to be a fast summer of racing.”
The first six runners were all under 40 years old and broke 31 minutes, which is a six-minute pace. Cruz crossed the finish line in 27:36, with Morris behind in 27:48. Rounding out the top five were Franciso Puac in 28:32, Martin Rodriguez in 28:55, Liam Foley in 30:10 and Aaron MacGray in 30:29.
The women’s top finishers were from 16 to 60, with Olivia Montini, 16, taking first in 33:27 with Cindy Conant, 60, second in 34:32 and Jen Cawthern, 47, third in 35:44.
Mike Sewell, 51, captured first in the male masters race with a time of 30:59, while Susan Dunn won the female masters title in 39:34.
A total of 157 runners completed the course. The Seashore Striders Summer Series requires participants to complete one five-miler to be eligible for age-group awards.
The 39th annual Seashore Striders 5-Miler is scheduled for Sunday, June 13. A weekend of three 5K races transitioning into astronomical summer includes Georgetown Library 5K on Friday, June 18; Irish Eyes 5K on Saturday, June 19; and the Father’s Day 5K on Sunday, June 20.