KINGSPORT — David Angell and Andee Swann have both gotten older since their respective college running careers.
They’ve also gotten faster.
Personal bests were the order of the day for the champions in Saturday’s Eastman Road Race/Food City 10K.
Angell, of Blue Ridge, Va., was top male runner overall, crossing the finish line with a 31:56. Morristown’s Swann topped the women’s field with a 38:41.
Both runners are 34 years old.
A 10K field of nearly 900 runners was packed behind the starting line on Wilcox Drive before the 8 a.m. starting gun. When Angell materialized in the morning fog for his final surge down Lincoln Street to the finish, he was the picture of solitude.
“Probably after the first half-mile, I was pretty much out there by myself. I had a time goal that I wanted so I was just checking my splits and stuff,” said Angell, who collected 10K runner-up finishes in the 2009 and 2010 Eastman Road Races.
His pace Saturday was 5:09 per mile — 21 seconds faster than that of his closest competitor.
“I got a PR, my best ever by about four seconds,” said Angell, who graduated from Roanoke College in 1999.
“If you have goals in your mind, age doesn’t matter.”
J Penny, a 23-year-old runner from Johnson City, finished second overall in the men’s field in a time of 34:11. Brinson Milhorn, 30, of Gray, was third overall at 34:28.
Swann, who ran for Carson- Newman during the same time frame as Angell’s college career, collected her first big win after a year spent mostly on recreational running.
“It felt great. I was excited just to get out there. The crowd was great and it felt good this morning,” said Swann, who finished fourth in last year’s women’s field.
“I was really nervous. But I didn’t come here with any expectations today. I just wanted to run and have fun. I think that helped to take the pressure off.”
Susan Rollins, 53, of Johnson City was women’s runner-up, clocking a 39:06. Molly Allen, 40, of Kingsport was third in 39:14.
Taking a weekend break from his cross-country training regimen, Sullivan South sophomore Cory Bachetti was shooting for a top-three finish in the Eastman Road Race/Day & Zimmerman 3K Run.
Mission accomplished. He crossed the finish line in a time of 10:20 to collect the men’s title.
“I made sure I did a lot of preparation. Did all my stretches and got warmed up before I raced. Then I started out strong and just kept the pace,” said the 15-year-old Bachetti, who also logged a PR while making his third consecutive appearance in the Eastman 3K field.
“I liked last year’s weather a little bit better because it was rainy and a little bit cooler. But it was definitely good running conditions today.”
Steve Endicott, Jr., 18, of Kingsport, finished second at 10:38 and Ayden Farmer, 17, of Kingsport, took third at 10:50.
In the women’s field, 38-year- old Petrana Petkova of Barbourville, Tenn. was first overall after clocking a 11:19. Molly Allen, 40, of Kingsport, took second at 11:28 and Gayle Bates, 33, of Kingsport, finished third at 12:46.
Race director David Fox noted that 882 runners registered for this year’s 10K, making that the largest field for that event in Eastman Road Race history.
When taking into account the 3K field, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 3K walk and Friday’s Health Fitness Youth Runs, nearly 2,000 individuals participated in this year’s Eastman Road Race.comments powered by Disqus