Last night in Lowell Ruben Sanca proved that the third time was indeed the charm as the Mill City-based runner finally broke the Good Times #9 5K course record. Sanca ran a 14:47, breaking the decade-old record set by Team Run alumnus Casey Moulton, who laid down a 14:48 way back in the summer of 2004. (Mere weeks after the Red Sox traded Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs, for those sports historians out there.) Team Run’s Peter Omae led the race for the first mile and took second place overall. Team Run took the next three spots, with Ethan Brown, Steve O’Brien, and Steve Gendron crossing the line after Omae to finish third, fourth, and fifth, respectively, in 15:45, 16:11, and 16:20. Bob Tremblay took 12th overall for the top master’s finish in 17:42, and Mark Coddaire ran strong to second in his age group and 29th overall in 20:24.
Good Times #9 was the most competitive Good Times race of the year, with 13 runners breaking the 18-minute barrier and six of them under 17 minutes. Add to that the fact that Sanca and women’s winner Kara Haas are now three-for-three and seven-for-seven at Good Times races, respectively, and you have one historic night at Dudleys. Haas ran her fastest time of the year in 18:39, pushed by surging Team Run member Rylee Gillen, age 15, who was one second back in 18:38. Also representing the youth movement for Team Run were Jason Dolan, age 15, 17th in 18:36, and Conor Paige, age 14, 19th in 18:37.
Check out the video below for an overview of the field. (Credit Mike Giberti.)