2012-01-12 / Church News

Meadows, Kerns Earn Victories In Hancock 5K


Participants run in Saturday’s Battle of Hancock 5K competition in Hancock, Md. Photo by Lindsay Brill Participants run in Saturday’s Battle of Hancock 5K competition in Hancock, Md. Photo by Lindsay Brill Mike Meadows found himself all alone early on in the inaugural Battle of Hancock 5K run on Saturday in Hancock, Md.

So the veteran runner decided to do the only reasonable thing: challenge himself. Meadows, 54, of Martinsburg, W.Va., stopped the clock in 19 minutes and 24.7 seconds to lead a small but dedicated group of runners and walkers to the finish line in front of St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

Meadows ran negative splits – the second half of his race was faster than the first half – despite a grueling climb along High Street from North Pennsylvania Avenue to the finish line.

“My third mile was actually faster than my second,” Meadows said. “You got a lot of downhill (in the third mile) …”

Paul French, 51, of Warfordsburg, Pa., placed second overall in 21: 38.5, while Ryan Knorr, 38, of Martinsburg, took third in 22:54.1.

Knorr wasn’t too far ahead of the first female finisher. Alicia Kerns, 28, might have benefited from home course advantage. She finished fourth overall in 23:13.4. It appeared second place belonged to Melanie Deneen, 17, of Crystal Spring, Pa. But the teenager dropped out near the halfway point after experiencing abdominal stress.

Nearly two dozen runners and walkers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather at the 9 a.m. start. The thermometer showed 44 degrees and the sky was blue.

The 3.1- mile road course began on High Street at the intersection of Baptist Road. Runners and walkers looped around the cemetery behind St. Thomas Episocapal Church, which served as a hospital for a time during the Civil War.

The 5K run and 1.25- mile walk served as only a part of the three-day Battle of Hancock Sesquicentennial commemoration organized by Lily Wolford, Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy and many other key volunteers. Proceeds from the run are to be donated to the Hancock Historical Society to assist with the cost of operating the Hancock Visitors Center and Museum.

Complete results and race- day photos by Lindsay Brill and Sam Judge can be found online at www.PhDispatch.com, the Internet home of the Potomac Highlands Distance Club.

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