COLUMBIA STATION — The competition was much more ramped up for Sunday’s eighth annual Columbia Station Half Marathon and Inline Skate.
A steady, midrace downpour helped the top five finishers push across faster marks than last year’s winning time of 1:26:11 by Pemberville’s Corey Johnson.
Magnolia’s Justin Baum led the way, winning the 13.1-mile race with a time of one hour, 20 minutes, 5.06 seconds. Baum — a former Malone College track All-American for the 10,000-meter run — pulled away in the last 5 miles to defeat Lakewood’s Tim Kelly, 22, (1:21:37.46) by 92 seconds.
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Baum and Kelly ran together for 3 miles after Kelly led for the first 5.
“I’ve been injured so I just used today as a workout, something that was a little up-tempo just trying to get back into it,” said Baum, 27, a 2004 Kenston graduate.
Baum was sidelined for two weeks coming off the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon on May 19 due to left knee and right Achilles tendinitis. The Sandy Valley High track and cross country coach from Stark County finished second at Cleveland in 1:13.
“Where I live there are a lot of hills, so hills don’t really bother me,” said Baum, a veteran of seven marathons. “There were a couple good ones out there today. It wasn’t too much of a factor. I’m training for the Marshall Marathon in West Virginia later in the year. I won it last year, so I’d like to go after it again. Two weeks after that I’m racing the JFK 50-miler — that’ll be my first 50-mile race. My longest thus far has been a 50K.”
A former Mount Union runner, Kelly used the Columbia Station race as part of a fundraising effort to help in the battle against pancreatic cancer. Kelly and his brother are running five half marathons and five fulls over a 12-month period as part of the fundraising effort.
The battle for third place was also determined by the hills along Crocker and West River roads.
Poland’s Michal Orzel, 30 (1:22:31.13), strengthened his lead over the final 3-mile stretch. He defeated Elyria’s David Hathaway, 42, the 2011 winner and the top masters finisher (1:23:37.61).
A computer software programmer, Orzel was in Northeast Ohio visiting his sister, Kasia Karapuda, who lives in Oberlin.
It was Hathaway’s first race coming back from a broken right shoulder due to a strength-training accident in the spring. The injury forced him to miss six weeks of training, from mid-April to late-May.
“(Robert Jackson, fifth place) kept me going in the early parts of the race (the first 6 miles),” said Hathaway, Oberlin High’s track and cross country coach. “I had my eye on third place (Orzel) the rest of the way. He must have had something left for the end. I was within 10 yards of him through mile No. 10 where we hit the hills.”
Hathaway’s time was quicker than his winning effort (1:24:43.47) in 2011.
North Canton’s Lynette Schaffner, 37, was the class of the women’s field (1:45:27.18). She won by more than 10 minutes over Hudson’s Marsita MacDonald, 37 (1:56:07.74).
In the inline skate division, Cleveland’s Alan Marcossen, 62, won for the third year in a row (41:11.01). Avon Lake’s Tracy Moore, 21, was the women’s skate winner (1:18:57.00).
1. Justin Baum, age 27 (Magnolia), 1:20:05.06. 2. Tim Kelly, 22 (Lakewood), 1:21:37.46. 3. Michal Orzel, 30 (Warsaw, Poland), 1:22:31.13. 4. David Hathaway, 42 (Elyria), 1:23:37.61. 5. Robert Jackson, 32 (Clarksville, Tennessee), 1:25:57.00. 6. Kristoffer Krupitzer, 34 (Maumee), 1:29:15.07. 7. Matt Austin, 24 (North Ridgeville), 1:31:19.59. 8. Mark Gibson, 46 (Columbia Station), 1:32:17.10. 9. Cortney Cable, 37 (Valley View), 1:34:27.93. 10. Simon Perales, 15 (Oberlin), 1:36:21.18.
1. Lynette Schaffner, 37 (North Canton), 1:45:27.18. 2. Marsita MacDonald, 37 (Hudson), 1:56:07.74. 3. Robyn Hageman, 14 (Westlake), 1:56:58.85. 4. Christine Mihalick, 48 (Madison), 1:57:50.71. 5. Jessica Cunningham, 28 (Harrisburg, PA), 1:58:30.78. 6. Beth Wilson, 34 (Chagrin Falls), 2:04:33.09. 7. Holly Higgs, 33 (Lorain), 2:07:29.71. 8. Nichole Vorisek, 23 (Avon Lake), 2:09:26.97. 9. Shyla Troyer, 24 (Dundee), 2:09:57.74. 10. Amanda Madigan, 28 (Astoria, NY), 2:11:27.52.
1. Alan Marcossen, 62 (Cleveland), 41:11.01. 2. Lamar Melton, 42, 41:20.01. 3. Ron Kast, 63 (North Royalton), 41:24.71.
1. Tracy Moore, 21 (Avon Lake), 1:18:57.00. 2. Bridget Lyons, 21 (Avon Lake), 1:18:57.37. 3. Beth Morris, 33 (Olmsted Falls), 1:22:07.95.
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