Scott Carpenter wins Green Mile race
PITTSFIELD -- It was a bit humid Thursday night, but the weather didn't seem to bother Scott Carpenter that much.
Carpenter, the premier high school distance runner in the county this past year, cruised to a win in the fourth annual Green Mile on Thursday night with an unofficial time of 4:32. Mark Rabasco of Pittsfield was second in an unofficial time of 4:42.
"It was a little [more humid] than I'd like, but it wasn't too bad," Carpenter said.
Results were delayed Thursday night due to a problem tracking some of the computer chips, according to officials. Results are expected to be up by today.
Monument's Heather Hassett, who set a school record in the 800 meters this year, won the women's race wth an unofficial time of 5:28.
Hassett finished just ahead of a pack of women, according to race director Kent Lemme.
"The first five women were within a few seconds of each other," he said. "It was a great race."
Michelle Kroboth of Pittsfield and Pittsfield High School's Lauren Farry were second and third, respectively.
A total of 210 runners took part in the race, according to race director Siobbhan Archey. This year's proceeds will go to the Downtown Farmer's Market, said Archey.
The race starts at Park Square, heads north up North Street and then the runners turn at Dottie's Cafe, said Archey. The runners come back south and finish at the starting line.
The start was a little crowded, but Carpenter explained that he got out front of the pack almost from the starting line.
"It wasn't really an issue," he said. "I was far enough out front."
The race is part of the city's Third Thursday's celebration. That means there is often a chance that unsuspecting visitors to the event cross in front of the runners, particularly a lone runner like Carpenter, who was fairly far in front of the pack after only about 100 yards.
"Yeah, from time to time, someone would wander onto the course," said Carpenter. "But the police did a pretty good job of keeping it clear."
"There's always a lttle concern every time you run it," said Lemme. "Even though we have all this publicity about the race, there is always someone who has a story about somebody who wanders onto the course. But the police do a good job of keeping it clear."