State Street Mile Caps Off Sizzling Weekend of Running Action

Clark, Van Der Wyk Win State Street Mile Titles

Event record 11 men go sub-4 minutes at the “fastest mile in the west”; 19th edition draws 1,200 entrants; race proceeds go to Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Crime Victim Emergency Fund

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – (June 3, 2018) – On a beautiful sunny Sunday morning in downtown Santa Barbara, Connor Clark of Mill Valley, Calif. and Tracee van der Wyk of Temple City, Calif. captured State Street Mile titles in exciting finishes, clocking 3 minutes, 54 seconds and 4:29, respectively.

“Our 19th edition drew 1,200 entrants and produced moments of pure joy and happiness for adults, kids and dogs,” said race director Megan Rheinschild. “A huge thank you to all our sponsors, our volunteers, city officials and everybody who made this annual community event another great success.”

In the men’s HOKA ONE ONE Elite Mile, a large contingent ran together throughout most of the race, hitting the halfway point in 1:58. In the final 400 meters, Reid Buchanan and Craig Lutz pushed hard to the line with Clark right behind. With a final burst of speed, Clark, 23, broke the tape in 3:54, followed closely by Buchanan and Lutz, also timed in 3:54.

“I came into the race to break 4 minutes for the first time, and I waited until the end and kicked hard in the final 50 meters. In my first road race ever, it was an awesome experience to win in such a great atmosphere,” said Clark, a Dartmouth graduate, who also ran cross country at Oregon last fall.

An event record 11 men went under the benchmark 4 minute standard (previous mark was 8 sub-4 last year). In addition, Neville Davey, 43, Palo Alto, Calif. ran 4:00 to equal the Masters (40 & older) course record that he set last year, and overall, the native of Ireland finished 14th overall in the Open field of 26.

The women’s HOKA ONE ONE Elite race featured a trio – two-time Olympian Kim Conley (returning to racing from injury), Maya Weigel and van der Wyk – contending for the race crown. Conley made a strong surge with 300 meters that van der Wyk answered, and in the final stretch, van der Wyk, 26, passed Conley for the victory in 4:29. Conley finished runner-up, one second back, with Weigel taking third in 4:33.

“My plan was to move at the last possible moment. I heard her coach say ‘Go’ at 300 meters and I followed Kim’s move, saving something for a final sprint,” said van der Wyk who also won the race in 2015.

Each State Street Mile overall race champion also took home $1000.

In the Elite Masters-only races (40 & older), Brian Duff, 41, from Los Angeles defended his title in 4:25, and for the women, Aeron Arlin Genet, 50, from Los Osos, Calif. was the winner in 5:06.

The Amputee Mile presented by Achilles Prosthetics & Orthotics was won again by Andre Barbieri, 37, of Santa Barbara in 6:22.

At the always crowd-favorite Platinum Performance Dog Mile, the world championship, Geoffrey Gray & Hank (white Labrador) defended their title in 4:25 (the dynamic duo also won the race in 2014), while the female human-dog champions were Michelle Duff & Kaydom (Weimaraner), 5:28; both canines are also rescue dogs. Kaydom also won the 2016 race with Michelle’s husband Brian with the pair setting a hard-to-believe 4:13, the fastest known human-dog mile performance ever.

For complete results and more, go to: sbmile.com

Rabbit 5000 Produces Fast Times Under the Lights

The 2nd annual Rabbit 5000 took place after sunset on Saturday night at the SBCC Track and it did not disappoint.  Phillip Reid took the win in the Men’s race with a speedy time of 13:51 while Maor Tiyouri was victorious in the women’s race with a time of 16:04. Both Reid and Tiyouri received $500 prizes for their performances.

For complete results, go to: rabbit5000.com/results/

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