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Goodman wins third straight two-miler

Warren grad was on cruise control at the finish

August 19, 2017
By Tom Perry , News and Sentinel Half Marathon

PARKERSBURG - Sam Goodman looked like he was on cruise control.

Racing toward the finish line on Market Street, the Kent State runner threw up his arms in triumph - the next closest competitor nearly 20 seconds behind. Goodman crossed the finish line in 9:49 for his third consecutive Parkersburg News and Sentinel Two-Mile Race.

Goodman was extremely pleased with his performance - his first in under 10 minutes. Last year he won in 10:06.1 and in 2015 he won with a time of 10:06.5. This year his mile pace was 4:55.

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Kent State runner and Warren graduate Sam Goodman broke the tape in the male’s 2-mile run for the third year in a row.?He ran the course in 9:49, his first sub-10 minute time in the even, almost 40 seconds better than his closest competitor.

"This race is always a great test of where I'm at as I head back to college," said the 20-year-old Goodman. "I'm heading back to Kent for camp week and I think I'm in the best shape of my life."

The 2015 Warren High School graduate runs both cross country and track for the Golden Flashes. His best performance last season was an 18th place finish with a time of 26:20 in the 8K at the Mason Invitational. He also finished 56th in the 8K at the Mid-American Conference championships last season in a time of 27:21.

"I really feel that over an 8K race that I am going to be able run some nice races," Goodman said. "Everything I felt in today's race makes me believe I'm as ready as I've ever been."

One clear sign was how he felt after the first mile Saturday.

"I usually feel great in the first mile and then I slow down a bit," Goodman said. "Today was different. I came back in the second mile and ran it just as fast as the first and I loved it. This was a lot of fun."

Goodman and the Golden Flashes open the 2017 season at the Tommy Evans Invitational in Akron on Sept. 7.

Logan Wells, a graduate student at Ohio University who is originally from Scottsburg, Ind., also had an enjoyable 2-mile run as he finished second in a time of 10:26.

"It's my first race in six months as I've been recovering from an injury," said Wells, 24. "It was a little muggy, but you expect that at the end of August. It's really one of the nicer courses I've run. A lot of turns, which slows things down, but I love that they run it with the half marathon."

Wells, a 2015 graduate of Hanover (Ind.) College, is a volunteer assistant cross country coach at Federal Hocking.

"We had the head coach and one of our athletes coming over to race, so I decided to join them," Wells said. "I'm glad I did."

Finishing third was William LeMaster of Walker in 10:48. LeMaster took the top spot in the 15-19 male category.

Rounding out the top 10 was Trenton Sayre of Cutler, Ohio, (10:51); Scott Barker of Davisville (10:55), Benjamin Lake of Parkersburg (11:05), Justin Thompson of Mineral Wells (11:08), Stephan Tewksbury of Marietta (11:13), Keegan Barnette of Parkersburg (11:15) and Aaron Bush of Parkersburg (11:16).

Barnette earned the top spot in the 10-14 male category. Michael Hissam, who finished 22nd overall, took top honors in the 30-34 male group with a time of 12:01, while Fred Jones finished 27th overall and had the best time of the 60-64 male group with 12:11.

Other group winners from the 341 males were:

Adam Straight of St. Marys in 12:19 (25-29)

Vince Stollar of Marietta, Ohio, in 13:15 (45-49)

Timothy Mackey of Washington in 13:29 (40-44)

Edward Davis of Washington in 13:36 (50-54)

Ed Pagan of Vincent, Ohio, in 14:20 (55-59)

Brian Bailey of Bridgeport in 14:58 (35-39)

Colten Rinard of Williamstown in 15:17 (1-9)

William Stross of Cleveland in 15:46 (65-69)

Bill Hornbrook of New Martinsville in 17:34 (70+)



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