By ANDREW MASON
11:29 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Once the thunderstorm was done ripping through Hagerstown on Friday evening, the participants in the second annual Krumpe’s Do-Nut Alley Rally 5K were treated to cooler, damper, more ideal conditions for their 3.1-mile footrace.
And what a race it was on the streets of Hagerstown’s South End.
Tony Clement, 25, of Williamsport, repeated as the overall champion, but not without a fight. He topped the field of 582 registered runners in 14 minutes, 57.7 seconds, just ahead of Naseem Haje, 20, of Hagerstown, who crossed the line in 14:59.5.
“I tried to lead from beginning to end, but Naseem was really strong on the hills,” said Clement, who won last year’s race in 15:14.4. “We had some people to race, so it was good.”
Dustin Adams, 23, of Shippensburg, Pa., finished third in 15:22.1, Wade Miller, 21, of Hagerstown, took fourth in 15:34.8 and Evan Hardy, 18, of Williamsport, was fifth in 15:57.0.
Angie Rhoderick-McKinley, 30, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was the women’s champion, finishing in a personal-best 5K time of 18:44.0. She passed Boonsboro High School star Sarah Zielinski midway through the race to take the lead and then pulled away, as Zielinski finished a distant second in 19:22.3.
“I just kept talking to myself during the final mile: ‘Keep going, keep going, keep going,’” Rhoderick-McKinley said. “And it was nice and rainy and cool. You couldn’t ask for better weather.
“I’m just so happy. Finally it’s paying off, all the hard training.”
Perhaps no one in the race has trained harder this summer than Haje has. The former Williamsport High School standout recently returned from Alamosa, Colo., where he was logging more than 100 miles a week in preparation to join NCAA Division II distance-running power Adams State, located in Alamosa. He previously had run at King College in Tennessee.
“I’m just trying to get ready for Adams State and need to be ready to,” said Haje, who will return to Alamosa this weekend. “But I don’t have any speed yet. (Clement) ran a great race. He just had more turnover than I had tonight.”
Clement, who has dominated at the local 5K races the last couple of years, likely will be back at Krumpe’s next year to try to make it 3-for-3.
“This race is going to be one of my favorites every year,” he said. “They put on a good show, and tonight they weathered the weather.”
Rounding out the top five females were Caroline Schemel, 15, of Greencastle, Pa., in 20:01.0, Emily Ward, 16, of Hagerstown, in 20:07.3 and Tracey Forsythe, 21, of Hagerstown, in 20:44.0.
Luke Daigneault (16:55.8) and Mitch Swope (17:04.9), who both will be seniors at St. Maria Goretti, were the top high school boys, placing eighth and ninth overall.
Krumpe’s Do-Nuts co-owner Fred Krumpe said he was thrilled with Friday’s turnout, which was larger than last year’s.
“The weather was a factor this year, but the runners came through for us,” he said.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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