Moran Runs 14:13 for
By Rick Platt
Last Saturday was an historic day for
And it was historic because race favorite Ed Moran met his goals of breaking the all-time Colonial Road Runners 5K record and the all-time Virginia state 5K record.
Moran, a four-time All-American while at William and Mary (graduating in 2003), is an assistant coach with the W&M men’s cross country and track programs, and a current MBA student at the W&M Mason School of Business. He competes for Nike, and is coached by W&M men’s head track and cross country coach Alex Gibby. He won the gold medal in the 5,000 meters at the 2007 Pan-American Games, and was fourth in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 in the 10,000 meters. On the track he has run 13:20.35 for 5,000 meters and 27:43.13 for 10,000 meters.
The race started on
Moran also broke the previous all-time CRR record for open men by 23 seconds, the previous record 14:37 by Matt Lane at the 2001 Vineyards of Williamsburg 5K Run. Lane also was a former W&M track and cross country star, having earned 11 All-American honors while at W&M. And lastly Moran broke the all-time CRR mark for the men’s 25-29 age group by almost a full minute, the previous record 15:10 by Patrick Phillips of
Moran was almost 1 ¾ minutes ahead of second place Matt Chandler, 22, of Williamsburg (15:55), a W&M senior. Third place went to Bruton High track coach Mark Tompkins, 34, of Williamsburg (16:00), with W&M law student Alex Grout, two seconds further back (16:02).
Another of the remarkable performances of the day came from Lafayette High freshman Kurtis Steck, age 15, who was fifth overall in 16:13. Last November, Steck broke the
In the women’s race Sarrah Hadiji, 21, of Williamsburg, a W&M junior, ran 18:44 to finish ahead of Lafayette High sophomore Heidi Peterson (19:01) and five-time CRR women’s Grand Prix champion Jennifer Quarles, 38, of Williamsburg (19:44). The top three men and women received prize money in the amounts of $100-50-25, although high school (Peterson) and NCAA-eligible runners are not allowed to accept any cash awards.
Hadiji had run with the W&M cross country and track teams as a freshman and sophomore, but is now running on her own. She competed in high school at W.T. Woodson in
The Run the D.O.G. race was a “Healthy Heart, Healthy Minds, for a Healthy Community” event, and was part of a two-day-long festival to support Avalon, the women’s shelter in