Sullivan wins Fifth Avenue Mile in 3:54.1
NEW YORK -- Kevin Sullivan, a four-time NCAA champion at Michigan who arrived in New York three hours before the race, won the Fifth Avenue Mile in 3 minutes, 54.1 seconds.
The Canadian outkicked Nick Willis (3:54.7) of New Zealand and Matt Tegenkamp (3:54.8) of Madison, Wis., in the straightaway dash down Fifth Avenue, with the finish at the foot of Central Park.
Sara Hall, a four-time silver medalist in the NCAA cross country championships while at Stanford, overtook Kim Smith of New Zealand to capture the women's race in 4:28.0. Smith, the leader until the final quarter of a mile, finished in 4:30.3.
"I was surprised how fit I was considering the flight and how early I had to get up," said Sullivan, who flew in from Indianapolis. "I just wanted to be in the mix for the last 100 yards."
Hall, who finished seventh in the 5,000 meters at the 2006 USA Track and Field Championships, waited until the end.
"Kim had the lead with 440 [yards] remaining and I waited until then to make my move," she said. "I was confident at that point that she couldn't come back at me."
Smith, a four-time NCAA gold medalist at Providence College, said, "I was too conservative at the start. The first quarter [mile] was 64 seconds and that was too much speed for me."
Smith has spent most of the year sidelined with an Achilles tendon tear and then a blood clot in her lung.
The race was organized by New York Road Runners.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press