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
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.