Olympic Silver Medallist Nick Willis Edged By Russell Brown in Comeback Race

Brown and Willis Break 4:00 Minutes at 2010 CIGNA Falmouth Mile

Courtesy of Race Organizers
August 14, 2010

*Pre-Race Article on Willis' 1st Race Since Having Knee Surgery In March

FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Russell Brown of Eugene, Ore. out-stepped Olympic silver medalist Nick Willis of New Zealand to claim the 2010 CIGNA Falmouth Mile title with a time of 3:59.61, narrowly outrunning Willis who finished in 3:59.73 (one can watch the close finish on the video that appears at the end of this article). For the fourth consecutive year the elite men broke four minutes.
This year it was a close race with a tight pack, even in the final 200 meters. Liam Boylan-Pett, East Lansing, Mich., took the lead for the first quarter until Rob Novak, West Orange, N.J., stepped up to create a five meter gap to start the second lap with Brown and Willis following. Brown moved into the front at the 800-meter mark but Ed Moran, Williamsburg, Va., grabbed the lead with 600 meters to go. Moran, who barely missed a sub-four mile here in ’08, eventually finished fourth in 4:02.03 behind Novak who clocked a 4:01.77. Sean Brosnan, Wantagh, N.Y., and Daniel Clark, Jackson, Miss., rounded out the field and finished in 4:07.70 and 4:14.81, respectively.
In the women’s race, late drop-outs left the field with two competitors, yet Nicole Edwards of Canada still pulled off a fast 4:32.45 to take the title. Gabriele Anderson, Perham, Minn., took the line with Edwards for her debut in Falmouth and finished in 4:46.27. Edwards, a University of Michigan graduate who resides in Ann Arbor, Mich., took the lead from the start. Anderson led for the second lap but Edwards moved back to the front until the finish tape.
This year kicked off the first New Balance Scholastic Mile featuring high school residents from Cape Cod. Max Darrah of Mashpee, Mass., and Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School won the boy’s division in 4:28.43 while Anna Gannett of Sandwich, Mass. and Sandwich High School took the girl’s winner plaque with a time of 5:27.58. Darrah and Gannett will be headed to Georgetown and Appalachia State Universities, respectively, this fall.
Tomorrow, mile runners Russell Brown, Ed Moran and Sean Brosnan will be joining the elite field at the 38th running of the seven mile CIGNA Falmouth Road Race when the starting gun fires at 10 a.m.
 
Results:
 
MEN

1. Russell Brown, Eugene, Ore. 3:59.61
2. Nick Willis, Ann Arbor, Mich./New Zealand 3:59.73
3. Rob Novak, East Orange, N.J. 4:01.77
4. Ed Moran, Williamsburg, Va. 4:02.03
5. Sean Brosnan, Wantagh, N.Y. 4:07.70
6. Daniel Clark, Jackson, Mich. 4:14.81

WOMEN
1. Nicole Edwards, Ann Arbor, Mich./Canada 4:32.45
2. Gabriele Anderson, Perham Minn. 4:46.27

 

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