Del Valle sets Poyntz Mile record

By Joel Jellison

Wearing his Kansas State purple track and field uniform, Armando Del Valle broke the Poyntz Avenue Mile record on Friday.

Running the fastest road mile race in Manhattan history, Del Valle finished with a time of 4:07.71, shattering the record of 4:20 held by Tim Testa, Kory Cool and Joe Moore.

The outgoing K-State senior received a loud ovation as he neared the finish, with much of the crowd urging him toward breaking the record by loudly reading the time as it moved forward.

Lindsborg’s Aaron Yoder had the back view of Del Valle’s finish in the Elite Men’s race, finishing with a time of 4:20.31, placing him among the three previous record holders as running the now-second fastest time in Manhattan history.

Cool finished third in the race at 4:24.46, while Lane Porter was fourth at 4:32.18. Ric Rosenkranz finished in fifth as the 41-year-old ran a time of 4:35.78.

The first high school runner to cross the finish was Chris Melgares, who finished sixth at 4:38.55. The event benefits the Manhattan High cross country teams.

Other MHS runners included outgoing senior Chris Davis in 13th, Isaiah Koppes in 15th, Nick Bandy in 17th, recent grad Keith Naranjo in 18th and Zach Minton in 19th.

Kit McCaffrey took first place in the Women’s Elite race, as the 42-year-old posted a time of 5:24.24. Julie Thornton was right behind her in second at 5:32.72, and 16-year-old Jennifer Flack finished third with a time of 5:36.74.

Christina Wankum was fourth and Cara Melgares finished in fifth. Kira Rutherford was sixth.

The top time in the citizen’s race was posted by 22-year-old Chattman Olson of Manhattan, who posted a time of 5:01.35. Three runners finished just seconds off his time, as Bandon Religa, 14, was second, Stefan Arntsen, 27, was third, and Philip Sears, 33, was fourth.

Erika Knopp posted the top time for a woman in the race, finishing 18th overall with a time of 5:58.63.

Other highlights in the race included 9-year-old Sean Anderson finishing 27th out of 67 runners with a time of 6:44.78. Marvin Hachmeister, 81, kept up his running ways by finishing 51st with a time of 8:51.10.

Following the races, the runners each got a free slice of pizza from AJ’s NY Pizzeria and took part in an awards ceremony on the restaurant’s outside patio area.

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