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October 7, 2013

Ethiopians dominate Pit Run


“She said she was following the men who were in front of her, but (pacing herself) can get tricky,” Alem said.

Alem added that Basa “likes the longer distances. The majority of her training is longer runs and that’s what her body is trained to do.”

Sunday’s race marked the second on American soil for Basa.

In addition to Metzler ($200), Hamilton’s Catherine Hearn ($100), OHS graduate Lindsay LaRose ($75) and Marathon’s Murphee Hayes ($50) also earned cash prizes for finishing third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Amanda LoPiccolo, the 2012 Pit Run women’s champion, did not run this year. She recently moved to North Carolina.

A total of 489 runners completed the 10K.

The 5-kilometer race was finished by 515 participants.

Gilbertsville-Mount Upton graduate Nate Lull placed first in 18:25.

“I’m real happy,” said Lull, a 2003 G-MU grad who lives in Buffalo. “This was a goal of mine last winter. I usually run the 10K, but I said wouldn’t it be fun to try the 5K once and win it.”

Lull finished 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Zachary Godrey of Gloversville. SUNY Delhi track and cross country coach Robb Munro placed third in 19:13.

Two weeks ago, Lull completed a marathon in Erie, Pa., in 2:55:00, qualifying him for the 2014 Boston Marathon. He said that effort likely slowed him down Sunday.

“I think my legs are just saying, enough of this stuff for awhile,” Lull said.

The women’s 5K champion was 14-year-old Mary Rommer of Wells Bridge. Rommer, who plays varsity soccer for Unatego, finished in 20:50. Rommer placed 10th overall.

Magen Moloy of Otego finished second in 23:24. Binghamton’s Emily Lowe was third in 24:12.

The Pit Run is held in memory of Ricky “Pit” Parisian, who died while trying to prevent an armed robbery in Oneonta in 1994.

Rob Centorani can be reached at or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.

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