“It was the hill,” said Edmonds, the first local man to win the 10K since Gary Toombs of Oneonta took the crown in 1995. “I live in a hilly area. I know all about hill running. Don’t get me wrong, I can run flats, too, but I do well on the hills.”
Bugbee Hill also played a major part in LoPiccolo’s run, although not really in terms of winning the title. LoPiccolo said her husband, Oneonta State cross country and track coach Matt LoPiccolo, caught her on the way down.
Amanda LoPiccolo, 29, chased her husband the rest of the way en route to an 11th-place overall finish in 37:51 – 26 seconds and two places behind Matt.
“I was ahead of him going up the hill,” Amanda LoPiccolo said. “He’s one of the best downhill runners I know. That’s where he passed me.”
Amanda LoPiccolo seemed anything but upset, though.
“He beat his time from last year by more than a minute,” she said of Matt, who finished 13th two years ago and 14th last year; Amanda has placed 11th overall the last three years. “I am thrilled for him.”
Amanda LoPiccolo said she and Matt ran without a plan this year.
“I don’t think we had any specific strategy,” said Amanda, who was paced by Matt en route to the 2010 title. “I just felt good out there. My time was a little slower than last year, but I was able to maintain my pace. I felt strong.”
Amanda LoPiccolo, who is a chiropractor and also volunteers for her husband’s teams, beat Murphee Hayes of Marathon by more than two minutes. Hayes finished 21st overall and second in the women’s 10K in 39:57.
Townsend, 34, said Bugbee Hill was the key to his first 5K championship, too.
“Not running the 10K, that was my secret,” Townsend said while smiling. “I think not having to go up that hill was key. That is a tough hill.”