Courtesy of David McIntyre Competitors bolt from the starting line in the open women’s mile in the One Mile Bang road race on June 25 in Los Gatos.
The mile run is a glamour event at track and field meets, but is rarely raced on the roads.
That is part of the attractiveness of the One Mile Bang, a road race in Los Gatos on June 25 that attracted both elite runners and those simply seeking a new personal record.
The race is along a point-to-point course between Blossom Hill Road and Lark Avenue, on the north side of Vasona Reservoir. The non-profit event benefits Cityteam Ministries San Jose. As the race website states, “Anyone can run a mile — those who are fast, slow and everywhere in between. Everyone deserves a home — no one should have to live on the street and City Team offers hope and assistance to the homeless.”
There were certainly some fast times achieved in this year’s race.
Darius Terry of San Jose produced the fastest time of the day with a scorching 4 minutes, 6.8 seconds. He was 2.2 seconds faster than the second-fastest time of 4:09.0, clocked by Benedikt Buenz of Strava Track Club. Thomas Poston of Goleta had the third-fastest time of the day (4:09.4). All three men broke the former course record.
The quality of the field is apparent in the results. Nineteen racers broke 4:30, and 54 runners broke a 5-minute mile.
The top female placer was Ayla Granados of Castro Valley (4:40.1). It was the 29th fastest time of the day, encompassing all divisions. A pair of San Francisco runners, Tasia Potasinski (4:45.6) and Teresa McWalters (4:47.4) had the second and third-fastest female times. Those clockings were the 33rd and 34th fastest of the day in all divisions.
Elliot Daniels of Campbell was the youngest placer in the top 100 times of the day. The 12-year-old placed 91st with a time of 5:29.2.
82-year-old Bill Dodson of Mountain View, the oldest competitor in the race, produced a time of 7:50.5.
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Here are the top 115 finishers:
Darius Terry (San Jose) 4:06.8, Benedikt Buenz (Strava TC) 4:09.0, Thomas Poston (Goleta) 4:09.4, Phillip Reid (Hoka Aggies) 4:10.5, Bryan Crock (Strava TC) 4:12.4, Gordon Sturgess (Hoka Aggies) 4:13.0, Jameson Mora (Hoka Aggies) 4:14.7, Jake Petralia (Santa Cruz) 4:15.5, Reesey Byers (San Luis Obispo) 4:16.2, Grant Johnson (San Francisco) 4:18.1, Benjamin Mears (Mountain View) 4:21.1, Thomas Graham (San Francisco) 4:21.5, Josh MacDonald (Strava TC) 4:22.5, Raul Rodarte 4:23.7, Jedidiah Soliz (Carmichael) 4:26.9, Garrett Cullen (Mountain View) 4:28.0, Jason Karbelk (San Francisco) 4:28.4, Miles Brewington (San Francisco) 4:29.2, Chikara Omine (San Mateo) 4:29.4, Justin Mikecz (Oakland) 4:31.0, Kevin Pierpoint (Los Gatos) 4:31.6, Oscar Viquez (San Jose) 4:34.0, Zachary Watterson (Redwood City) 4:36.0, Jaime Heilpern (San Francisco) 4:37.0, Varun Pemmaraju (Saratoga) 4:37.4.
Chafik Azerki (Alameda) 4:38.0, Philip Burkart (Marshfield, Wi.) 4:30.1, Andy Crawford (Campbell) 4:39.8, Ayla Granados (Castro Valley) 4:4.01, Jason Lee (San Francisco) 4:41.6, Carlos Siqueiros (Aggier RC) 4:42.1, Peter Stephers (Wolfpack) 4:45.2, Tasia Potasinski (San Francisco) 4:45.6, Teresa McWalters (San Francisco) 4:47.4, Charles Mullane (Sunnyvale) 4:48.2, Kris Paaso (Menlo Park) 4:49.7, Yen-Bob Chen (Palo Alto) 4:49.8, Jorn T. Jensen (Morgan Hill) 4:50.0, Christopher Jones (Aptos) 4:50.2, Daniel Filip (San Jose) 4:50.4, Jeffery Mendenhall (San Francisco) 4:51.1, Lee Klarich (Los Gatos) 4:51.6, Rob Johnson (San Francisco) 4:52.2, Luca Signore (Saratoga) 4:52.3, Kayla Knapp (Los Gatos) 4:52.6, Luis Mauricio (Oakland) 4:52.8, Lance Doherty (San Leandro) 4:54.0, Leah Rosenfeld (Flagstaff, Az.) 4:54.5, Calvin Do (Cupertino) 4:54.8, Craig Hilsenbeck (San Francisco) 4:56.8.
Madeline Van Santen (Moraga) 4:57.3, Mark Hostetter (San Jose) 4:59.0, Jay Lee (Fremont) 4:59.2, Andy Belk (Campbell) 4:59.6, Jun Cao (Los Gatos) 5:01.0, Raymundo Cruz (San Francisco) 5:01.8, Doug Steedman (San Francisco) 5:02.7, Daniel Reynaud (San Jose) 5:02.7, Liang Gou (San Jose) 5:03.4, Cliff Lentz (Brisbane) 5:03.6, Jeff Hongo (Campbell) 5:05.1, Antonio Arreola (San Jose) 5:05.7, Jason Reed (Excelsior) 5:05.7, Rene Felix (San Jose) 5:06.3, Kiah Hardcastle (Menlo Park) 5:07.7, Aileen Cole (San Francisco) 5:07.7, Victor Skorapa (San Jose) 5:08.0, Raymond Rodriguez (Los Banos) 5:08.1, Michael Axinn (Berkeley) 5:08.5, Diego Escobedo (Burlingame) 5:08.9, Brian Black (Oakland) 5:09.3, Todd Robbins (San Francisco) 5:09.5, Kole Tippetts (San Jose) 5:14.6, John Roberts (San Francisco) 5:14.8, Lisa Renteria (Wolfpack) 5:15.9.
Cammille Bouvet (San Jose) 5:16.7, Tom Bernhard (Castro Valley) 5:17.0, Ryan Gilliam (Scotts Valley) 5:17.3, Norry McAllister (Monte Sereno) 5:17.9, Chris Fry (Redwood City) 5:20.9, Peter Cushman (San Jose) 5:21.5, Bridget Zapata (San Francisco) 5:21.9, Jerry Flanagan (San Francisco) 5:23.8, Scott Bang (Campbell) 5:25.1, John Borsos (Sacramento) 5:25.7, Mitchell Chancellor (San Jose) 5:25.8, Maryann Holliday (San Mateo) 5:27.1, Brian Davis (Livermore) 5:27.6, Dwayne Spencer (San Jose) 5:28.2, Geoff Bradley (Saratoga) 5:28.5, Elliot Daniels (Campbell) 5:29.2, Amanda Ray (Pleasant Hill) 5:31.3, Nancy Thomas (San Francisco) 5:31.6, Alan Dehlinger (Reno, Nv.) 5:31.7, Ian Tippetts (San Jose) 5:33.2, Michael Ward (San Francisco) 5:34.7, Thomas O’Connor (Pleasanton) 5:35.9, Dino Delyani (WVJS) 5:36.5, Bill Rice (Wolfpack) 5:37.8, Ken Camet (WVJS) 5:37.8.
Tiffany Gummow (Wolfpack) 5:38.8, Samantha Forde (Wolfpack) 5:40.0, Riya Young (Palo Alto) 5:40.6, Jim Bordoni (Los Altos) 5:40.6, Elizabeth McMillan (San Francisco) 5:41.2, Liz Gottlieb (Impala) 5:41.2, Eileen White (Piedmont) 5:42.1, Megan Robblee (San Francisco) 5:42.2, Eileen Brennanerler (San Rafael) 5:42.7, Don Porteous (Alameda) 5:42.8, Julie Esposito (San Francisco) 5:43.4, Keith Duncan (Orinda) 5:43.9, Lora Maes (Impala) 5:44.4, Jing Xiang (Fremont) 5:44.6, Tomas Palermo (Cupertino) 5:45.1.