(Newburyport) You want close? You sure got it in the 52nd Annual Yankee Homecoming ten-miler on Tuesday night in Newburyport.
The top four finishers, led by race winner Dan Hocking, were a mere thirteen seconds apart!
Any summer road race faces the possibility of too much heat but on this night the temperatures were close to 70 degrees and there was a light drizzle after the race.
One thing that never seems to fail is that one mile into the race the leaders at the end are well positioned in the front. And that was the case (again) as I noticed when I reviewed the pictures I took of the front pack at the one-mile mark in front of the Cushing Museum on High Street.
Granted there were several wannabe’s in the front pack but the eventual winner (Dan Hocking), second place (Dereje Hailegioruis), third place (Andrew Huebner), and fourth place ( Moninda Marube) were all in the mix.
Dan Hocking ran for UNH and recently received his PH.D in Ecology. He is a coach with Northeast Running Services.
Dereje Hailegioruis is from Ethiopia now living in New York City. He has won a number of races in New York.
Andrew Huebner graduated from Governors’ Academy and Bucknell and ran track at both places.
Monida Marube, from Kenya, won the Old Sandwich Road Race in Plymouth (MA) on June 3rd and came away with a winner-take-all $3000.
I also saw the 5K at the one-mile mark and again the eventual top four: winner Eric McDonald, 2nd Ben Pare, 3rd Brendan Robertson, and 4th Connor Habib were all there.
I check my pictures of the 5K afterwards and noticed that a 37-year-old named Brett Budzinski had finished 13th. Yes, this was the same Brett Budzinski who had been a three-sport standout for Ipswich High School back in the day!
This link will give you the official results from the Yankee Homecoming races.
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)