LIMA — There are certain road races runners pencil in every year.
For University of St. Francis runner Landry Williams (Monroeville, Ind.) and Lima’s Sara Anderson, the annual Square Fair 5K has been on both athletes’ agendas for a while.
On Saturday, Williams, 22, pulled away from the pack of runners early en route to a winning time of 16 minutes, 49.2 seconds. Lima Central Catholic senior Scott Willeke was second in 17:37.9, while 53-year-old Jerry Williams, Jr. (Fort Wayne, Ind.) — Landry Williams’ uncle — finished third in 17:59.
On the women’s side, Anderson had little trouble in notching her third consecutive Square Fair 5K title, as she crossed the finish line in 19:22.2. Lima Central Catholic senior Sydney Mohler was second (21:17.2), while 23-year-old Tess Hoffman came in third (21:56.1).
For Landry Williams, this summer has been all about training and getting prepared for the upcoming cross country season at St. Francis.
“I’m doing a lot of distance right now,” Williams said. “I’m putting in between 50 and 60 (miles per week). I did maybe five or six (5Ks this summer). So, that’s about it.”
Williams won his first Square Fair race in 2009. Then last year, he notched his second victory as he clocked a time of 17:05.
Williams’ personal-best time in the 5K (3.1 miles) is 16:09. In college, however, the distance for Williams is usually the 8K. His personal-best in the 8K is 26:40.
In Saturday’s race, Williams utilized a little more strategy than he has in the past.
“I waited for about the first 1K, sat in second and then I took off,” Williams said. “Usually, I take off harder (at the start) and then kind of die out, but today I kept it more controlled.”
Anderson, who is originally from Illinois, is coming off running the Boston Marathon in April, where she covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 20 minutes.
“Right now I’m not really into anything,” Anderson said with a smile. “I had a really long training cycle for Boston. So, I’ve been trying to take it easy this summer, trying to get rejuvenated and to enjoy running again. So, I’ve been running what I want, when I want.”
For the near future, Anderson is uncertain what her racing schedule entails. However, she does have plans to compete in at least one longer race in the fall.
“I haven’t really picked a (longer) race for the fall,” Anderson said. “I’ll probably end up running the Columbus Half (-Marathon) this fall. …I do that every year.
The oldest competitor in Saturday’s Square Fair 5K was 91-year-old Bill Meyers from Ottawa.
There were a total of 165 runners/walkers in Saturday’s Square Fair race.