On road in Waldo County

Petrak back to old, fast, winning ways in Unity College 5K

Winner crosses 3.1-mile course in 16:44, Zajchowski first female finisher
By Staff | Apr 21, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller David Benn, left, and Bob Johnston near the finish of the 37th annual Unity College 5-Kilometer Road Race on April 20.

Unity — Wet, humid spring weather may have deterred some from participation, but 26 hardy souls turned out on Saturday morning, April 20 for the 37th annual Unity College 5-Kilometer Road Race and one familiar runner again blistered the fast course.

Kevin "Gus" Petrak, a multi-time winner of the event, was back to his old — and fast — tricks as he crossed the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes and 44 seconds, a whopping 1:29 faster than the field.

Petrak is the longtime track-and-field coach at Mount View High School.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Joshua Plog finished second at 18:13, while Anstasia Zajchowski was the first female finisher in 12th at 23:12.

The race is unique because it often attracts a bundle of Unity College students and has an easier, downhill start at the top of the campus, which sits on a significant high spot.

The race course includes the school’s campus and roads of the town.

The rural setting of the campus is relaxed and comfortable and the long downhill start is advantageous for those who look to get a quick start in the 3.1-mile race that stretches out and back through Unity.

It is one of the fastest and flattest 3.1-mile courses in the state. It begins and ends at Unity College.

For more information, email race director Tim Lecrone at tlecrone@unity.edu.

The individual results included; 1, Petrak, 16:44; 2, J. Plog, 18:13; 3, Evan Merchant, 18:23; 4, Ron Stevenson, 21:09; 5, Adam Murphy, 21:37; 6, Gunther Schletter, 22:08; 7, William McAnirlin, 22:16; 8, Kevin Spiegel, 22:30; 9, Miles Tolliver, 22:44; 10, Sam Potter, 22:54; 12, Anstasia Zajchowski, 23:12; 13, Michael Madell, 24:45; 14, Anna Plog, 24:55; 15, Jaycee Beaulieu, 25:17; 16, Emerald Wright, 26:30; 17, Reade Brower, 29:32; 18, Kathy Murray, 30:18; 19, Elsa Acerbo, 30:36; 20, Alvin Acerbo, 30:36; 21, Bob Johnston, 31:44; 22, David Benn, 31:45; 23, Kaylee Lyons, 37:00; 24, Morgan Tolliver, 37:42; 25, Jim Moore, 41:06; and 26, Sam Rockwell, 41:55.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

Unity College 5-kilometer road race
Unity College 5-kilomete race race on April 20. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Kevin "Gus" Petrak. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kevin "Gus" Petrak. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kevin "Gus" Petrak. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Joshua Plog. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Joshua Plog. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Joshua Plog. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Evan Merchant. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Evan Merchant. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Ron Stevenson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Adam Murphy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Adam Murphy. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Gunther Schletter, left, and William McAnirlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Gunther Schletter, left, and William McAnirlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Gunther Schletter, left, and William McAnirlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Gunther Schletter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
William McAnirlin. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kevin Spiegel. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Miles Tolliver. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Sam Potter, left, and Ben Potter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Sam Potter, left, and Ben Potter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Sam Potter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Sam Potter. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Anstasia Zajchowski. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Anstasia Zajchowski. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Anstasia Zajchowski. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Michael Madell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Michael Madell. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Anna Plog. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jaycee Beaulieu. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jaycee Beaulieu. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jaycee Beaulieu. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jaycee Beaulieu. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jaycee Beaulieu. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Emerald Wright. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Emerald Wright. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Reade Brower. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kathy Murray. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kathy Murray. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Alvin Acerbo, left, and Elsa Acerbo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Elsa Acerbo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Alvin Acerbo, left, and Elsa Acerbo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Alvin Acerbo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Alvin Acerbo, left, and Elsa Acerbo. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
David Benn, left, and Bob Johnston. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
David Benn, left, and Bob Johnston. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Kaylee Lyons. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Morgan Tolliver, right, with a canine companion. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Morgan Tolliver, right, with a canine companion. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Morgan Tolliver, right, with a canine companion. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Jim Moore. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Sam Rockwell, front. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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