Newcomer Luff Wins 33rd Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race
Price, Karen, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
David McCollam jumped out to a big lead in the 33rd running of the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race on Sunday - perhaps a little too big.
From the time the gun went off at Frick Park, McCollam ran a blistering pace and built up a significant lead over the rest of the field, but he wasn't able to maintain it. He was side-by-side with Indiana's Joey Zins by the time they reached the intersection of Fifth Avenue and McKee Place in Oakland. Then, on the Boulevard of the Allies approaching the final mile, Sam Luff passed Zins and pushed ahead to win by 17 seconds.
Luff, a 23-year-old from Emmaus, Pa., posted a winning time of 30:34 in his first time running the 10K race. Luff, a 2009 Cornell graduate, said it's his first win in a big race.
"My (personal record) on the track is 30:34, so I knew that's around what the winning time was last year," Luff said. "Not having run the course before, I wasn't exactly sure how it would translate. But I figured I would be in contention."
Luff was followed by Zins in second place at 30:51, Glenshaw's Ian Fitzgerald in third at 31:16 and McCollam, of Bridgeport, WV, at 31:21.
"With the uphill in the first mile, I just wanted to go at it with control, so I settled in third or fourth (place) for a while," Luff said. "At about four miles, I started reeling in the two guys in front of me. …