WILLIAMSPORT - Jaron Hawkins can't turn back time to take care of past disappointments. So he just went out and smashed the clock.
Hawkins, 25, of Frostburg, Md., won the 27th annual Gary Brown Memorial 5-Mile Run on Saturday in a course-record time of 24 minutes, 59 seconds. The previous mark of 25:08 was set in 2003 by Steve Spence, the 1992 Olympian, on the out-and-back course on the C&O Canal towpath.
"I'm glad I finally got it. It's been a long time coming - five years of second or third here every time," said Hawkins, who competes for Hagerstown's Cumberland Valley Athletic Club. "I always come here thinking I'm in great shape and end up running a turd of a race."
Hawkins, last year's runner-up, broke away from Michael Wardian, the reigning champ, shortly before they reached 4 miles. Wardian, who controlled the pace for much of the race, had no answer, finishing second in 25:21 - one second faster than his winning time last year. Troy Harrison, 32, of Hustontown, Pa., finished a distant third in 27:27.