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MARKET STREET MILE
By John Hunt
Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018
Chase Faudi Wins Market Street Mile In Record Time

By John Hunt

Chase Faudi took part in a high school track meet on Friday at Signal Mountain, but that didn’t keep him from posting the fastest time of the day on Saturday in the annual Market Street Mile.

And to think he did it in record time running all by himself.

The 16-year-old Faudi, a home-schooled junior who runs for the Chattanooga Patriots, won the 800 run on Friday with a time of 2:05 and he was also part of the winning 3200 relay team with a time of 8:25.

Barely more than 12 hours later, he posted a time of four minutes, 35.54 seconds to knock off the old record of 4:36.80 that had been set back in 2011.

Samuel Calkins, a 10-year-old speedster, was the 10th fastest on Saturday and he was the only other record breaker as his time of 5:08.83 was substantially better than the old mark of 5:47.

There were some outstanding and inspiring performances in the Chattanooga Track Club’s shortest and flattest race, but Faudi and Calkins were the only ones to break state records.

Faudi’s time was more than eight seconds faster than Micaiah Allison’s runner-up time of 4:43.89. Jonathan Boyd, one of Faudi’s teammates who had the second best time a year ago, was third in 4:44.73 while Jether English and Zachary Faudi completed the top five with times of 4:44.92 and 4:55.11, respectively.

Hannah Faudi, Chase’s 12-year-old younger sister, had the best time for the females as she was 22nd overall in 5:38.54. Madeline Wheatcroft was right behind both literally and figuratively with a time of 5:44.92.

Stephanie Maurer, Helen Webb and Taylor Sawyer followed with times of 5:45.52, 5:50.84 and 5:58.32.

The race started on Market Street and traveled South before making a right turn on Eighth Street. Another quick right on Broad led back to the finish right beside the Big River Grille.

Faudi might have been a little bit tired from his races on Friday, but he didn’t show it as he put on a show running all alone.

“That was pretty good for not having any competition,” he said shortly after crossing the line and barely breathing hard.

“That’s harder than having someone right beside you, but my goal today was to break the state record and I think I got it. Now I’m heading home to take a nap,” he laughed.

Boyd has been a dominant figure in the Chattanooga Cross Country League for the past couple of years. His time on Saturday was exactly the same as what he posted a year ago.

“I think I got passed right at the end, but I just don’t race very well first thing in the morning. I tried to hang with Chase for most of the first half, but when we made the turn and he could see the finish line, he took off,” Boyd nodded.
Maurer is a 30-year-old certified public accountant for Unum who had her first experience in a race of this distance.

“That was harder than I thought. I had a really ambitious goal of 5:30, but I’ve never timed myself for a mile,” she said with a smile.

Sawyer didn’t get a state record, but she was all smiles when she finished. Not because she had completed the distance, but because she was prepared to graduate from UTC at 1 p.m.

“My distance is normally 800 meters as that’s what I ran for UTC, so I was feeling it about the midway point. I started with her (Maurer) but she took off and left me. I was able to feed off the next girl and passed her near the end.

“I’m really excited because of graduation today, but I’ll be going to graduate school and then working toward a PHD as I want to one day be a professor,” the slender 22-year-old explained.

English was the winner of his heat while Ken Curran was 12 seconds back. English was the winner of the trail run at the Chickamauga Chase two weeks ago. He hasn’t been running that long and is just starting to tap into his talent as a runner. He hopes one day to race every distance from 800 meters to 100 miles.

“I was hoping to get around 4:40 or so, but there wasn’t much competition for me. I looked over my shoulder a time or two, but it was really tough to push hard at the end.

“This is the beginning of my education as a runner, but I like to do a lot of stuff. I think I might have been able to take about 10 seconds off today’s time with some serious motivation,” the 25-year-old Georgia resident added.

Curran was the leader of the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon last fall for the first 21 miles, only to get passed by the eventual winner in the final few miles. English was the leader from the start on Saturday and that took some of the pressure off the 27-year-old financial analysist for Volkswagon.

“I think I went out a hair too fast, but it felt good to break five,” he said of his 4:56.55.

“This is a nice way to start off my racing season, but he was awesome from the start. It was nice to not have to worry about holding the lead,” he praised the effort of English.

Lisa Logan is another regular at local races and she normally finishes at or near the front of her age group. The 46-year-old assistant principal at Ringgold High School was just happy to finish as she’s still recovering from a tough run at the Boston Marathon back in mid April.

“I had a great run today as this was my fastest mile in a couple of years,” she said after winning her heat with a time of 6:31.49.

“This is a hard race. I’ve done it the past five or six years, but I’m more of a distance runner. I still like a good challenge though,” she added.

Perhaps the most disappointed runner in Saturday’s field was 77-year-old Sergio Bianchini, who was a regular record-breaker in this race and had state marks for nine different ages at one point. The time he was shooting for on Saturday was a 7:19, but he didn’t come close as he was 59th overall in 7:37.

What many folks don’t realize is that this ageless wonder is getting ready for the Vol State 500K race in early July. In case you’re not familiar with this distance, it covers 314 miles. Sergio has done it the past three years and last year had his best time just a few hours more than six days.

“I didn’t break a record today and I’m really disappointed,” he said later.
“I was pushing the whole way, but this other event is coming up soon and the training is totally different,” he said, knowing that endurance and stamina are far greater in a race like that.

THE NEXT RACE on the CTC schedule is the annual Chattanooga Chase 8K, which will be held on Memorial Day, May 28. 

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@gmail.com)


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