Jake Wing proved Sunday his running accomplishments aren’t limited to flat surfaces.
The three-time gold medallist in June’s high school track and field championships cruised to victory by a comfortable margin over 800-metre specialist Geoff Harris of Halifax in Sunday’s open men’s mile of the 17th annual Maritime Heart Centre Macpass Miles bridge races spanning Halifax Harbour.
Under a blazing sun and mostly clear skies, Wing was first across the finish line with a time of four minutes 18 seconds to take top prize in a field of 88 competitors who made the 55-metre climb and descent of the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge.
Racing for Citadel High in June, Wing captured top spot in the senior boys’ 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres at the Beazley Field track in Dartmouth.
In Sunday’s race, a distance of roughly 1,600 metres, he fended off the challenge of Harris, the 2009 Canadian 800 silver medallist who was returning from a brief respite to recuperate from a foot injury.
Harris took second spot with a time of 4:22 and Mouhcine Aitounejjar, the Dalhousie University student from Morocco who won the Ben’s Smart 5K Run/Walk of the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in May, finished in third place, just a second behind Harris at 4:23.
The bridge mile record is 4:02, set by 2002 winner Jamie Blanchard of Halifax.
Kelly MacDonald of Montague, P.E.I., who completed her fifth year at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish this spring, captured top spot in the open women’s mile with a time of 5:08.
Rebecca Reeves of Halifax was second in 5:23 and Leah Jabbour, another Haligonian, was third in 5:34 in a race that included 65 competitors.
In the shorter youth races of roughly 1,460 metres, for runners under 18 years of age, Mike Tate of Heatherton, Antigonish County, won the boys’ race and Ellen Taggart of Halifax took the girls’ crown.
Tate led a field of 149 boys with a time of 4:14. Drew Lefrank of Fall River was second in 4:30 and Jonathan Peverill of Lower Sackville was third in 4:35.
Taggart posted a finish of 5:10 that was best among 140 girls. Taylor Green of Fall River placed second in 5:26 and Jessica Sperry of Lower Sackville was third in 5:41.