Pumpkin Muffin homecoming at PSC

PAUL SMITHS – Nearly 50 runners, with the majority clad in costumes, braved snow flurries and a steady wind to compete in Saturday’s 20th annual Pumpkin Muffin 5-kilometer run on the campus at Paul Smith’s College.

Competitors included current students, alumni, faculty members and area distance running enthusiasts who were helping the college celebrate its homecoming weekend.

Rochester’s Corey Roth, who was in the 15-19-year-old age group, was the overall champion, finishing in 18 minutes, 46 seconds. PSC student Zach Davidson was runner-up with a 19:13 finish time.

Two alumni and former all-American cross country runners at the college, Matt Piper and Kyle Dash took the next two spots and Alex Kelchner rounded out the top five. Piper placed third in 19:44. Running with his two-year-old husky, Dash crossed the line fourth in 20:08 and Kelchner, a PSC student, was fifth in 20:44.

Nicolas Pendl, Doug Hazelden and Jack Mulvihill grabbed the next three spots. Students Louis Ferrone, Dan Palladino, Tim Grossman and Justin Andrews all crossed the line together in 23:06 in a ninth-place tie.

Ashley Evans and Chloe Mattilio, two members of the Bobcats championship cross country team, were the first two women to reach the finish. They ran the entire course together and both reached the line in 23:14. PSC graduate Ana Hull was the third female finisher, turning in a 25:20 result.

Pumpkin Muffin 5k

Saturday at Paul Smith’s College