Robinson Breezes To Green Mile Victory

WHEELING – It’s been a pretty eventful week-and-a-half for Martins Ferry’s Cedric Robinson.

Last week, Robinson picked up victories at the Betty Zane Days 5K Run/Walk and the Samuel A. Mumley ”Do It for the Kids” 5K Classic in St. Clairsville.

Friday night, the 22-year-old took his talents to the streets of downtown Wheeling. And, again, victory was his.

Robinson broke the tape in 4:37 to claim his first crown in the Open Male portion of the Green Mile, part of this weekend’s Debbie Green Memorial race events at Heritage Port.

Wheeling 12-year-old twins Kenadee and Ireland Wayt finished 1-2 in the Open Female race.

This year’s Green Mile was run in memory of Wheeling’s Randy Stephens, Rayland’s Kristopher Klubert and Benwood’s Tom ‘Dino’ Smith.

Race activities continue today at 5:30 p.m. with Debbie’s Dash. Then, at 6:30 p.m., the marquee event, the 5K run/walk, steps off.

Robinson hopes to be a winner in the 5K, too. But Friday night, his focus was on the Mile, an event he was participating in for the second time. Last year, he finished third in 4:41.

”I’ve been training hard,” he said. ”I’ve been ahead of schedule of where I wanted to be.”

So is he peaking?

”I wouldn’t say that,” he said smiling. ”But, I’m getting there. I’ve gotten a lot better, though.”

Jeff Wesolowski finished 17 seconds behind Robinson in the Men’s Open division, followed by Joe Maier, Casey Morrison and Jason Bennett.

The course record remains Kenyan Samuel Rotich’s 4:12.12 romp through downtown in 2007.

The race between the Wayt sisters was much tighter, with Kenadee edging her sister by less than a second. Both girls finished in 5:58.

”At the end she was coming closer,” Kenadee said. ”I heard her feet and I started sprinting. I just saw the finish line and wanted to cross it first.”

Their finish certainly pleased their mom, Dr. Heather Wayt, who enjoyed a stellar career at Wheeling Central and Mount Union before dabbling in the coaching ranks.

”I really wanted to see them run under 6 minutes,” she said.

The Wayts have already built an impressive road racing resume and will start seventh grade at Linsly School in a few weeks. Their mom is the cross country coach there.

The girls are also accomplished soccer players.

”Each year, their times have improved,” Dr. Wayt said.

Beighley Ayers was third in the Open Female division, followed by Kristina Tomlan and Alison Duke.

Carl Kondrach, Michael Carpenter and Aric McCreary were 1-2-3 in the Open Male portion of the mile walk.

Kathy Irvin was the first female walker to cross the finish line. Brenda Colvin was second, while Jenna Cook was third.