by Jim Dandeneau
07/12/2014 LITTLE COMPTON, RI
On a hot mid-summer morning, Andrew Springer, 23, of Westerly, RI pulled away from defending champion, Amos Sang, 26, of Indian Orchard, MA, to set a new menâ€™s course record in the 34th running of the 4.8 mile Little Compton Road Race. Springerâ€™s time of 22:34 bettered the previous course record by 4 seconds which had been set in 2007 by Canadian Olympian and former Providence College star Dylan Wykes. In his professional debut 8 days prior, Springer, a Georgetown graduate, and track and field All-American, had finished 16th at the national 10K road race championship in Atlanta in a time of 29:58. For his effort in Little Compton, he took home $800, $300 for the win and $500 for setting the record. Arguably the greatest distance runner in the history of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and owner of several high school state records, Springer appeared pleased with his effort. “This was a bit better than Peachtree,”,noted Springer referring to his race in Atlanta, “I was hoping to get the course record and knew the Kenyans (Amos Sang + Glarius Rop, the 3rd place finisher) would probably being going for it.” Going for it may have been an understatement as the trio blazed the first mile in 4:23 and reached the second mile mark in 9:05. Shortly thereafter, Rop, a former AIC star and now prolific road racer, began to feel the pace, gradually falling back. As the leaders made the turn onto Rt. 177, Springer and Sang ran shoulder to shoulder for the next mile hitting the 3 mile mark in 14:00 and 5 kilometers in 14:31. Just prior to 4 miles, Springer, the owner of a 13:46 5000 meter PR, surged, leaving Sang in his wake. After reaching 4 miles in 18:47, he slowly extended his lead, winning by a comfortable 22 seconds.
Springer, presently running “in the 80′s” for weekly mileage,was recently named the Big East scholar-athlete award winner for cross-country. At this time, he does not have a sponsor. “Iâ€™ve been talking to a few clubs but have not made a decision yet.” As far as future racing plans, Springer informed he would like to participate in the Falmouth Mile to take a shot at the exclusive 4:00 minute barrier. He noted, Â however, “Iâ€™ll talk to my coach and see what is next.”
On the womenâ€™s side, Erin Murphy, 21, Easton, Ma and 2014 P.C. graduate, dominated the womenâ€™s race winning in a solid 29:07 over former P.C. teammate Molly Keating, 19, Rehoboth, Ma.