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Big day for Willow Street Athletic Club at Delmar Dash

This year's Delmar Dash belonged to the Willow Street Athletic Club.

The Guilderland-based road running club swept the top two places in both the men's and women's divisions at Sunday's 5-mile race.

Andy Allstadt captured the men's title with ease. The Albany resident jumped out to a comfortable lead in the first mile and won with a time of 25:01, 22 seconds ahead of WSAC teammate Chuck Terry.

I went out pretty hard the first mile and tried to hold that pace, said Allstadt. "I slowed down the last two or three miles."

"I ran about 15 seconds fast this year," said Terry, who placed second for the second consecutive year. "Andy's just too fit."

Terry did what he could to keep up with Allstadt, but Allstadt was aiming for a time that Terry was unable to match.

"I tried for 24:30, but obviously it didn't work out," said Allstadt.

"He was never more than 50 or 60 yards ahead of me," said Terry, who finished with a time of 25:23. "People [race course officials] were yelling split times throughout the course, and he was always about 10 seconds ahead of me."

Schenectady's Emily Bryans earned another Delmar Dash women's title by surging past WSAC teammate Eileen Combs and pulling away for a 24-second victory. Bryans finished with a time of 29:58, while Combs ran a time of 30:22.

"[Combs] led for the first half [of the race] " maybe through three [miles] even," said Bryans. "But I know she's on her taper [for the Boston Marathon], and I guess she didn't want to burn out her legs."

"I kind of was [wanting to win], but I didn't want to push it too hard because I'm preparing for Boston," said Combs. "I'm more than happy to come in second to a teammate."

Christian Lietzau and Eileen Leavitt were the top runners from Delmar. Lietzau placed 22nd overall with a time of 29:11, while Leavitt finished eighth in the women's division with a time of 33:17.

More than 700 runners participated in this year's Delmar Dash. For a complete list of runners, visit www.spotlightnews.com.""

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