, Newburyport, MA


July 31, 2013

Poretta, Fullerton cruise in Yankee Homecoming 5K


In general, runners were happy to escape the heat and humidity that seems to blanket the Yankee Homecoming 5K and 10-mile races.

“Conditions were wonderful,” Poretta said. “I was a little bit worried because I usually train at 5:45 in the morning because I work every day, so I’m not really used to the heat. But it was a really nice day out.”

Fullerton, who admits to having naturally tight hamstrings, would’ve welcomed the heat and humidity. But his hamstrings were the least of his worries Tuesday night.

Fullerton was targeting a time of 14:15 (the 5K record of 14:56 was set by the late Travis Landreth) and he ran the first mile in 4:20, but later felt a pop in his Achilles tendon.

“I got to the 1.5-mile mark, and my half mile after that was 2:38,” he explained. “I could feel my body just not cooperating, so I shut it down.

“I’m happy I won, but I’m still frustrated,” he added.

Still, approaching Oakland Street, the roughly 400-meter climb, he was tempted to pursue his target time.

“I kind of picked it up on Oakland Street, but I looked at my watch and I would’ve had to run the last 800 meters in 2:00. I would’ve had to pull something ridiculous.”

Nevertheless, it has been a stellar summer for the Bradford native, having won the Newburyport Flag Day 5K on June 14 (14:55.1), which followed a third-place finish the day before at the Hollis (N.H.) Fast 5K (13.59.2). He also ran the Manchester Mile in 3:48.28, a downhill course, on July 3.

If he pronounces himself fit, Fullerton will go for the Clipper City trifecta Sunday in the High Street Mile.

Yankee Homecoming 5K results


Place, name Hometown Time

1. Pat Fullerton Bradford 15:21

2. Lucas Parsons Methuen 15:59

3. Stephen Robertston Wakefield 16:11

4. Connor Habib Hampton, N.H. 16:17

5. Joe Santo Newburyport 16:23

6. Jefferson Welch Haverhill 16:35

7. Steve Dowsett Newburyport 16:41

8. Dylan Parry Albany, N.Y. 16:48

9. Seamus Cullinane Hampton, N.H. 16:49

10. Matthew Orlando Newburyport 16:58


1. Alanna Poretta Groveland 18:25

2. Jana Schulson Newburyport 20:01

3. Rebecca Morse West Newbury 20:05

4. Hannah McCormick Newburyport 20:06

5. Kelly Bradbury Newburyport 20:25

6. Alex Giese Franklin 20:34

7. Anna Willig Phoenixville, Pa. 20:58

8. Chelsea Savage Pembroke 20:58

9. Georgia McGaughey Winchester 20:05

10. Liz Mooney-Arcieri Newmarket, N.H. 21:21

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss 105-year-old woman throws first pitch McIlroy wins British Open, Tiger finishes 69th Astros, Aiken fail to reach deal Could Rousey beat Mayweather? Can the Panthers replace Steve Smith? Will Bengals sign Dalton to long-term deal? Offseason Report: Biggest Question Marks in the AFC West Ole Miss facing increased expectations Derek Jeter Respect Ad Delivers Larry’s Notebook: Is Jimmie Johnson Behind the Curve? Wainwright, King Felix named All-Star starters Can Tiger Woods recapture British Open magic Will Mickelson win the British Open again? Jeter soaking in final All-Star Game Jones and Altidore react to Germany's win Favorite moments from Brazil 2014
Special Features