TICONDEROGA - Lee Berube, a college All-American, set the pace on a blistering day at the 24th annual Montcalm Mile July 4 in Ticonderoga.
Berube covered the downhill mile in 4 minutes, 5 seconds. He just missed the course record of 4:03 set by Rick Bush.
Lee Gabler of Ticonderga took second place in 4:13.
Julie Dmochowski won the women's race in 5:35. The women's course record is 4:41, held by Dana Ostrander Bush.
The race had 212 finishers.
The Montcalm Mile is a downhill course that virtually assures runners of personal bests and attracts most of the region's top athletes. Also attracting runners is the fact the race is run minutes prior to Ticonderoga's annual Fourth of July parade, which means hundreds of spectators line the course offering encouragement.
Berube certainly had the credentials to win the race. He finished second in the 5,000-meter race at the NCAA Division III indoor track championships in Greencastle, Ind., March 13.
A member of the SUNY-Geneseo team, he then ran a leg on the school's distance medley relay team that finished eighth at the national championship meet.
The top eight finishers in each event are named All America.
During the outdoor season Berube set personal records at 1,500 meters (3 :53) and 5,000 meters (14:29) and qualified for the national championship meet where he finished ninth at 5K.
He also runs cross country. Last fall he led SUNY-Geneseo to its best-ever finish at the national championship meet.
Berube, who will be junior in the fall, won the state Class D cross county championship while at Ti High along with a slew of other Section VII and Champlain Valley Athletic Conference titles.
Ages 8 and younger
Sherwin, Kara, 7:44; Park, Kayla, 7:50; Huestis, Kylee, 8:45; Reap, Katie, 8:47; Vigliotti, Kameron, 9:05; Cartwright, Harper, 9:20; Abdullah, Mia, 9:52; Timmins, Grace, 10:21; Aldous, Kathy, 11:07; Reap, Madison, 13:20; Reap, Rachel, 13:20