By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Drew Kellum’s goal for Wednesday’s 29th annual Green Street Mile was far from complicated.
“I just wanted to win the race and have fun,” said the 23-year-old former Tupelo High School and Hendrix (Ark.) College runner.
Kellum, who plans to attend Vanderbilt this fall for graduate school, completed the asphalt jaunt in 4 minutes, 41 seconds to capture the men’s open championship.
“It was a good time, not anything fast,” said Kellum, while munching on vanilla wafers. “Running (the mile) is different. It’s unique. It’s fun. You don’t get these every day. You might as well enjoy it.”
Kellum was one of 88 runners who lined up for the 7 a.m. start.
Kris Huff, 48, a member of the Memphis-based Pilgrimage Track Club, won the women’s open title in 5:51. It was her first time to run the event.
“I drove an hour and 38 minutes to run a mile,” she said. “What the heck, it was nice.”
Huff, who ran the Boston Marathon this year, says a group of her Pilgrimage teammates participated in the race last July 4th and enjoyed the experience. She also enjoys the shorter sprint races.
“I ran a 5:50 last week at the Bud Mile in Memphis,” she said. “Today, I just went out. I was dying at the half-mile mark.”