ST. CLAIRSVILLE - When Cedric Robinson runs he listens to upbeat music on his MP3 player. He says it keeps him motivated.
The 23-year-old Martins Ferry resident had his groove on as the 16th annual Samuel A. Mumley "Do It for the Kids" 5K Run/Walk unfolded on the streets of St. Clairsville on a picturesque Saturday morning.
"I listen to a lot of J-Pop and rock and roll, usually the same stuff each race," he explained after running away from the huge field for the second straight year.
Robinson toured the course in a sizzling 16-minutes, 21-seconds, which was a full 61 seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Timko, a 24-year-old from St. Clairsville, who hadn't even turned the corner for the home stretch when Robinson clocked in.
"I'm pretty excited about my performance today," Robinson said with a huge smile. "I actually wanted to run a 16:50 because I ran a 16:59 last year, so I am really happy with my time today.
"The weather was perfect for running," Robinson added. "The only bad thing was the start. I didn't expect it to be a ready, set, go start. I had trouble getting my MP3 player in my pocket. I was running with it in my one hand until I could get it in my pocket."
It didn't take him long to get out front though, and once he did, there was no catching him.
"It took me a couple of seconds to adjust to the start, but I took the lead in the first turn and led from there on," Robinson explained.
Kevin Simpson, 15, of Bridgeport, was third in 18:36.7, while Newark's Patrick Williams, 18, last year's runnerup, was fourth in 18:45.6. Fifth place went to Bridgeport's 15-year-old Nick Simpson in 19:25.5.
However, Robinson was the only repeat champion as last year's top female runner, male walker and female walker didn't compete.
St. Clairsville graduate Melanie Hannan was the first female runner to check in - and 10th overall - but despite winning, she wasn't happy with her time of 20:07.2.
"It was OK, but it wasn't my best," the Wheeling Jesuit University runner admitted. "But it was good enough to win."
Unlike Robinson, the 20-year-old Hannan, a 2012 St. C. alum, led wire-to-wire.
"I got out in front early and never was really challenged," she said after topping runnerup, Tina Seech, a 53-year-old from Upper St. Clair, Pa., by16.3 seconds.
She said she's run the race before in high school, but tries to stay away from the course nowadays.
"It's definitely a challenge, especially the final mile," she said.
Finishing third was 19-year-old Hannah Surface, a former East Richland Christian standout, in 20:48. Paige Tracey, 25, of Martins Ferry, was fourth in 21:50.4, while Kaitlyn Santinoceto, 18, of Shadyside, was fifth in 22:20.1.
Timko and Hannan were also presented the Mayor's Awards for being the first male and female St. Clairsville residents, respectively, to cross the finish line.
Another St. Clairsville resident, 51-year-old Joe Davies strolled his way to the finish line in 30:51.4 to take the 5K male walk title. He was followed by 54-year-old Mike Carpenter, of Barnesville; 63-year-old David Workman, of Bellaire; 71-year-old Joe Callarik, of St. Clairsville; and Wheeling's 62-year-old George Macek.
The female 5K walk winner was 29-year-old Jenna Cook, of Glen Dale, who checked in at 35:47.1. Finishing right behind her was 63-year-old St. Clairsville resident Sandy Callarik, with St. Clairsville's 52-year-old Lori Mowder-Cook in third. Taking fourth was 57-year-old Susie Fullerton, of Wheeling, while fifth place went to 37-year-old Wheeling resident Cheyenne Mayle.
There were a total of 266 race finishers, with 179 of those competing in the 5K run.
A pair of St. Clairsville High School graduates were awarded scholarships. Those being Evan Elliott and Brianna Sowers.