LIMA – After running a sub 4-minute mile at the Ann Arbor Dart for Art Mile, a little more than two weeks ago, former Shawnee standout distance runner Tom Scott knew he would be the target at Saturday’s inaugural Warrior Dash for Cash Mile at Faurot Park.
So, Scott decided to make someone else the target.
For most of Saturday’s race, Scott stayed on the heels of Jason Ordway from Bellbrook.
Then with less than a quarter mile to go, Scott kicked in the burners and gapped Ordway en route to a winning time of 4 minutes, 14 seconds.
Ordway finished second (4:18), while former Van Wert standout Justin Dickman came in third (4:33).
In the women’s race, Rachel Dickman, the wife of Justin Dickman, took home first place with a winning time of 5:14. Lima’s Sarah Anderson finished second (6:07), while Amy Kantner came in third (6:46).
Both Scott and Rachel Dickman took home $1,000 for finishing first. Second-place finishers won $200, while third-place finishers in the Open class took home $100.
Both Scott and Rachel Dickman took first in their respective races at the Star Spangled Spectacular Freedom 5K this past July 4.
The 25-year-old Scott, who competed in both track and cross country at Ashland University and now is a graduate assistant coach at Michigan Tech (track and cross country), wanted to be in position late in the race to win it.
“I know he’s more of a half-marathon, marathon (kind of) guy,” Scott said about Ordway. “But those guys are always in shape and if they’re strong then they can run some good miles. And you also have (Justin) Dickman, who came off a PR mile a couple weeks ago as well.
“But I came out here with the intention of racing. Actually, right before the race I took my watch off, because I knew I didn’t need to worry about times. I sat on Ordway until about 300 meters to go and kicked it in. My finishing speed is my strong suit. So, I was able to kick it in and get the win today.”
Scott was coming off a personal-best at the Ann Arbor Mile on July 14 where he clocked a time of 3:59.9. Despite going under four minutes, Scott had to settle for third place. Nathan Brannen from Avon Lake won in 3:54, while Lex Williams from Illinois was second in 3:58.8.
Justin Dickman, 27, clocked a personal best of 4:23.4 at Ann Arbor and was 13th overall.
Rachel Dickman, 25, did not receive a great deal of competition Saturday. The former University of Michigan runner led from start to finish. Two weeks ago at Ann Arbor she finished eighth in 5:05.7.
“This was my second mile race (counting Ann Arbor),” Rachel said. “(Before that), I hadn’t run a mile race since 2010. It was something totally different. But, I think it helps with the training (for other races). To get some speed work is always good.”
In the amateur mile race, Nick DeHaven, a 15-year-old from Fostoria, won in 5:11. Emily Sreenan, a freshman at Lima Central Catholic, came in second (5:49), while Drew Frommer was third (6:14).
The Dash for Cash was just part of Saturday’s Warrior Mode 24-7-365 festivities at Faurot Park. There was a Dash for Cash for area mascots. There also was a Warrior Mode Urban Adventure Race that took place.
For Brad Keenan, the founder of Warrior Mode and a cancer survivor, Saturday’s events are dear to his heart.
“It’s to raise funds and build awareness for cancer and those people with serious illnesses and for amputees,” Keenan said about the organization. “Basically, it was built out of the mindset as I was going through chemo and radiation for my colon cancer. … You have to be mentally tough to get through some tough times. We just wanted to bring awareness to the community and to have a really good time.”