PHILADELPHIA – Ursinus College associate track and field and cross country coach Crystal Burnick was the top overall female finisher at the 37th annual Broad Street Run, emerging from the 10-mile race with a time of 57:04.08 on a rainy morning in Philadelphia.
Burnick has a history of remarkable success at the event, which this year saw more than 40,000 runners take to the streets for the 8:00 a.m. start at Broad Street and W. Fisher Avenue near the Einstein Medical Center. Sunday marked her fifth top-10 finish at the Broad Street Run, and two years ago she was the first American female to cross the finish line, completing the 10-miler in just under 57 minutes. This time, she did herself one better.
Burnick finished 48.66 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Emily Giannotti of Ephrata, and was one of only four women to complete the race in under 58 minutes; she set a pace of 5:42 per mile. Amanda Scott of Boulder, Colorado took third in 57:57.80, and Alexandra Bernardi of New York City was fourth with a time of 57:58.34.
24-year-old Abebe Mekuria of New York City was the first overall finisher, clocking a 48:42.58 for a pace of 4:52 per mile.
Her latest incredible achievement continues to cement Burnick's place as one of the region's premier distance runners. She was recently recognized as the 2015 Female Long Distance Runner of the Year by the USA Track and Field Mid-Atlantic Association, and boasts personal records of 16:50 in the 5k and 1:16.55 for the half marathon. Burnick was a standout runner at Division II Slippery Rock University, where she garnered Academic All-American honors all four years by qualifying for the NCAA championship and holding a GPA of at least 3.5. She was a two-time Atlantic All-Region Team honoree.
Below: Crystal crosses the finish line (video from 6abc.com)