O’Sullivan Second in Midnight Run


Janko Bensa of Arizona braved 24-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures and 20 mph winds to win the New York Road Runners Club New Year’s Eve Midnight 4-mile run, beating Leevale’s Marcus O’Sullivan.  Bensa was timed in 19 minutes, 31 seconds, in the race through Central Park, while O’Sullivan, a three-time world indoor champion at 1,500 meters and now Villanova’s track coach, finished second at 19:46. O’Sullivan, winner of the race in 1999 arrived at the start line this time only five minutes before the race. Sinead Delahunty of Ireland was the women’s winner at 22:08, and Zofia Wieciorkowska of Stratford, Conn., was runner-up at 23:28.