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Mackenzies sweep 15th Wilber-Duck Mile

May 20, 2014

“If anything it takes some pressure off when you see your wife win first. I was like ‘okay, I can rest on her laurels if I need to today.'”

By Kyle Mennig, Oneida Daily Dispatch

Heavy rainfall throughout the day Friday threatened to turn the 15th Wilber-Duck Mile from “Central New York’s Fastest Mile” to CNY’s soggiest.

It didn’t bother Sam and Natalie Mackenzie one bit.

With the rain fading to a light mist, the husband-wife duo from Syracuse swept the races for the second time in three years on Friday. Natalie first took the women’s Mile in 5:04.76 and Sam followed with a time of 4:41.37 to win the men’s event.

“It was fun,” said Natalie. “It was a blast. I love this race.”

She has good reason to, taking first for the fourth straight year. Friday’s time also marked her fastest in the Wilber-Duck Mile.

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