Akins - who came in just over 16:40 - said that he wanted a fast time but that with the course he ran, it wasn't possible this year. He said he improved over last year's time of more than "17 minutes or so" to take the top spot this year.
"It wasn't my time that I wanted it to be around 16:20 or 16:30, but 16:40 or so is all right," Akins said.
An annual participant in the race, Akins said he uses the course as a way to help ready himself for the high school cross country season.
"It's just a big race, usually with good competition," he said. "Even though it might not be a fast course, you get to see how you look, and how strong you can be."