Sunday, April 15, 2012

Myers, Zeiler win the Battle of Jackson Bluff at Palace Saloon 5K

Some 1200 runners came to the 2012 Palace Saloon 5K last Saturday morning, April 14. They all came to run 3.1 miles. Some came dressed as Elvis, or Evel Knievel, or beer mugs. Some came for the beer. More than a few came to race. For that group, the fight for the title went all the way to the finish line in front of the Palace Saloon, where Josh Myers of Jacksonville Beach narrowly prevailed over Stephen Cox, 16:07 to 16:09. Lindsay Zeiler successfully defended her title in the women's division, running a winning 17:20 just two weeks after her victory in the Springtime 10K.


This was the 38th annual Palace Saloon 5K. Like all but two of those years, the race started on Dupree Street, heading north. During the first mile the runners negotiated Municipal Way and Appleyard Drive, then turned east onto Jackson Bluff Road for the long, two-mile straightaway to the finish line. There were eight runners in the lead group when the race reached Jackson Bluff, paced by Vince Molosky. David Thomas, Stephen Cox, Josh Myers, Peter Wood, Charlie Johnson, Josh Cross, and Christian Minor followed closely. At two miles the runners began to climb the one hill on the course. Cox made his move on the uphill, stretching out the leaders. Cross dropped out of contention, then Molosky. When the spectators at the Palace saw the first runners cresting the hill, Cox was ahead.


But there was still a half mile downhill run to the finish line. As the runners headed down the slope, Josh Myers passed Charlie Johnson, moving from third to second. Then Myers set his sights on Cox. At the three-mile mark Myers took the lead and held it, thundering across the finish line with a 16:07 victory. Cox placed second in 16:09 followed by Johnson and Wood, each in 16:15. At 16:16, former FSU cross-country runner Christian Minor was breathing down their necks in fifth place. Maclay School track coach Gary Droze took top master runner honors, finishing 10th overall in 17:16.


In the women's competition Lindsay Zeiler had a few steps on Amy Hines when the race turned onto Jackson Bluff Road. Over the last two miles Zeiler stretched that out into many steps, finishing the race 60 yards ahead of Hines, 17:20 to 17:41. Lisa Johnson, the 2008 and 2009 women's champion of the race, placed third in 18:16. Thomasville, Georgia runner Mary Anne Grayson was the first woman master in the race, 56th overall in 20:08.


Top Ten Men, 2012 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 16:07 ~ Josh Myers (M, 29) Jacksonville Beach, FL
  2. 16:09 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 16:15 ~ Peter Wood (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 16:15 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 16:16 ~ Christian Minor (M, 25) Rockledge, FL
  6. 16:19 ~ David Thomas (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 16:36 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 16:44 ~ Josh Cross (M, 25) Jacksonville, FL
  9. 16:45 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 17:16 ~ Gary Droze (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2012 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 17:20 ~ Lindsay Zeiler (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:41 ~ Amy Hines (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:17 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:35 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:25 ~ Katie Showman (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 20:10 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 46) Thomasville, GA
  7. 20:32 ~ Tiffany Barz (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 20:59 ~ Jennifer Kilinski (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 21:17 ~ Angela Wable (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 21:17 ~ Brook Pace (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL

Champions of the Palace Saloon 5K, 1975-2012
Date
Men
Women
4/14/2012
16:07, Josh Myers
17:20, Lindsay Zeiler
4/16/201115:48, Chris Lake 18:24, Lindsay Zeiler
4/10/201015:45, Chris Lake 17:42, Christina Woytalewicz
4/11/200916:21, John Robida 18:11, Lisa Johnson
4/12/200815:25, Nick Sunseri 18:46, Lisa Johnson
4/14/200716:12, J. P. Cook 17:14, Breeda Willis
4/15/200616:04, Justin Cross 18:33, Stephanie Liles
4/16/200516:06, Lee Willis 16:31, Breeda Willis
4/10/200416:39, Shawn Patterson 18:29, Breeda Willis
4/12/200316:26, Martin Littlefield 19:21, Tricia Snyder
4/13/200217:22, Chris Stanley 21:03, Allison Eagen
4/14/200116:51, Art Remillard 19:05, Kate Wallace
4/15/200015:39, Paul Spangler 17:19, Anna Pichrtova
4/17/199915:45, Robert Pautienus 17:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/18/199816:18, Jason Carter 17:29, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/19/199715:53, Gary Droze 17:37, Sarah Docter-Williams
4/6/199615:55, Gary Droze 17:59, Jane Johnson
4/8/199516:01, Tim Simpkins 17:48, Jane Johnson
4/2/199414:56, Robin Rogers 17:51, Lisa Herman
4/3/199315:30, Andy Palmer 19:37, Carrie Hunnicutt
4/11/199215:48, Gary Droze 17:45, Paula Johnson
4/13/199115:10, Gary Droze 18:20, Vikki Saga
4/14/199014:57, David Keen 18:38, Vikki Saga
4/15/198915:23, Rick Miller 19:05, Yvonne Gsteiger
4/9/198815:30, Rick Miller 17:55, Karen MacHarg
4/11/198715:03, Jacob Hoesly 17:33, Karen MacHarg
4/12/198614:36, Paul Waldron 18:44, Paige Dempsey
3/9/198515:39, Rick Miller 17:52, Margaret Coomber
2/18/198415:32, Greg Doss 16:34, Kristy McDermott
4/16/198314:52, Rick Miller 16:38, Darien Andreu
3/20/1982
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3/21/198115:02, Dennis Lunne 18:16, Janice Gage
3/8/198014:59, George West 19:37, Marty Graham
3/10/197914:55, Tom Herron 17:37, Kathy Moore
1/15/1977
George West
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2/25/197814:30, George West 17:45, Laura Ledbetter
8/14/197614:37, George West 18:05, Janice Gage
11/15/197518:17, David Price 19:56, Janice Gage


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