Monday, May 18, 2015

Truchelut and Bademan make an impression at the Monet 5K

Ryan TruchelutAs a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, Ryan Truchelut doesn't have a whole lot of spare time.

"My dissertation is due in a week," explained Truchelut. "I haven't been sleeping a lot."

But on Sunday morning, 17 May 2015, when Alliance Française of Tallahassee staged the Monet 5K on the FSU campus, Truchelut found time to race, even with the finish line of his Ph.D. research approaching.

"It was near my church, so it was really two trips in one," said Truchelut. "It's the only race where they're sure to pronounce my name correctly. And it was a good workout for summer track."

James Harrison, Ryan TruchelutIt was good that Truchelut was able to find a way to attend, because he was the fastest of the 80 athletes in the Monet 5K, winning the 3.1-mile race in 19:13. James Harrison, a first-year student at Florida State and an alumnus of the Lemon Bay High cross-country team, was able to stay with Truchelut for 800 meters or so, but no longer.

"He was gone by the hill on Call Street," recalled Truchelut.

After that Truchelut was alone and out front, with no distractions from the competition for more than four kilometers on his way to the finish line. By the time he crossed that line, he was more than 300 meters ahead of the next runner.

"I wanted to hum La Marseillaise as I crossed the finish line," said Truchelut. "But I was too out of breath. I hummed it at the awards presentation, though."

Martha BademanHarrison took the runner-up spot in 20:33. Jim Schaeffer was the first master runner in the race, placing third overall in 21:52.

Jena Mickel was the early leader in the women's competition. Unlike Truchelut, her lead didn't go unchallenged. Martha Bademan wasn't going to let Mickel steal the Monet 5K.

"When I started there were two girls ahead of me," said Bademan. "I passed one right away and then kind of crept up on the next one. I caught her on Jefferson Street."

"The next one" was Mickel, whom Bademan overtook about halfway through the race. Bademan built up a healthy lead during the second half of the 5K, ultimately taking the women's title and finishing seventh overall in 23:49. Mickel was runner-up on the women's side, coming in ninth overall in 24:01. Julia Sura was the top woman master and third female finisher, placing 13th overall in 26:04.

Top Ten Men, 2015 Monet 5K
  1. 19:13 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 29)James Harrison
  2. 20:33 ~ James Harrison (M, 19)
  3. 21:52 ~ Jim Schaeffer (M, 44)
  4. 22:33 ~ Mike LaBossiere (M, 49)
  5. 23:35 ~ Sam Peliska (M, 26)
  6. 23:37 ~ Jake Dulbs (M, 22)
  7. 23:54 ~ Rob Cooper (M, 37)
  8. 24:08 ~ Eric Dueno (M, 47)
  9. 24:45 ~ Robert Wigen (M, 49)
  10. 25:56 ~ Jon Brown (M, 40)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Monet 5K
  1. 23:49 ~ Martha Bademan (F, 30)Jena Mickel
  2. 24:01 ~ Jena Mickel (F, 30)
  3. 26:04 ~ Julia Sura (F, 43)
  4. 26:12 ~ Juli DeGrummond (F, 45)
  5. 26:21 ~ Lyssa Oberkreser (F, 44)
  6. 26:54 ~ Cindi Goodson (F, 51)
  7. 27:01 ~ Kirsten Kinsley (F, 43)
  8. 28:59 ~ Sarah Logan Beasley (F, 24)
  9. 29:07 ~ Becky Bush (F, 46)
  10. 29:17 ~ Adrienne Ruhl (F, 34)