Sunday, November 1, 2015

Garcia and Thompson were ready to race at the Race For Readiness

Joseph Garcia, Layla ThompsonThe last week of October was a busy one for Joseph Garcia. On 24 October 2015 he was in South Carolina, running a personal-best 25:52 8K at the ninth annual Sand Shark Cross Country Invitational. On 29 October 2015 he was in the Southwood section of Tallahassee, Florida, scorching a winning 15:52 in the 15th annual FSECC 5K. And on 31 October 2015, Garcia finished his seven days of speed at Tallahassee's Northwood Center with a 16:30 win in the Early Learning Coalition's second annual Race For Readiness 5K. Garcia finished the race almost half a kilometer ahead of the next runner.


Peter Van Brussel took the runner-up spot in 18:18. Michael Martinez was the top master runner in the race, finishing third overall in 18:35. Wakulla High sophomore cross country runner Scott Lloyd edged Travis Parks for fourth, 20:48 to 20:49.


It was Garcia's first Race For Readiness 5K, but Layla Thompson was already a veteran of the race. In 2014 she has finished second in the women's standings running 22:52. At the 2015 event the ten-year-old athlete improved both her time and her place of finish, winning the women's division in 22:17 and coming in ninth overall. Just seven days earlier Thompson had also won the women's title at the TMH For Life Challenge October 5K.


Just 50 meters behind Thompson, Kate Chunka took second in the women's standings, placing tenth overall in 22:32. Melissa Radey was the third female finisher, 18th overall in 25:00. Loranne Ausley was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, 23rd overall in 25:30.


199 athletes finished the second annual Race For Readiness 5K, with another 90 completing a one-mile fun run.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Race For Readiness 5K
  1. 16:30 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 20)
  2. 18:18 ~ Peter Van Brussel (M, 22)
  3. 18:35 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49)
  4. 20:48 ~ Scott Lloyd (M, 15)
  5. 20:49 ~ Travis Parks (M, 19)
  6. 20:58 ~ Colin Briggs (M, 16)
  7. 21:33 ~ Michael Cipriano (M, 57)
  8. 21:56 ~ Michael Labossiere (M, 49)
  9. 22:35 ~ Antonio Clements (M, 37)
  10. 22:38 ~ Christian Summers (M, 33)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Race For Readiness 5K
  1. 22:17 ~ Layla Thompson (F, 10)
  2. 22:32 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 32)
  3. 25:00 ~ Melissa Radey (F, 39)
  4. 25:30 ~ Loranne Ausley (F, 52)
  5. 25:37 ~ Polly Aster (F, 46)
  6. 25:57 ~ Chloe McElroy (F, 10)
  7. 27:38 ~ Lisa Starling (F, 70)
  8. 28:00 ~ Ali Wagnon (F, 37)
  9. 28:02 ~ Ericka McKibbin (F, 42)
  10. 28:20 ~ Soheyla Mahdavian (F, 31)

Race For Readiness 5K winners, 2014 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 October 201418:12, Paul Guyas20:25, Dionis Gauvin177
31 October 201516:30, Joseph Garcia22:17, Layla Thompson199


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