Saturday, July 16, 2016

Yates and Kennedy burn the Bridge of Lions 5K

On 16 July 2016 Florida's high school track season had been over for more than two months. Yet on the streets of Saint Augustine that Saturday morning three high school distance runners concluded the 32nd annual Bridge of Lions 5K with the kind of close finish that you see more often on the track than on the roads. Seabreeze High senior Ian Yates won the race in 17:38, but Father Lopez senior Noah Van Der Burgt was just a few steps back in 17:40. Barely trailing Van Der Burgt, Massillon (Ohio) Jackson High senior Sam Craig took third in 17:41. Just out of the fray, Sean Snyder, a junior at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, was fourth in 17:47. Saint Augustine's own Steve Vighetti was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in sixth overall in 17:58.


1159 athlete finished the Bridge of Lions 5K, which is definitely characteristic of a road race. Events on the track generally don't have that many people running, at least not all in the same section.


Ormond Beach, Florida's Mallory Kennedy took the women's title, placing seventh overall in 18:36. Megan Tramaglini of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was runner-up on the women's side and eighth overall in 18:44. Third in the women's standings went to Ani Veltcheva, a seventh-grader at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville, Florida. Veltcheva placed eleventh overall in 19:02. Kim Pawelek Brantly of Saint Augustine was the first woman master and fourth female finisher placing sixteenth overall in 19:29. Brantly had been the defending champion in the women's division, having won the women's title at the Bridge of Lions in 2013, 2014, and 2015.


The Bridge of Lions 5K was the seventh of twelve events in the 2016 Run St. Augustine Race Series. The race was presented by RaceSmith, which provided chip-timing and scoring for the race.


Top Ten Males, 32nd annual Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 17:38 ~ Ian Yates (M, 17) Daytona Beach, FL
  2. 17:40 ~ Noah Van Der Burgt (M, 17) Ormond Beach, FL
  3. 17:41 ~ Samuel Craig (M, 17) Canton, OH
  4. 17:47 ~ Sean Snyder (M, 16) Palm Coast, FL
  5. 17:50 ~ Shad McGrew (M, 19) Edgewater, FL
  6. 17:58 ~ Steve Vighetti (M, 47) St. Augustine, FL
  7. 18:45 ~ Greg Scholar (M, 50) Gainesville, FL
  8. 18:53 ~ Ryan Obernier (M, 30) Jacksonville, FL
  9. 19:12 ~ Bill Phillips (M, 61) St. Augustine, FL
  10. 19:17 ~ Robert Millican (M, 54) St. Simons Island, FL

Top Ten Females, 32nd annual Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 18:36 ~ Mallory Kennedy (F, 33) Ormond Beach, FL
  2. 18:44 ~ Megan Tramaglini (F, 26) Pittsburgh, PA
  3. 19:03 ~ Ani Veltcheva (F, 12) Gainesville, FL
  4. 19:29 ~ Kim Pawelek Brantly (F, 42) St. Augustine, FL
  5. 20:46 ~ Anna Raymaker (F, 16) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  6. 20:56 ~ Tracy Dutra (F, 43) Melbourne, FL
  7. 21:18 ~ Elizabeth Mihlebach (F, 30) Melbourne Beach, FL
  8. 21:58 ~ Bryanna Pado (F, 15) Palm Coast, FL
  9. 22:17 ~ Michelle McCullough (F, 37) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  10. 22:24 ~ Ashley Groome (F, 40) Richmond, VA

Known winners of the Bridge of Lions 5K, 1985 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
12 July 198614:53, John Rogerson18:11, Jeannie Messinese
18 July 198714:55, Ron Borsheim18:03, Tawny Kern
20 July 199615:34, Mark Donahue17:16, Kim Pawelek995
19 July 199715:18, Gary Droze16:56, Kim Pawelek958
18 July 199815:41, Reo Rorem19:04, Kelly Wild1113
17 July 199915:52, Ted Devos16:28, Kim Pawelek1151
15 July 200016:12, Randy Hollinger20:27, Erin Neville958
21 July 200116:15, Lee Yaracas19:00, Karin Glenn
20 July 200216:20, Joseph Zepherinus18:32, Karin Glenn490
19 July 200317:24, Keith Brantly19:22, Karin Glenn503
17 July 200415:51, Justin Taylor17:46, Luanne Coulter439
16 July 200516:15, Justin Taylor20:01, Amanda Hahn228
15 July 200616:19, Justin Taylor19:29, Michelle Krueger216
21 July 200715:45, Justin Taylor20:48, Christine Marcano387
19 July 200816:27, Mike Hensley20:04, Sue O'Malley433
18 July 200916:22, Todd Neville19:44, Julie Mayfield431
17 July 201016:07, Ryan Albertson20:33, Sue O'Malley506
16 July 201117:22, Joe Matuszczak18:29, Courtney Cooper731
21 July 201216:24, Marc Akbar18:23, Michelle Krueger713
27 July 201316:11, Marc Akbar18:26, Kim Pawelek Brantly820
26 July 201417:27, Gavin Gresham18:12, Kim Pawelek Brantly749
18 July 201516:10, Jeremy Bryan18:06, Kim Pawelek Brantly1104
16 July 201617:38, Ian Yates18:36, Mallory Kennedy1159


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