Thursday, July 6, 2017

Eduardo Garcia takes time out from marathon training to go 14:33 in Gainesville

Florida Track Club's Three-Mile Melon RunFour years.


For four years in a row, a Hensley brother won the annual Three-Mile Melon Run in Gainesville, Florida. Mike Hensley won the race in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Younger brother Matt Hensley took first in 2014. Between the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio, Gainesville's Independence Day race belonged to the Hensleys. But on Tuesday morning, 4 July 2017, Eduardo Garcia of Gainesville ended Hensley's streak. A former University of Florida cross-country runner, Garcia won the 39th annual Melon Run by 200 meters, running 14:33. Jessica Pascoe, a second-year cross-country runner at the University of Florida, took the women's title, placing fourteenth overall in 16:47.


Garcia's 14:33 was the fastest time recorded at the Melon Run in at least twenty years. Blake Lowery, a second-year cross-country runner at the University of Florida, placed runner-up in 15:09. Bobby Hensley, another of the ubiquitous Hensley brothers, was third in 15:12. Mike Hensley, the defending champion, was eighth in 16:12.


Just twenty meters behind Pascoe, Betsy Suda was second in the women's standings and sixteenth overall in 16:51. Suda is a four-time Melon Run women's champ, with wins in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. Georganne Watson of Gainesville was the third woman and 23rd overall in 17:51.


Gainesville's Patrick Gallagher was the fastest master runner in the Melon run, the eighteenth male finisher and twentieth overall in 17:20. Gainesville's Gretchen Loyd was the first woman master and twelfth female finisher, 45th overall in 19:25.


398 athletes finished Florida Track Club's 2017 Three-Mile Melon Run. Start 2 Finish Race Management timed the event.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Melon Run Three Mile
  1. 14:33, Eduardo Garcia (M, 24) Gainesville
  2. 15:09, Blake Lowery (M, 19) Gainesville
  3. 15:12, Bobby Hensley (M, 33)
  4. 15:18, Zach Purvis (M, 19) Newberry
  5. 15:21, Zane Grabau (M, 29) Gainesville
  6. 15:37, Colin Schaefer (M, 19) Gainesville
  7. 16:00, John M Sansalone (M, 21) Gainesville
  8. 16:12, Mike Hensley (M, 31)
  9. 16:18, Cade Monk (M, 16) Gainesville
  10. 16:22, Jack Broling (M, 17) Gainesville

Top Ten Women, 2017 Melon Run Three Mile
  1. 16:47, Jess Pascoe (F, 19) Gainesville
  2. 16:51, Betsy Suda (F, 35) Gainesville
  3. 17:51, Georganne Watson (F, 32) Gainesville
  4. 18:14, Sarah Edens (F, 20) Gainesville
  5. 18:18, Laura Jones (F, 18) Tampa
  6. 18:30, Mandy Harrell (F, 33) Gainesville
  7. 18:33, Lauren Pilcher (F, 29) Gainesville
  8. 18:45, Lauren Pearlman (F, 34) Gainesville
  9. 19:05, Julia Daggett (F, 25) Gainesville
  10. 19:10, Marcella Perez (F, 18)

Gainesville, Florida, Melon Run Three Mile winners, 1979 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 July 1979*15:43, Paul Rehfus22:04, Diann Eley
4 July 198014:47, Joe Dubina18:14, Ruth Smith167
4 July 198114:25, Jeff Kramer18:51, Lisa Davis179
4 July 198215:14, Byron Dyce20:10, Ann Hanrahan
4 July 198315:14, Roger Sutton18:14, Ruth Smith
4 July 198414:29, Scott McMillen18:06, Kathy Schaefer
4 July 198514:47, Mark Kennard18:25, Kathy Schaefer279
4 July 198615:22, John Matthews18:28, Shelly Allen219
4 July 1987
4 July 1988
4 July 198915:20, Scott McMillen18:00, Anita Kelly
4 July 199015:08, Scott McMillen19:09, Johanna Reneke
4 July 1991
4 July 1992
4 July 199315:14, John Pianhorst18:01, Jim Schultz
4 July 199415:31, Randall Hollinger19:04, Lisa Gable
4 July 199514:58, Stephen Kortenkamp17:14, Monica O'Reilly
4 July 199614:48, Randall Hollinger19:38, Annemarie Kosarek
4 July 199715:34, Randall Hollinger17:58, Wendy Frazier
4 July 1998
4 July 199914:57, Connor Holt18:52, Shannon Lennon
4 July 200015:51, Randy Hollinger18:40, Shannon Lennon240
4 July 200116:22, Randy Hollinger18:48, Allison Burnett276
4 July 200215:40, Darin Shearer18:44, Ashley Espy281
4 July 200315:49, Alex Phipps17:55, Anna Brew311
4 July 200416:07, Justin Jacobs18:26, Larisa Timchina222
4 July 200515:44, Enoch Nadler17:59, Friderike Wilde222
4 July 200615:35, Michael Anderson17:53, Sheryl Rosen282
4 July 200715:02, Alex Phipps18:03, Amanda Hahn406
4 July 200815:43, Geoffrey Anderson17:39, Lisa Vaill460
4 July 200915:34, Andrew Robinson18:48, Michele Howell287
4 July 201014:46, Michael Anderson17:30, Allison Costello308
4 July 201115:38, Michael Anderson17:38, Betsy Suda339
4 July 201215:24, Michael Anderson18:05, Betsy Suda460
4 July 201314:58, Mike Hensley20:00, Danielle Kolb410
4 July 201414:34, Matt Hensley17:32, Betsy Suda444
4 July 201515:59, Mike Hensley17:41, Betsy Suda304
4 July 201616:26, Mike Hensley17:51, Anne Creamer337
4 July 201714:33, Eduardo Garcia16:47, Jess Pascoe398
* The inaugural race in 1979 was the “5 km Metric Melon.”


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