Sunday, February 21, 2010

Luke May and Kirsten Hagen make their case at Race Judicata

A year after finishing runner-up in the 2009 Race Judicata 5K, Luke May returned to win the 2010 race, covering the course in 17:34. In the women's division Kirsten Hagen got her first win on the Tallahassee roads for 2010, finishing as top women at 19:20 and fourth overall. The 14th annual event was run on the Florida State University campus on Sunday morning, 21 February 2010, starting and finishing near the FSU College of Law.

The race started more than a few minutes after the scheduled starting time of 9:00am. Early in the run Luke May, Thomas Barton, and Nathan Paulich went to the front of the field. By the end of the first mile, though, Paulich fell back, no longer able to hang with May and Barton. May continued to push the pace and dropped Barton on the second mile. May ran the rest of race alone, his winning time of 17:34 well over a minute faster than his 18:51 on the same course last year. Barton hung on to finish second, over 300 meters back in 18:25. Paulich was third in 18:46. Behind them Kirsten Hagen had dominated the women's competition, leading from the very outset. Molly Drake, the women's runner-up, finished over half-a-mile behind Hagen, running 23:12 for 12th overall. Hagen is a former Florida State University distance runner (2005-2009). Drake ran cross country at Maclay School (c/o 2002).

64 runners finished the 2010 Race Judicata 5K. The 14th annual event was hosted by the FSU Women’s Law Symposium as a benefit for Refuge House, a shelter for battered women.


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