Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday night 5,000m at the Seminole Twilight

The meet is called the Seminole Twilight, but it has been called the Last Chance Meet, and probably a few other names during its history. It has always been in May, though, and it has always been the last home meet for the Florida State University track team. It's position on the calendar has made it an opportunity for high school athletes to compete after their season ends, and also an opportunity for college athletes to take a last chance at getting a qualifying time for the NCAA championships in their event. As a high school senior Brett Hoffman ran his first 5,000m on the track here. I ran a few steamy 5,000m races at the meet in the 1980s, and watched Keith Brantley wade around a flooded Mike Long track to a 5,000m victory in the early 1990s.

The 7 May 2010 edition of the Seminole Twilight 5,000m opened with the women's race, right after the men's 3,000m steeplechase at 7:40pm. The field was the usual assortment of hopeful collegians, high school athletes who wanted one more race on the track this spring, and other runners who just wanted to run. Maclay's Jana Stolting had just finished her high school athletics career a week earlier, finishing third in the 3200m run at the FHSAA-1A state championships. This Friday night was a rare chance for her to run a 5,000m on the track, and event that in all likelihood will become routine for her as an athlete at the University of San Francisco. Stolting took the early lead in the race, but was passed early in the second lap by Jolene Williams of Quattro Pro. Quattro markets compression socks, of which Williams was sporting a pair, the only athlete on the track with socks up to her knees. Williams was an effective advertisement for "Compression Technology" though, leading for over eleven laps and winning by over 200m in 17:06.16
Women's 5000 Meter Run
Name School Time
1. Jolene Williams Quattro Fitn 17:06.16
2. Jana Stolting More Otters 17:53.75
3. Naomi Tanui Columbus St. 18:39.41
4. Flo Vazquez Embry-Riddle 18:45.99
5. Kacey Gibson Florida State 18:50.28
6. Kara Taylor Florida State 19:00.49
7. Ashley Arnold Columbus St. 20:18.13
8. Alex Salinas Embry-Riddle 20:22.21
9. Emily Cook Embry-Riddle 20:42.76
10. Brittany Cross Embry-Riddle 21:10.66
In the men's race Evans Kirwa of Embry-Riddle and Meshack Koyiaki and Nicholas Kering of Columbus State ran in a tight group of three, well out in front of the rest of the field. Kering did most of the pacesetting until the last lap, when Kirwa took off, followed by Koyiaki. Koyiaki slipped by Kirwa on the final straightaway for the win, a narrow 14:41.23 to 14:42.29 victory, with Kering finishing third in 14:48.39.

Men's 5000 Meter Run
Name School Time
1. Meshack Koyiaki Columbus St. 14:41.23
2. Evans Kirwa Embry-Riddle 14:42.29
3. Nicholas Kering Columbus St. 14:48.39
4. Brent Schneider Unattached 15:26.95
5. Justin Gates Unattached 15:31.31
6. Alex Frazier Embry-Riddle 15:45.70
7. Christopher Rego Unattached 15:45.74
8. Zack Kovacik Florida Southern 15:47.42
9. Christopher Hough Unattached 15:54.53
10. John Neill Columbus St. 16:09.11
The Seminole Twilight resumes at FSU's Mike Long Track on Saturday, 8 May 2010, with field events at 2:00pm, track events at 3:00pm, and a slate of events featuring elite competitors (including Olympic medalist Walter Dix) starting at 6:00pm.


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