Thursday, September 30, 2010

Luca and Clendinen conquer the Owl Run

Over the years, the meet has been called Champs Day, the Everhart Invitational, and (most recently) the Owl Run. Whatever you want to call it, though, it was the third middle-school cross-country meet of the 2010 season for Leon County Schools, and was hosted with the usual panache by Gretchen Everhart School.

The middle school girls two-mile race started just after 10:45am. After a little more than a quarter mile, Swift Creek's Madeline Horgan was setting the pace for the field, with a horde of runners right on her heels. By the end of the first mile the lead pack had dwindled to four--Horgan, Raa's Rebecca Clendinen and Lindsay Hughes, and Zoe Sheldon of Swift Creek tucked in behind them. The four passed the mile mark in 6:58. A quarter mile later Horgan, Clendinen, and Hughes had started to slip away from Sheldon. The runners returned to the schoolyard, and with a quarter-mile to go, Clendinen was out in front, followed by Hughes and then Horgan. As they raced to the finish line Hughes closed on Clendinen, but couldn't quite close the gap. It was Clendinen and then Hughes, both clocked in 13:57. The win was Clendinen's third this season. Horgan followed in third at 14:10, with Sheldon fourth in 14:23. Christiana Dogan (5th, 14:40) and Kelly Irvin (9th, 14:56) also put up top ten finishes for Raa, and the Rams ended up with 28 points and their eighth straight Owl Run team title. Horgan and Sheldon led Swift Creek to a 53-point total, good enough for second place. Montford was third with 67 points.

The boys' two-mile race followed. After finishing runner-up last Wednesday at Fort Braden, Raa's Wil Luca returned to the top at the Owl Run. Luca took the lead early, hit the one mile in front at 5:45, and outran his teammate Sukhi Kosla for the win, 11:41 to 11:53. Anthony Walker of Cobb ran 12:02 for third, breaking up Raa's chance at their third perfect score this season. Nevertheless, the Raa boys won the Owl Run team title for the eighth year in a row, scoring 18 points. Montford took home the runner-up trophy with 64 points, and the Swift Creek boys scored 87 points for third.

The oldest meet of the Leon County Schools' middle-school cross-country season, the Owl Run has the most history on any event on the circuit. Many Owl Run winners have gone on to have storied high school cross country careers. In particular, Joe Franklin and Carly Thomas went on to win state championships. Still the Owl Run is only the third event of the four-meet season, and the league championship meet remains to be run next Wednesday, 6 October 2010, at the Apalachee Regional Park Trail.

Girls' Team Standings
  1. Raa, 28
  2. Swift Creek, 53
  3. Montford, 67
  4. Cobb, 104
  5. Fairview, 147
  6. Deerlake, 172
  7. Fort Braden, 285
    Griffin, NTS

Top Ten Girls
  1. Rebecca Clendinen (Raa) 13:57
  2. Lindsay Hughes (Raa) 13:57
  3. Madeline Horgan (Swift Creek) 14:10
  4. Zoe Sheldon (Swift Creek) 14:23
  5. Christiana Dogan (Raa) 14:40
  6. Alex Wallace (Deer Lake) 14:40
  7. Maddy Kennan (Cobb) 14:52
  8. Jewels Krueger (Montford) 14:56
  9. Kelly Irvin (Raa) 14:56
  10. Katie Jones (Swift Creek) 14:57

Boys' Team Standings
  1. Raa, 18
  2. Montford, 64
  3. Swift Creek, 87
  4. Cobb, 110
  5. Deerlake, 196
  6. Fairview, 208
  7. Fort Braden, 537
  8. Griffin, 297

Top Ten Boys
  1. Wil Luca (Raa) 11:41
  2. Sukhi Khosla (Raa) 11:53
  3. Anthony Walker (Cobb) 12:02
  4. Jason Benn (Raa) 12:07
  5. Evan Francis (Raa) 12:10
  6. Devon Foster (Raa) 12:14
  7. Evan Wilson (Fairview) 12:16
  8. Ryan Olin (Montford) 12:18
  9. Scott Hunter (Montford) 12:23
  10. Kyle Buchholz (C0bb) 12:24

Owl Run Champions, 1997 - 2010
30 SEP 2010
Wil Luca (Raa) 11:41
Rebecca Clendinen (Raa) 13:57
1 OCT 2009
Cade Zimmerman (Deerlake) 11:33
Cece Williams (Deerlake) 13:26
25 SEP 2008
Will Henderson (Raa) 11:42
Cece Williams (Deerlake) 11:56
27 SEP 2007
Will Henderson (Raa) 12:11
Carly Thomas (Raa) 12:27
28 SEP 2006
Will Stanford (Raa) 10:59
Summer Shepherd (Raa) 12:59
29 SEP 2005
Kurt Dietrich (Swift Creek) 12:07
Jana Stolting (Deerlake) 13:26
30 SEP 2004
Graham Hawkes (Cobb) 11:51
Mallory Alonzo (Raa) 14:01
2 OCT 2003
Joe Franklin (Griffin) 11:38
Charlotte Murrell (Cobb) 14:17
Bryan Miletich (Deerlake) 11:51
Julia Bryant (Deerlake) 14:06
Kevin Bryant (Raa) 12:33
Karen Devick (Raa) 13:58
Danny Sass (Deerlake) 13:04
LaShaunta Arnold (Fairview) 14:50
1 OCT 1999
Logan Wolcott (Raa) 12:52
LaShaunta Arnold (Fairview) 14:30
13 OCT 1998
Matt Varn (Swift Creek) 12:31
Allie Hunter (Swift Creek) 14:27
Anthony Washington (Bellevue) 12:26
Allie Hunter (Swift Creek) 15:00


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

29 September 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 29 September 2010. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:

This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the area in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.


2 OCTOBER 2010
  • 2nd annual Salmonole Run 5K. 8:00am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, 117 North Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Online registration at Amanda Tazaz,
  • Wakulla Middle School Run for Technology 5K. 8:00am ET. Wakulla Middle School, 22 Jean Drive, Crawfordville, Florida 32327-4114. Tolar Griffin, or 850-294-6456.
  • Pelham Wildlife Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Family Bank, 134 Hand Ave W, Pelham, GA. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Pelham Chamber of Commerce at 229-294-4924 or Carol Harrison at 229-328-6147.
  • Second annual Jog For Jake 5K. 6:30pm ET. Tift County High School, One Blue Devil Way, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Event web site. Online registration at
  • Hispanic Heritage Gate-to-Gate Run 4.2 mile. 9:00am CT. Daleville Gate, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, or 334-255-3794.
  • Headland Fall Farmers' Market 5K & One-Mile Fun Run. 7:30am CT 5K / 8:30am CT one mile. Gazebo on the square on Park Street, Headland, Alabama. Event web page. Susan Owens 334-889-2225.
  • High Springs River Fest Weekend 4K. 7:30am ET. Main Street and NW 2nd Avenue, High Springs, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
  • Valdosta State University 5K Homecoming Run. 8:00am ET. VSU Student Recreation Center, 1300 Sustella Avenue, Valdosta, Georgia 31698. VSU Campus Recreation, 229-333-5898.
  • WindMark Beach Sunset 10K, 5K, and one-mile kids' run. 5:00pm ET. WindMark Beach, 101 Good Morning Street #103, Port St. Joe, Florida. Online registration at
  • Working Well Corporate Cup Challenge (teams run, bike, kayak, and test strength/endruance). 7:30am ET. Pavilion #13, Tom Brown Park, Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Mary Barley, or 850-509-1953.
9 OCTOBER 2010
  • Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K. 7:30 am ET. Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Gordon Cherr, 850-556-5957 or
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Hahira, Georgia. Race entry form. Event web page. or 229-794-3274 or 229-794-9777.
  • 5th annual Paws in the Park 5K & one mile. 8:00am CT. Constitution Convention Park, Centennial Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida. USATF certified course #FL08039EBM. Event web page. Online registration at Jennifer Mercuri, or 850-227-6940.
  • March of Dimes 5K. 8:00am ET. Citizens Lodge Park, 4577 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Kerstin Hussey, 850-209-1812, or Dawn Sullivant, 850-209-2157.
  • Main Street Eufaula 5K Trail Run and one-mile Mayor's Fun Run. 8:30am CT 5K / 10:00am CT one mile. Old Creek Town Park, Eufaula, Alabama 36027. Entry form and flyer. Ann Sparks, 334-616-6170.
  • Dystance4Dystonia 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Covenant United Methodist Church, 3610 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama 36305. Rebecca Sharp, or 334-671-1500.
15 OCTOBER 2010
  • Havana Pumpkin Festival one-mile fun run/walk. 6:30pm ET. Little River General Store, 308 North Main Street, Havana, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Rita Love, or 850-539-6900.
16 OCTOBER 2010
  • Florida State University Parents' Weekend 5K. 7:30am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. Entry form.
  • Stepping Out For Your Heart 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Tift County High School northeast campus, 3021 Fulwood Road, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Entry form and flyer. Darian Peavy, or 229-353-7796, or Ernest Lang, 229-382-4264.
  • 4th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30am ET one mile / 8:00am ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91, Donalsonville, Georgia. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Steffy Vines, or 229-524-1234.
  • Third annual Girls Incorporated Half Marathon, 5K, & relay. 8:00 am CT. Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL. Online registration at
  • Second annual Mosley Dolphin Dash. 9:00am CT. Lynn Haven Recreation Center, 2201 Recreation Drive, Lynn Haven, Florida. Online registration at
  • Champions of Hope 5K. 8:00am CT. Southeast Alabama Medical Center, 1108 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, Alabama 36303. Event web page. Online registration at
  • Randolph Crossroads Festival 5K Road Race and one-mile fun walk. 8:00am ET. Andrew College, 413 College Street, Cuthbert, Georgia. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, 229-732-2683.
  • Peanut Run 5K. 7:30am ET. Jeffords Park (US 82 at the Train), Sylvester, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce, 229-776-6657.
  • Blazer Invitational 5K. 7:30am ET. Georgia Sheriffs Youth Home, 5671 Georiga Highway 122 E, Hahira, Georgia 31632. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
  • White Sand Triathlon II (600m swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run). 7:30am CT. Spinnaker Beach Club, 8795 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida 32408. Online registration at Freedom Sports, or 850-249-2120.
17 OCTOBER 2010
  • Big Bend Cares 2010 AIDS 5K Run. 3:00 pm ET. Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Perry Thomas, or 850-656-2431 ext 225.
23 OCTOBER 2010
  • 12th annual Alan C. Sundberg, Jr. Memorial 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Event web site.
  • ZTA's Race To Live 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:30am ET one mile / 10:00am ET 5K. ZTA House, 514 West College Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Loren Zachary, 904-514-1595.
  • ZTA "Think Pink!" 5K. 8:00am ET. Valdosta State University front lawn, 1500 North Patterson Street, Valdosta, Georgia. Online registration at
  • Pirates on the Run 5K Trail Run. 8:00am CT. Entry form and flyer. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Larry Dykes 334-792-6021
  • Alligator Lake 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00am ET. Alligator Lake Park, 1498 SW Country Club Road, Lake City, FL 32025. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at Dusty Smith,
  • “Running for the bay!” Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:00am ET. Apalachicola, Florida. Race web site. Online registration at
  • Tri The Rez Sprint Triathlon (⅓-mile swim, 13-mile bike, 5K run). 8:00am ET. Florida State University Reservation, 3226 Flastacowo Road, Tallahassee, FL 32310. Event web site. Online registration at Austin Boyle, or 561-247-5801.
24 OCTOBER 2010
  • Dothan Six-Hour Run. 8:00am CT. Dykes Running Trail at Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web site. Morgan Cummings,
30 OCTOBER 2010
  • Capital Region YMCA "Trick Or Trot" 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET one mile / 9:00am ET 5K. YMCA at Southwood, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd Suite 200, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Course map. Entry form and flyer. Tasha Everette, or 850- 701-0461.
  • Celebration Baptist Church Fall Fest 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00am ET. Event web page. Bobby York, or 850-443-6795.
  • GroupFit Studio 5K & Kids' Hallowe'en Hustle. 8:00am ET. . Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309-3413. Entry form and flyer.
  • 31st annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 am ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, GA 31626. Entry form and flyer. Brad Johnson, or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
  • Riverfront Run 5K. 8:30am ET. Broad Avenue next to Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. Event web site. Online registration at or (229) 436-8191.
  • Spooky 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. 334-255-3794.
  • 32nd annual Tricker Trek 10K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT 10K / 9:30am CT one mile. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401-2724. USATF certified course FL90031DL (10K). Online registration at Gumby Weckherlin, 850-271-5896, or Joe Edgecombe, or 850-774-0018.
  • Third annual Smithville Chicken Pie 5K/10.2K/1 Mile Fun Run. 7:30am ET 5K / 8:00am ET 10.2K / 8:15am ET one mile. Cedar St and Main St, Smithville, Georgia. Joy Sanders, sanders9716@bell or 229-869-0064.
  • Blountstown Health and Rehab "Run for Your Life" 5K & one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Blountstown Health and Rehab Center, 16690 SW Chipola Rd, Blountstown, Florida. 850-674-4311.
31 OCTOBER 2010
  • Ninth annual FSUCares Homecoming 5K. 4:00 pm ET. Florida State University College of Medicine, 1115 West Call Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. Event web page. Maegan McCarthy,
  • Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign 5K. 8:30am ET. Southwood Office Complex, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Course map. Entry form and flyer. Tim Unger, or 850-617‐8832.
  • Deer Run 5K and one mile. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Deerlake Middle School, 9902 Deerlake West, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Gillian Jones,
  • 2nd annual John Johnson Bulldog Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET. John Johnson Elementary School, 1947 West Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Entry form and flyer. April Aldridge or Tammi Enfinger at
  • Covenant Hospice & Fireman's Ladder Scatter 5K. 9:00am CT. Covenant Hospice parking lot, 4215 Kelson Avenue, Marianna, Florida. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration (and a course description) at Merian Milton, ; or Terri Glass, or 850-482-8520.
  • 19th annual Army Aviation Association of America Chili 5K. 9:00am CT. Howze Field, Novosel Street, Fort Rucker, Alabama. USATF certified course #AL04012JD. Event web site. Online registration at Justin Howell,
  • Run For Heroes 5K. 8:00am ET. Hudson Park, Crawfordville, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Eric Anderson, or 850‐926‐2010
  • Hog Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET one mile / 8:30am ET 5K. Dooly County High School, 715 3rd Street, Vienna, Georgia 31092-1199. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Emmy Reid, or 229-268-4171.
  • Ironman Florida (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run...duh!). 6:50am CT first wave. Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9400 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at
  • Semper Fi Society 5K. 9:00am ET. Florida State University Leach Student Recreation Center, Chieftain Way, Tallahassee, Florida. David Richey,
  • Florida Kids Triathlon. 9:00am CT. Frank Brown Park, 1620 Panama City Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at
13 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA Veteran's Day Classic 10K. 9:00am ET. Bainbridge College, 2500 E Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA 39819. USATF certifed course #GA98012WC. Entry form and flyer. Liv Warren, or 229-243-0508.
  • 19th annual Run For Rover 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:30am ET 1-mile. Thomas University, Pinetree Boulevard and Millpond Road, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. USATF certified course #GA91032WIN.
  • Almost World-Famous YMCA Holiday Chili Run 15K / 5K /one-mile fun run. 7:45 am ET one mile / 8:30 am ET 15K and 5K. Albany YMCA Central Facility, 1701 Gillionville Road, Albany, GA 31707. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Tracy Wallace, or 229-436-0531.
  • Trot for Tots 10K & 5K. 9:00 am CT. Panama City Marina, 1 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at 850-872-3137.
14 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Cops for Kids 5K Trail Run. 8:00am ET. Tom Brown Park, Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. Facebook event page. Entry form and flyer. Mike Rogers, or 850-566-4131 or 850-566-2560.
  • FAMU/FSU Engineers Without Borders 5K. 9:00am ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. Event web site. Justin Martinez,
  • Second annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch November Triathlon / Duathlon (sprint tri 750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run; intermediate tri 1500m swim, 40K bike, 10K run; sprint duathlon 5K run, 20K bike, 5K run; intermediate duathlon 10K run, 40K bike, 10K run). 7:30am ET. Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, Florida 32060. Event web page. Online registration at Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
20 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Marzuq Shrine / Bradley's Country Fun Day 5K. 8:00am ET. Bradley's Country Store, 10655 Centerville Road, Moccasin Gap, Florida 32309. Entry form and flyer. Keiff Lindsey,
  • United Way Community 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00am ET. Southside Elementary School, 491 3rd St SE, Cairo, Georgia 39828-2796. Entry form and flyer. Andrea Bentley,
  • 16th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge / three-person relay / 5K. 8:00am CT. St. Theresa's Catholic ,2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439, or Joe Edgecombe, or 850-763-5005.
  • Alabama-Auburn 5K Rival Run. 9:00am CT. Hartford National Guard Armory, Hwy. 52 and Hwy. 167, Hartford, Alabama. Event blog. Cary Hatcher,, 334-588-2343, or 334-944-7115.
  • Turkey Trot 10k/5k & 1 Mile Fun Run. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Caroline Driscoll, or 334-255-0308
  • Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base Turkey Trot 5K. 8:00am ET. MCLB Golf Driving Range, 814 Radford Boulevard, Albany, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at 229-639-5268.
  • Raider Run 5K & one mile. 9:00am CT 5K / 10:00am one mile. Houston Academy, 901 Buena Vista Drive, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Event web page. Entry form and flyer.
25 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15k / 10K / 5K. 8:00 am ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL. Event web site. David Yon, or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00am ET 5K / 8:55am ET 1500m. Patterson Street in front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley St, Valdosta, GA 31602. Online registration at Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
27 NOVEMBER 2010
  • Pilgrim Chase Trail Run 5K. 9:00 am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Larry Dykes 334-792-6021
  • Junior Service League 5K Turkey Trot. 8:00am CT. Panama City, Florida. Online registration at
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge / Five-Mile Run. 8:00 am ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Reid Vannoy, or 850-591-7891
  • Reindeer Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 8:45am ET one mile. Bainbridge Country Club, 312 Country Club Road, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Entry form and flyer. Stephanie Poitevint, or April Aldridge, or 229-220-4775
  • Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. Event web site. Online registration at
  • Jingle Bell Jog 10K / 5K / One-Mile. 8:00am ET (10 km) / 9:00am et (5 km). Tift Park, Corner of 5th and Monroe, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified courses GA05018WC (10 km) and GA05017WC (5 km). Event web site. Online registration at
  • Kiwanis Hometown Holiday Celebration Fun Run 5K & one mile. 2:00 pm ET. 8th Street Middle School's Brodie Field, 8th Street & Forrest Street, Tifton, Georgia. Event web site.
  • Winterfest 5K. 4:30pm ET. Valdosta, Georgia. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
  • Jingle Bell Run 3K Fun Run. 6:15pm ET. Downtown Tallahassee, Park Avenue at Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Event web page. Facebook event page. Shannon Sullivan, or 850-212-5129.
11 DECEMBER 2010
  • 30th annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 am ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. Event web site. Online registration at Gary Griffin,
  • Last Gasp 5K Trail Run. 9:00 am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. Event web page. Larry Dykes 334-792-6021
  • Race For Autism 5K. 9:00am ET. 2201 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, Florida. Online registration at Coastal Fitness, 850-229-1900 or or
18 DECEMBER 2010

1 JANUARY 2011
  • Valdosta New Year's Day 5K. 8:00am ET. Patterson Street in front of Get Active, 3200-C North Ashley St, Valdosta, GA 31602. Contact Get Active, 229-219-0010.
8 JANUARY 2011
  • Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00am ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. USATF certified course #FL95008DL. Larry Giunipero, or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, or 850-893-4557.
15 JANUARY 2011
  • Gulf Winds Track Club 30K / 15K. 7:30 am ET. The Retreat at Bradley's Pond, 9002 Bradley Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309. USATF certified courses FL06013DL (30K) and FL06014DL (15 K). Jerry/Jackie McDaniel ( or 850-297-0009)
  • 37th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 am ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftan Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. Event web site.
12 FEBRUARY 2011
  • Run For The Cookies 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 8:30am one mile / 9:00am 5K. Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Center. USATF certified 5K course FL08011EBM. or 850-894-2019.
5 MARCH 2011
  • 5th annual Snickers® Marathon® Energy Bar Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). Event web site. Online registration at
13 MARCH 2011
  • 2nd annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:30am ET. Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, FL 32060. USATF certified course FL10028EBM (Marathon & half-Marathon), Event web page. Entry form. Online registration at Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
2 APRIL 2011
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Target 1-Miler. 8:00am ET. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Event web site. USATF certified course FL96048DL (10 km). Judy Alexander, or 850-383-1361.
9 APRIL 2011
  • Red Hills Triathlon (1/3-mile swim, 16-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). 7:30am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Event web site. Online registration at
16 APRIL 2011
  • 37th annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Online registration at Herb Wills,
21 MAY 2011
  • Steve Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund 5K. Tallahassee, Florida. Jim Lamar,
28 MAY 2011
  • Fight For Air 5K. Centerville Conservation Community, Tallahassee, Florida. Event series web site. or 850-386-2065.
11 JUNE 2011

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tales from the Trail, the second annual Quail Trail

With a menu that included a 5K road race and an invitational cross-country meet, the second annual Quail Trail was like a distance-running buffet. You might not like everything on the table, but you certainly could find something to satisfy your athletic appetites. The event was held south of Thomasville, Georgia at Pebble Hill Plantation. Competition opened at 8:00am ET on 25 September 2010 with the Quail Trail 5K road race, continued with a high school girls' invitational 5K cross-country run, a high school boys' invitational 5K cross-country run, and a two-mile middle school race.

Quail Trail Open 5K

The morning of running started on the back lawn of the main house of Pebble Hill with over 200 runners charging toward a narrow gap in a hedge leading onto a gravel driveway. Florida State University grad student Kevin Cook was in the lead by the end of the first half mile. By the mile mark Cook was in command, running by himself well out in front. "The first mile was okay," recalled Cook after the race, "but the uphills on the second mile were tough." Cook's splits reflected that, as he ran 4:58 on the opening mile but fell to 5:07 on the next. He responded with a 5:01 third mile, and finished the race with a 15:41 victory. The runner-up, FSU cross-country runner Dominick Cabrera, was at least 200 meters back, finishing in 16:27. Thomasville's John Carico was the top master in the race, placing 21st overall in 20:05.

Kara Taylor didn't have quite as easy a time in the women's race as Cook did with the men. Taylor was among a large group of other members of the FSU women's cross-country team early in the race. At the mile she was in front, but just barely--Chelsi Woodruff and Kaitlyn Iselborn were a step behind, with Kailand Cosgrove not much farther back. Taylor broke away in the second half of the race, though, outrunning Iselborn for the win, 18:40 to 18:57. Behind Iselborn, Woodruff hung on for third in 19:15, while Lauren Ross moved up to beat out Cosgrove for fourth, 19:37 to 19:39.

"The only tough thing about the first mile was the fumes and dust that the Gator was kicking up," commented Cook. Actually, the lead vehicle was a Kawasaki Mule rather than a Gator, but it was kicking up a lot of dust on the unpaved parts of the course--the roads were dry after many days without rain. A lead bicycle might have made things more comfortable for the leaders. Still, Cook and the rest of the runners have to count themselves luckier than last year's Quail Trail competitors. In the 2009 race, the lead vehicle almost immediately took the runners off course and everyone got to run closer to five-and-a-half kilometers than five kilometers. That problem was solved this year, though, so maybe next year the race director can find a lead vehicle that doesn't bury the leaders in a cloud of dust and diesel.

Top Ten Men, Quail Trail 5K
  1. Kevin Cook, 15:40.13
  2. Dominick Cabrera, 16:26.84
  3. Nathan Duby, 16:56.13
  4. Sean Quinn, 16:56.70
  5. Gleb Rudenko, 17:20.57
  6. Darrin Gibson, 17:24.70
  7. Pablo Navarrette, 17:24.98
  8. Daniel Silva, 17:54.16
  9. Stephen Robbins, 19:20.40
  10. Pete Kaus, 19:31.62

Top Ten Women, Quail Trail 5K
  1. Kara Taylor, 18:39.96
  2. Kaitlyn Iselborn, 18:56.55
  3. Chelsi Woodruff, 19:14.48
  4. Lauren Ross, 19:36.17
  5. Kailand Cosgrove, 19:38.61
  6. Mary C Fleming, 19:43.95
  7. Amber Imm, 19:44.50
  8. Kendall Andrews, 19:56.69
  9. Bib #143, 19:59.62
  10. Shelby Salimone 20:09.42

High School Girls' Invitational 5K Cross-Country Run

While other runners started the race with a panicked charge for the lead, Stefanie Kurgatt patiently ran her own race. Around 800m the Maclay School sophomore glided into the lead. Kurgatt might have waved everyone goodbye at that point, because they saw very little of her after that. She ran away from the field to win in 20:20, Kurgatt's third straight high school cross-country win of the 2010 season. Lowndes's Allison Peters finished runner-up in 21:30, the first of four Lowndes runners to finish in the top ten. With that kind of scoring from their front four, Lowndes won the team title with 56 points. Maclay, the 2009 champions, placed second with 92 points. Florida State University School was third with 118.

Top Ten, High School Girls' 5K
  1. Stefanie Kurgatt (Maclay) 20:19.68
  2. Allison Peters (Lowndes) 21:29.46
  3. Chelsea Walker (Valdosta) 22:06.16
  4. Ashley Powell (Lowndes) 22:22.82
  5. Maggie Powell (Lowndes) 22:37.54
  6. Katie Utley (Tift) 22:38.67
  7. Kendal King (Tift) 22:44.14
  8. Sarah Sorensen (Aucilla Christian) 22:56.13
  9. Alex Hahn (Lowndes) 22:58.50
  10. Kirsten Kielma (Valdosta) 23:06.08

High School Girls' Team Standings
  1. Lowndes, 56
  2. Maclay, 92
  3. Florida State, 118
  4. Valdosta, 128
  5. Tift, 150
  6. Lee County, 194
  7. Thomasville, 195
  8. Colquitt County, 201
  9. Aucilla Christian, 202
  10. Bainbridge, 206
  11. Thomas County Central, 387
  12. John Paul II, 399
  13. Cairo, 409
  14. Echols, 436
  15. Early County, 443
  16. Brooks County, NTS
  17. Berrien County, NTS
  18. Pelham, NTS
  19. Taylor County FL, NTS

High School Boys' Invitational 5K Cross-Country Run

One of the coaches at the meet was wearing a T-shirt with this slogan:

This should have been required reading for the entries in the high school boys' 5K, many of whom started off as if the race were a 100-yard dash, and many more who took off as if it were a 440-yard dash (which is what us old folks call the 400 meters). By 800m, though, Hunter Honeycutt of Tift County was at the front of the field. At the beginning of the month Honeycutt had been in Scotland, competing in the ITU Duathlon World Championships. Now he was back in Georgia, seeing how well he could race without a bicycle. Quite well, as it turned out. Honeycutt ran to a 17:28 victory, breaking David Daniels' 2009 course record of 17:39. Maclay's Jacob Coates outraced Timmy Evans of Valdosta 17:57 to 18:01 in the closing yards of the race to take the runner-up spot. Maclay put three runners in the top ten and all five of their scorers in the top twelve to total a winning 40 points, taking the team title. Valdosta was second with 66 points, and Tift County used their Ace from Honeycutt to put together an 86-point hand for third place.

Top Ten, High School Boys' 5K
  1. Hunter Honeycutt (Tift) 17:27.72
  2. Jacob Coates (Maclay) 17:56.09
  3. Timmy Evans (Valdosta) 18:00.09
  4. Grif Rutherford (Thomasville) 18:03.83
  5. Trey Edwards (Florida High) 18:10.14
  6. Travis Covert (Maclay) 18:24.48
  7. Doyle Wallace (Valdosta) 18:45.06
  8. Joseph Garcia (Florida State) 18:47.10
  9. Dennis Keane (Maclay) 18:56.60
  10. Lyndon Jones (Lowndes) 19:05.39

High School Boys' Team Standings
  1. Maclay, 40
  2. Valdosta, 66
  3. Tift, 86
  4. Florida High, 126
  5. Lowndes, 133
  6. Colquitt County, 201
  7. Cairo, 212
  8. Bainbridge, 218
  9. Thomasville, 260
  10. Early County, 266
  11. Fitzgerald, 313
  12. Berrien County, 420
  13. Cook County, 442
  14. Pelham, 446
  15. Echols County, 554
  16. Thomas County Central, 599
  17. Lee County, NTS
  18. John Paul II, NTS
  19. Aucilla Christian, NTS
  20. Brooks County, NTS
  21. Community Christian, NTS

Middle School Two-Mile Cross-Country Run

At the end of a long morning of racing, the middle school athletes lined up in the starting meadow for their two-mile race. Chase Harris of Bainbridge, Georgia' Grace Christian Academy ran to a 10:52 win. Well behind Harris, Thomasville Middle School's T. J. Witherspoon outkicked Brookwood's Stephen Robbins for second, 11:47 to 11:48 (Robbins had run the open 5K earlier, placing ninth in 19:21). Aquilla Hayes of Tift County Middle School was the fastest girl, racing to a 12:52. Tift County's Blakely Bergeron outfought Lindsey Poole of Maclay for the runner-up spot, 13:09 to 13:10.

Top Ten, Middle School Boys' 5K
  1. Chase Harris (Grace Christian) 10:51.15
  2. TJ Witherspoon (Thomasville) 11:46.63
  3. Stephen Robbins (Brookwood MS) 11:47.72
  4. Hudson May (Colquitt Co.) 12:03.61
  5. Brett Bailey (Pelham) 12:08.24
  6. Garrett May (Colquitt Co.) 12:12.83
  7. Lamar Wynn (Lee Co. MS) 12:13.15
  8. Ryan Littleton (Colquitt Co.) 12:16.58
  9. Darius Baker (Tift Co. MS) 12:24.63
  10. Mathew Baun (St. John's) 12:27.70

Top Ten, Middle School Girls' 5K
  1. Aquilla Hayes (Tift Co. MS) 12:51.99
  2. Blakely Bergeron (Tift Co. MS) 13:08.54
  3. Lindsey Poole (Maclay) 13:09.81
  4. Gracen Booker (Lee) 13:43.52
  5. Taylor Copeland (Aucilla Christian) 13:44.08
  6. Brianna Moore (Tift Co. MS) 13:53.91
  7. Kaylyn Baker (Tift Co. MS) 14:01.74
  8. Perra Harrell (Grace Christian) 14:05.20
  9. Megan Giddens (Aucilla Christian) 14:13.03
  10. Yasmin Montezuma (Colquitt Co.) 14:29.23


DJ Smith and Alice Smoot win Hahira's Bridge Run 5K

There isn't a huge number of road races in Hahira, Georgia, but on a per capita basis there may very well be more such events in Hahira than in any other town in southern Georgia. The addition on Saturday, 25 September 2010, of the Bethany Baptist Church 5K Bridge Run makes that statistic even more likely. Dale Smith sailed to a win in that first year race, running 18:01 to finish nearly 200 meters ahead of the runner up, Valdosta's Masked Avenger. Jamey Bryant, formerly a distance runner at Shaw High School (c/o 2010) in Columbus, Georgia, was third in 18:59. Mike Gilmezte (6th, 24:17) was the top male master.

Valdosta's Alice Smoot was both the fastest woman and the fastest master, placing fifth overall in 21:31. Hahira's own Jared Komatz (7th, 24:24) was the women's runner up.

Bethany Baptist Church Bridge Run 5K
Hahira, Georgia
Saturday, 25 September 2010

PLACE ATHLETE                     S AGE CITY             ST TIME
===== =========================== = === ================ == =======
1. Dale Smith M 22 Valdosta GA 18:01
2. Masked Avenger M 31 Valdosta GA 18:40
3. Jamey Bryant M 18 Midland GA 18:59
4. Ryan Ewald M 20 Valdosta GA 20:06
5. Alice Smoot F 53 Valdosta GA 21:31
6. Mike Guilmezte M 47 Lake Park GA 24:17
7. Jared Komatz F 28 Hahira GA 24:24
8. Ben Register M 28 Hahira GA 24:43
9. Bob Moon M 55 Valdosta GA 24:50
10. Larry Morts M 59 Hahira GA 25:30
11. Bobby Weldon M 17 Hahira GA 25:45
12. Jay Warren M 24 Valdosta GA 25:57
13. Tim Holder M 56 Valdosta GA 26:07
14. John Rakestraw M 73 Tallahassee FL 26:44
15. Tim Bazzle M 38 Hahira GA 26:50
16. Steven Truitt M 34 Valdosta GA 26:52
17. Ceressa Rice F 29 Valdosta GA 26:56
18. Alexandra Melick F 25 Valdosta GA 27:37
19. Todd Wall M 42 Hahira GA 27:47
20. Matt Isley M 29 Hahira GA 28:11
21. Micaela Wood F 13 Hahira GA 28:16
22. Steve Coyne M 59 Valdosta GA 28:59
23. Whitley Duvall F 31 Eugene OR 29:29
24. Angela Green F 32 Valdosta GA 29:59
25. Johnnie Green M 32 Valdosta GA 29:59
26. Greta Truitt F 28 SSI GA 30:26
27. Joe Christian M 72 Naylor GA 32:34
28. Laura Burns F 41 Hahira GA 33:12
29. Tammi Creamer F 41 Valdosta GA 33:33
30. Michael Hayes M 20 Valdosta GA 33:37
31. Allison Byrnes F 25 Louisville KY 34:01
32. Melissa Aquino F 25 34:03
33. Kaye Pearce F 35 Hahira GA 35:48
34. (unknown) 36:11
35. Karen Weldon F 41 Hahira GA 43:32
36. Kristy Warren F 26 Valdosta GA 48:41
37. Sam Warren M 29 Valdosta GA 48:41
38. Sue Ellen Warren F 57 Valdosta GA 48:42


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wallace and Stevens tear up the trails at "Salute to Prefontaine"

You never know what you're going to find at the Salute to Prefontaine 5K. Typically you'd expect soft sugar sand in the woods outside Tallahassee, but rain may have changed that. The Apalachicola National Forest rangers may have taken a backhoe and dug vehicle barriers on the course. Silver Lake Recreation Area, lately the race site, may be open, or it may be closed due to federal budget woes. There may be a rattlesnake in the recreation area, or there may be a black bear. And it's always possible that the race director has changed the course, as Jeff Nielsen had done again this year.

None of this seemed to worry Jay Wallace on Saturday, 25 September 2010, as he ran 18:53 to win the 35th annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K. Wallace finished a bit over 200 meters ahead of the runner up, Chris Coutts who covered the five kilometers of trails in 19:44. David Victor outkicked his fellow Wakulla High student, Stanley Linton, for third place, both clocking an identical 19:53. The defending Prefontaine 5K champion, Joel Piotrowski, finished 40th in 23:46.

A week earlier, Wallace had finished runner-up at the Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival. The same day, Kelly Stevens had finished runner-up in the women's division at the Women's Distance Festival. Just as Wallace moved up to the champion spot at the Prefontaine 5K, Stevens raced to the champion's place in the women'd division at Prefontaine, placing 22nd overall in 22:17. Stevens finished nearly 300 meters ahead of the second-place woman, Micah Adriani, who ran 23:36 for 36th place overall. Olivia Swedberg (42nd, 23:59) was the third woman in, and Nancy Stedman (54th, 25:06) crossed the line as the fourth woman and first woman master.

As to what to expect at the 36th annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K, it could be anything--a tropical storm, higher admission fees at Silver Lake, or an entirely new venue. But expect it to happen in autumn of 2011.

Winners of the ten most recent Salute to Prefontaine 5K races
29 September 2001
Scott Poindexter (19:37)
Allie Hunter (22:17)
5 October 2002
David Yon (22:17)
Yvonne Gsteiger (25:47)
27 September 2003
Shawn Patterson (18:35)
Angela Dempsey (23:49)
25 September 2004
Gary Droze (17:43)
Seeley Lovett (22:46)
24 September 2005
Gary Droze (18:13)
Jane Johnson (24:06)
23 September 2006
Gary Droze (17:24)
Stephanie Liles (19:59)
29 September 2007
Chris Gregory (17:29)
Micah Adriani (20:26)
27 September 2008
Daniel Lee (18:16)
Kati Gosnell (21:10)
26 September 2009
Joel Piotrowski (20:28)
Micah Adriani (21:20)
25 September 2010
Jay Wallace (18:53)
Kelly Stevens (22:17)


Friday, September 24, 2010

Hoover and Montooth win the Race of the South 10K

Ben Hoover won the eighth annual running of the new edition of Moultrie, Georgia's "Race of the South" 10K on Saturday, 24 September 2010. Hoover, a senior at Colquitt County High, completed the 6.2-mile race in 41:29, finishing 50 meters ahead of the runner-up, master runner Jack Howdeshell of Mayo, Florida. Howdeshell ran 41:42 for the 10K. Moultrie's Dawn Montooth was the first woman finisher as well as the top woman master, placing 13th overall in 50:07.

In the "Race of the South" 5K, Colquitt County High junior Landon Rehberg led the field with a 20:18. Moultrie's Kim Luque was the top female finisher, placing seventh overall in 23:12. The first male master was Tim Clark of Moultrie, eighth overall in 24:40, and the first female master was Moultrie's Glenda Strickland, 26th overall in 28:48.

The "Race of the South" goes back to the running boom days, but it faded away for a time before being revived in 2003. The race is currently hosted by the Moultrie YMCA.

Race of the South 10K
Moultrie, Georgia
Saturday, 18 September 2010

PLACE ATHLETE                     S AGE CITY             ST TIME
===== =========================== = === ================ == =======
1. Ben Hoover M Moultrie GA 41:29
2. Jack Howdeshell M 46 Mayo FL 41:42
3. Richie Yarbrough M 36 Moultrie GA 42:22
4. Steve Johnson II M 14 Norman Park GA 42:48
5. Jack Davis M 49 Tallahassee FL 42:57
6. Scott Lindeman M 35 Tallahassee FL 44:52
7. Jimmy Allegood M 58 Moultrie GA 45:58
8. Tim Hayes M 52 Moultrie GA 47:34
9. Joey Bozeman M 31 Moultrie GA 48:10
10. Patrick Bius M 36 Moultrie GA 48:42
11. Michael Moxley M 45 Norman Park GA 48:58
12. Dawn Montooth F 59 Moultrie GA 50:07
13. Frank McLeod M 62 Fitzgerald GA 51:27
14. P.L. Jowers M 60 Moultrie GA 51:52
15. Terry Durham M 46 Albany GA 52:54
16. Melanie Hall F 37 Tifton GA 53:31
17. Lorin Pezent M 45 Adel GA 53:35
18. Jill Clark F 26 Smyrna GA 55:45
19. Bob Skerratt M 60 Moultrie GA 56:04
20. Elizabeth Strickland F 38 Moultrie GA 57:25
21. Alane Kadel F 40 Moultrie GA 57:34
22. Matt Paine M 61 Moultrie GA 57:40
23. Nathan Whitlatch M 26 Moultrie GA 58:47
24. Amy Carter F 27 Valdosta GA 59:58
25. Joshua Carter M 31 Valdosta GA 59:59
26. Sheila Newton F 38 Moultrie GA 1:03:08
27. Ed Norman M 30 Moultrie GA 1:03:09
28. Russ Smith M 42 Moultrie GA 1:03:28
29. Jimmy Davis M 48 Pavo GA 1:03:29
30. Fran Sheffield F 35 Cairo GA 1:03:29
31. Robin Bullard F 47 Thomasville GA 1:05:43
32. Nancy McCue F 28 Valdosta GA 1:08:50

Race of the South 5K
Moultrie, Georgia
Saturday, 18 September 2010

PLACE ATHLETE                     S AGE CITY             ST TIME
===== =========================== = === ================ == =======
1. Landon Rehberg M 16 Moultrie GA 20:18
2. Mike Coyle M 38 Moultrie GA 20:59
3. Raymond Jenkins M 16 Doerun GA 22:21
4. Shawn Luque M 36 Moultrie GA 22:42
5. Steve Johnson M 33 Norman Park GA 22:55
6. Matt Marston M 26 Moultrie GA 23:06
7. Kim Luque F 38 Moultrie GA 23:12
8. Tim Clark M 58 Moultrie GA 24:40
9. Cody Pezent M 9 Adel GA 24:52
10. Johnny Hinman M 62 Grey GA 25:08
11. Clark Duncan M 24 Moultrie GA 25:09
12. Kevin Tumlin M 39 Athens TN 25:14
13. Whitney Costin F 31 Moultrie GA 25:15
14. Tim Strickland M 44 Moultrie GA 25:24
15. Greg Costin M 34 Moultrie GA 25:25
16. Becca Turner F 31 Moultrie GA 25:29
17. Tara Bozeman F 27 Moultrie GA 25:30
18. Sarah Meeler F 23 Moultrie GA 26:12
19. Zach Davis M 27 Moultrie GA 26:19
20. Bolen Holman M 51 Moultrie GA 26:20
21. Peyton Dawes F 29 Moultrie GA 26:21
22. Riley Ford F 15 Camilla GA 27:13
23. Angela Pezent F 36 Adel GA 27:58
24. Nic Johnson M 12 Moultrie GA 28:21
25. Robby Pitts M 49 Moultrie GA 28:27
26. Glenda Strickland F 42 Moultrie GA 28:48
27. Kay Powell F 53 Moultrie GA 29:07
28. Jana Davis F 40 Tallahassee FL 29:33
29. Angie Herndon F 53 Moultrie GA 29:38
30. Diana Paulk F 43 Moultrie GA 30:13
31. Amy Grobe F 45 Moultrie GA 31:12
32. Jill Grantham F 32 Moultrie GA 31:28
33. Robin Kern F 39 Norman Park GA 32:01
34. Hope Moore F 24 Moultrie GA 32:10
35. Jane Holman F 42 Moultrie GA 32:08
36. Kim Smith F 41 Moultrie GA 33:28
37. Gina McDonald F 41 Moultrie GA 34:35
38. Denise Flores F 44 Moultrie GA 34:35
39. Holly Phillips F 31 Sale City GA 34:47
40. Jeffery Fillyaw M 32 Moultrie GA 35:11
41. Katie Newman F 26 Harstfield GA 37:01
42. Brandon Medley M 27 Norman Park GA 37:10
43. Patrick Johnson M 19 Moultrie GA 39:04
44. Katie Roberts F 21 Meigs GA 39:23
45. Helen Williams F 64 Moultrie GA 41:22
46. Kelly Bius F 32 Moultrie GA 42:32
47. Jennifer Lund F 35 Moultrie GA 42:32
49. Mandy Tucker F 28 Moultrie GA 43:58
50. Priscilla Fillyaw F 31 Moultrie GA 44:46
51. Amanda Carter F 26 Moultrie GA 44:50
52. Cathy Young F 54 Harstfield GA 45:07
53. Adriene Tatum F 46 Moultrie GA 47:20
54. Michelle Doss F 42 Duluth GA 48:33
55. Emma Lund F 11 Moultrie GA 50:46
56. Taylor Lund F 14 Moultrie GA 50:25
57. Lynn Kappel F 51 Moultrie GA 1:15:45


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Clendinen and Khosla first at Fort Braden

Rebecca Clendinen of Raa Middle School ran to her second win of the 2010 middle-school cross-country season in the girls' race at the Fort Braden School cross-country meet on Wednesday afternoon, 22 September 2010. Clendinen's time in the two-mile race was 15:01. In the boys' race Raa's Sukhi Khosla picked up his first win of the season with a 12:26. Raa's girls won their team division, as did the Raa boys, making for a Raa sweep.

The girls' race started in Fort Braden Park just after 6:00 pm. Raa runners Rebecca Clendinen and Lindsay Hughes were already leading the pack as the runners left the park, about a quarter mile into the run. Clendinen and Hughes gradually dropped their pursuers. By a mile and a half, only Madeline Horgan of Swift Creek was in striking distance, and then she, too, fell back. Over the last quarter mile Clendinen took command of the race, building up a 30-meter lead on Hughes. Clendinen crossed the line with the win, with Hughes finishing second in 15:07. Horgan hung on for third in 15:17, and Deer Lake's Alex Wallace placed fourth in 15:29. A week earlier at the Battle at Tom Brown, Swift Creek had come out ahead of Raa in the team standings, but at Fort Braden Raa was revenged, beating Swift Creek 33 to 49.

The boys raced next. Raa's Wil Luca and Sukhi Khosla jumped to the front, covering the first quarter mile in 77 seconds. After that the pace slowed, but Luca continued to run away from the rest of the field. Luca reached the mile in 5:54 with a substantial lead on Khosla. On the second mile, Khosla began to reel Luca in. When the leaders returned to the park with less than a half mile to go, Khosla had overtaken Luca. The two circled the park together. They were still running nearly side-by-side with 50 meters to go, but Luca was in distress. Khosla dashed past Luca to take the win. Luca struggled over the line in second at 12:33. The next four places were all Raa runners--Lewis Langston (3rd, 12:46), Devon Foster (4th, 12:47), Evan Francis (5th, 12:47), and Jason Benn (6th, 12:48). Cobb's Anthony Walker (7th, 12:51) was the first runner to crack Raa's monopoly on the top places. With five scorers in the top five spots, Raa scored the best possible total of 15 points, winning the meet. Montford beat out Swift Creek for the runner-up position, 84 to 91.

The Fort Braden meet was a new meet with a new course. The runners started at the lower end of Fort Braden Park then climbed north out of the park. The course then left the park on a narrow footbridge over a ravine. The bridge took the runners to the grounds of Fort Braden School. After completing a circuit of the school grounds, the runners returned to the park on the footbridge. After a loop around the park the race finished on the football field. The course was perched on the rim of Ochlockonee River valley, so the athletes had plenty of uphill and downhill to negotiate during their two-mile race.

The Fort Braden Meet was the second of the Leon County Schools' middle school cross-country season. That season is now half over, with only two meets remaining: the Everhart Invitational at Gretchen Everhart School on September 30, and the Championship Meet at the Apalachee Regional Park Trail on October 6.

Girls' Team Standings
  1. Raa, 33
  2. Swift Creek, 49
  3. Montford, 73
  4. Cobb, 98
  5. Deer Lake, 129
  6. Fairview, 152
  7. Fort Braden, 187

Top Ten Girls
  1. Rebecca Clendinen (Raa) 15:01
  2. Lindsay Hughes (Raa) 15:07
  3. Madeline Horgan (Swift Creek) 15:17
  4. Alex Wallace (Deer Lake) 15:29
  5. Zoe Sheldon (Swift Creek) 15:46
  6. Christiana Dogan (Raa) 15:57
  7. Maddy Kennan (Cobb) 15:58
  8. Katie Jones (Swift Creek) 16:03
  9. Brittany Asbury (Raa) 16:06
  10. Jewels Krueger (Montford) 16:22

Boys' Team Standings
  1. Raa, 15
  2. Montford, 84
  3. Swift Creek, 91
  4. Cobb, 109
  5. Deer Lake, 130
  6. Fairview, 131
  7. Griffin, 193
  8. Fort Braden, 241

Top Ten Boys
  1. Sukhi Khosla (Raa) 12:25
  2. Wil Luca (Raa) 12:33
  3. Lewis Langston (Raa) 12:46
  4. Devon Foster (Raa) 12:47
  5. Evan Francis (Raa) 12:47
  6. Jason Benn (Raa) 12:48
  7. Anthony Walker (Cobb) 12:51
  8. Jimmy Gillard (Montford) 12:59
  9. Harry Burn (Raa) 13:02
  10. Tyler Holton (Swift Creek) 13:03