Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Molosky, Nyquist up to the challenge at Draggin' Tail

Tallahassee's Vince Molosky trotted back to St. Theresa Catholic Church almost three minutes before any other runner, winning the 16th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge on 18 November 2010 in Sunny Hills, Florida. Successfully defending his 2009 Draggin' Tail title, Molosky's time was 1:52:43. The next runner in after Molosky was David Shearon of Panama City Beach, who finished as top master in 1:55:37. Another Panama City Beach runner, Hadley Nyquist, was the first woman finisher, placing third overall in 2:06:10. The women's runner-up, Kristin Petersen, finished nearly two miles behind Nyquist, 11th overall in 2:20:31. Another mile back, Tallahassee's Nancy Stedman (17th, 2:28:28) was the third woman finisher and top woman master. 53 runners and 13 relay teams finished the race.

The Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Challenge is run in Sunny Hills, Florida, a sub-division in the sand hills of the Florida panhandle between Panama City and Chipley. Developers audaciously bought the land, put in roads and a country club, and then waited for residents to flock to their community. For the most part they are still waiting; vacant lots far outnumber homes in Sunny Hills. But the miles of deserted streets make it a great place to hold a road race, and Draggin' Tail has taken advantage of that for 16 years now, with only one course change in its history. For runners not up to the full Challenge there is a 3 x 6-mile relay and a 5K fun run. The awards and T-shirt always feature a dragon, and you can count on the race being held each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Top Ten Men
  1. Vince Molosky, 1:52:43
  2. David Shearon, 1:55:37
  3. Mark Clements, 2:11:38
  4. Aaron Scrimager, 2:12:36
  5. Michael Kennett, 2:13:56
  6. Steve Barraco, 2:14:15
  7. Jay Silvanima, 2:17:34
  8. Nate Sukolsky, 2:18:42
  9. Sean Slaughter, 2:19:31
  10. Adolph Herrera, 2:22:17

Top Ten Women
  1. Hadley Nyquist, 2:06:10
  2. Kristin Petersen, 2:20:31
  3. Nancy Stedman, 2:28:28
  4. Dana Black, 2:30:13
  5. Junay Skinner, 2:36:15
  6. Stephanie Stout, 2:37:30
  7. Michelle Patterson, 2:41:38
  8. Tonya Blocker, 2:41:56
  9. Debra Descalzo, 2:42:05
  10. Lindsey Katherine, 2:46:40


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