Saturday, January 30, 2010

Victory for Beggs, McMeekin at First Responders 5K

During the Florida's Territorial period, the last resort of Tallahassee's criminal justice system was Gallows Hill, west of town at the end of Clinton Avenue. The town grew, Clinton became College Avenue, and Florida State University's Westcott Building replaced the scaffold. And it seems as if just about every road race course on the FSU campus makes at least one climb to the peak of Gallows Hill. A lot of runners would prefer the noose to the climb--it's that kind of hill.

In spite of being from table-flat Tampa, FSU sophomore Raley Beggs handled Gallows Hill easily enough during the second kilometer of the FSU First Responders 5K on Saturday morning, 30 January 2010. Beggs was already well ahead of the rest of the field when he turned onto Copeland Street to climb Gallows Hill, and he continued to build his lead after cresting the hill. Beggs won in 17:40, over 400 meters ahead of the runner-up. Beggs is a graduate of Tampa Blake High School, a fine arts magnet school.

In the women's division, though, Katherine McMeekin had to fight for the win. Finishing third overall, McMeekin finished at 19:14, a few seconds ahead Lyndsey Spragins (19:18), with Kirsten Hagen (19:21) not much farther back. As a member of the FSU cross-country team, because of NCAA rules McMeekin was not able to accept the first-place award, a restaurant gift certificate. Her team-mate Spragins also had to refuse the award, and it went to Hagen, a FSU cross-country alumna. Strangely enough, the NCAA allows members of the losing football team in a bowl game to receive rings and other expensive gifts, but I don't doubt that there's a good reason for that. Hagen, by the way, was the top woman at the 2009 Jingle Bell Run.

After a wet night, the rain stopped in time for the 9:00am start of the race. Course marking seemed minimal, but no one complained about not being able to follow the course. Having maps available at registration had to have helped. Traffic control seemed adequate. The FSU First Responders 5K should be back for a second edition in 2011.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

27 January 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 27 January 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.

Map

30 JANUARY 2010
  • FSU First Responders 5K. 9:00am ET. Integration Statue, Florida State University, Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. DBulecza@admin.fsu.edu
  • Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Half-Marathon and 5K. 8:00am ET Half-Marathon / 8:20am ET 5K. Covella Pond/Boyett Park Marine Corps Logistics Base, 814 Radford Blvd. Albany, Georgia. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. danielsd@usmc-mccs.org or 229-639-5246.
  • 28th annual Hog Wild 15K and 5K. 2:00pm CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama. Event web page. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
  • North Bay Charity 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. A. L. Kinsaul Park, 1146 W 5th St, Lynn Haven, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
6 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Buzzard Day "Road Kill Run" 10K / 5K. 8:45am ET. Reed Bingham State Park, 542 Reed Bingham Road, Adel, GA 31620. 229-896-3551.
  • Saint Teresa's School Nun Run 5K & One-Mile Fun Run. 8:30am ET. Saint Teresa's School, 417 Edgewood Lane, Albany, GA 31707. Saint Teresa's School web site. Online registration at active.com. Entry form and flyer.
  • Black History 5K and one-mile fun fun. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility Bldg 4605, Andrews Ave, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Race flyer. Registration form. (334) 255-3794.
7 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 36th 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. USATF certified course FL06020DL (Marathon), FL06021DL (half-Marathon). Online registration at active.com. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
13 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 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. Entry form and flyer. okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
  • 2nd annual Trade Love Run 5K & 10K. 8:00am ET. Willis Park, Bainbridge, Georgia. Larissa Carpenter, BainbridgeTradeLoveRun@gmail.com
  • St. Andrew's Mardi Gras 5K. 8:00am CT. Oaks Along The Bay Park, 10th Street and Beck Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32402. Online registration at active.com. joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018 or 850-265-8439.
  • Step Fitness Blue Grey 5K. 7:30am ET. Lake DeSoto, Lake City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
14 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Cupid’s Shuffle 5K. 10:00am ET. Integration Statue, Florida State University, Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. dpl07@fsu.edu
20 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 22nd annual Flash 12 km / 6 km. 8:13am ET. J Lewis Hall, Sr. Park, 7575 Old Woodville Road, Woodville, FL 32310. USATF certified 12K course #FL05007DL. Entry form and flyer. Mark Priddy, MarkPriddy@msn.com or 850-668-4907.
  • 8th Annual Holy Nativity Episcopal School 5 km run and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Holy Nativity Episcopal School upper campus, 205 Hamilton Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com. 850-747-0060.
  • Darton College Kickin' Cavalier 5K and one-mile fun run. 4:00pm ET one mile / 4:30pm ET 5K. Darton College Tennis Complex, Darton College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707. 229-317-6914.
  • Pine Grove Baptist Church Greenway Trail Run 8K. 9:00am ET. Old Train Depot, Main Street, Trenton, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. jdouglas04@ufl.edu or 352-463-2151.
  • Bay Haven Family 5K and fun run. 8:00am CT. A. L. Kinsaul Park, 1146 W 5th St, Lynn Haven, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
21 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Race Judicata 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University College of Law, 425 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. USATF certified course FL02044DL. Rachel Johnson (racheljohnson@comcast.net or 850-509-5287) or Sarah Tolle (sktolle@gmail.com or 850-284-5200).
27 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Schools Stomping Out Type 2 Diabetes 5K. 8:00am ET. Pavilion 13, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, FL. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Jason Graham, 850-590-6309.
  • Home Run Spring 5K. 9:00am ET. In front of Florida State University's Tully Gym, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Kate Russi info@fsuhabitat.org or 904-233-1581.
  • Cougar Roll and Stroll 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Elcan-King Elementary School, 725 Louise Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Jamye Hathcoat jhathcoat@dcboe.com or Amber Esquivel aesquivel@dcboe.com
  • Pump It Up 5K. 8:00am ET. Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, Florida 32321. Online registration at active.com.
6 MARCH 2010
  • Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run. 8:00am ET one mile / 8:30am ET 5 km and 10 km. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309. USATF certified courses FL09036EBM (5K) and FL09035EBM (10K). Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • 4th 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 active.com. info@SNICKERSmarathonenergybarmarathon.com
13 MARCH 2010
  • Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am one mile / 8:30am 5K. Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Connie Clark, rclarke54@comcast.net or 850-933-2429.
  • Havana Springtime 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. First Presbyterian Church, 213 1st Street NE, Havana, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Cindy Snowden csnowden@bellsouth.net or 850-264-4355, Rita Love rflove55@hotmail.com or 850-539-6900.
  • 32nd Annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00am CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at (334) 588-2343 or (334) 944-7115 or hatch@alaweb.com, Mike Kinman at (334) 684-9818 or (334) 588-2211 or mikek@fnbhartford.com
20 MARCH 2010
  • Caring Hands, Caring Heart 5K. 8:00 am CT. Middlebrook Park, Banfill Avenue, Bonifay, FL 32425. Event web page.
21 MARCH 2010
  • Cody Climb 8K. 9:00am ET. Capital Circle SE and Shumard Oaks Boulevard (Southwood area), Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. hwills@gmail.com
27 MARCH 2010
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Fun Station 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, jalexander98@comcast.net or 850-383-1361.
3 APRIL 2010
  • 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 active.com.
10 APRIL 2010
  • 36th annual Palace Saloon 5 km. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. Online registration at active.com.
17 APRIL 2010
  • Autism 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET one mile / 9:00am ET 5K. Southwood Town Center, Merchants Row Boulevard and Ivy Green Trail, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Entry form and flyer. Veronica Jones veronica.jones@med.fsu.edu or 850-488-3514.
24 APRIL 2010
  • 33rd Annual Rose City Run 10K and one mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomsaville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). Event web site.
  • Education For Life 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University's Mike Long Track, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Piece of Eight

By my first cross-country season at Florida State University I had already been racing for almost eight years. But I was still puzzled when I learned that the Metro Conference Championships would be contested over eight kilometers.

"How far is eight kilometers?" I asked.

"About forty yards less than five miles."

And so it is. In the necessarily imprecise world of cross country, for practical purposes eight kilometers is five miles. I was charmed; this was the shortest distance that could be measured with an even number of miles and an even number of kilometers, the first intersection of old British imperial measurement with the metric system. 8K remains a staple of men's college cross-country racing, even though 10K is the official championship distance. Throughout the 1980s I'd occasionally run into an 8K on the roads somewhere, such as the Summer Breeze Road Race in Tuscaloosa, Alabama or North Carolina's Maggie Valley Moonlight Race. At home in Tallahassee, though, eight kilometers seems to be an ill-fated distance.

Oh, it shows up in cross country. The men's cross-country teams of both Florida A&M University and Florida State University race almost exclusively at 8K until the post season. The Gulf Winds Track Club's Miller Landing Madness (née Miccosukee Madness, née Tom Brown Bash) may have changed names, courses, and venues over the years, but it has always been an eight-kilometer cross-country race. However, while Gulf Winds TC offers a slate of road races each year of distances from 5K to 50K (even including a 6K), 8K is not among the offerings. I do not believe that Gulf Winds TC has ever held an 8K on the roads. This is not to say that there haven't been 8K road races in Tallahassee. The Stroh's Run For Liberty and the Music Mania 8K come to mind. In 1990 and 1991 the ECHO Run was the RRCA state 8K championship for Florida. More recently Big Bend runners had the opportunity to enjoy the Shaw's Fall Classic Five Mile (recall that "five miles" is just an alternate spelling of "eight kilometers"). Aside from a common distance, though, the most significant thing that these races share is that they are gone. They are history.

Is it a curse? Because I don't see any reason why this should be the case. Longer races have carved out a history in the Tallahassee running scene, as have shorter ones. Nowadays, when someone mentions to me that their organization wants to put on a 5K road race as a fundraiser, I suggest that they try an 8K. As you can notice from a quick inspection of the racing calendar, no one has taken me up on this. I don't know of any reason why not, though. Yes, 5K is a popular distance, but 5K races are the peanuts of road racing--good but all too plentiful. I have nothing against 5K races (I do direct one, after all), but sometimes there are three in town on the same day. Will your 5K be the one that local runners decide to attend, or will they all end up at the other two? Even if you have the date to yourself, suppose that it rains. A runner wakes up, and hears the raindrops hitting his window. "Oh well," he thinks, falling back asleep. "There will be another 5K next weekend." And he is right.

But these arguments don't apply to an 8K. If there is more than one race in the area on Saturday, are you going to run just another 5K or the only 8K on the local racing calendar? If the weather is less than ideal, are you going to give up your only chance of the year to run 8K, or are you going to pack an extra towel and brave the elements?

So far, though, the Tallahassee road-racing schedule remains impervious to this logic. Maybe it's the curse. But having more faith in reason than in the supernatural, I'm going to continue to argue the advantages of 8K.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Harbor holds on to his lunch at the Challenge

On Saturday, 23 January 2010 the Krispy Kreme Challenge came to Tallahassee, brought here by the Student United Way of Florida State University. The event originated in Raleigh, North Carolina at North Carolina State University, where, a few years ago, a student must have wondered aloud if he could run two miles to the nearest Krispy Kreme store, eat a dozen glazed doughnuts, and then run back, all in under an hour. Science demands that such a proposition be tested, and twelve runners attempted the Challenge in 2004. By 2009 over 5,000 were taking the Challenge in Raleigh. The Challenge acquired a web site, merchandising, and a story in Sports Illustrated. Of course it was going to be imitated elsewhere, such as in Tallahassee.


The start was at the intersection of Copeland Street and College Avenue, in front of the Westcott Building. Standing near the first turn, I noticed that the turn was faintly marked with pastel chalk--on the sidewalk. Several hundred runners were lining up on Copeland, and I doubted that anyone of them were going to be running on the sidewalk. A policeman showed up right before the start of the race to direct traffic through that intersection, so there was no way that the runners were going to miss that first turn onto Jefferson Street. Still, you had to wonder about the rest of the course. The start went off well, though, if a few minutes late. The runners tore down the hill to Jefferson Street, led by a few strong runners and a bunch of optimists.

I next saw the runners on the second mile as they approached the doughnut stop at Langford Green. Maclay School coach Gary Droze and FSU cross-country runner Justin Harbor were running easily in the front, chatting as if there weren't a dozen fried pastries looming ahead of them. After watching a few more runners heading south on Varsity Drive, I moved away from Langford Green. After having three years in a row accidentally eaten lunch at sports bars the day of the World Hot-Dog Eating Championship, I didn't want to be anywhere near the doughnut-loading area. Especially when Coach Droze had threatened to bring a blender and drink his dozen glazed as a "doughnut smoothie."

Early in the third mile, the leaders had changed after the doughnut-loading area. This was because some of the runners were in a "Slackers" division and were only required to eat on doughnut. A policeman came by on the lead motorcycle. "Make sure they make this turn!" he shouted, then went off course himself to find a place his bike wouldn't have to hop a curb. All well and good, but I was just a guy with a camera; the course workers were fifty feet away doing not much of anything. The lead Slacker arrived and, contrary to the pretty pastel arrow on the ground, continued in the direction of the motorcycle. "Go that way!" I screamed. The runner grunted and turned left. The course workers blinked, and one of them moseyed over to the turn to direct runners. I left to return to Westcott for the finish. As I crossed Varsity Drive, I noticed that runners were approaching Langford Green both from the north and from the south. So much for a well-marked, easy-to-follow course. Always study the course map, friends!

I camped on Copeland Street to watch the runners make the long climb from Call Street to the peak of Westcott Hill and the finish. The first Slacker crossed the line in 22:10. Stephanie Liles was the first woman among the Slackers, but we were waiting for the first Challenger, an athlete risking insulin shock to attempt gobbling a dozen doughnuts and running four miles in under an hour. "Harbor left the doughnuts three minutes behind an Iron Man guy!" declared a Florida State cross-country runner. "I don't know if he caught him!" I wasn't sure who the "Iron Man guy" could be, but he must have built his lead in the eating zone. Could he hold off Harbor on the run? We settled down to see.

Bib numbers 1 through 200 were reserved for Challengers, and the first low number on the hill was Harbor. Was his face almost as green as his shorts? Harbor's friends didn't seem to notice as they yelled encouragement. He crossed the line at about 27:45 as the first runner to complete the full Challenge. Much later, Bill Lott came by and gave me a report. "There are a lot of folks up there losing it right after the finish," he said. "The guy who won held on for a few minutes after he finished but then he had to toss his cookies, too."

I watched Challengers lurching up the hill until the one hour limit had passed. There were still runners coming in, but quite a few athletes had beaten the Challenge that day--enough that maybe there needs to be a greater challenge. I expect that if the Krispy Kreme Challenge continues to spread then we can expect to see it morph into the Cholesterol Man Triathlon: swim and eat a rasher of bacon, bike and eat a bucket of Buffalo chicken wings, and run and eat a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. You might feel your stomach clench in horror, but it's really no more than the Europeans expect of us.


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Droze and Killinski take titles at 5K for Special Olympics

In Tallahassee, Saturday, 23 January 2010 started with one of those humid, slightly chilly mornings that Floridians irritate the rest of the nation by complaining about. Still, 189 athletes showed up to finish the fifth annual Leon County Special Olympics 5K, led by Gary Droze. Droze moved into the lead early, chased by Tony Guillen. After two kilometers the rest of the field had lost contact, but Droze still only had a few steps on Guillen. During the second half of the race, though, Droze steadily moved away from the challenger, ultimately winning 17:00 to 17:16. Both Droze and Guillen were master (over 40) runners, as was third-place finisher Mike Martinez, who ran 18:12. The first runner to break the master monopoly on the top places was Justin Dickieson, who finished fourth in 18:17. Fifteen-year-old Kyle Harris of Bainbridge, Georgia had tried to run with Droze and Guillen in the early going, but faded to fifth in the latter stages of the race, finishing in 18:34.

Jennifer Kilinski of Crawfordville was the top woman finisher, placing 24th overall in 20:52. Killinski crossed the finish line about 40 meters ahead of the second women, Mary Anne Grayson of Thomasville, Georgia, who finished 28th overall in 21:01. Grayson was the top woman master in the race, finishing six seconds ahead of the second master and third woman, Kim Walters of Lilburn, Georgia. Walters was 30th overall in 21:07.

The race is a fund raiser for Special Olympics of Leon County. The course is USATF certified and tours the west end of the Florida State University campus, starting and finishing on Mike Long Track. While not absolutely flat, there are no major hills on the course. Course marking was excellent, as was traffic control (not that there is going to be much traffic Saturday morning on a college campus).

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tallahassee joins the Krispy Kreme Challenge circuit

Saturday 23 January 2010 at 1:00pm the Student United Way of Florida State University hosts Tallahassee's first Krispy Kreme Challenge--run two miles, eat twelve Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and then run another two miles to the finish.

Now, I'm no stranger to the zany side of athletics. There are too many witnesses to my involvement with the Hash House Harriers for a denial to do any good, and somehow my name is listed in the results of a few Beer Mile races. So I can't claim to be above the kind of nonsense embodied in the Krispy Kreme Challenge, nor is my stomach too delicate to participate. My excuse is my blood sugar, which isn't steady enough to attempt running after consuming a dozen sticky-sweet pastry rings. I would have a seizure on the third mile, which would make it difficult for me to finish within the one-hour time limit. So if I'm there, I will take your picture but I won't run.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is the same sort of genera of event as the Beer Mile; i.e., you try to consume something in conjunction with running, while onlookers make bets on whether or not you throw up. The Beer Mile mutated to produce the Milk Mile, an offshoot calculated to allay American discomfort with alcohol. Other mutations include solid food variants, such as the Burrito Mile. The Krispy Kreme Challenge started off as a small event at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 2004. "A mere 12 participants" lined up for that first challenge, according to the official web site. Yes, the Challenge has grown to have an official web site. And over 5,000 participants. And imitators across the nation, including the Florida State event. The original N.C. State Challenge is a benefit for the North Carolina Children's Hospital. As a charity event for a children's hospital, it's probably better than a running-with-scissors relay. The FSU Challenge is a fundraiser for the United Way.

The race starts in front of Westcott Building, near the intersection of Copeland Street and College Avenue. If you have a poor tolerance for foods with a high glycemic index then steer clear of actually running the Challenge. After all, you can register as a supporter and get a T-shirt anyway.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Washboard State Revisited

Last spring I berated the state of Georgia for having bike lanes along its highways that weren't really bike lanes. The lanes are covered with deep grooves designed to wake up a motorist who has drifted to the edge of the road, hopefully before he continues to drift off the pavement, across a ditch, and into a tree. This is a good thing for motorists, but I wouldn't pretend that you could ride a bicycle in such a warning lane. For these cruel parodies of bicycle lanes, I dubbed Georgia the "Washboard State." You'd especially notice the lanes on US 319 north of Tallahassee, where at the state line an acceptable bike lane in Florida became the Washboard from Hell in Georgia.

But earlier this month I discovered that Georgia can get it right.

On US 27 between Lumpkin, Georgia and Louvale, Georgia there is a wide, paved shoulder that is signed as a bike lane. The washboard grooves are there, but they only take up half the lane. The rest of it is smooth pavement, a surface decent enough and wide enough for bicycles to actually use. As a bonus, the warning grooves are between motor traffic and bicycle traffic. If an eighteen-wheel rig wanders over into the bike lane, the driver will be alerted by the vibration from the rough pavement. This is much better than the typical bike lane, where the driver's first indication that he had drifted too far over was the gentle thud of a cyclist against his vehicle's grille. It works even better the other way, keeping bicycles from straying out into motor traffic. So far as keeping bicycles and motor vehicles safely separated on the highway, it's not as good as the three-foot high concrete barrier that I'd prefer, but it's better than a four-inch wide stripe of paint. Like all bike lanes, it's a resting place for road kill, trash, broken down vehicles, and other obstacles. But as bike lanes go, it's nearly as good as anyone can do.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

20 January 2010 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 20 January 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.

Map

23 JANUARY 2010
  • 5th Annual Special Olympics Leon County 5K. 9:00 am ET. Florida State University's Mike Long Track, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. USATF certified course #FL06015DL. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • FSU Krispy Kreme Challenge 4M Run. 1:00pm ET. Westcott Fountain, Florida State University, College Avenue and Copeland Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. fsusuw@uwbb.org or Jalisa Carr 850-339-1588 or Simi Boutzoukas 727-504-9041.
  • Moving in Memory of Marline 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401. Online registration at active.com.
  • Turner's Run for Your Life 5K & one-mile run run. 8:00am ET 5K / 8:55am ET one mile. 8th Street Middle School, Tifton, Georgia. Entry form and flyer. teresa@turnerfurniture.com or 229-382-3266
30 JANUARY 2010
  • FSU First Responders 5K. 9:00am ET. Integration Statue, Florida State University, Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. DBulecza@admin.fsu.edu
  • Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Half-Marathon and 5K. 8:00am ET Half-Marathon / 8:20am ET 5K. Covella Pond/Boyett Park Marine Corps Logistics Base, 814 Radford Blvd. Albany, Georgia. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. danielsd@usmc-mccs.org or 229-639-5246.
  • 28th annual Hog Wild 15K and 5K. 2:00pm CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama. Event web page. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
  • North Bay Charity 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. A. L. Kinsaul Park, 1146 W 5th St, Lynn Haven, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
6 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Buzzard Day "Road Kill Run" 10K / 5K. 8:45am ET. Reed Bingham State Park, 542 Reed Bingham Road, Adel, GA 31620. 229-896-3551.
  • Saint Teresa's School Nun Run 5K & One-Mile Fun Run. 8:30am ET. Saint Teresa's School, 417 Edgewood Lane, Albany, GA 31707. Saint Teresa's School web site. Online registration at active.com. Entry form and flyer.
  • Black History 5K and one-mile fun fun. 9:00am CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility Bldg 4605, Andrews Ave, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Race flyer. Registration form. (334) 255-3794.
7 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 36th 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. USATF certified course FL06020DL (Marathon), FL06021DL (half-Marathon). Online registration at active.com. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
13 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 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. Entry form and flyer. okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
  • 2nd annual Trade Love Run 5K & 10K. 8:00am ET. Willis Park, Bainbridge, Georgia. Larissa Carpenter, BainbridgeTradeLoveRun@gmail.com
  • St. Andrew's Mardi Gras 5K. 8:00am CT. Oaks Along The Bay Park, 10th Street and Beck Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32402. Online registration at active.com. joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-774-0018 or 850-265-8439.
  • Step Fitness Blue Grey 5K. 7:30am ET. Lake DeSoto, Lake City, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
20 FEBRUARY 2010
  • 22nd annual Flash 12 km / 6 km. 8:13am ET. J Lewis Hall, Sr. Park, 7575 Old Woodville Road, Woodville, FL 32310. USATF certified 12K course #FL05007DL. Entry form and flyer. Mark Priddy, MarkPriddy@msn.com or 850-668-4907.
  • 8th Annual Holy Nativity Episcopal School 5 km run and one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Holy Nativity Episcopal School upper campus, 205 Hamilton Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401. Online registration at active.com. 850-747-0060.
  • Darton College Kickin' Cavalier 5K and one-mile fun run. 4:00pm ET one mile / 4:30pm ET 5K. Darton College Tennis Complex, Darton College, 2400 Gillionville Rd, Albany, GA 31707. 229-317-6914.
  • Pine Grove Baptist Church Greenway Trail Run 8K. 9:00am ET. Old Train Depot, Main Street, Trenton, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. jdouglas04@ufl.edu or 352-463-2151.
  • Bay Haven Family 5K and fun run. 8:00am CT. A. L. Kinsaul Park, 1146 W 5th St, Lynn Haven, Florida. Online registration at active.com.
21 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Race Judicata 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University College of Law, 425 W. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. USATF certified course FL02044DL. Rachel Johnson (racheljohnson@comcast.net or 850-509-5287) or Sarah Tolle (sktolle@gmail.com or 850-284-5200).
27 FEBRUARY 2010
  • Schools Stomping Out Type 2 Diabetes 5K. 8:00am ET. Pavilion 13, Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, FL. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com. Jason Graham, 850-590-6309.
  • Home Run Spring 5K. 9:00am ET. In front of Florida State University's Tully Gym, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Kate Russi info@fsuhabitat.org or 904-233-1581.
  • Cougar Roll and Stroll 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Elcan-King Elementary School, 725 Louise Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Jamye Hathcoat jhathcoat@dcboe.com or Amber Esquivel aesquivel@dcboe.com
  • Pump It Up 5K. 8:00am ET. Veterans Memorial Civic Center, 10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way, Bristol, Florida 32321. Online registration at active.com.
6 MARCH 2010
  • Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run. 8:00am ET one mile / 8:30am ET 5 km and 10 km. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309. USATF certified courses FL09036EBM (5K) and FL09035EBM (10K). Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
  • 4th 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 active.com. info@SNICKERSmarathonenergybarmarathon.com
13 MARCH 2010
  • Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am one mile / 8:30am 5K. Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. Connie Clark, rclarke54@comcast.net or 850-933-2429.
  • Havana Springtime 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. First Presbyterian Church, 213 1st Street NE, Havana, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Cindy Snowden csnowden@bellsouth.net or 850-264-4355, Rita Love rflove55@hotmail.com or 850-539-6900.
  • 32nd Annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00am CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at (334) 588-2343 or (334) 944-7115 or hatch@alaweb.com, Mike Kinman at (334) 684-9818 or (334) 588-2211 or mikek@fnbhartford.com
20 MARCH 2010
  • Caring Hands, Caring Heart 5K. 8:00 am CT. Middlebrook Park, Banfill Avenue, Bonifay, FL 32425. Event web page.
27 MARCH 2010
  • 35th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Fun Station 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, jalexander98@comcast.net or 850-383-1361.
3 APRIL 2010
  • 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 active.com.
10 APRIL 2010
  • 36th annual Palace Saloon 5 km. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. Online registration at active.com.
17 APRIL 2010
  • Autism 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET one mile / 9:00am ET 5K. Southwood Town Center, Merchants Row Boulevard and Ivy Green Trail, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. Entry form and flyer. Veronica Jones veronica.jones@med.fsu.edu or 850-488-3514.
24 APRIL 2010
  • 33rd Annual Rose City Run 10K and one mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomsaville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). Event web site.
  • Education For Life 5K. 8:00am ET. Florida State University's Mike Long Track, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at active.com.

Monday, January 18, 2010

1973 FHSAA Boys Track and Field Championships

The 1973 FHSAA boys' track and field championships were held at Showalter Field in Winter Park; it was the third year in a row at that site for the state meet. Competition opened on Friday, 11 May 1973 with the 1A and 2A schools and concluded on Saturday 12 May 1973 with the 3A and 4A schools. Girls' athletics was still in the future. There are some famous names scattered throughout the results, including that of the great Houston McTear. This was before McTear tied the world record in the 100-yard dash in the prelims of the state meet, but he was already winning state titles and amending the record books in 1973.

The results are transcribed from the Orlando Sentinel for 12 May 1973 and 13 May 1973. There were some errors in the transcription source that I was reluctant to correct for fear of creating new errors. As careful as I was, I probably made some of my own mistakes anyway. I've only gone as deep as the top six in each event because that's as deep as my source went. There is a good chance that FHSAA has the complete results for this and many other state meets tucked away in a file cabinet or a cardboard box somewhere. In a perfect world FHSAA would recruit some interns (i.e., slaves that have to buy their own food), maybe negotiate a grant from Nike, and get all the state track meet results transcribed, databased, and placed online. This is not that perfect world, but I hope you can still get some use from these 1973 state meet results.



CLASS AAAA BOYS

100-Yard Dash
1. Jesse Forbes (Tallahassee Leon) 9.6 (equals record)
2. Donald Merrick (Deland) 9.6
3. Tommie Dennis (Miami Jackson) 9.6
4. Earl Thomas (South Dade) 9.7
5. Ray Herbert (Clearwater) 9.8
6. Eddie Asbie (Sanford Seminole) 9.8

Discus Throw
1. Larry Brown (Jacksonville Raines) 185' 7"
2. Ken Ellia (Twin Lakes) 168' 6"
3. Mark Schrader (St Petersburg Seminole) 168' 2"
4. Steve Lukkerd (Pensacola Escambia 167' 2"
5. Early Frazier (Vero Beach) 166' 7"
6. Bill Coan (Plantation) 163' 9"

Long Jump
1. Charles Wright (Brandon) 23' 1"
2. Arthur Reed (Jacksonville Raines) 23' 1"
3. Dale Sims (Miami Jackon) 23' 1/2"
4. Robert Stubbs (Tampa King) 22' 1"
5. James Everett (Miami Jackson) 22' 8"
6. Thomas Whitley (Orlando Evans) 22' 6-3/4"

Mile Run
1. Don Waters (Largo) 4:16.2
2. Dave Shilling (Orlando Edgewater) 4:16.4
3. Andy Jackson (Brandon) 4:17.3
4. Stellen Thoreh (Coral Gables) 4:17.6
5. Hubbard Hill (St Petersburg Seminole) 4:22.5
6. Ronald Ramses (Tampa Chamberlain) 4:22.6

120-Yard Hurdles
1. Arthur Reed (Jacksonville Raines) 14.0
2. Denson Haynes (Miami Killian) 14.0
3. Willie Hunt (Miami Jackson) 14.0
4. Mike Gracey (Coral Park) 14.0
5. Brian Burnett (Brandon) 14.2
6. Franklin Postell (Miami Northwestern) 14.2

Shot Put
1. Mark Schrader (St Petersburg Seminole) 60' 3-1/2"
2. Early Frazier (Vero Beach) 59' 4"
3. John Eddins (Sarasota Riverview) 58' 1"
4. William Neal (Pensacola Tate) 57' 1-1/2"
5. C. A. Hill (South Dade) 55' 8"
6. James Wade (Pensacola Woodham) 55' 4"

880-Yard Relay
1. Miami Jackson (Gregory, Tommie Dennis, Michael Johnson, Alfred McCullough) 1:26.4 (equals record)
2. Brandon 1:27.2
3. Miami Central 1:27.6
4. Miami Northwestern 1:28.3
5. Miami Killian 1:28.6
6. Clearwater 1:28.6

High Jump
1. Ellis Miller (Fort Lauderdale Stranahan) 6' 8-1/2" (Breaks 1972 record of 6' 8" by Jeff Nedimeyer of Titusville)
2. Don Dickey (Gainesville) 6' 7"
3. Charles Barineau (Pensacola Woodham) 6' 6"
4. Reggie Brown (Orlando Edgewater) 6' 4"
5. Frank LeFrevre (Clearwater) 6' 4"
6. Virgil McKnight (Miami Jackson) 6' 4"

220-Yard Dash
1. Tommie Dennis (Miami Jackson) 21.3
2. Jesse Forbes (Tallahassee Leon) 21.5

4. Elvis Peacock (Miami Central) 21.8
5. Leroy McNair (Fort Lauderdale Dillard) 21.9
6. Stanley Hunter (Deerfield Beach) 22.0

Sprint Medley Relay
1. Miami Central (Curtis Hicks, Lloyd Kelly, Terry Williams, Roy Ector) 1:56.4
2. Miami Jackson 1:57.8
3. Miami Killian 1:58.0
4. Miami Northwestern 1:58.3
5. Tampa Robinson 1:58.4
6. Jacksonville Raines 1:59.0

880-Yard Run
1. Robert Dixon (Brandon) 1:54.5
2. Francisco Del Rio (Miami Springs) 1:54.8
3. Hubbard Hill (St Petersburg Seminole) 1:57.5
4. Jerry Wright (Orlando Edgewater) 1:57.6
5. Bill Griffin (Merritt Island) 1:58.0
6. Ronald Ramsey (Tampa Chamberlain) 1:58.5

440-Yard Run
1. Terry LeCount (Jacksonville Raines) 48.6
2. Earl Thomas (South Dade) 48.7
3. Joe Banks (Brandon) 49.3
4. Thomas Whitley (Orlando Evans) 49.4 (tie)
4. Roy Ector (Miami Central) 49.4 (tie)
6. Keith Jackson (Fort Lauderdale Stranahan) 49.6
DQ Kyle Myers (Merritt Island)

330-Yard Hurdles
1. Arthur Reed (Jacksonville Raines) 38.3 (set record of 38.2 in prelims)
2. Mike Russel (Brandon) 39.0
3. Mike Barnes (Titusville) 39.2
4. Mike Gracey (Coral Park) 40.0
5. Leonard Gillard (Miami Northwestern) 40.0
6. Donald Brigss (Orlando Edgewater) 40.0
DQ Richard Johnson

Two-Mile Run
1. Edward Palmer (Largo) 9:30.1
2. David Manson (Dunedin) 9:31.5
3. Eskol Whitmire (Winter Park) 9:36.0
4. David Shilling (Orlando Edgewater) 9:36.6
5. Mike Rahill (Lyman) 9:37.9
6. Gene Chair (Panama City Bay) 9:44.7

Pole Vault
1. Phares Rolle (Winter Park) 15' 3-1/4"
2. Manny Wetherbee (Orlando Colonial) 14' 9"
3. Dale Becker (Orlando Evans) 14' 6"
4. Scott Lehning (Winter Haven) 14' 0"
5. Paul Lopez (Tampa King) 13' 6-1/2"
6. Shannon Hillier (Tampa Leto) 13' 6-1/2"

Mile Relay
1. Jacksonville Raines (Anthony King, Jacquette Thomas, Arthur Reed, Terry LeConte) 3:17.2
2. Brandon 3:17.2
3. Merritt Island 3:18.1
4. Miami Jackson 3:19.0
5. Fort Lauderdale Stranahan 3:19.5
6. Fort Pierce Center 3:20.3


CLASS AAA BOYS

Mile Run
1. Kevin Holzwart (St Petersburg Bishop Barry) 4:16.6
2. Dino Cardelli (Hollywood Chaminade) 4:21.1
3. Keith Frisbee (Titusville Astronaut) 4:22.6
4. Ken Kettenacker (Titusville Astronaut) 4:25.5
5. Clifford Betts (Fort Myers) 4:28.4
6. Rodney Donegal (Palatka South) 4:28.7

880-Yard Relay
1. Haines City (Donald Williams, Grady Harris, James Howard, Willie Wilder) 1:27.2 (new record)
2. Tarpon Springs 1:28.1
3. Riviera Beach Suncoast 1:29.6
4. Quincy Shanks 1:29.7
5. North Marion 1:29.7
6. Auburndale 1:30.5

120-Yard Hurdles
1. Jesse Joiner (Haines City) 14.1
2. Rodney Dunston (Clay County) 14.1
3. Rodney Dixon (Titusville Astronaut) 14.4
4. David Laws (Apopka) 14.6
5. Forest McKinnie (Bartow) 14.7
6. Randolph Cheney (Lake Wales) 14.9

Discus Throw
1. John Aspromonte (Hollywood Chaminade) 160' 0"
2. Patrick Hayes (Fort Myers) 159' 3"
3. Sammy Davenport (Quincy Shanks) 157' 0"
4. Howard Miller (Jupiter) 150' 10"
5. Sherman Hogan (Orlando Jones) 148' 9"
6. Art James (North Marion) 144' 2"

Shot Put
1. John Aspromonte (Hollywood Chaminade) 59' 4-1/2" (new record)
2. Ralph Woodring (Fort Myers Cypress Lake) 53' 1/4"
3. Wes Brown (Naples) 50' 11-1/2"
4. Mike Loiko (Orlando Bishop Moore) 50' 10-1/4"
5. David Jones (Glades Central) 50' 7-1/2"
6. Bobby Shaw (Quincy Shanks) 50' 6"

100-Yard Dash
1. Willie Wilder (Haines City) 9.6 (new record)
2. Donnie Allen (Oviedo) 9.8
3. Sylvester Rucker (Orlando Jones) 9.8
4. Harvey Simmons (Riviera Beach Suncoast) 9.8
5. Bernard Cleveland (Tarpon Springs) 9.9
6. Charlie Wynn (Riviera Beach Suncoast) 9.9

Long Jump
1. Harry Richardson (Ocala Forest) 23' 3-3/4"
2. James Howard (Haines City) 23' 2-1/4"
3. James Arnold (North Marion) 22' 10-1/4"
4. Reggie Hutchins (Quincy Shanks) 22' 8-1/4"
5. Eugene Collins (Rockledge) 22' 7"
6. Hagman Simmons (Tallahassee Rickards) 22' 7-1/2"

440-Yard Dash
1. Jim Adams (St Petersburg Bishop Barry) 49.1
2. Earl Carruthers (St Petersburg) 49.4
3. Bruce West (Haines City) 49.8
4. James White (Fort Myers) 50.0
5. Jim Hodge (Osceola County) 50.2
6. Larry Sheely (Fort Lauderdale Piper) 50.2

220-Yard Dash
1. Willie Wilder (Haines City) 21.8 (equals record)
2. Mike Lamar (Auburndale) 22.1
3. James Robertson (Bradenton Southwest) 22.3
4. Allan Wynn (Riviera Beach Suncoast) 22.3
5. Hagman Simmons (Tallahassee Rickards) 22.5
6. Donnie Allen (Oviedo) 22.5

Pole Vault
1. Jessie Joiner (Haines City) 13' 6"
2. Mike Powers (Orlando Bishop Moore) 13' 6"
3. Bob Malone (Dade City) 13' 0"
4. Charles Buffington (Charlotte County) 12' 6"
5. Jeff Wilkins (Bradenton Southeast) 12' 0"
6. Joe Pinne (Key West) 12' 0" (tie)
6. Don Kabboard (Cocoa Beach) 12' 0" (tie)

High Jump
1. Murray Stuckey (Cocoa) 6' 6"
2. Bill Blanag (Miami LaSalle) 6' 6"
3. John Cecil (Naples) 6' 2"
4. John Harvey (Miami Columbus) 6' 2"
5. Russ Dilworth (Bartow) 6' 2"
6. Dennis Wilcox (Fort Myers Riverdale) 6' 2"

Two-Mile Run
1. Kevin Holzwart (St Petersburg Bishop Barry) 9:24.0 (record)
2. Ken Kettenacker (Titusville Astronaut) 9:30.1
3. Dino Cardelli (Hollywood Chaminade) 9:31.7
4. Billy McNew (Ocala Vanguard) 9:41.5
5. Henry White (Madison) 9:55.4
6. Allen Kelly (Miami Curley) 9:56.4

330-Yard Hurdles
1. Rodney Dunston (Clay County) 38.1 (record)
2. Don Kabboord (Cocoa Beach) 38.9
3. David Laws (Apopka) 39.4
4. Joe Tucker (Tallahassee Rickards) 39.6
5. Russ Holloway (Martin County) 40.0
6. Charles Ashman (East Bay) 40.0

880-Yard Run
1. Keith Lee (Crestview) 1:54.2 (record)
2. Donnell Cox (North Marion) 1:54.9
3. Jeff Cooper (Osceola County) 1:57.4
4. George Terrel (Jacksonville Bishop Kenny) 1:58.0
5. Bob Thorn (Gainesville Buchholz) 1:58.3
6. Rick Bartz (Fort Myers Cypress Lake) 1:58.5
DQ Marvin Claussen (Tampa Jesuit)

Sprint Medley Relay
1. Tarpon Springs (Jimmy Daniels, Tony Brown, Herman Nixon, Bernard Cleveland) 1:58.5
2. St Petersburg Bishop Barry 1:59.4
3. Rockledge 1:59.7
4. Quincy Shanks 2:00.1
5. Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson 2:00.?
6. Fort Lauderdale Piper 2:00.7 (tie)
6. Starke Bradford County 2:00.7 (tie)


CLASS AA BOYS

120-Yard Hurdles
1. John Lewter (Frostproof) 14.4 (record)
2. Tim White (Chattahoochee) 14.4
3. Mark Wilson (Frostproof) 14.6
4. Bog Seng (Miami Pace) 14.8
5. Al Hammock (Jay) 15.4
6. Earl Jonas (Gainesville Yonge) 15.4

Discus Throw
1. Jeff Clark (St Cloud) 149' 0"
2. Randy Wilds (Miami Pace) 147' 10"
3. Larry Carlton (Fort Meade) 146' 9"
4. Sam McKown (Jefferson County) 145' 4"
5. Rudolph Maloy (Frostproof) 141' 10"
6. James Fisher (Miami Pace) 139' 1"

100-Yard Dash
1. Houston McTear (Baker) 9.7 (equals record)
2. Nathan Butler (Jefferson County) 9.9
3. Lorenzo Davis (Chiefland) 9.9
4. Lee Hudson (South Sumter) 9.9
5. Lorenzo Evans (Fort Meade) 10.0
6. Thirell Altman (Melbourne CC) 10.0

Long Jump
1. Joseph Neal (South Sumter) 21' 10-1/4"
2. Robert Seng (Miami Pace) 21' 10"
3. Robert Miller (Jefferson County) 21' 8"
4. Lewis Brown (Citrus County) 21' 6-1/4"
5. Leon Burroughs (Pahokee) 20' 9-1/2"
6. Bennie Boykins (Union County) 20' 7-3/4"

Mile Run
1. James Brown (Avon Park) 4:26.2 (record)
2. Robert Blount (Clewiston) 4:27.1
3. Danny Daniels (Hamilton County) 4:30.5
4. Michael McMullen (South Sumter) 4:34.9
5. Earl Jones (Gainesville Yonge) 4:35.3
6. Matthew Taylor (Lakeview) 4:35.6

Shot Put
1. Lorenzo Evans (Fort Meade) 54' 9"
2. Bob Bradley (Fort Lauderdale Aquinas) 53' 0"
3. Willie Harp (Lakeview) 50' 8"
4. Randy Wilds (Miami Pace) 49' 2"
5. Gerald Gerrard (Frostproof) 49' 0"
6. Sam McKown (Jefferson County) 48' 6"

880-Yard Relay
1. Fort Meade (Larry Graham, Arthur McKinzie, Al White, Lorenzo Evans) 1:29.4
2. Jefferson County 1:29.5
3. Tallahassee Florida High 1:29.5
4. Baker 1:30.5
5. Lake Weir 1:32.4
6. Frostproof 1:32.8

440-Yard Run
1. Warner Miller (Monticello Jefferson County) 49.0
2. Lorenzo Davis (Chiefland) 49.1
3. Martin Miller (Taveres) 50.1
4. Oscar Givens (Hamilton County) 50.2
5. Douglas Davidson (Jacksonville Episcopal) 51.3
6. Arnold Davis (Avon Park) 51.6

330-Yard Hurdles
1. Robert Seng (Miami Pace) 39.8 (record)
2. John Szymula (Miami Pace) 40.8
3. Joseph Moseley (Monticello Jefferson County) 41.0
4. Paul Gross (Umatilla) 41.4
5. Greg King (Fort Meade) 41.5
6. Al Hammock (Jay) 41.5

Pole Vault
1. Dennis Campbell (Fort Meade) 12' 6"
2. John Szymula (Miami Pace) 12' 0"
3. William King (Monticello Jefferson County) 11' 6"
4. Rick Carrera (Miami Ransom) 11' 6"
5. Stan Carlisle (Newberry) 11' 6"
6. Ray Hunting (Fort Lauderdale Pinecrest) 11' 6"

880-Yard Run
1. Doug Garcia (Lakeland Sante Fe) 1:59.5
2. Mike McMullen (South Sumter) 2:01.7
3. Doug Dietrich (Tallahassee Florida High) 2:01.8
4. William Dowd (Chattahoochee) 2:02.0
5. Steve Ruiz (Miami Belen) 2:02.4
6. Cliff Preston (Gainesville Yonge) 2:02.5

High Jump
1. Dwight Floyd (Tallahassee Florida High) 6' 0"
2. John Lightsey (Frostproof) 5' 10"
3. Rodney Johnston (Gainesville Yonge) 5' 10"
4. Waymon Gilley (Monticello Jefferson County) 5' 10"
5. Pete Smith (Jay) 5' 8"
6. Lewis Brown (Citrus) 5' 8"

Sprint Medley Relay
1. Monticello Jefferson County (Bobby Miller, Garrett Procter, Nathaniel Butler, Winfred Alexander) 1:58.3 (record)
2. Mulberry 2:01.6
3. Hamilton County 2:02.6
4. Pahokee 2:03.4
5. Tavares 2:04.6
6. Lakeland Sante Fe 2:04.9

220-Yard Dash
1. Houston McTear (Baker) 22.1
2. Lorenzo Davis (Chiefland) 22.1
3. Lee Altman (Melbourne Central Catholic) 22.7

5. Alonzo White (Fort Meade) 22.8
6. Chuck Stearns (Union County) 23.8

Mile Relay
1. Tallahassee Florida High (Donny Crumb, Alexander Brickler, Ron Beasley, Terry Williams) 3:25.2
2. Monticello Jefferson County 3:25.5
3. Mulberry 3:26.7
4. Hawthorne 3:31.4
5. Miami Pace 3:31.9
6. Lake Weir 3:32.3

Two-Mile Run
1. Robert Blount (Clewiston) 9:44.2 (record)
2. James Brown (Avon Park) 9:48.0
3. Joe Sabino (Miami Pace) 9:54.1
4. Mark Slagle (Fort Lauderdale Pinecrest) 10:18.6
5. James Dugger (Hawthorne) 10:18.6
6. Danny Wooley (Gainesville Yonge) 10:22.1


CLASS A BOYS

120-Yard Hurdles
1. Greg Chandler (Trinity Prep) 15.1
2. Lee Hatch (Branford) 15.4
3. David Hughes (Keystone Heights) 15.5
4. Zachariah Blackshear (Greensboro) 15.7
5. Lloyd Hand (Sneads) 15.8
6. James Webb (Miami Westminster) 15.9
(Chandler set record of 14.4 in prelims)

Shot Put
1. Benjamin Holmes (Florida Deaf) 47' 5"
2. Fred Davis (Florida A&M) 47' 4"
3. Joe Karcher (Clearwater Catholic) 46' 11"
4. Earl Greenlee (Bronson) 45' 7"
5. Charles Conway (Greenville) 45' 3-1/4"
6. Cliff Bradley (Branford) 44' 2"

100-Yard Dash
1. George Shuler (Florida A&M) 9.8 (record)
2. Ronnie Taylor (Florida Deaf) 10.1
3. Ed David (Florida A&M) 10.1
4. Barcoe Davidson (Miami Westminster) 10.2
5. Lawrence Cleveland (Trinty Prep) 10.2
6. Willis Raines (Sneads) 10.2

880-Yard Relay
1. Florida A&M University (Gary Lang, Eddie Davis, Kenny Burgess, George Shuler) 1:31.3 (record)
2. Florida School for the Deaf 1:32.6
3. Trinity Prep 1:33.7
4. Liberty County 1:34.0
5. Greenville 1:34.3
6. Miami Westminster 1:35.3

440-Yard Run
1. Paul Cortese (Miami Westminster) 51.6
2. Sam Snow (Trinity Prep) 52.1
3. Corrigan Campbell (Paxton) 52.1
4. Donald Thomas (Moore Haven) 53.0
5. Lucious Kalgier (Pierson Taylor) 53.9
6. Ronald O'Neal (Carrabelle) 54.3

330-Yard Hurdles
1. Edward Durden (Fort Pierce John Carroll) 40.4
2. Marvin Jackson (Greenville) 41.5
3. Frank Laney (Greenville) 41.5
4. Robert Harrell (Freeport) 43.6
5. Randolph Watson (Florida School for the Deaf) 44.3
6. Randolph Reeves (Pierson Taylor) 45.2
DQ Greg Chandler (Trinity Prep)
(Chandler set a record of 40.3 in the prelims)

Long Jump
1. Peter Jordan (Miami Westminster) 22' 3" (record)
2. Edward Durden (Fort Pierce John Carroll) 21' 4-1/4"
3. Wardell Manor (Greenville) 20' 8"
4. Arthur Mathis (Bronson) 20' 7"
5. Earl Ashley (Paxton) 20' 6-1/2"
6. Philip Whittington (Paxton) 20' 4-3/4"

Sprint Medley Relay
1. Florida Central (James Hattenbach, Mark Dickerson, Juan Gomez, Jorge Dijkhuingen) 2:05.0
2. Tallahassee Florida A&M University 2:05.1
3. Greensboro 2:05.7
4. Miami Westminster 2:06.5
5. Liberty County 2:07.6
6. Florida School for the Deaf 2:07.5

High Jump
1. Peter Jordan (Miami Westminster) 6' 4"
2. Anthony Cabiniss (Munson) 5' 10"
3. Marcus Capps (Poplar Springs 5' 8"
4. Larry Allison (Tallahassee Florida A&M University) 5' 8"
5. Monte Bradwell (Greensboro) 5' 8"
6. Mike Austin (Trinity Prep) 5' 6"

880-Yard Run
1. Robin Pauley (Bunnell) 2:02.1
2. Randell Carter (Miami Westminster) 2:04.5
3. Jimmy Fulford (Greenville) 2:04.6
4. Gary Shafovaloff (Pensacola Christian) 2:05.9
5. Robert Gresham (Miami Westminster) 2:07.0
6. Frank Hixon (Pensacola Academy) 2:08.4

220-Yard Dash
1. Barco Davidson (Miami Westminster) 22.5
2. George Shuler (Tallahassee Florida A&M University) 22.5
3. Edward Durden (Fort Pierce John Carroll) 22.7
4. Ronnie Taylor (Florida School for the Deaf) 23.0
5. Zach Houston (Florida School for the Deaf) 23.2
6. Willis Raines (Sneads) 23.3

Pole Vault
1. Lee Hatch (Branford) 11' 6"
2. Marvin Jackson (Greenville) 11' 0"
3. Doyce Burke (Greenville) 10' 9" (tie)
3. Richard Brunson (Freeport) 10' 9" (tie)
5. Guy Karcher (Clearwater Catholic) 10' 6"
6. Edward Durden (Fort Pierce John Carroll) 10' 6"

Two-Mile Run
1. John Rowan (Greensboro) 9:58.7 (record)
2. Flash Bertot (Mount Dora Bible) 10:24.1
3. Mabry McCray (Mayo) 10:26.6
4. John Grinnell (Mount Dora Bible) 10:27.9
5. Danny Hudson (Freeport) 10:47.0
6. James Watford (Poplar Springs) 10:55.5

Discus Throw
1. Scott Goetz (Miami Florida Christian) 163' 6" (record)
2. Joe Karcher (Clearwater Catholic) 146' 8"
3. Corrigan Campbell (Paxton) 128' 7"
4. Warren Foster (Florida School for the Deaf) 126' 4"
5. Frank Laney (Greenville) 121' 4"
6. Claudelle Johnson (Bronson) 120' 1"

Mile Run
1. John Rowan (Greensboro) 4:31.3 (record)
2. Flash Bertot (Mount Dora Bible) 4:40.1
3. Mabry McCray (Mayo) 4:42.6
4. Charles Barrineau (Pensacola Christian) 4:44.7
5. Randell Carter (Miami Westminster) 4:45.0
6. Thomas Ebb (Keystone Heights) 4:45.1

Mile Relay
1. Miami Westminster (Craig Stirewalt, Dan Smading, Paul Cortese, Barco Davidson) 3:30.0
2. Taylor Pierson 3:35.3
3. Greenville 3:35.8
4. Mount Dora Bible 3:40.7
5. Greensboro 3:41.2
6. Moore Haven 3:41.6


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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Molosky and Rosen defend titles at a muddy 30K

Vince Molosky ran 1:56:14 over a soggy course through the red hills to win his third straight Gulf Winds Track Club 30K on Saturday, 16 January 2010. Molosky built a lead early and sat on it, never seriously challenged. Donalsonville, Georgia's Myles Gibson took the runner up spot, but he had to fight for it. With two miles to go Gibson was in second, but Stephen Cox and Tony Guillen were still in contact. Gibson held his position though, and finished in 1:59:40 as the top master runner in the race. Cox crossed the line third in 2:00:03, having moved away from the fading Guillen. The second master finisher in the race, Guillen placed fourth in 2:00:43.


Not to be outdone by Molosky's three-peat, Sheryl Rosen won her fourth straight women's title at the 30K, finishing tenth overall in 2:14:22. Jane Johnson, however, finished as top master woman for the eighth straight time, running 2:20:50 to finish as the second woman and 18th overall. In ten starts in the 30K as a master runner, Johnson has now finished as top woman master ten times. Apparently, the only way to keep Johnson out of the winner's circle is to keep her out of the race.


In the 15K the win went to Matt Mizereck, a three-time state cross-country champion from Leon High School. Mizereck had won the 15K in 2008 and placed second in 2009. Almost 600m back, Daniel Lee took second in 53:49. The top master in the shorter race was Reid Vannoy, eleventh overall at 63:45 and comfortable ahead of the next over-40 runner, Jerry McDaniel at 65:24 in thirteenth place.


In the women's division of the 15K, Lisa Johnson held off Seeley Gutierrez to win by over 70 meters, 63:45 to 64:04. Johnson and Gutierrez finished tenth and twelfth overall respectively. Mary Ann Grayson of Thomasville and Dana Black of Port St Joe fought for women's master honors, with Grayson coming out on top 71:08 (20th overall) to 72:55 (23rd overall).


The 30K and the 15K are each run on out-and-back courses starting near Bradley's Country Store in Moccasin Gap. The first and last two miles of each race are run on pavement, with the balance on the red clay surface of Old Centerville Road and Sunnyhill Road. Under most conditions the clay is excellent to run on, but it can became a slippery, gooey mess in wet weather. The 2010 races started after a night of light rain, which grew stronger as the morning progressed. Stirred by morning traffic and the feet of nearly 200 runners, the mud was a challenge by the end of the 30K. In spite of inclement conditions, 91 athletes finished the 30K with another 101 completing the 15K, both numbers up slightly from the previous year.


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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Gulf Winds Track Club 2010 Distinguished Service Award

[ A short address I made at the Gulf Winds Track Club annual awards meeting on 16 January 2010. ]

I'm an old cross-country guy, so I've run cross-country a lot of different places. Golf courses, military reservations, school yards, horse tracks, city parks, state parks, experimental forests, river levees, and so on. But on two different continents, I never ran anywhere that was just a cross-country course. Usually, the moment the race was over you were no longer welcome on the course. On some venues you didn't even feel welcome during the race. This was particularly true of golf courses.

Now, Tallahassee is a cross-country city. Really. You may not have noticed it because of all the noise accompanying another autumn sport, but it's true. The FSU Lady Seminoles placed second in the NCAA cross-country championships last November. Leon County high schools have fielded 24 state championship teams since 1969, and runners from those high schools have won 20 individual state titles. Back in the 1970s Florida State hosted the AIAW national cross-country championships, and in 1991 Tallahassee hosted the meet to select the United States team for the World Cross-Country Championships.

You won't find any place in Florida with a stronger tradition of cross-country running excellence than Tallahassee and Leon County. But our community also had a tradition of cross-country being chased out of one venue after another. Like most places, we didn't have a dedicated cross-country course.

Well, Pat Plocek, Bob Braman, and Brian Corbin weren't satisfied with their home being no better than most places. Pat Plocek works with the Leon County Division of Parks and Recreation and a little over a year ago he came up with a list of county lands on which a cross-country course could be developed. Brian Corbin and FSU coach Bob Braman know a little bit about running, and they picked out a part of Apalachee Regional Park along Lake Lafayette. Last winter Bob and Brian mapped out a loop in the park, and hacked out a narrow path through the woods. Pat did his magic with the county, and the path became a wide avenue. With support from Leon County, Gulf Winds Track Club, Florida State University, and an army of volunteers, Pat, Bob, and Brian turned jungles, swamps, and old cow pastures into a first rate cross country course in time for the 2009 FSU Invitational. Three cross-country meets have already been held on Leon County's Apalachee Regional Park Trail. There will be more. There is a good possibility that we'll see a NCAA regional meet on the course later this year.

Best of all, you can go out there tomorrow morning or any time the park is open and run. No one will hit golf balls at you, and you won't have to check the calendar to see whether or not it's deer season.

A special project like this deserves special recognition. For their role in delivering the Apalachee Regional Park Trail cross-country course to our community, the Gulf Winds Track Club would like to present FSU's Bob Braman, Leon County's Pat Plocek, and our own Brian Corbin with its first Distinguished Service Award.

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