Saturday, January 8, 2011

Molosky and Rosen start 2011 racing right at Bowlegs 5K

In recent years, the Bowlegs 5K Run For Education has seen all kinds of weather. In 2009 race day morning was cold and wet. In 2010 it was below freezing and dry. At this year's race on 8 January 2011 conditions were almost perfect, with clear skies and ideal temperatures for running. 205 athletes--the most to run the event since 1988--were on hand at Tallahassee's Innovation Park to enjoy the great weather. The class of the field, though, was Vince Molosky, who took command of the race early and ran to a 16:38 win. Nate Kaiser was runner-up at 16:59, just ahead of the top master runner, Gary Droze (3rd, 17:04). Sheryl Rosen was the top woman finisher, placing 18th overall in 19:26. Kelly Stevens (23rd, 19:45) placed second among the women, while the first woman master was Nancy Stedman (48th, 22:00).

The race started at 9:06, a few minutes later than scheduled. By the end of the first kilometer, Molosky led the field. At two kilometers, Molosky was 14 seconds in front, while Tony Guillen led a pursuit group that included Nate Kaiser, Gary Droze, David Altmaier, and Justin Dickieson. As Molosky continued to build a lead, runners fell out of the pursuit group one by one as they gave up the chase. Finally, only Kaiser was left, finishing 100 meters behind Molosky.

For the women, three runners shared the lead after one kilometer--Sheryl Rosen, Kelly Stevens, and Micah Adriani. By two kilometers, the group had stretched out a bit, with Rosen leading Adriani and Stevens, with less than four seconds separating them. Over the second half of the race Stevens ran away from Adriani and Rosen ran away from everyone. Rosen crossed the line first, 80 meters up on Stevens while Stevens was another 80 meters up on Adriani.

Last year's champions, Stephen Cox and Lauren Switzer, were not present, declining to defend their 2010 titles. Switzer was racing at the 2011 Walt Disney World® Half Marathon in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where she finished 1,022nd in 1:45:43. The following day Switzer ran the 2011 Walt Disney World® Marathon in 3:42:59, placing 1,114th and completing Disney's "Goofy Challenge" by finishing both races.

Larry Giunipero and Bill Hillison directed the 2011 Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship, the 27th annual edition of the race. Proceeds of the race benefit the scholarship fund of the Faculty and Friends Club of Florida State University.

Top Ten Men
  1. Vince Molosky, 16:38
  2. Nate Kaiser, 16:59
  3. Gary Droze, 17:04
  4. Justin Dickieson, 17:09
  5. David Altmaier, 17:14
  6. Christopher Coutts, 17:17
  7. Tony Guillen, 17:19
  8. Douglas Bell, 17:48
  9. Stanley Linton, 17:49
  10. Keith Howell, 17:57

Top Ten Women
  1. Sheryl Rosen, 19:26
  2. Kelly Stevens, 19:45
  3. Micah Adriani, 20:14
  4. Brandi Campbell, 20:28
  5. Katie Showman, 21:12
  6. Olivia Swedberg, 21:27
  7. Christienne Coutts, 21:44
  8. Nancy Stedman, 22:00
  9. Ashley Daily, 22:01
  10. Brook Pace, 22:19


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