Saturday, January 15, 2011

Molosky and Griffis run top 30K times on timeless Old Centerville Road

On Saturday, 15 January 2011 Vince Molosky ran 18.6 miles through the Tallahassee red hills in 1:51:48 to win the 2011 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K, his fourth title at the annual event in four years. The runner up at 1:58:44 was Justin Dickieson, who won the 30K in 2007, the year before Molosky began his reign. Douglas Bell ran 2:01:55, the third runner across the line and the first master. Heather Griffis was the top woman in the race, placing 15th overall in 2:17:15. The women's runner-up and top woman master was Jane Johnson, 20th overall in 2:20:00.


At first it looked like Molosky would be challenged for the title this year, as he and Stephen Cox ran side by side in the early miles. But Cox was running the 15K and turned back at 7-½ kilometers, leaving Molosky to finish the remaining three-quarters of the race alone and in the lead.


In the women's division, defending champion Sheryl Rosen had won four straight titles, but she chose to run the 15K so it was already clear that her reign would be ending. Jane Johnson, a seven-time winner of the 30K, led in the early miles. At six kilometers Johnson had a 40-second lead on her nearest challengers, Heather Griffis and Kelly Stevens. Griffis left Stevens, ran Johnson down, and by 23 kilometers Griffis was in the lead, with Johnson a minute and a half back. Griffis continued to build her lead over the remaining seven kilometers, ultimately finishing nearly three minutes ahead of Johnson, 2:17:15 to 2:20:00. Behind them, Stevens hung on to the third woman's position, finishing 22nd overall in 2:22:51.


Top Ten Men, 2011 GWTC 30K
  1. Vince Molosky (M, 31) 1:51:48
  2. Justin Dickieson (M, 25) 1:58:44
  3. Douglas Bell (M, 41) 2:01:55
  4. Keith Howell (M, 28) 2:04:21
  5. Roger Schmidt (M, 19) 2:09:19
  6. David Knauf (M, 46) 2:10:21
  7. Sean Hudson (M, 40) 2:10:29
  8. Bing Xu (M, 42) 2:13:04
  9. Austin Todd (M, 25) 2:13:16
  10. Keith Gates (M, 29) 2:13:37

Top Ten Women, 2011 GWTC 30K
  1. Heather Griffis (F, 25) 2:17:15
  2. Jane Johnson (F, 51) 2:20:00
  3. Kelly Stevens (F, 28) 2:22:51
  4. Micah Adriani (F, 33) 2:25:32
  5. Katie Showman (F, 29) 2:28:57
  6. Lorien Abbey (F, 43) 2:32:44
  7. Ashley Daily (F, 24) 2:32:59
  8. Kristine Cox (F, 33) 2:33:35
  9. Lauren Switzer (F, 22) 2:34:09
  10. Nancy Stedman (F, 49) 2:35:49

In the 15K event, the aforementioned Stephen Cox continued to lead the second half of the race, going on to a 53:03 victory, over 400m ahead of Leon High junior Ben McMahon who ran 54:47 for second place. McMahon was just ahead of Jay Wallace, the third runner across the line and the top master in the 15K at 54:55. For the fourth year in a row, Tallahassee schoolteacher Lisa Johnson won the women's division in the 15K, beating out runner-up Sheryl Rosen 59:55 to 60:38. Mary Ann Grayson of Thomasville, Georgia was the fourth woman in and top woman master in the shorter race, finishing 18th overall in 69:40.


Top Ten Men, 15K
  1. Stephen Cox (M, 27) 53:03
  2. Ben Mcmahon (M, 16) 54:47
  3. Jay Wallace (M, 46) 54:55
  4. Will Henderson (M, 16) 56:45
  5. Tony Guillen (M, 42) 56:52
  6. Zachary Buchholz (M, 15) 59:20
  7. Stanley Linton (M, 17) 59:49
  8. Tim Unger (M, 51) 61:13
  9. Joel Piotrowski (M, 41) 62:58
  10. Mickey Moore (M, 40) 63:23

Top Ten Women, 15K
  1. Lisa Johnson (F, 29) 59:55
  2. Sheryl Rosen (F, 26) 60:38
  3. Brandi Campbell (F, 35) 68:06
  4. Mary Anne Grayson (F, 44) 69:40
  5. Autumn Wable (F, 15) 71:13
  6. Heidi Thompson (F, 31) 71:43
  7. Kaitlin Wallace (F, 19) 71:51
  8. Lisa Rutledge (F, 49) 75:39
  9. Ann Bowman (F, 42) 76:30
  10. Lynn Masimore (F, 32) 77:03

The 2011 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K / 15K was directed by Jerry and Jackie McDaniel, who have been in charge of the event since 2006. Most of the course is just south of the Georgia state line on Old Centerville Road and Sunnyhill Plantation Road. Those two roads through the red hills region have been around since antebellum times, when they were carved out of the clay as routes to bring cotton to market. Except for the paved bits at the far south end of Old Centerville Road and the west end of Sunnyhill Plantation Road, the way looks much as it did back when the roads were new. The 1800s cotton fields have filled in with pine trees since, and the live oaks look even more ancient than they did when Victoria ruled England, but the red clay roads themselves haven't changed. Come for the distance, come for the hills, or come for the history. It's all here.


Gulf Winds Track Club 30K Champions, 1978-2011
Dates
Men
Women
15 January 2011
Vince Molosky (1:51:48)
Heather Griffis (2:17:15)
16 January 2010
Vince Molosky (1:56:14)
Sheryl Rosen (2:14:22)
17 January 2009
Vince Molosky (1:54:06)
Sheryl Rosen (2:11:41)
12 January 2008
Vince Molosky (2:00:29)
Sheryl Rosen (2:17:24)
13 January 2007
Justin Dickieson (2:01:23)
Sheryl Rosen (2:04:21)
21 January 2006
Michael Douma (2:03:36)
Stephanie Liles (2:09:27)
22 January 2005
Art Remillard (1:56:18)
Jane Johnson (2:13:50)
16 January 2004
Timothy Bolton (1:56:00)
Jane Johnson (2:09:27)
18 January 2003
Larry Mengelkoch (2:02:28)
Jane Johnson (2:07:46)
15 December 2001
Tom Ratliffe (2:09:43)
Carrie Weyant (2:22:56)
3 February 2001
Kevin Porter (2:00:29)
Jane Johnson (2:02:27)
5 February 2000
Garth Grumme (1:57:47)
Anne Van Schuppen (1:53:04)
6 February 1999
Doug Gorton (1:58:17)
Jane Johnson (2:11:20)
10 January 1998
Clarence Calloway (1:57:45)
Jane Johnson (2:04:34)
7 January 1997
Tracy Burch (1:54:26)
Jane Johnson (2:00:28)
13 January 1996
John Viitanen (1:46:14)
Eileen Telford (2:12:30)
14 January 1995
Herb Wills (1:49:45)
Nancy Stuparich (2:22:18)
22 January 1994
Herb Wills (1:43:50)
Lisa Herman (2:07:27)
16 January 1993
Herb Wills (1:43:54)
Carrie Hunnicutt (2:12:42)
4 January 1992
Jessie Close (1:46:36)
Lynda Nilges(2:13:46)
12 January 1991
David Keen (1:37:31)
Paula Johnson (2:06:03)
13 January 1990
Herb Wills (1:43:57)
Paula Johnson (2:12:00)
14 January 1989
Jessie Close (1:45:31)
Mary Jean Yon (2:22:07)
16 January 1988
Tom Burr (1:45:24)
Mae Cleveland (2:10:04)
10 January 1987
Larry Greene (1:44:45)
Karen Macharg (2:11:59)
18 January 1986
Herb Wills (1:38:54)
Missy James (2:10:48)
14 January 1985
Herb Wills (1:45:10)
Mae Cleveland (2:17:56)
14 January 1984Noel Shumann (1:43:32)
Barbara Balzer (2:04:20)
15 January 1983
Andrew Wills (1:48:18)
Christy Orthman (2:18:18)
16 January 1982
Rick Miller (1:44:41)
Laura Ledbetter (1:56:57)
1981


12 January 1980
Steve Ray (1:51:19)
Robyn Anderson (2:48:31)
3 February 1979
Ken Misner (1:42:13)
Lynda Heimann (2:12:44)
11 March 1978
Tim Simpkins (1:46:19)
Donna Glotzbach (2:22:31)



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