Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lake and Garcia go for two at Rose City

It was a day for repeat winners at the 34th annual Rose City Run in Thomasville, Georgia on 23 April 2011. 2010 champion Chris Lake successfully defended his title, finishing four minutes ahead of his competition in 32:46. Meanwhile, 2008 women's champion Donna Garcia returned to Thomasville to run 38:58 for her second win in southwest Georgia's oldest road race.


The morning started with Thomasville shrouded in fog. But any protection from the sun offered by the clouds had disappeared by 8:00 am and race time, promising a hot time during the middle miles on treeless Pinetree Boulevard. Soon after the start Chris Lake was leading. He passed the first mile of the 6.2-mile race in 5:08, by which time the rest of the field was barely visible in the distance behind him. Lake only got farther ahead as the race progressed, crossing the finish line over four minutes before Pauncho Hufstetler of Bainbridge, Georgia, who finished runner-up in 36:59. The win was not only Lake's third straight race title in the month of April, but also his third straight title defense--in going "three-for-April," Lake had also successfully defended titles at the Springtime 10K and the Palace Saloon 5K. The Rose City Run's top master spot went to Kevin Sweeny, who placed fifth overall in 38:53.


Lake ended his race over a kilometer ahead of the runner-up, but the women's race was considerably closer. Marietta's Donna Garcia, a US Olympic trials qualifier as recently as 2000, edged out Tallahassee's Sheryl Rosen for the title, 38:58 to 39:06. Rosen duplicated exactly her 2010 Rose City performance--second place, 39:06. Garcia, the Georgia state record-holder for her age group in the 10K, was also the top woman master in the race. At 42:15 Thomasville's Mary Anne Grayson was the third woman finisher and the second woman master.


Top Ten Men, 34th annual Rose City Run 10K
  1. Chris Lake, 32:46
  2. Pauncho Hufstetler, 36:59
  3. Marc Kaiser, 37:59
  4. Peter Kaus, 38:35
  5. Kevin Sweeny, 38:53
  6. Bing Xu, 38:54
  7. Rocky Hufstetler, 39:03
  8. Kyle Harris, 39:28
  9. Stephen Robbins, 39:35
  10. Chase Harris, 39:40

Top Ten Women, 34th annual Rose City Run 10K
  1. Donna Garcia, 38:58
  2. Sheryl Rosen, 39:06
  3. Mary Anne Bullard-Grayson, 42:15
  4. Beth Sutkowy, 43:00
  5. Taylor Benton, 44:26
  6. Ashley Kiefer, 45:14
  7. Brandi Faircloth, 45:29
  8. Paula O’Neill, 45:55
  9. Lori Richardson, 46:10
  10. Cora Atkinson, 47:33

Rose City Run 10K Champions, 1978 - 2011
1978 Gary Slayton (31:25) Janice Hochstein (36:45)
1979 Mike Rasper (31:47) Janice Hochstein (37:49)
1980 George West (31:18) Colleen Joiner (38:14)
1981 Mabry McCray (30:21) Nicole Batchelder (40:26)
1982 Ernie McKee (30:33) Nicole Batchelder (38:31)
1983 Noel Shuman (30:47) Darien Andreu (34:57)
1984 Gary Slayton (33:05) Barbara Balzer (37:51)
1985 Rick Miller (32:36) Barbara Balzer (37:41)
1986 Rick Miller (32:05) Janice Hochstein (37:35)
1987 Herb Wills (29:57) Karen MacHarg (37:39)
1988 Jessie Close (31:55) Karen MacHarg (37:59)
1989 Jessie Close (31:39) Karen MacHarg (36:49)
1990 Jessie Close (31:56) Karen MacHarg (37:04)
1991 Jessie Close (31:15) Vikki Saga (38:33)
1992 Trent Smith (33:04) Vikki Saga (37:48)
1993 Gary Droze (31:28) Vikki Saga (38:24)
1994 Robin Rogers (30:19) Lisa Herman (37:37)
1995 Jessie Close (31:52) Suzanne Rigg (35:37)
1996 Jessie Close (32:18) Carrie Weyant (39:37)
1997 Brian Erb (32:29) Sarah Docter-Williams (36:40)
1998 Alan Black (31:58) Sarah Docter-Williams (36:07)
1999 Alan Black (32:21) Sarah Docter-Williams (37:14)
2000 Sean Daniels (34:15) Anna Pichrtova (35:20)
2001 Paul Spangler (32:05) Sarah Docter-Williams (36:22)
2002 Alan Black (30:53) Jane Johnson (39:35)
2003 Matt Kalinski (31:58) Julie Carico (41:53)
2004 Jessie Close (33:44) Kate Remillard (39:52)
2005 Jessie Close (33:44) Sarah Docter-Williams (37:08)
2006 Jessie Close (34:32) Barbara Jarnagin (38:38)
2007 Alan Black (31:21) Sheryl Rosen (39:02)
2008 Malcolm Campbell (33:10) Donna Garcia (37:40)
2009 Nathaniel Haskins (32:34)Mary Anne Grayson (41:38)
2010 Chris Lake (32:51) Amy Hines (37:42)
2011 Chris Lake (32:46) Donna Garcia (38:58)


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