Saturday, April 2, 2011

Laurels, not florals, for Lake and Cheruiyot at Springtime 10K

Chris Lake outran three-time Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan and over 900 other runners to win the 2011 Springtime 10K in the streets of Tallahassee on Saturday, 2 April 2011. Lake ran 32:34, successfully defending his 2010 title in the event. In the women's division, Pasca Cheruiyot won in 34:52, the fastest time for a woman at the Springtime 10K since 2006, when Vicky Gill blazed the course in 34:36.


Following a 7:45 am one-mile fun run, the 10K started about as close to the scheduled 8:10 am time as you can get without consulting the United State Naval Observatory Master Clock. At the sound of the starting siren close to 2,000 runners--those in the 10K as well as the field of the 5K--charged north on Monroe Street from the Leon County Courthouse. Lake was soon leading. After two kilometers, as the race headed up Lafayette Street, it looked uncannily like the 2010 Springtime, with Lake already far out in front of his pursuers. Leading that pursuit was Vince Molosky and Kevin Sullivan. After three kilometers Molosky fell off the pace, leaving Sullivan to chase Lake on his own. But Sullivan was closing. At the halfway point, as they ran along Capital City Country Club, less than five seconds separated Lake and Sullivan. With Sullivan's background as a world-class 1,500-meter runner, he had to be considered dangerous if the race was still that close near the end.


It wasn't. Lake started to pull away again, stretching out his lead but never quite escaping Sullivan's sight. At the Suwanee Street finish line it was Lake over Sullivan, 32:34 to 32:45. Lake's time was over half a minute faster than his 2010 winning time of 33:09, and the fastest run at Springtime since Joey Zins ran 31:59 in 2009. Behind Lake and Sullivan Nate Kaiser moved up to take third in 32:45. Charlie Johnson was fourth in 34:17 after overtaking a fading Molosky, who ended up fifth in 34:29.


While Lake was repeating as Springtime champion, the women's race was not so kind to its defending champion. 2010 title-holder Sheryl Rosen was left farther and farther behind as Pasca Cheruiyot ran away with the race. A NCAA All-American while running for Florida State University, Cheruiyot's closest competitor was her former coach at FSU, Karen Harvey. Not that it was close--Cheruiyot crossed the finish line over 600 meters ahead of Harvey, 34:52 to 37:33. Third place seemed up for grabs, though, with Sheryl Rosen and triathletes Seeley Gutierrez and Shannon Coates battling for that spot. The three traded positions throughout the race, but at the end it was the runner prevailing over the triathletes, with Rosen taking third in 39:03, Coates fourth in 39:08, and Gutierrez fifth in 39:16.


Jack McDermott was the fastest master runner in the race, finishing eleventh overall in 36:39. After finishing runner-up among women masters in the 2010 Springtime 10K, Mary Anne Grayson of Thomasville came back in 2011 to claim the top spot in that division, placing 65th overall in 42:00.


Top Ten Men, Springtime 10K
  1. 32:34, Chris Lake (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 32:45, Kevin Sullivan (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 33:56, Nate Kaiser (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 34:17, Charlie Johnson (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 34:29, Vince Molosky (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 35:10, Stephen Cox (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 35:24, John Robida (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 35:30, Kevin Cook (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 36:16, Brian Manry (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 36:30, Michael Nesius (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Springtime 10K
  1. 34:52, Pasca Cheruiyot (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 37:33, Karen Harvey (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 39:03, Sheryl Rosen (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 39:08, Shannon Coates (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 39:16, Seeley Gutierrez (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 41:22, Kelly Stevens (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 41:54, Katie Showman (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 41:59, Micah Adriani (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 42:00, Mary Anne Grayson (F, 45) Thomasville, GA
  10. 43:21, Brandi Campbell (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL


Tallahassee schoolteacher Lisa Johnson won the 5K, running 18:18 and finishing in front of a field of 1063 finishers, including the governor of a large southern state. Etienne Mazimpaka outkicked Jaryd Walton 19:10 to 19:11 to finish second overall as the top male in the race. Mike Weyant (10th, 20:20) was the first male master and Sherri Martin (85th, 25:53) was the first female master.



Top Ten Women, Springtime 5K
  1. 18:18, Lisa Johnson (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:19, Allison Eagen (F, 32) Bradfordville, FL
  3. 20:17, Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 21:17, Caitlin Boline (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 22:44, Mc Kenzie Burleigh (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 24:15, Christine Haberman (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:41, Katasha Cornwell (F, 34) Dade City, FL
  8. 24:48, Molly McCann (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 25:08, Ruthie McCormick (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 25:15, Tarolyn Granthum (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Men, Springtime 5K
  1. 19:10, Etienne Mazimpaka (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:11, Jaryd Walton (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:22, Jay Smith
  4. 19:25, Donald Kunish (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:41, Eric Godin (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 19:51, Jerome Maples (M, 19) Chattahoochee, FL
  7. 20:20, Mike Weyant (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 20:27, Erik Eikeland (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 20:27, Raymond Mion (M, 13) Gulfport, MS
  10. 20:37, Beau Bradley (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL

Springtime 10K Champions, 1976 - 2011
2011Chris Lake (32:34)Pasca Cheruiyot (34:52)
2010Chris Lake (33:09)Sheryl Rosen (38:23)
2009David Altmaier (35:00)
Lisa Johnson (38:34)
2008Joey Zins (31:59)
Sarah Docter-Williams (38:16)
2007 Matthew Dobson (33:27)
Lara Shaw (37:23)
2006Joey Zins (33:25)
Vicky Gill (34:36)
2005
Joey Zins (32:43)
Sarah Docter-Williams (36:51)
2004
Caleb Carmichael (33:22)Sarah Docter-Williams (37:03)
2003
Joseph Zepherinus (30:56)
Larisa Timchina (34:52)
2002
Conor Holt (31:18)
Larisa Timchina (36:40)
2001
Muchapiwa Mazano (32:18)
Tatyana Maslova (34:46)
2000
Muchapiwa Mazano (32:28)Anna Pichrtova (36:05)
1999
Muchapiwa Mazano (30:56)Sarah Docter-Williams (37:01)
1998
Randy Hollinger (31:07)
Breeda Dennehy (34:09)
1997
Juri Punda (31:12)
Tamara Karloukova (35:30)
1996
Jessie Close (32:21)
Jane Johnson (37:11)
1995
Matthew Dobson (31:43)
Jane Johnson (37:27)
1994
Matthew Dobson (32:17)
Lisa Herman (37:37)
1993
Andy Palmer (33:11)
Paula Johnson (36:54)
1992
Jessie Close (32:09)
Paula Johnson (37:38)
1991
Jessie Close (32:02)
Paula Johnson (38:29)
1990
Jessie Close (31:48)
Vikki Saga (38:16)
1989
Paul Waldron (30:49)
Janice Hochstein (37:54)
1988
Paul Waldron (31:22)
Karen MacHarg (38:18)
1987
Jessie Close (31:52)
Carla Borovicka (35:30)
1986
Dennis Rice (31:15)
Karen MacHarg (37:16)
1985
Paul Waldron (30:30)
Carole Rouillard (35:32)
1984
Larry Greene (30:03)
Carla Borovicka (35:57)
1983
Noel Shumann (31:21)
Janice Hochstein (38:15)
1982
George West (32:11)
Pam Ledbetter (39:56)
1981
Mabry McCray (32:06)
Janice Gage (37:14)
1980
Rick Swiderski (32:35)
Lisa Kinch (40:02)
1979
David Ferrell (33:10)
Janice Gage (37:14)
1978
George West (31:43)
Laura Ledbetter (38:03)
1977
Morrison Reid (31:24)
Nancy McCormac (40:57)
1976*
George West,Donnie Cook (20:30)
Janice Gage (25:27)
* The 1976 race was a four-mile run on the FSU campus.


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