Saturday, September 17, 2011

Drouin runs a record 17:11 at Women's Distance Fest 5K

2011 Tallahassee Women's Distance FestivalOn 17 September 2011, another fine morning for racing in Tallahassee, FSU students Jackie Drouin and Astrid Leutert led 180 other women on a five-kilometer run through the streets of Indianhead Acres. At the Optimist Park finish line of the 3.1-mile race, Drouin had beaten Leutert 17:11 to 17:17 to win the 30th annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K. For the second year in a row Jane Johnson, a two-time winner of the event, was the fastest woman master, placing 24th in 21:11. In the men's race, which started five minutes after the women, Kevin Sullivan of charged to a 14:59.27 course record, winning by over a minute. Maclay School cross-country coach Gary Droze was the top master, finishing fourth overall in 16:38.


Jackie DrouinReminiscent of last year's Quail Trail 5K, a large contingent of FSU women cross-country runners entered the race. But the field was also peppered with top local runners such as defending champion Lisa Johnson and 2006-2007 champ Sheryl Rosen. There was a crowd up front in the early going, as no one was willing to concede the lead. But eventually two of the FSU runners broke contact with the field--Jackie Drouin, a Columbia University transfer from Lawrenceville, Georgia; and Astrid Leutert, a Northern Arizona University transfer from Thun, Switzerland. As the two started on the fourth kilometer Drouin was setting the pace, with Leutert less than three steps behind. In third place half a minute back, Amy Hines gave chase. Behind Hines, Katie Showman and Kara Taylor fought for fourth, with Lisa Johnson following closely. Drouin pulled away over the closing stages of the race, never enjoying a huge lead but far enough ahead to win with a women's course record of 17:11. Leutert was runner-up in 17:17, and Hines hung on to place third in 18:14. Showman dropped Taylor to finish fourth in 18:29, while defending champ Lisa Johnson moved up to fifth in 18:33.


Kevin SullivanIn the men's race 124 runners barely had time to wave good-bye before Kevin Sullivan just ran away from them en route to a new course record of 15:00. As Sullivan dwindled out of sight ahead of the other runners, the men's field stretched out. Stephen Cox settled into second, Vince Molosky into third, and mater runner Gary Droze into fourth. Jay Wallace and Nate Kaiser continued to dispute fifth place well into the second half of the race, but in the end master runner Wallace prevailed, 16:46 to 16:50.

Dot Skofronick
Gulf Winds Track Club has hosted the Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K since 1982, just two years after the Road Runners Club of America established their Women's Distance Festival program. The Tallahassee event was established and directed for many years by Dot Skofronick, who was honored for her role in the race's history at the starting line of this year's Women's Distance Festival.


Top Ten Women
  1. Lisa Johnson, Kara Taylor, Katie Showman17:11 ~ Jackie Drouin (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:17 ~ Astrid Leutert (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:14 ~ Amy Hines (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:29 ~ Katie Showman (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 18:33 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 18:34 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 18:35 ~ Kailand Cosgrove (F, 20) Tarpon Springs, FL
  8. 18:35 ~ Kara Taylor (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 18:38 ~ Emily Ness (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 18:45 ~ Teresa Ristow (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Men
  1. Stephen Cox15:00 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 16:07 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 16:31 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 16:38 ~ Gary Droze (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 16:46 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 16:50 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 17:34 ~ Douglas Bell (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 17:37 ~ Keith Howell (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 17:42 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 17:54 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K Champions, 1982-2011
DateWomenMen
24 July 1982
20:14 Cheryl Jennings
No Boys Allowed
23 July 1983
18:33 Barbara Balzer
No Boys Allowed
21 July 1984
18:11 Barbara Balzer
No Boys Allowed
20 July 1985
19:11 Barbara Balzer
15:24 Herb Wills
19 July 1986
18:20 Janice Hochstein
16:32 Rick Miller
18 July 1987
18:54 Janice Hochstein
15:47 Rick Miller
16 July 1988
17:58 Michele Farrell
15:09 Jessie Close
15 July 1989
17:20 Sue Addison
15:09 Jessie Close
14 July 1990
18:50 Janice Hochstein
15:38 Gary Droze
13 July 1991
18:51 Angie Crook
15:18 Gary Droze
11 July 1992
17:36 Paula Johnson
15:09 Gary Droze
17 July 1993
18:00 Lynda Nilges
15:45 Steve Wilcox
1 October 1994
18:06 Jane Johnson
15:46 Andy Palmer
7 October 1995
17:47 Jane Johnson15:40 Gary Droze
_ October 1996
18:41 Tracy Pepoon
16:34 Tim Simpkins
4 October 1997
17:13 Sarah Docter-Williams
16:20 Tim Simpkins
3 October 1998
18:02 Sarah Docter-Williams16:36 Tim Simpkins
2 October 1999
17:31 Sarah Docter-Williams15:37 Lee Willis
7 October 2000
19:18 Kingsley Broughton
16:26 Art Remillard
6 October 2001
19:13 Kate Remillard
18:06 Reid Vannoy
2 November 2002
20:27 Mari Leitner
16:33 Nate Timm
1 November 2003
18:52 Kara Newell
17:39 Justin Dickieson
6 November 2004
18:09 Sarah Docter-Williams
17:24 Art Remillard
5 November 2005
21:38 Lydia Veal
18:16 Jimmy Graham
7 October 2006
18:36 Sheryl Rosen
17:55 Tim Unger
15 September 2007
19:02 Sheryl Rosen
17:04 Jay Wallace
20 September 2008
18:52 Lisa Johnson
17:29 David Altmaier
19 September 2009
19:00 Kelsey Scheitlin
16:34 John Robida
18 September 2010
18:39 Lisa Johnson
16:34 Vince Molosky
17 September 2011
17:11 Jackie Drouin
15:00 Kevin Sullivan


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