Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Droze and McCann race for Lawson

Run For LawsonMaclay School cross-country coach Gary Droze put on a clinic of cross-country running at the inaugural Run For Lawson 5K in Tallahassee on Saturday, 8 October 2011, clocking 17:29 for 3.1 miles over the rolling woods and meadows of Welaunee Plantation behind Holy Comforter Episcopal School. Molly McCann, a member of Holy Comforter's girls' cross-country team, was the first female finisher, placing 22nd overall in 22:22. 393 athletes finished the first-year event.

Gary DrozeThe race started at 8:30AM, following a one-mile fun run. Bainbridge High's Jovonte Ross rushed to the front initially, but it was master runner Droze who took command of the race, finishing nearly a minute ahead of former Leon High cross-country runner Russ Mick (2nd, 18:25). At 19:11 Tallahassee's Mickey Moore was the next runner in and the second master. Bainbridge's Ross ended the race in fourth place at 19:22. The top two runners in the women's division were both members of the Holy Comforter girls' cross-country squad, Molly McCann and Gray Kinch, with McCann leading Kinch across the finish line 22:22 to 22:40. Tallahassee's Beth Culley was the third woman in, taking top woman master honors with a 22:55. Just behind Culley at 23:02 was the next woman as well as the next woman master, Krista Killius of Tallahassee.

The Run For Lawson is held in memory of Lawson Mayfield, who passed away at the tragically young age of 18, a victim of bacterial meningitis. The event benefits the National Meningitis Foundation via the Lawson Mayfield Memorial Foundation.

Top Ten Men, Run For Lawson 5K
  1. Mickey Moore17:28.8 ~ Gary Droze (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 18:24.9 ~ Russell Mick (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:10.3 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 19:21.1 ~ Jovonte Ross (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 20:13.5 ~ Zach Weston (M, 23) Havana, FL
  6. 20:16.2 ~ Bobby Leger (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 21:12.8 ~ Dallas Strickland (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 20:34.1 ~ Douglas Covert (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 20:37.8 ~ Tyler Jones (M, 18) Bainbridge, GA
  10. 20:48.8 ~ Dan Anderson (M, 48) Perry, FL

Top Ten Women, Run For Lawson 5K
  1. Molly McCann22:21.9 ~ Molly McCann (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 22:39.2 ~ Gray Kinch (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 22:54.3 ~ Beth Culley (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 23:01.6 ~ Krista Killius (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 23:02.9 ~ Kimberlee Lawson (F, 23) Thomasville, GA
  6. 23:38.1 ~ Angela Dempsey (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 23:51.5 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 35) Monticello, FL
  8. 23:53.5 ~ Meghan Kennedy (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 24:42.1 ~ Grace Jackson (F, 11) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:35.7 ~ Katie Whitworth (F, 13) Tallahassee, FL



  1. Looked like a very well-organized event. Chip timed too! Too bad it competes with the Pine Run. Thanks for the write-up!

  2. Cole,

    I'm not sure that it does compete with the Pine Run at Tall Timbers. Sure, the Lawson 5K is the same day, but a 5K fundraiser is aimed at a different crowd than a 20K trail run. If you go through the Lawson 5K results, you won't see many people who have run at Tall Timbers in the past. Lawson 5K winner Gary Droze is indeed a past champion of the Pine Run 20K, but he hasn't run the event at Tall Timbers. As long as the Pine Run at Tall Timbers is a unique and well-run event, people are not going to pass it up to run just another 5K.

    Of course, for "just another 5K," the Run For Lawson looks pretty good. As you pointed out, a "well-organized event" and "chip timed." I would add that it was well publicized and held at a great venue.


  3. Good point Herb. Probably didn't take many if any runners away from the Pine Run - different crowd for sure.

    There were a few events Saturday and all very well attended.

  4. The turnout for Tri the Rez was great as well. It may be difficult to find a Tallahassee runner who didn't compete, Direct, volunteer, or cheer that Saturday.

  5. Add several hundred runners in five races at the Cougar Challenge cross-country meet, and there were probably even a few folks at the Rattler Urban Challenge 5K at FAMU. What's remarkable is that with all those choices in town, there were still some Tallahassee athletes on the road that day. "The grass is always greener," I guess.