Saturday, January 7, 2012

Linton and Showman open 2012 with wins at Bowlegs

Stanley LintonLeading over 160 athletes touring Tallahassee's Innovation Park, Stanley Linton ran to a 17:10 victory in the 28th annual Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship on Saturday morning, 7 January 2012. Conducted by the Gulf Winds Track Club, the Bowlegs was Tallahassee's first road race in 2012. Karl Hempel was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fifth overall in 19:13. Katie Showman took top woman honors, running 19:27 to finish eighth. Nancy Stedman successfully defended her 2011 title as top woman master, coming in 32nd overall in 21:56.


Stanley LintonIf it weren't for the pavement, the view from the front might have led you to believe that you were witnessing a high school cross-country meet. One kilometer into the race, Wakulla High distance runner Stanley Linton was out in front, with Stephen Robbins of Thomasville's Brookwood School thirty meters back. Chase Harris of Bainbridge's Grace Christian Academy trailed in third. Linton was going away, though, and had widened the gap to over 100 meters by the end of the second kilometer. Harris, meanwhile, had pulled even with Robbins. While Linton built an even bigger lead, Harris took over the second position and started to run away from Robbins. Linton finished the race unchallenged with a 250 meter margin of victory. Behind him, Robbins was making a late-race surge, narrowing his deficit with Harris. Harris couldn't be caught, though, and finished runner-up in 18:06, with Robbins 30 meters back in 18:10.


Katie ShowmanKatie Showman had finished as the women's runner up in the 2011 Bowlegs, but in the 2012 race she would write a different story. By the end of the first kilometer Showman was leading the women, slightly ahead of Talllahassee's Anna Busby. Showman built on that lead, running 19:27 for the women's title, 18 seconds faster than she had run at Bowlegs the year before. 90 meters back, Busby was the women's runner up, placing 11th overall in 19:49. FSU student Alexis Beaudoin, a former standout on the Melbourne High (c/o 2011) cross-country team, ran 20:59 to become the third woman across the finish line. Among the master women, Nancy Stedman had grabbed a ten-second lead on Paula O'Neill after a kilometer of racing. The two runners remained about ten seconds apart throughout the rest of the race, and Stedman successfully defended her women's master title with a 21:56, while O'Neill lagged behind at 22:06.

Anna Busby
Held annually since 1985, the Bowlegs has become a fixture on the Tallahassee road racing circuit. Proceeds of the race benefit the scholarship fund of the Faculty and Friends Club of Florida State University, whence the name of the race--the Florida State University mascot is the Seminole, and Billy Bowlegs was an undefeated Seminole warrior. Credit that bit of history to the race's founder, FSU history professor Dr. Leitch Wright. Since Dr. Wright's death, the race has been directed by FSU College of Business professors Bill Hillison and Larry Giunipero.


Top Ten Men, 2012 Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship
  1. Chase Harris and Stephen Robbins17:10 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 18) Crawfordville, FL
  2. 18:04 ~ Chase Harris (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 18:10 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 15) Cairo, GA
  4. 19:07 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:13 ~ Karl Hempel (M, 60) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 19:19 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 45) Bainbridge, GA
  7. 19:35 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 19:38 ~ David Landis (M, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 19:43 ~ Mike La Bossiere (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 20:16 ~ Dan Anderson (M, 48) Perry, FL

Top Ten Women, 2012 Billy Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship
  1. Nancy Stedman, Alexis Beaudoin, and Kristine Cox19:27 ~ Katie Showman (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:49 ~ Anna Busby (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 20:59 ~ Alexis Beaudoin (F, 19) Melbourne Beach, FL
  4. 21:12 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 21:24 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 21:56 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 22:06 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 23:49 ~ Ann Bowman (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 23:56 ~ Karen Jumonville (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:13 ~ Sarah Purcell (F, 20) Tallahassee, FL

Billy Bowlegs 5K, 1985-2012
Date
Men
Women
Field
16 FEB 1985
16:44, Scott Hinkle
18:48, Darien Andreu
153
15 FEB 1986
16:12, Rick Miller
20:00, Janice Hochstein
150
7 FEB 1987
15:54, Randy Jordan
20:00, Sarah Patterson
186
13 FEB 1988
16:05, Rick Miller
20:02, Janice Hochstein
220
4 FEB 1989
15:44, Rick Miller
20:02, Barbara Balzer
165
10 FEB 1990
17:28, Felton Wright
19:30, Paula Johnson
112
16 FEB 1991
16:15, Bill Crooks
20:37, Tina Davies
67
15 FEB 1992
15:51, Mike Macinko
18:37, Paula Johnson
81
20 FEB 1993
15:33, Gary Droze
19:33, Carrie Hunnicutt
143
19 FEB 1994
16:02, Phillip Healy
22:18, Chateau Mangaroo
83
18 FEB 1995
15:41, Reid Montini
18:09, Jane Johnson
158
17 FEB 1996
16:12, Tim Simpkins
19:33, Janice Hochstein
77
15 FEB 1997
15:45, Gary Droze
18:20, Jane Johnson
163
14 FEB 1998
16:23, Damian Wilson
17:47, Sarah Docter-Williams
104
13 FEB 1999
15:57, Robert Pautenius
16:54, Breeda Dennehy-Willis
77
12 FEB 2000
15:49, Aaron Scheer
20:42, Laurel Slyck
83
10 FEB 2001
16:48, Gary Droze
18:18, Sarah Docter-Williams

9 FEB 2002
16:20, Thomas Kunish
20:20, Allison Eagen
77
8 FEB 2003
16:56, Paul Orfield
21:15, Fran McLean
76
21 FEB 2004
17:06 Adam David Churchill
18:21, Breeda Dennehy-Willis
82
15 JAN 2005
17:42, Art Remillard
18:10, Sarah Docter-Williams
72
14 JAN 2006
16:43, Shawn Patterson
19:22, Stephanie Liles
152
20 JAN 2007
17:37, Matt Mizereck
19:02, Sheryl Rosen
109
19 JAN 2008
16:32, Tripp Southerland
21:39, Carly Thomas
121
10 JAN 2009
17:59, Tim Unger
20:09, Micah Adriani
117
9 JAN 2010
17:21, Stephen Cox
21:01, Lauren Switzer
84
8 JAN 2011
16:38, Vince Molosky
19:26, Sheryl Rosen
204
7 JAN 2012
17:10, Stanley Linton
19:27, Katie Showman
166


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