Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cox and Seiberlich rock the Shamrock

Jacksonville, Florida hosted the 36th annual River Run 15K on Saturday, 10 March 2012. Maclay School assistant track coach Stephen Cox, though, was in Tallahassee.

"This is the first River Run I've missed in years," reflected Cox.

Vince MoloskyCox's rivals in Tallahassee distance running may want to take up a collection to pay for Cox's entry into next year's River Run. In lieu of the Jacksonville race, Cox stayed home and ran Tallahassee's Shamrock Scurry 5K, winning that race through the Killearn area in 16:27. The Maclay head track coach, Gary Droze, was the first master in the race, placing fifth overall in 17:09. Wisconsin master runner Carrie Seiberlich took the women's title, finishing 22nd overall in 19:43.

When the race started, though, it was Anthony Stricker and not Cox who jumped out in front of the field. When Stricker faded, Cox and Vince Molosky took over the lead. At about two kilometers, Cox made a move and opened up a gap on Molosky. Meanwhile, Charlie Johnson was running a stalking race. While Cox held on to the lead, Johnson moved up from fourth to pass Nate Kaiser. Then, with a kilometer to go, Johnson passed Molosky to move into second. Molosky wasn't going to take that lying down. While Cox ran in first in 16:27, Johnson and Molosky battled for the runner up spot. In the final stretch Molosky prevailed, 16:36 to 16:38. Kaiser followed in fourth at 16:43.

Leading the women, Carrie Seiberlich and Katie Showman ran almost side-by-side early in the race. Very little changed over the next four kilometers. Less than a kilometer from the finish line it was clear that the women's title would go to either Seiberlich or Showman. Late in the race Seiberlich made her case, pulling away from Showman to win 19:43 to 19:52. Behind them, Thomasville master runner Mary Anne Grayson took third among the women, finishing 30th overall in 20:22.

The Shamrock Scurry 5K has been run in Killearn since 1981, but not quite annually. There have been a couple of hiatuses over the years, but the current incarnation of the race has been held every March since 2010. 598 athletes finished the run this year, many of whom enjoyed a post-race pancake and sausage breakfast, courtesy of Killearn United Methodist Church.

Top Ten Men, 2012 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 16:27 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 28)
  2. 16:36 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 32)
  3. 16:38 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 32)
  4. 16:43 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 32)
  5. 17:09 ~ Gary Droze (M, 50)
  6. 17:45 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 20)
  7. 17:47 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 47)
  8. 17:52 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 15)
  9. 18:07 ~ Anthony Stricker (M, 18)
  10. 18:18 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 43)

Top Ten Women, 2012 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 19:43 ~ Carrie Seiberlich (F, 40)
  2. 19:52 ~ Katie Showman (F, 30)
  3. 20:22 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 46)
  4. 20:53 ~ Kayla Stricker (F, 17)
  5. 20:55 ~ Jennifer Kilinski (F, 33)
  6. 20:57 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 34)
  7. 21:01 ~ Cara Lavier (F, 34)
  8. 21:20 ~ Marietta Colberg (F, 40)
  9. 21:23 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 29)
  10. 21:38 ~ Christie Stricker (F, 16)

Shamrock Scurry 5K winners, 2010-2012
15 March 2010
17:25, Jay Wallace
21:03, Anna Busby
12 March 2011
18:14, Peter Kaus
19:35, Sheryl Rosen
10 March 2012
16:27, Stephen Cox
19:43, Carrie Seiberlich



  1. Great write-up Herb. Those hills amazingly enough stay pretty consistently pain-in-the-butt year after year!

  2. We'll have to order up some glaciers to level 'em out. One good ice age and that course will be no more hilly than Iowa farmland!