Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lake and Rosen collect more Rose City titles

Chris LakeDuring the Thomasville, Georgia Rose Festival, on Friday the streets belong to the Rose parade. On Saturday morning, though, the streets belong to the Rose City Run 10K--which means that they belong to Chris Lake. Lake won the annual 6.2-mile race for the third straight year on Saturday, April 28, demolishing the field with a 32:59. Sheryl Rosen won the women's division with a 36:51, the fastest time run by a woman at Rose City since 2001.

2012 Rose City Run leaders at 1K.The Rose City Run is a race of traditions. The course hasn't changed for 35 years, and the runners always gather near the Big Oak after the race. You can expect to hear the band playing near the four-mile mark, and to find a local disc jockey half a mile from the finish line exhorting runners to overextend themselves on the climb up "Heartbreak Hill." Dr. Jim Story's final instructions to the runners have become traditional. "I'll call, 'On you marks, get set,' and when the gun fires you go. And if the gun doesn't fire, you go anyway."

Each year the runners can depend on hearing Coach Charlie Ward, Sr., calling out splits at the three-mile mark. This year Coach Ward's watch failed and a runner loaned him one on the fly. The Rose City Run protects its traditions.

Will HendersonChris Lake's titles threaten to become a tradition. The University of Florida medical student took the lead right after the start, with Brian Tackett just off his shoulder for much of the first mile. Before the start of the second mile, though, Tackett could no longer stay with Lake. Leon High School cross-country runner Will Henderson took over the second position, chasing Lake from a distance. Lake steadily pulled away from Henderson, though, and by the four-mile mark had a lead of about 200 yards. Lake ultimately won by over a quarter mile, beating Henderson to the finish line 32:59 to 34:23. Two of Henderson's cross-country teammates at Leon, Zach Buccholz and Jarod Hoffman, took the next two places in 35:25 and 36:27. Tackett, Lake's early challenger, ended the race fifth in 36:28.

Sheryl RosenWhile Chris Lake started his Rose City Run career in 2010 with a win, Sheryl Rosen's history at Thomasville's premier race started back in 2006. Since then, Rosen won the women's division in 2007 and took the runner-up spot three times, including a second-place finish to Amy Hines in 2010. Both Hines and Rosen lined up in 2012. Hines led the women's field through the first half of the race, in spite of stopping to tie her shoe on the first mile. Early in the fourth mile, on Pinetree Boulevard, Rosen took over. Rosen may have looked back during the final half of the race, but she didn't have to as she built up a lead of almost 300 yards while putting up a winning time of 36:51. It was the Rose City Run's fastest winning time for a woman since 2001, when Sarah Docter-Williams took the women's title in 36:22. Behind Rosen, Hines placed second in 37:51, and Leon High School cross-country runner Autumn Wable was third in 41:35. Thomasville's Mary Anne Grayson ran 41:59 to finish as the first woman master and fourth woman overall.

Top Ten Men, 2012 Rose City Run 10K
  1. Zach Buchholz32:59 ~ Chris Lake
  2. 34:23 ~ Will Henderson
  3. 35:25 ~ Zach Buchholz
  4. 36:27 ~ Jarod Hoffman
  5. 36:28 ~ Brian Tackett
  6. 36:39 ~ Connor Stevens
  7. 36:40 ~ Raley Beggs
  8. 36:49 ~ Kyle Buchholz
  9. 36:59 ~ Keith Howell
  10. 37:25 ~ Peter Kaus

Top Ten Women, 2012 Rose City Run 10K
  1. Amy Hines36:51 ~ Sheryl Rosen
  2. 37:51 ~ Amy Hines
  3. 41:35 ~ Autumn Wable
  4. 41:59 ~ Mary Anne Grayson
  5. 43:50 ~ Melissa Thompson
  6. 44:01 ~ Molly Rodrigues
  7. 44:27 ~ Cora Atkinson
  8. 46:00 ~Taylor Benton
  9. 46:02 ~ Paula O'Neill
  10. 46:08 ~ Rachel Smith
  11. 46:08 ~ Jessica Parker

Rose City Run 10K Champions, 1978-2012
29 April 197831:25, Gary Slayton36:45, Janice Hochstein
28 April 197931:47, Mike Rasper37:49, Janice Hochstein
26 April 198031:18, George West38:14, Colleen Joiner
25 April 198130:21, Mabry McCray40:26, Nicole Batchelder
198230:33, Ernie McKee38:31, Nicole Batchelder
198330:47, Noel Shuman34:57, Darien Andreu
198433:05, Gary Slayton37:51, Barbara Balzer
27 April 198532:36, Rick Miller37:41, Barbara Balzer
26 April 198632:05, Rick Miller37:35, Janice Hochstein
198729:57, Herb Wills37:39, Karen MacHarg
198831:55, Jessie Close37:59, Karen MacHarg
198931:39, Jessie Close36:49, Karen MacHarg
199031:56, Jessie Close37:04, Karen MacHarg
199131:15, Jessie Close38:33, Vikki Saga
199233:04, Trent Smith37:48, Vikki Saga
24 April 199331:28, Gary Droze38:24, Vikki Saga
23 April 199430:19, Robin Rogers37:37, Lisa Herman
29 April 199531:52, Jessie Close35:37, Suzanne Rigg
27 Aprl 199632:18, Jessie Close39:37, Carrie Weyant
26 April 199732:29, Brian Erb36:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
25 April 199831:58, Alan Black36:07, Sarah Docter-Williams
24 April 199932:21, Alan Black37:14, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200034:15, Sean Daniels35:20, Anna Pichrtova
28 April 200132:05, Paul Spangler36:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
27 April 200230:53, Alan Black39:35, Jane Johnson
26 April 200331:58, Matt Kalinski41:53, Julie Carico
25 April 200433:44, Jessie Close39:52, Kate Remillard
23 April 200533:44, Jessie Close37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200634:32, Jessie Close38:38, Barbara Jarnagin
28 April 200731:21, Alan Black39:02, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 200833:10, Malcolm Campbell37:40, Donna Garcia
25 April 200932:34, Nathaniel Haskins41:38, Mary Anne Grayson
24 April 201032:51, Chris Lake37:42, Amy Hines
23 April 201132:46, Chris Lake38:58, Donna Garcia
28 April 201232:51, Chris Lake36:51, Sheryl Rosen



  1. Excellent work, Herb. Thanks for the photos. My wife Melody's in there somewhere.......first race of any distance for her......she broke an hour, which was the goal.

  2. Thanks! There's a good chance that Melody is in one of the 400+ photos I took, but I admit to the possibility that she was behind someone when she went by me, or the camera auto-focus didn't, or one the other dozen excuses that I use to cover up photographer error. Either way, I should have the rest of those pictures posted Real Soon.