Saturday, August 25, 2012

Isaac a no-show at Madness, Molosky and Johnson dominate

Vince MoloskyTropical Storm Isaac was still in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday morning, August 25. That's close to a thousand miles away from Tallahassee, but you could find forecasts that eye of the storm was going to be marching up South Monroe Street shortly. It was enough to remind runners at the Miller Landing Madness cross-country races that four years ago, the 2008 event had to be rescheduled because of Tropical Storm Faye. A severe tropical storm can reduce the race course at Phipps Park to a tangle of fallen trees and mud. The downside is that hardly anyone shows up to run.


That wasn't the case this year; nearly 600 finished one of the three races. 190 of those athletes were in the feature event, the 8K. Vince Molosky, the fourth place finisher in the 2011 Madness 8K, went to the front, leading by over 100 meters after two kilometers. Trailing Molosky was Florida State University School cross-country coach Brian Griffith, moving up to the 8K after having finished runner-up in the 2011 Madness 5K. Behind Griffith, Jasen Fulghum, Gary Droze, and Tony Guillen vied for third. Molosky widened the gap on his way to the finish line, going on to win by over a minute in 27:50. Griffith took second in 28:55. Fulghum pulled away from Droze and Guillen to take third in 29:20. Droze finished as the fastest master runner in the race, placing fourth in 29:32.


Jane Johnson was both the women's champion and the fastest female master in the 8K, finishing 38th overall in 36:36. Like Molosky, Johnson led her race nearly from the start; at two kilometers she was 60 meters ahead of her nearest rival, Florida State University School sophomore Langlee Toothman. Passing the same point on the course, Jill Haglund was fifth in the women's standings. Over the last six kilometers, though, Haglund moved up, passing runners that had started off at a more optimistic pace, including Toothman. Haglund was the second woman across the finish line, 44th overall in 38:09. Urska Dobersek (47th, 39:02) was the third female finisher, and Toothman (50th, 39:08) was fourth.


Top Ten Males, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. 27:50 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33)
  2. 28:55 ~ Brian Griffith (M, 27)
  3. 29:20 ~ Jasen Fulghum (M, 29)
  4. 29:32 ~ Gary Droze (M, 51)
  5. 30:36 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 43)
  6. 31:26 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 28)
  7. 31:39 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 45)
  8. 31:49 ~ Brian Molen (M, 36)
  9. 31:59 ~ Austin Todd (M, 27)
  10. 32:10 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 34)

Top Ten Females, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. 36:36 ~ Jane Johnson (F, 53)
  2. 38:09 ~ Jill Haglund (F, 27)
  3. 39:02 ~ Urska Dobersek (F, 29)
  4. 39:08 ~ Langlee Toothman (F, 15)
  5. 40:14 ~ Lisa Rutledge (F, 51)
  6. 40:58 ~ Jamie Harris (F, 35)
  7. 41:34 ~ Jane Skalski (F, 27)
  8. 42:09 ~ Kristin Parsley (F, 41)
  9. 43:01 ~ Karima Anderson (F, 26)
  10. 43:03 ~ Joti Keshay (F, 36)

Concurrent with the 8K, 258 athletes ran the 5K. The Miller Landing Madness is a highly-unofficial don't-tell-the-FHSAA pre-season high school cross-country meet, so much of the field in the 5K consisted of high school runners, including the entire top ten. The fastest was Florida State University School senior Joseph Garcia. In the early going Garcia had company from Maclay School's Travis Covert, but the FSUS senior broke away, building up a formidable lead while setting an event record of 16:32. Covert was second in 17:02, while Lincoln High sophomore Hunter Scott ran 17:25 for third. Maclay senior Stefanie Kurgatt was the first female in the 5K for the third year in a row, placing sixth overall in 19:12.


Top Ten Males, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. 16:32 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 17)
  2. 17:02 ~ Travis Covert (M, 17)
  3. 17:25 ~ Hunter Scott (M, 16)
  4. 17:30 ~ Alexander Jared Artecona (M, 17)
  5. 17:33 ~ Jack Rutledge (M, 17)
  6. 19:16 ~ Jonathan Grisiaffi (M, 17)
  7. 19:34 ~ J P Piotrowski (M, 15)
  8. 19:37 ~ George Gwynn (M, 14)
  9. 19:37 ~ Matthew Martin (M, 15)
  10. 19:38 ~ Luke Parsley (M, 15)

Top Ten Females, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. 19:12 ~ Stefanie Kurgatt (F, 17)
  2. 19:41 ~ Kristin Sweeney (F, 17)
  3. 21:24 ~ Meagan Giddens (F, 14)
  4. 21:50 ~ Elizabeth Santoro (F, 18)
  5. 22:28 ~ Margaret Wiedeman (F, 17)
  6. 22:28 ~ Claire Fruchtnicht (F, 30)
  7. 22:47 ~ Kerry Heinz (F, 24)
  8. 22:50 ~ Raychel Gray (F, 17)
  9. 22:52 ~ Stephanie Liles- Weyant (F, 40)
  10. 22:59 ~ Lindsey Poole (F, 16)
Just as the 5K was effectively a high school race, the 3K was a middle school race. Jake Mazziotta of Maclay School took the title in 10:57, well ahead of the runner up, Raa Middle School's Matthew Cashin (2nd, 11:27). In the female competition, Zoe Sheldon of Swift Creek, the 2011 Leon County middle school cross-country champion, was leading with 400 meters to go. But in that last 400 meters, Raa's Audrey Dogan flashed by Sheldon, taking the title 12:16 to 12:25.


Top Ten Males, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. 10:57 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 14)
  2. 11:27 ~ Matthew Cashin (M, 13)
  3. 11:43 ~ Jacob Dodson (M, 12)
  4. 11:45 ~ Stephen Veliz (M, 13)
  5. 11:50 ~ Caleb Harris (M, 11)
  6. 12:14 ~ Shane Suchocki (M, 13)
  7. 12:31 ~ Zach Smith (M, 13)
  8. 12:35 ~ Joshua Liles (M, 13)
  9. 12:36 ~ Donovan Duchene (M, 12)
  10. 12:38 ~ Zachary Jackson (M, 13)

Top Ten Females, 2012 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. 12:16 ~ Adrianna Dugan (F, 13)
  2. 12:25 ~ Zoe Sheldon (F, 13)
  3. 12:55 ~ Katherine Resavage (F, 11)
  4. 12:55 ~ Molly Mccann (F, 13)
  5. 13:32 ~ Julia Rose Travis (F, 14)
  6. 13:35 ~ Arianna Neely (F, 12)
  7. 13:41 ~ Gray Kinch (F, 13)
  8. 13:49 ~ Bridget Isenberg (F, 13)
  9. 13:51 ~ Olivia Ooten (F, 16)
  10. 14:14 ~ Clare Keenan (F, 11)

Miller Landing Madness Winners, 2008-2012
DateRaceMenWomen
30 August 20088K28:57 David Altmaier32:49 Sheryl Rosen
5K17:12 Austin Stevens18:46 Jana Stolting
3K11:21 Will Henderson13:14 Autumn Wable
29 August 2009
8K28:05 Chris Lake
33:03 Sarah Docter-Williams
5K18:17 Austin Stevens
18:17 Jana Stolting
3K11:26 Chase Harris
12:04 Cecelia Williams
28 August 2010
8K26:28 Kevin Cook
33:29 Sheryl Rosen
5K17:15 Patrick Swain
19:22 Stefanie Kurgatt
3K11:14 Wil Luca
13:30 Madeline Horgan
27 August 2011
8K25:54 Kevin Sullivan
32:17 Sheryl Rosen
5K16:59 Jacob Slupecki
20:14 Stefanie Kurgatt
3K11:08 Evan Francis
12:59 Cheyenne Hildinger
25 August 2012
8K27:50 Vince Molosky
36:36 Jane Johnson
5K16:32 Joseph Garcia19:12 Stefanie Kurgatt
3K10:57 Jake Mazziotta12:16 Adrianna Dugan
The Miller Landing Madness was preceded in history by the Miccosukee Madness (2004-2007) and the Tom Brown Bash (1977-2003) races.


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