Friday, September 28, 2012

Linton gets his first Prefontaine 5K win, Adriani her third

SilverSometimes cross country is about running in beautiful places. An example would be Gulf Winds Track Club's 37th annual Salute To Prefontaine 5K, staged west of Tallahassee on Saturday morning, 22 September 2012 at Silver Lake Recreation Area. Silver Lake is one of several gem-like ponds in the Apalachicola National Forest, kin to Moore Lake, Dog Lake, Lost Lake, and other nearby pools with or without names. Silver Lake was a destination years before the runners found it. Boy Scout Camp Semialachee was in the area from 1948 to 1965. The campsites in the recreation area were closed in the 1990s, and there were years when federal budget woes closed Silver Lake entirely, but for the most part the Forest Service has kept the area open for swimming, hiking, and picnicking. Lately it has become the headquarters for off-road vehicle use in the Apalachicola National Forest. And, once a year, cross-country racing comes to Silver Lake.

2012 Prefontaine 5K

The race was named after the late Steve Prefontaine, who, among his other athletic accomplishments, was a three-time NCAA cross-country champion. There isn't much competitive advantage in being a Prefontaine veteran; the course changes frequently. This year it was two loops around the lake and its twin, Girl Scout Lake. The course featured stretches of grass, loamy trails through hardwoods, and ankle-wrenching sand. Runners, of course, only talk about the sandy part, except when they're emphasizing the one slight uphill on the course.

Stanley LintonComplaining about the terrain or not, nearly 200 runners started the race at 8:30 AM. Crawfordville’s Stanley Linton went to the front early. It was Linton’s third Prefontaine; while at Wakulla High School he had placed third in the race in 2009 and fourth in 2010. Trailing him this year were Joel Piotrowski, who had won the race the first time Linton ran it, and Jay Wallace, the Prefontaine champion in Linton’s second outing. This time, though, Linton stayed ahead of them and of everyone else, winning the race in 17:20 and finishing almost a quarter-mile ahead of the runner-up, Nate Kaiser (18:43). Jay Wallace was the first master runner, placing third overall in 18:49.

Micah AdrianiLinton’s win may have been a case of the third time being the charm, but in the women’s competition it was a third win for Micah Adriani, who had won the Prefontaine 5K in 2007 and 2009. In fact, Adriani had finished a second ahead of Linton in 2009. She placed behind Linton this year, but was still at the top of the women’s field, 21st overall in 21:00. The women’s runner-up, Katie Showman, trailed Adriani throughout the race, finishing 27th overall in 21:39. Kristine Cox was the third female finisher, 31st overall in 21:50.

It was a valedictory event for the race director, Jeff Nielsen, who will be turning next year’s Prefontaine over to other hands. He did express one regret. “I wanted to drag some kind of obstacle onto the course,” confessed Nielsen. “But I just didn’t have time.”

I suspect that when the runners went home, few of them regretted Nielsen’s tight schedule.

Top Ten Men, 2012 Salute to Prefontaine 5K
  1. Jay Wallace and Nate Kaiser17:20 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 18)
  2. 18:43 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 33)
  3. 18:49 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 48)
  4. 19:25 ~ Chan Mcallister (M, 29)
  5. 19:25 ~ Aaron Smith (M, 16)
  6. 19:38 ~ J P Piotrowski (M, 15)
  7. 19:46 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 34)
  8. 19:51 ~ Brian Molen (M, 36)
  9. 20:03 ~ Travis Parks (M, 16)
  10. 20:15 ~ Matthew Cashin (M, 13)

Top Ten Women, 2012 Salute to Prefontaine 5K
  1. Katie Showman21:00 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35)
  2. 21:39 ~ Katie Showman (F, 30)
  3. 21:50 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 35)
  4. 21:58 ~ Ashley Daily (F, 25)
  5. 22:25 ~ Karen Geletko (F, 33)
  6. 24:03 ~ Ana Wallace (F, 12)
  7. 24:25 ~ Raychel Gray (F, 17)
  8. 24:33 ~ Mary Vancore (F, 48)
  9. 24:41 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 36)
  10. 24:54 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 28)

Known winners of the Salute to Prefontaine 5K
25 September 197615:43, Tim Simpkins19:20, Nancy McCormac
September 197715:35, Tim Simpkins19:00, Janice Gage
23 September 1978

September 1979

20 September 198017:17, George West20:52, Donna Miller
September 1981

September 1982

24 September 198317:17, Jeff Doherty20:36, Donna Miller
September 198417:11, Larry Abele20:43, Barbara Balzer
September 198516:51, Tim Simpkins20:40, Darien Andreu
27 September 198617:20, Tim Simpkins22:14, Laura Partin
12 September 198717:33, Tom Burr21:20, Linda Nicholson
24 September 198817:38, Tom Burr22:23, Yvonne Gsteiger
23 September 198917:25, Tim Simpkins21:30, Vikki Saga
22 September 199017:12, Bill Crooks22:23, Tina Davies
22 September 199117:54, Gary Droze24:48, Tina Davies
19 September 199218:29, Gary Droze22:05, Diane Blas
18 September 199317:58, Tim Simpkins24:16, Sissi Carroll
17 September 199417:00, Gary Droze21:16, Carrie Weyant
30 September 199517:12, Gary Droze22:56, Sissi Carroll
28 September 199619:18, Gary Droze22:56, Jane Johnson
27 September 199718:50, Bill Crooks23:07, Julie Clark
26 September 199819:26, Paul Hoover24:44, Peggy Simpson
25 September 199917:56, Gary Droze24:13, Brandi Rook
30 September 200017:49, Gary Droze22:17, Allie Hunter
29 September 200119:37, Scott Poindexter22:17, Allie Hunter
5 October 200222:17, David Yon25:47, Yvonne Gsteiger
27 September 200318:35, Shawn Patterson23:49, Angela Dempsey
25 September 200417:43, Gary Droze22:46, Seeley Lovett
24 September 200518:13, Gary Droze24:06, Jane Johnson
23 September 200617:24, Gary Droze19:59, Stephanie Liles
29 September 200717:29, Chris Gregory20:26, Micah Adriani
27 September 200818:16, Daniel Lee21:10, Kati Gosnell
26 September 200920:28, Joel Piotrowski21:20, Micah Adriani
25 September 201018:53, Jay Wallace22:17, Kelly Stevens
24 September 201119:08, Michael Martinez22:31, Olivia Swedberg Yinger
22 September 201217:18, Stanley Linton20:58, Micah Adriani


McCann and Fitzgerald lead Holy Comforter victories at Crusader 3K

Lawson's CourseLawson's Course, the cross-country course behind Tallahassee's Holy Comforter Episcopal School, is a great place to just watch the grass. The acres and acres of soothing green framed by live oaks draw your eyes. It may make you think of getting up and bounding over the hills, but mostly you just want to sit and watch the blades rustle in the wind.

If there's a cross-country race going on, well, that's just icing on the cake.

Crusader's 3K girl's raceIt was some particularly good icing on Thursday afternoon, 20 September 2012, when Holy Comforter hosted its first Crusader 3K middle school cross-country meet of the season on Lawson's Course. The girls race started at 4:00 PM.  From the spectator area, you didn't need the contrast of red Holy Comforter uniforms against the green grass to see that there were a lot of Crusaders in the front of the field. The Holy Comforter charge was led by eighth-grader Molly McCann, who went right to the front and stayed there, clocking 12:39 for the 1.86-mile cross-country run. McCann was followed in by her teammates Julia Travis (2nd, 13:13), Gray Kinch (3rd, 13:26), Emma Travis (4th, 13:41), and Rachel Rumana (5th, 13:44), giving the Crusaders a winning 15 points, cross-country's best possible score. Georgia Slay (7th, 14:28) of Community Christian was the first non-Crusader to finish, but her team was one runner short of having a full squad of five scorers, so second place in the team standings went to Trinity Catholic with 56 points, led by Ellone Levy (8th, 14:30).

Girls Team Standings
  1. Holy Comforter, 15
  2. Trinity Catholic, 56
  3. School of Arts and Sciences, 74
  4. Imagine, 120

Top Ten Girls
  1. Molly McCann12:38.68 ~ Molly McCann (Holy Comforter) 8
  2. 13:12.30 ~ Julia Rose Travis (Holy Comforter) 8
  3. 13:25.18 ~ Gray Kinch (Holy Comforter) 8
  4. 13:40.43 ~ Emma Travis (Holy Comforter) 8
  5. 13:43.34 ~ Rachel Rumana (Holy Comforter) 8
  6. 13:46.90 ~ Emma McGibany (Holy Comforter) 6
  7. 14:27.27 ~ Georgia Slay (Community Christian)
  8. 14:29.27 ~ Ellone Levy (Trinity Catholic)
  9. 14:44.87 ~ Julianna Heuchan (Holy Comforter) 7
  10. 14:53.52 ~ Kaley Anderson (North Florida Christian) 6

Crusaders 3K boys' raceSoon after the last of 50 girls had finished their three-kilometer tour of Lawson's Course, 48 boys had their turn at the Crusader 3K. Holy Comforter sixth-grader Johnny Fitzgerald grabbed the lead on the first straightaway, then spent the next 1.86 miles widening his gap on the field.  11:49 after the start, Fitzgerald crossed the finish line with a victory, over half a minute ahead of the next runner.  Behind him, Holy Comforter's Aaron Amidon outkicked Zachary Jackson of Cornerstone for second place, 12:23 to 12:24. Gannon Hundley of Trinity Catholic was fourth in 12:27, and then came Holy Comforter's pack of Jordan Pichard (5th, 13:19), Tripp Shippen (6th, 13:19), and Bryce Valveri (7th, 13:25), giving the Crusaders a team total of 21 points and the top spot in the five-team field. Led by Hundley's fourth-place finish, Trinity Catholic was second with 58 points.

Holy Comforter will host their next cross-country meet on Thursday, 11 October 2012, at Lawson's Course, starting at 4:00 PM.

Boys Team Standings
  1. Holy Comforter, 21
  2. Trinity Catholic, 58
  3. Cornerstone Learning, 77
  4. Community Christian, 80
  5. School of Arts and Sciences, 132

Top Ten Boys
  1. Johnny Fitzgerald11:47.93 ~ Johnny Fitzgerald (Holy Comforter) 6
  2. 12:22.02 ~ Aaron Amidon (Holy Comforter) 8
  3. 12:23.30 ~ Zachary Jackson (Cornerstone Learning) 8
  4. 12:26.05 ~ Gannon Hundley (Trinity Catholic)
  5. 13:18.49 ~ Jordan Pichard (Holy Comforter) 6
  6. 13:18.71 ~ Tripp Shippen (Holy Comforter) 7
  7. 13:24.78 ~ Bryce Valveri (Holy Comforter) 6
  8. 13:25.11 ~ James Ford (Holy Comforter) 6
  9. 13:45.90 ~ Jevon Price (North Florida Christian) 7
  10. 13:55.58 ~ Augie Soder (Cornerstone Learning) 8


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Swift Creek girls and Montford boys end season as champions

For the third year in a row, Leon County Schools ended the middle school cross-country season with a trip to Leon County's championship cross-country course at Apalachee Regional Park. Raa Middle School hosted the championship meet on Wednesday afternoon, 26 September 2012, but it was the Swift Creek girls and the Montford boys that went home with the team trophies. Raa's Audrey Dogan won her third race of the four-meet season, blistering the two-mile course in 12:49 to win the girls' individual championship. In the boys' two-mile race, Matt Cashin of Raa completed a perfect four-of-four season with an 11:49 win.

The girls lined the start just after 6:00 PM. Dogan, coming off a loss at the Everhart Owl Run the previous week, lost no time in taking the lead. Swift Creek's Zoe Sheldon, the 2011 Leon County Schools' champion, trailed closely, followed by Montford's Caroline Grace Brantley. Sheldon and Brantley were still in striking distance of Dogan when the Raa runner took them through the mile in 6:19.  No one was going to stay with Dogan on the second mile, though. Not even pausing to wave "good-bye," Dogan widened the gap, building up a 100-meter lead by the time she crossed the finish line with a winning time of 12:49. Sheldon held off Brantley 13:11 to 13:12 for the runner-up spot, while Ana Wallace of Deerlake placed fourth in 13:33. Finishing fifth in 13:56, Swift Creek's Katie Jones joined her teammate Sheldon in the top ten, as did Swift Creek runners Arianna Neeley (6th, 13:56) and Shayla Nguyen (8th, 14:03). A 15th place, 14:46 by Swift Creek's fifth runner, Asta Hemenway, gave the Wolves a team total of 36 points, good enough for them to successfully defend their 2011 championship. Montford edged out Raa for second, 61 to 63.

Girls Team Standings
  1. Swift Creek, 36
  2. Montford, 61
  3. Raa, 63
  4. Fairview, 85
  5. Deerlake, 134
  6. Cobb, 163

Top Ten Girls
  1. 12:48.76 ~ Audrey Dogan (Raa) 8
  2. 13:10.56 ~ Zoe Sheldon (Swift Creek) 8
  3. 13:11.96 ~ Caroline Grace Brantley (Montford) 6
  4. 13:32.18 ~ Ana Wallace (Deerlake) 7
  5. 13:55.15 ~ Katie Jones (Swift Creek) 8
  6. 13:55.69 ~ Arianna Neeley (Swift Creek) 7
  7. 13:58.64 ~ Clare Keenan (Raa) 6
  8. 14:02.42 ~ Shayla Nguyen (Swift Creek) 7
  9. 14:03.73 ~ Bridget Isenberg (Fairview) 8
  10. 14:09.00 ~ Saige Kemeny (Montford) 6

In 2011, Raa's Evan Francis had gone undefeated through the Leon County Schools' four-meet season. When Raa's Matt Cashin arrived at the starting line at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, he was one race away from duplicating Francis's perfect season. For much of the first thousand meters of the race, though, Cashin trailed Matthew Newland of Montford, who led the race going into the Piney Woods section of the course. Cashin took charge in the Piney Woods, establishing a six-second lead on Newland by the mile mark. Newland fell farther back during the second mile, losing his position first to Griffin's Etavious Milton and then to Swift Creek's Stephen Veliz. Veliz overtook Milton to move into second, and then began to close on Cashin. After climbing the Wall, the course's infamous hill, Veliz had pulled to within 15 meters of Cashin. By then the finish line was less than half a mile away, and Cashin began to charge for home, once again widening his lead. Cashin crossed the line first in 11:49, completing an undefeated season.  Veliz was second in 11:57. Griffin outkicked Newland to take third, both runners clocked in 12:08. Newland's fourth-place finish, though, led Montford's total of 56 points, just slightly better than Swift Creek's second-place total of 59, but still a winning score. In third with a score of 68 were the Raa boys, the 2011 champions.

Boys Team Standings
  1. Montford, 56
  2. Swift Creek, 59
  3. Raa, 68
  4. Fairview, 76
  5. Deer Lake, 114
  6. Griffin, 172
  7. Cobb, 191
  8. Fort Braden, 228

Top Ten Boys
  1. 11:48.79 ~ Matthew Cashin (Raa) 8
  2. 11:56.81 ~ Stephen Veliz (Swift Creek) 8
  3. 12:07.43 ~ Etavious Milton (Griffin) 7
  4. 12:08.00 ~ Matthew Newland (Montford) 7
  5. 12:12.85 ~ Jacob Dodson (Raa) 7
  6. 12:14.28 ~ Shane Suchoki (Swift Creek) 8
  7. 12:18.28 ~ Triston Stapp (Fairview) 8
  8. 12:19.27 ~ Xander Gruenewald (Deerlake) 8
  9. 12:24.81 ~ Ricky Mobley (Fairview) 8
  10. 12:25.72 ~ Joseph Jones (Fairview) 7

2012 Leon County Schools
Middle School Cross-Country Season Summary
MeetTeam ChampIndividual Champ
Tom Brown (Story)
5 Sep 2012
Swift Creek, 5013:34, Audrey Dogan (Raa)
Fort Braden (Story)
12 Sep 2012
Montford, 4813:58, Audrey Dogan (Raa)
Everhart (Story)
20 Sep 2012
Montford, 4613:19, Saige Kemeny (Montford)
Championship (Story)
26 Sep 2012
Swift Creek, 3612:49, Audrey Dogan (Raa)
MeetTeam ChampIndividual Champ
Tom Brown (Story)
5 Sep 2012
Raa, 5412:17, Matthew Cashin (Raa)
Fort Braden (Story)
12 Sep 2012
Swift Creek, 5412:40, Matthew Cashin (Raa)
Everhart (Story)
20 Sep 2012
Montford, 5612:01, Matthew Cashin (Raa)
Championship (Story)
26 Sep 2012
Montford, 5611:49, Matthew Cashin (Raa)


26 September 2012 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 26 September 2012. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:

This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the area in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.
  • 4th annual Quail Trail 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, US 319, Thomasville, Georgia. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Helen Fennelly, 229-225-2186 or
  • Born to Run: Tallahassee 10K and 5K. 7:30 AM ET. James Messer Sports Complex, Jackson Bluff Road, Tallahassee, Florida. Online registration at Colin Bowyer, or 850-396-3107.
  • 2nd annual Get-A-Mammy 5K. 8:00 AM ET. McKey Park, 112 Burton Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2011 story. Online registration at Entry form and flyer.
  • Run For The Renascence 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at
  • Sale City Community Outreach 5K. 8:00 AM ET. City Hall, 122 East Broad Street, Sale City, Georgia 31784. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at
  • Building Strong Families 10K and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Citizen's Lodge Park, 4577 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Tammy Dean, 850-209-0397, or Kathy Donofro, 850-557-3660.
  • Hispanic Heritage Gate-To-Gate 4.2-Mile Run. 9:00 AM CT. 3rd Avenue and Raider Street parking lot, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Event page on Facebook. Fortenberry-Colton PFF at 255-3794.
  • Run For Life 5K. 8:00 AM ET. The Coliseum, 1302 11th St. SW, Live Oak, Florida. Online registration at
  • Heels and Wheels Duathlon (Run 2 miles, Bike 11 miles, Run 2 miles). 7:30 AM ET. Albany Area YMCA Sports Park, 4508 Gillionville Road, Albany, Georgia 31721. Event web page. Online registration at DRC Sports, or 352-637-2475.
6 OCTOBER 2012
  • 2nd annual Run for Lawson Cross Country 10K, 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile. Holy Comforter Episcopal School, 2001 Fleischmann Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. 2011 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Cathy Mayfield,
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 am ET. Hahira Community Center, 216 Randall Street, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Entry form. or 229-794-3274 or 229-794-9777.
  • Riverfront Run 5K. 8:30am ET. Broad Avenue next to Hilton Garden Inn, 101 S Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. Event web site. Online registration at or (229) 436-8191.
  • 5th annual Jog For Jake 5K and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET 5K / 6:45 PM ET one mile. Tift County High School, One Blue Devil Way, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Event web site. Entry form and flyer.
  • 2nd annual Suwannee River Breast Cancer Awareness 5K. 8:00AM ET. Olustee Park, 159 North Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32055. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at or Shannon Thomas 386-288-4692 or Donnie Feagle 386-365-1191.
  • Rebel Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Turner County Pre-K, 330 Gilmore Street, Ashburn Georgia 31714. Entry form and flyer. Jessica Parker 229-567-8014 or Joy Pate 229-238-1804.
  • 3rd annual Headland Harvest 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Gazebo on the square on Park Street, Headland, Alabama. Mandi Sowell 334-693-3303.
  • Girls Incorporated Half Marathon & 5K. 8:00 am CT. Pier Park, Panama City Beach, Florida. Online registration at
  • Run For Ronnie 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. West Bainbridge Baptist Church, 801 North Griffin Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818. Diane VunCannon, or 229-246-2855.
  • 4th annual Riverwalk Run 5K. 5:00 PM CT. Riverwalk Pavilion, Downtown Milton, Florida. USATF certified course FL09073EBM. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. 850-983-5466.
13 OCTOBER 2012
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K. 7:30 am ET. Tall Timbers Research Station, 13093 Henry Beadel Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Online registration at Gordon Cherr, 850-556-5957 or
  • Florida State University Parents' Weekend 5K. 8:00am ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306. 2010 story. Event web page.
  • 21st annual Run For Rover 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. 9:00 AM ET 5K, one-mile immediately following. Thomas University, Pinetree Boulevard and Millpond Road, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #GA09039WC.
  • 6th annual Stepping Out For Your Heart 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Tift County High School northeast campus, 3021 Fulwood Road, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Darian Peavy, or 229-353-7796.
  • Kicks For Katelyn 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Cook High Memorial Stadium, 1600 Massee Post Road, Adel, Georgia 31620. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Bari Snipes, or 229-630-3074.
  •  Tangles Pink Ribbon Project 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Tangles, 12986 US 90 West, Live Oak, FL. Online registration at
  • Pioneer Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Mayo Town Park, Mayo, Florida. Online registration at
  • Tynman Triathlon Duathlon (Triathlon 1/3-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run; Duathlon 1.5-mile run, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). 7:30 AM CT. The Pier, Eagle Drive, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. Online registration at
20 OCTOBER 2012
  • 14th annual Alan C. Sundberg, Jr. Memorial 5K. 8:00 am ET. Maclay Gardens State Park, 3540 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309-3413. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Bill Sundberg, or 850-402-3000.
  • 6th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:00 AM ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises, 208 East Third Street (corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91), Donalsonville, Georgia. 2010 story. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Steffy Vines, or 229-524-1234.
  • Peanut Run 5K. 7:30am ET. Jeffords Park (US 82 at the Train), Sylvester, Georgia. Event web page. Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce, 229-776-6657.
  • 2nd annual Barktoberfest 5K, Duathlon (5K run, 10K bike, 3K run), Duathlon Relay, Kids Duathlon (one-mile run, one-mile bike), and one-mile fun run. 4:00 PM ET Kids' Duathlon and one-mile fun run / 5:00 PM ET 5K, Duathlon & Relay. Old Jefferson County Humane Society,‎ 1250 Mamie Scott Drive, Monticello, Florida 32344-2724. 2011 story. Event web page. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at or Jeri Bennett or Chuck Davis
21 OCTOBER 2012
  • Third annual “Running for the bay!” Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 50K ultramarathon. 7:15 AM ET. Apalachicola, Florida. Race web site.
26 OCTOBER 2012
  • PumpkinheadYMCA Trick or Trot 5K Night Race and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET one mile / 6:30 PM ET 5K. YMCA at Southwood, 3196 Merchants Row Boulevard suite 200, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. Entry form and flyer. Tasha Everette,
27 OCTOBER 2012
  • 33rd annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 am ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, GA 31626. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Brad Johnson, or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
  • 3rd annual Epic 5K. 7:00 AM ET. Spring Hill Christmas Tree Farm, 795 Woodhull Road, Bainbridge, Georgia. Event web page. June Faircloth,
  • 9th annual St. John Road Race 5K, 1 Mile, and Tot Trot. 8:00 AM ET (5K), 9:00 AM ET (one mile), 9:15 AM ET (Tot Trot). St. John Catholic School, 800 Gornto Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31602-1699. 2011 story. 229-244-2556.
  • Spooky 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM CT. Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility,  5900 Skychief Street, Fort Rucker, Alabama 36362. Entry form and flyer. 334-255-3794.
  • Silver Flag Dusk Ruck and Run 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 5:00 PM CT one mile / 6:00 PM CT 10K and 5K. Silver Flag Training Site, Silver Flag Road, Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida. Online registration at
  • Sweet Tater Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Ocilla Farm Bureau, 495 Lax Hwy, Ocilla, Georgia. Online registration at
  • 2nd annual Conley Elementary Yellow Jacket Swarm 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30am ET 10K & 5K / 10:00am ET one mile. Conley Elementary School, 2400 East Orange Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. 10K USATF certified course FL11084EBM. Entry form and flyer. Jen Turner,
  • Deer Run 5K and one mile. 8:00am ET 5K / 9:00am ET one mile. Deerlake Middle School, 9902 Deerlake West, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. 2010 story. Gill Jones, or 922-6545.
  • Flagler College Tallahassee Run for the Books 5K. 9:00am ET. Lifetime Sports Complex, Tallahassee Community College, Appleyard Drive at West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Karen Atkinson, or 850-201-8070.
  • 2nd annual Run For Your Lungs 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:30 AM ET. Lake Blackshear Resort, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia. Online registration at
  • Ironman Florida Triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run...duh!). 6:50am CT first wave. Boardwalk Beach Resort, 9400 South Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at
10 NOVEMBER 2012
  • BUSA Flagainbridge-Decatur County YMCA Veteran's Day Classic 10K. 9:00am ET. Bainbridge College, 2500 E Shotwell St, Bainbridge, GA 39819. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certifed course #GA98012WC. Liv Warren, or 229-243-0508.
  • 2nd annual Trash Dash. 8:30am ET. Leon County Solid Waste Management, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2011 story.
  • Run For The Racquets 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Lawton Chiles High School, 7200 Lawton Chiles Lane, Bradfordville, Florida. Entry form and flyer. Kim Vinson, or 850-524-6833.
  • Race Against The Wright Brothers 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Olustee Park, 159 North Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32055. Event web page. Online registration at
  • 3rd annual Soldier Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00am ET. National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus, Georgia 31903. USATF certified courses GA11069WC (marathon) and GA11068WC (half-marathon). Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Online entry at
12 NOVEMBER 2012
  • USA Flag2nd annual Allen Beal Memorial Veterans' Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Vietnam War Memorial, South Calhoun Street at Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Online registration at
17 NOVEMBER 2012
  • 4th annual Marzuq Shrine / Bradley's Country Fun Day 5K. 8:00am ET. Bradley's Country Store, 10655 Centerville Road, Moccasin Gap, Florida 32309. 2011 story. 2010 story. Keiff Lindsey,
  • Bulldog4th annual John Johnson Bulldog Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. John Johnson Elementary School, 1947 West Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. Entry form and flyer. April Aldridge,, or Tammi Enfinger,
  • 18th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Run, Relay, & 5K. 8:00 am CT. St Theresa's Catholic Church, 2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. 2011 story. 2010 story. Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe or 850-763-5005.
  • Raider Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM CT 5K / 10:00 AM CT one mile. Houston Academy, 901 Buena Vista Drive, Dothan, Alabama 36303.
  • 2nd annual Wild Hog Jog 5M, 5K, and Chicken Crawl one mile. 9:00AM CT. Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at Kris Retherford, or 850-527-2861.
22 NOVEMBER 2012
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 37th annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K / 10K / 5K. 8:00 am ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. David Yon, or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00am ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, Azalea Drive and College Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at A Course/Line, LLC, or 229-630-1455.
24 NOVEMBER 2012
  • Pilgrim Chase Trail Run 5K. 9:00 am CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, AL 36303. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Larry Dykes, or 334-792-6021.
  • Swine Time 5K. 8:30am ET. Swine Time Fairgrounds, New Street, Climax Georgia. 2011 story. Paul Fryer, or 229-246-8560 or Chip Ariail, or 229-243-9120.
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge / Five-Mile Run. 8:00 am ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. USATF certified courses FL10078EBM (ten mile) and FL10077EBM (five mile). 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Reid Vannoy, or 850-591-7891.
  • Fourth annual Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00am CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site.
  • 25th annual Jingle Bell Jog 10K / 5K / One-Mile. 8:00am ET (10 km) / 9:00am et (5 km). Phoebe Health Works, 311 West 3rd Avenue, Albany, GA 31701. 2010 story. USATF certified courses GA09042WC (10 km) and GA09041WC (5 km). Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at 229-312-2200.
  • Jingle Jog one-mile fun run. 5:00 PM ET. Lighthouse Park, St. George Island, Florida. Event web page.
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 32nd annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 am ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Gary Griffin,
15 DECEMBER 2012
  • Gulf Wind Track Club's second annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2011 story. Brian Corbin,, or Herb Wills,
  • Beaches and Bells Holiday 5K and 1K fun run. 9:00am CT 5K / 9:00am CT 1K. Aaron Bessant Park, 600 Pier Park, Panama City Beach, FL, 32417. Online registration at
  • 2nd annual Chomp Cancer 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Fort White Community Center, 17579 SW State Road 47, Fort White, Florida. Event web site. Online registration at
  • Wiregrass Habitrot Elves on the Trail 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Kiwanis Pavilion at Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Amy Schutz, or 334-792-8453.
29 DECEMBER 2012
  • Last Gasp 5K Trail Run. 9:00AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Larry Dykes, or 334-792-6021.
5 JANUARY 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 29th annual Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00am ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. USATF certified course #FL95008DL. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Larry Giunipero, or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, or 850-893-4557.
12 JANUARY 2013
19 JANUARY 2013
  • 9th annual Kiwanis River Run 10K / 5K. 9:00am ET. Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817. 2012 story. 2011 story. 10K is on USATF certified course GA05001WC. Lance Wilson, or 229-400-5854.
  • 17th annual Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon / Half-Marathon / 5K. 8:00 AM ET Marathon / 8:15 AM ET Half-Marathon / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Museum of Aviation, Hwy 247 and Russell Parkway, Warner Robins, Georgia. USATF certified courses #GA10005WC (Marathon), #GA09003WC (Half Marathon), #GA09005WC (5K). Event web page. Museum of Aviation Foundation at or 478-923-6600, or John Hunter, Race Director, at or 478-335-3426.
26 JANUARY 2013
  • The 31st annual Hog Wild Run 15K and 5K. 2:00pm CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2012 story. 2011 story. 15K course map. Event web page. Larry Dykes, or 334-792-6021.
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 am ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site.
16 FEBRUARY 2013
2 MARCH 2013
  • Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K, 5K, & one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30am ET 10K and 5K. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL09035EBM (10K). USATF certified course FL09036EBM (5K). Grea Bevis,
  • 7th annual Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). 2011 story. Event web site. Printable entry form. Online registration at or 229-317-4760.
  • Red Pepper Run 5K. 8:00am ET. The Blue Parrot, 68 West Gorrie Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328. 2011 story. Susan Bassett, 850-323-0092.
9 MARCH 2013
  • Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30AM ET 5K. Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. USATF certified course #FL10021EBM. Course map. Connie Clark, or 850-933-2429.
  • 35th annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00am CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. 2011 story. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at or 334-588-2343.
10 MARCH 2013
  • 4th annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:40am ET. Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, FL 32060. USATF certified course FL10028EBM (Marathon & half-Marathon), Event web page. Online registration at Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
16 MARCH 2013
  • Capital City Youth Services Celtic 5K. 2:00 PM ET. College Avenue and Adams Street, Downtown Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story.
23 MARCH 2013
30 MARCH 2013
6 APRIL 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 38th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K & Target 1-Miler. 7:45am ET one-mile / 8:10am ET 10K and 5K. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at Judy Alexander, or 850-383-1361.
13 APRIL 2013
  • 2nd annual Bainbridge Half Marathon. 7:00AM ET. Memorial Hospital, 1500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. 2012 story. Event web site.
20 APRIL 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 38th annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00am ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL99027DL. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
27 APRIL 2013

  • Rose36th annual Rose City Run 10K and one mile kids' run. 8:00 am ET 10K / 9:30 am ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, GA. USATF certified course GA92011WN (10K). 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. or 229-226-9878.
  • Ronald McDonald House Red Shoe Run 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00am ET one mile/8:30am ET 10K and 5K. Southwood Capital Office Complex, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. Kathy Anderson, or 850-222-0056x23.
4 MAY 2013
  • 12th annual Tallahassee Tails & Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
18 MAY 2013
  • 6th annual Missionette 5K / 10K Extraordinary Run. 8:00 am ET. Family Worship Center of Cairo, 1400 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828. USATF certified course GA09001WC (10K) and GA09002WC (5K). 2010 story. Katina Stewart 229-378-0970.
27 MAY 2013
  • USA Flag7th annual Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 pm ET. Bainbridge Middle School tennis courts, Miluli Avenue at South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Stacy Warren,
  • 5thUSA Flag annual Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. A Course/Line, LLC, or 229-630-1455.
1 JUNE 2013
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 16th annual Potluck Bash 4-Mile Run. 6:00 pm ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. David Yon, or 850-425-6671.
4 JULY 2013
  • 5th annual Valdosta Independence Day 5K. 7:15am ET. 3200 North Ashley Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. A Course/Line, or 229-630-1455.
  • Race of the South 10K / 5K / one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET 10K and 5K, 9:00 AM ET one mile. Moultrie YMCA, 601 26th Avenue Southeast, Moultrie, Georgia 31768. 2012 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Leslie Peretti, or 229-985-1154.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Georgia Peel runs 17:06 at Women's Distance Festival 5K

So who won the Gulf Winds Track Club's 2012 Women's Distance Festival 5K on Sept. 15? Was it the first woman across the finish line, the woman who received the first place award, or the woman who ran the course the fastest? At most races these would be one athlete, but at Tallahassee's Women's Distance Festival a different runner was cast in each role.

The race is a part of the Road Runners Club of America's Women's Distance Festival program which "encourages...women’s only events or races with women’s only start waves." Tallahassee's run falls into the latter category. On Saturday morning at 8:00 AM, a women's-only wave started racing north on Indianhead Drive near Optimist Park. Five minutes later the men’s wave started.

Chelsi Woodruff, a Florida State University student from Winter Park, went right to the front of the 146 athletes in the women's wave. By the end of the first mile, Woodruff had broken contact with the field, while a tight group of eight runners competed for the next spot. For the rest of the race Woodruff only widened the gap, and was the first runner across the finish line. Woodruff's time of 18:31 was well ahead of the next finisher, Catherine McMeekin, who clocked 18:59 for the 3.1-mile run through Indianhead Acres.

Then, just over three minutes after Woodruff finished, FSU cross-country runner Georgia Peel came in. But Peel had started with the men, so she had actually run a course record 17:06, nearly a minute and a half faster than Woodruff. Further complicating matters, all the FSU runners in the field--including Peel, Woodruff, and McMeekin--were ineligible for awards, so the first place hardware went to Katie Showman who had finished sixth (or seventh) in 19:05. The was no confusion about the top woman master; that was Nancy Stedman in 22:11.

The men's competition was more straightforward. 84 male athletes (and Georgia Peel) started in the second wave. 2010 champion Vince Molosky was the early leader, together with Stanley Linton and Chris Rego. During the third mile, Linton and Rego had managed to shake off Molosky, building up a six-second lead by two-and-a-half miles. Then came the fight for the win. On the final straight back to the finish line at Optimist Park, Rego managed to outsprint Linton for a narrow 16:03 to 16:05 victory. Molosky followed in at third in 16:23, while 2011 champion and men's course record holder Kevin Sullivan was fourth in 17:07. The fastest master finisher was Tony Guillen, fifth in 17:59.

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2012 Women's Distance Festival
  1. 17:05.88 ~ Georgia Peel (F, 26)
  2. 18:30.76 ~ Chelsi Woodruff (F, 20)
  3. 18:53.18 ~ Christine Griggs (F, 18)
  4. 18:58.23 ~ Katherine McMeekin (F, 21)
  5. 19:02.98 ~ Natalie Concepcion (F, 18)
  6. 19:03.93 ~ Erika Charlassier (F, 21)
  7. 19:04.75 ~ Katie Showman (F, 30)
  8. 19:10.23 ~ Lauren Gelzinis (F, 20)
  9. 19:13.70 ~ Christina Phipps (F, 19)
  10. 19:15.76 ~ Kaitlyn Kelly (F, 18)

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2012 Women's Distance Festival
  1. 16:02.48 ~ Chris Rego (M, 23)
  2. 16:04.92 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 18)
  3. 16:22.99 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33)
  4. 17:06.75 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 38)
  5. 17:58.42 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 43)
  6. 18:30.94 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 34)
  7. 18:48.57 ~ Austin Todd (M, 27)
  8. 18:53.43 ~ Bing Xu (M, 44)
  9. 18:58.24 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 46)
  10. 19:13.75 ~ Cole Tessier (M, 29)

Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K Champions, 1982-2012
24 JUL 198220:14, Cheryl JenningsNo Boys Allowed
23 JUL 198318:33, Barbara BalzerNo Boys Allowed
21 JUL 198418:11, Barbara BalzerNo Boys Allowed
20 JUL 198519:11, Barbara Balzer15:24, Herb Wills
19 JUL 198618:20, Janice Hochstein16:32, Rick Miller
18 JUL 198718:54, Janice Hochstein15:47, Rick Miller
16 JUL 198817:58, Michele Farrell15:09, Jessie Close
15 JUL 198917:20, Sue Addison15:09, Jessie Close
14 JUL 199018:50, Janice Hochstein15:38, Gary Droze
13 JUL 199118:51, Angie Crook15:18, Gary Droze
11 JUL 199217:36, Paula Johnson15:09, Gary Droze
17 JUL 199318:00, Lynda Nilges15:45, Steve Wilcox
1 OCT 199418:06, Jane Johnson15:46, Andy Palmer
7 OCT 199517:47, Jane Johnson15:40, Gary Droze
5 OCT 199618:41, Tracy Pepoon16:34, Tim Simpkins
4 OCT 199717:13, Sarah Docter-Williams16:20, Tim Simpkins
3 OCT 199818:02, Sarah Docter-Williams16:36, Tim Simpkins
2 OCT 199917:31, Sarah Docter-Williams15:37, Lee Willis
7 OCT 200019:18, Kingsley Broughton16:26, Art Remillard
6 OCT 200119:13, Kate Remillard18:06, Reid Vannoy
2 NOV 200220:27, Mari Leitner16:33, Nate Timm
1 NOV 200318:52, Kara Newell17:39, Justin Dickieson
6 NOV 200418:09, Sarah Docter-Williams17:24, Art Remillard
5 NOV 200521:38, Lydia Veal18:16, Jimmy Graham
7 OCT 200618:36, Sheryl Rosen17:55, Tim Unger
15 SEP 200719:02, Sheryl Rosen17:04, Jay Wallace
20 SEP 200818:52, Lisa Johnson17:29, David Altmaier
19 SEP 200919:00, Kelsey Scheitlin16:34, John Robida
18 SEP 201018:39, Lisa Johnson16:34, Vince Molosky
17 SEP 201117:11, Jackie Drouin15:00, Kevin Sullivan
15 SEP 201217:06, Georgia Peel16:03, Chris Rego


Owl Run is almost all-Montford

 The 25th annual Owl Run, the third meet of the 2012 Leon County Schools' middle-school cross-country season, belonged to Montford Middle School. In the Thursday morning meet at Everhart School on 20 September 2012, the Mustangs tallied narrow team victories in both the girls' and the boys' two-mile races, and Montford's Saige Kemeny outkicked Audrey Dogan of Raa for the individual title in the girls' race. Only the win by Raa's Matthew Cashin in the boys' race broke the Montford monopoly on the winners circle.

Following the Everhart run, the middle school competition opened with the girls' two-mile race. About 600 yards from the start, Raa's Audrey Dogan was the clear leader.  Dogan had scored wins in the first two meets of the season, the Battle at Tom Brown and the Fort Braden Run. The 2011 Owl Run champion, Zoe Sheldon of Swift Creek, trailed Dogan in third place, with Montford's Saige Kemeny in fourth. The runners left the Everhart School grounds to race on the streets, where Kemeny moved to the front, taking the field through the mile at 6:33. Dogan was a step behind, with Sheldon a few more steps back in third, and Deerlake's Ana Wallace shadowing Sheldon in fourth. Those four runners held their positions through the streets and back to the school grounds, where Kemeny and Dogan started to pull away. With the finish line in sight, Dogan started her kick and passed Kemeny. Just before the finish line Kemeny regained the lead and triumphed over Dogan, 13:18.51 to 13:18.67. Sheldon was thirdin 13:32 and Wallace fourth in 13:41. Montford's Caroline Grace Brantley placed fifth in 14:05, joining teammates Kemeny and Emily Culley (9th, 14:49) in the top ten to set up Montford's 46 to 49 victory over runners-up Swift Creek in the team standings. The Raa girls were third with 70 points.

Girls' Team Standings
  1. Montford, 46 points
  2. Swift Creek, 49
  3. Raa, 70
  4. Fairview, 87
  5. Deerlake, 102
  6. Cobb, 174

Top Ten Girls, 2012 Everhart Invitational
  1. 13:18.51 ~ Saige Kemeny (Montford) 6
  2. 13:18.67 ~ Audrey Dogan (Raa) 8 
  3. 13:31.12 ~ Zoe Sheldon (Swift Creek) 8 
  4. 13:40.07 ~ Ana Wallace (Deerlake) 7 
  5. 14:04.31 ~ Caroline Grace Brantley (Montford) 6 
  6. 14:21.10 ~ Katie Jones (Swift Creek) 8 
  7. 14:22.85 ~ Clare Keenan (Raa) 6 
  8. 14:34.56 ~ Arianna Neeley (Swift Creek) 7 
  9. 14:48.68 ~ Emily Culley (Montford) 6 
  10. 15:00.57 ~ Jianni McDole (Deerlake) 8

The boys' two mile followed the girls' race, just after 11:30 AM. Griffin's Etavious Milton led through the first half mile with Raa's Matthew Cashin right behind him; the rest of the field was 70 yards back. Cashin took the lead before the mile mark, by which time he and Cashin were 150 yards up on the other runners. During the second mile Cashin widened his gap over Milton.  Running in third place, Montford's Matthew Newland started to gain on the Griffin runner. Their positions didn't changed before the finish line, though, and Cashin crossed the line in 12:01, adding an Owl Run win to his titles at Tom Brown and Fort Braden. Milton was runner-up in 12:29, and Newland outlasted Swift Creek's Stephen Veliz 12:38 to 12:41 to take third. The Newland-over-Veliz finish presaged the outcome in the team standings, where Montford successfully defended their 2011 Owl Run title, edging out Swift Creek 56 to 57. The Fairview boys scored 68 to take third.

Boys' Team Standings
  1. Montford, 56 points
  2. Swift Creek, 57
  3. Fairview, 68
  4. Raa, 72
  5. Deerlake, 109
  6. Griffin, 180
  7. Cobb, 191
  8. Fort Braden, 239

Top Ten Boys, 2012 Everhart Invitational
  1. 12:00.34 ~ Matthew Cashin (Raa) 8
  2. 12:28.96 ~ Etavious Milton (Griffin) 7
  3. 12:37.12 ~ Matthew Newland (Montford) 7
  4. 12:40.85 ~ Stephen Veliz (Swift Creek) 8
  5. 12:41.04 ~ Ricky Mobley (Fairview) 8
  6. 12:47.76 ~ Jacob Dodson (Raa) 7
  7. 12:53.84 ~ Jake Scott (Montford) 7
  8. 12:54.02 ~ Triston Stapp (Fairview) 8
  9. 12:54.19 ~ Shane Suchoki (Swift Creek) 8
  10. 12:57.79 ~ Zachary Smith (Raa) 7

Owl Run Champions, 1988 - 2012
20 SEP 2012Matthew Cashin (Raa)12:01Saige Kemeny (Montford) 13:19
22 SEP 2011Evan Francis (Raa) 11:56Zoe Sheldon (Swift Creek) 13:43
30 SEP 2010Wil Luca (Raa) 11:41Rebecca Clendinen (Raa) 13:57
1 OCT 2009Cade Zimmerman (Deerlake) 11:33Cece Williams (Deerlake) 13:26
25 SEP 2008Will Henderson (Raa) 11:42Cece Williams (Deerlake) 11:56
27 SEP 2007Will Henderson (Raa) 12:11Carly Thomas (Raa) 12:27
28 SEP 2006Will Stanford (Raa) 10:59Summer Shepherd (Raa) 12:59
29 SEP 2005Kurt Dietrich (Swift Creek) 12:07Jana Stolting (Deerlake) 13:26
30 SEP 2004Graham Hawkes (Cobb) 11:51Mallory Alonzo (Raa) 14:01
2 OCT 2003Joe Franklin (Griffin) 11:38Charlotte Murrell (Cobb) 14:17
2002Bryan Miletich (Deerlake) 11:51Julia Bryant (Deerlake) 14:06
2001Kevin Bryant (Raa) 12:33Karen Devick (Raa) 13:58
2000Danny Sass (Deerlake) 13:04LaShaunta Arnold (Fairview) 14:50
1 OCT 1999Logan Wolcott (Raa) 12:52LaShaunta Arnold (Fairview) 14:30
13 OCT 1998Matt Varn (Swift Creek) 12:31Allie Hunter (Swift Creek) 14:27
1997Anthony Washington (Bellevue) 12:26Allie Hunter (Swift Creek) 15:00

6 OCT 1995Bryan Hendricks (Cobb) 8:15*Meredith Warren (Raa) 10:36*
6 OCT 1994Kevin Anderson (Deerlake) 8:10*Meredith Warren (Raa) 9:56*
20 OCT 1993

20 OCT 1992Mark Roehl (Raa) 8:40*Brianne Pla (Cobb) 9:33*
22 OCT 1991Michael Rodriguez (Raa) 8:38*Holly Skinner (Cobb) 10:15*
10 OCT 1990Tim Bolton (Cobb) 8:44*Christy Weinberger(Bellevue)10:17*
24 MAY 1990Wayne McDaniel (Raa) 6:58†Cynthia Costin (Griffin) 8:06†
23 MAY 1989Wayne McDaniel (Raa) 7:09†Tonia Jackson (Nims) 8:13†
10 MAY 1988Bobby Jessup (Griffin) †Tonia Jackson (Raa) †
* 1-1/2 mile race at Gretchen Everhart School
† 2 km race at Florida State University