Saturday, February 16, 2013

Flashy victories for Sullivan and Rosen

Kevin SullivanOn a road-racing calendar full of 5K runs, a 12K such as Gulf Winds Track Club's Flash 12K stands out. Twelve kilometers is not an entirely obscure distance, though. The men's world cross-country championship is contested at 12K. San Francisco's Bay-to-Breakers, at 101 years old the fifth oldest road race in the United States, is a 12K. Bay-to-Breakers is a bit larger than the Flash 12K of course; one year the San Francisco race claimed over 100,000 participants. But Bay-to-Breakers also includes costume contests and divisions for "human centipedes," while the Flash 12K is all about running. Sure, you'll see a couple of guys dressed as Batman in the Flash. Nowadays, though, bat-suits are practically business casual.


Stanley Linton and Vince MoloskyIt wasn't San Francisco's tens of thousands, but over 300 athletes set out from San Marcos de Apalachee State Park in St. Marks, Florida on Saturday morning, 16 February 2013, for the 25th annual Flash 12K. Kevin Sullivan of Capital City Runners reached the first turn of the 7.46-mile course ahead of the rest of the field, with Stanley Linton and Vince Molosky a few steps behind. After two miles Linton was able to shake Molosky, but Sullivan had continued to pull away while the fight for second played out. When it was all over, Sullivan had returned to Fort San Marcos and the finish line with a winning time of 38:41. It was the fastest Flash 12K since 1994, and the equivalent of doing two back-to-back 16:07 5K runs then continuing at the same pace for another mile and a quarter. Stanley Linton finished second in 40:26, and Vince Molosky held off Nate Kaiser for third, 41:42 to 41:59. Sean Hudson took the top master spot, running 44:36 for seventh.


Sheryl Rosen
While Kevin Sullivan was racing to his first Flash 12K, Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen was picking up her second women's title, leading the female field from start to finish en route to a 46:17 and placing 17th overall. Behind Rosen, Micah Adriani and Mary Anne Grayson dueled for the women's runner-up spot for the first two miles before Adriani pulled away, going on to finish 26th overall in 49:19. Grayson was the first woman master and third woman overall, running 50:45.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Flash 12K
    Roger Schmidt and Nate Kaiser
  1. 38:41 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 38)
  2. 40:26 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19)
  3. 41:42 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33)
  4. 41:59 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 33)
  5. 42:54 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 21)
  6. 44:19 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 25)
  7. 44:36 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 42)
  8. 44:53 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 28)
  9. 45:04 ~ Don Autore (M, 37)
  10. 45:24 ~ Brian Manry (M, 34)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Flash 12K
    Micah Adriani, Mary Anne Grayson, Kristine Cox
  1. 46:17 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 28)
  2. 49:19 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35)
  3. 50:45 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47)
  4. 51:50 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 35)
  5. 52:45 ~ Ashley Daily (F, 26)
  6. 53:31 ~ Lori Richardson (F, 26)
  7. 55:00 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 36)
  8. 55:09 ~ Juanita Chalmers (F, 30)
  9. 55:30 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 28)
  10. 55:52 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 51)

 Gulf Winds Track Club Flash 12K Champions ~ 1989-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
28 Jan 198939:44 ~ John Devine48:50 ~ Barbara Balzer 155
17 Feb 199044:10 ~ David Rigby54:40 ~ Kathy Weiss 102
26 Jan 199139:36 ~ Jessie Close50:24 ~ Tina Davies163
18 Jan 199239:33 ~ Jessie Close45:24 ~ Paula Johnson132
23 Jan 199342:40 ~ Jonathan Bigg45:43 ~ Linda Nilges134
15 Jan 199438:02 ~ Robin Rogers45:34 ~ Jane Johnson91
21 Jan 199540:49 ~ Gary Droze45:34 ~ Jane Johnson145
27 Jan 199641:10 ~ Gary Droze44:27 ~ Jane Johnson132
11 Jan 199739:25 ~ Brian Erb47:57 ~ Sarah Williams75
7 Feb 199842:57 ~ Clarence Calloway45:12 ~ Sarah Williams164
20 Feb 199944:40 ~ Tim Simpkins46:27 ~ Sarah Williams82
19 Feb 200039:44 ~ Michael Strickland46:06 ~ Sara Docter-Williams107
17 Feb 200143:56 ~ Tim Unger45:38 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams 98
16 Feb 200240:35 ~ Gary Droze47:17 ~ Jane Johnson 148
1 Feb 200342:52 ~ Shawn Patterson52:18 ~ Lisa Whitworth 80
7 Feb 200442:46 ~ Tim Unger52:49 ~ Lisa Whitworth 89
5 Feb 200542:05 ~ Lee Willis45:30 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams 118
4 Feb 200642:49 ~ Vince Molosky50:21 ~ Lisa Johnson89
17 Feb 200744:58 ~ Todd Smoot52:22 ~ Kim Likens74
16 Feb 200843:10 ~ Tripp Southerland50:57 ~ Stephanie Liles131
21 Feb 200942:34 ~ Jay Wallace50:48 ~ Jane Johnson105
20 Feb 201041:57 ~ Daniel Lee47:12 ~ Sheryl Rosen176
19 Feb 201140:57 ~ Thomas Kunish49:23 ~ Kelly Stevens214
18 Feb 201241:23 ~ Stephen Cox49:52 ~ Katie Showman214
16 Feb 201338:41 ~ Kevin Sullivan46:17 ~ Sheryl Rosen268
In 1989-2004 the race started and finished in Chaires. (FL88036BH and 
FL94001DL)
In 2005-2010 the race started and finished at J. Lewis Hall Park in 

Woodville. (FL05007DL)
In 2011-2013 the race started and finished at Fort San Marcos de Apalachee 

in St. Marks. (FL11133EBM)


While 268 athletes were finishing the 12K, another 70 were completing a shorter 6K race. Tallahassee master runner Michael Martinez was the fastest of these, running 21:54, taking him across the finish line well ahead of defending champion Duane Evans, second in 24:13. University of West Florida freshman and Chiles HS alumna Jessica Gillard was the first female finisher, fourth overall in 25:09. Gillard's previous experience at the 6K distance included the NCAA Division II cross-country championships in Joplin, Missouri last November, where she competed on the UWF team.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Flash 6K
    25th annual Flash 12K
  1. 21:54 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 47)
  2. 24:13 ~ Duane Evans (M, 45)
  3. 24:43 ~ Lane Williams (M, 16)
  4. 25:43 ~ Max Eastman (M, 13)
  5. 26:06 ~ Eric Dueno (M, 44)
  6. 26:11 ~ Trevor Kelsey-Smith (M, 54)
  7. 26:24 ~ Michael Culligan (M, 38)
  8. 27:22 ~ Chip Nix (M, 36)
  9. 28:14 ~ Chad Gray (M, 47)
  10. 28:35 ~ Scott Ruthstrom (M, 43)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Flash 6K
  1. 25:09 ~ Jessica Gillard (F, 19)
  2. 28:29 ~ Ami McClay (F, 27)
  3. 30:58 ~ Melissa Alford (F, 31)
  4. 32:14 ~ Karen Bennett (F, 36)
  5. 32:30 ~ Ashley Rollins (F, 24)
  6. 32:32 ~ Megan Rollins (F, 21)
  7. 34:06 ~ Emily Webster (F, 33)
  8. 34:15 ~ Carrie Jones (F, 49)
  9. 34:31 ~ Theresa Darius-Jewett (F, 35)
  10. 38:28 ~ Amy Gordon (F, 0)

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