Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kevin Sullivan is man of the season at the Springtime 10K

Stanley Linton and Kevin SullivanThree-time Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan dueled with Stanley Linton for nearly four miles before breaking away to win the featured 10K event of Gulf Winds Track Club's 38th annual Springtime Road Race. Sullivan took advantage of near-perfect running weather to put up a 31:45 for the 6.2-mile race. Stefanie Slekis was the first woman finisher in the field of close to a thousand athletes, running 36:05 and leading her competition from start to finish.


Stanley Linton, Jon Campbell, Kevin SullivanAt 8:10 AM over 1,800 athletes lurched north on Monroe Street from in front of the Leon County Courthouse, including about 800 entries in the 5K. The crowd barreled downhill on East Call Street, then turned south onto the newly re-opened Franklin Boulevard. Alex Smyth led the runners as the race passed the mile mark, closely followed by Jonathan Campbell, Kevin Sullivan, and Stanley Linton. On Lafayette Street, though, Smyth took the 5K route while Sullivan, Campbell, and Linton turned into Myers Park to follow the 10K course. At two miles Sullivan led Campbell and Linton. During the third mile, Campbell fell off the pace and it was just Sullivan and Linton.


Kevin SullivanThis was the second Springtime 10K for Kevin Sullivan, who raced wearing the colors of his athletics store, Capital City Runners. Two years earlier on the same course, Sullivan had finished second behind Chris Lake. Lake, though, despite his record of three straight Springtime wins, was over half a minute behind at the midpoint of this year's race. Any challenge to Sullivan in the second half of the race was going to come from Stanley Linton.
Stanley Linton

Linton had also run in the 2011 Springtime 10K, but not by design. Intending to run the 5K, he had accidentally followed the 10K runners into Myers Park and onto the longer course. There weren't going to be any wrong turns today, though. Linton had already won seven races in 2013 and was looking for win number eight.


Chris LakeSullivan and Linton hit the 5K mark of the race together at 16:19, fast enough to win the open 5K race, but not as fast as they would run the second half of their race. Sullivan started to open a gap during the fourth mile, and by the opening of the fifth mile he had broken contact with Linton. Sullivan reached the finish line on Suwanee Street in 31:42, the fastest winning time at Springtime since 2003. Linton took second in 32:32, while University of West Florida cross-country coach Caleb Carmichael was third in 33:16. Jack Redwing outkicked Nate Kaiser for fourth, 34:00 to 34:01, while three-time defending champion Chris Lake placed sixth in 34:14. After hanging with the leaders for the first two miles, Jonathan Campbell faded to finish seventh in 34:28.
Stefanie Slekis

Stefanie Slekis made it a sweep for Capital City Runners in the Springtime 10K by taking the women's title. Running in her first Springtime Road Race, Slekis finished 11th overall in 36:05, over a minute ahead of the women's runner-up, Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen. Rosen, the 2010 Springtime 10K women's champion, was 18th in 37:11. Katie Showman, a Florida State University economics professor, placed third in the women's division, running 34th overall in 39:22.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Springtime 10K
    Caleb Carmichael
  1. 31:42 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 32:32 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19) Crawfordville, FL
  3. 33:16 ~ Caleb Carmichael (M, 28) Pensacola, FL
  4. 34:00 ~ Jack Redwing (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 34:01 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 34:14 ~ Chris Lake (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 34:28 ~ Jonathan Campbell (M, 18) Rockledge, FL
  8. 34:33 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 35:11 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 35:58 ~ Gabriel Albaladejo (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Springtime 10K
    Sheryl Rosen
  1. 36:05 ~ Stefanie Slekis (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 37:11 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 39:22 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 39:46 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 28) Thomasville, GA
  5. 40:36 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 41:25 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47) Thomasville, GA
  7. 41:31 ~ Karen Geletko (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 42:27 ~ Kristine Cox (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 42:33 ~ Renee Cox (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 42:36 ~ Kate Harrison (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  11. 42:36 ~ Marci Gray (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL

While Linton and Sullivan were battling through the streets of Myers Park, Alex Smyth finished a winning effort in the 5K, running 16:48. Smyth ran almost a minute faster than runner-up Peter Van Brussel, who clocked 17:45 on the 3.1-mile course. Bainbridge High School distance runner Chase Harris placed third in 17:51. For the third straight year, Tallahassee's Lisa Johnson won the Springtime 5K women's title, finishing 13th overall in 19:24. At 21:37, Katherine Resavage of Holy Comforter Episcopal School was the second female finisher, and Ana Wallace of Deerlake Middle School was third in 21:47.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Springtime 5K
  1. 16:48 ~ Alex Smyth (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:45 ~ Peter Van Brussel (M, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 17:51 ~ Chase Harris (M, 16) Bainbridge, GA
  4. 18:09 ~ Matthew Cashin (M, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 18:12 ~ Hugo Gijon (M, 25) South Miami, FL
  6. 18:21 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 14) Crawfordville, FL
  7. 18:30 ~ Elijah Ingram (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 18:41 ~ Donald Kunish (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 18:42 ~ David Welling (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 19:00 ~ Chris Kempink (M, 34) Casselberry, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Springtime 5K
  1. 19:24 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:37 ~ Katherine Resavage (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:47 ~ Ana Wallace (F, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 23:14 ~ Emma Travis (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 23:16 ~ Jennifer Hall (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 23:53 ~ Laura Reina (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:25 ~ Rikki L' Heureux (F, 29) Crawfordville, FL
  8. 24:27 ~ Francee Laywell (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 24:39 ~ Deana Ruggeri (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:51 ~ Cynthia Paterson (F, 13) Tallahassee, FL

Springtime 10K Champions, 1976 - 2013
DateMenWomen
6 April 201331:42, Kevin Sullivan36:05, Stefanie Slekis
31 March 201233:29, Chris Lake37:33, Lindsay Zeiler
2 April 201132:34, Chris Lake34:52, Pasca Cheruiyot
27 March 201033:09, Chris Lake38:23, Sheryl Rosen
28 March 200935:00, David Altmaier38:34, Lisa Johnson
29 March 200831:59, Joey Zins38:16, Sarah Docter-Williams
31 March 200733:27, Matthew Dobson37:23, Lara Shaw
1 April 200633:25, Joey Zins34:36, Vicky Gill
2 April 200532:43, Joey Zins36:51, Sarah Docter-Williams
3 April 200433:22, Caleb Carmichael37:03, Sarah Docter-Williams
5 April 200330:56, Joseph Zepherinus34:52, Larisa Timchina
6 April 200231:18, Conor Holt36:40, Larisa Timchina
31 March 200132:18, Muchapiwa Mazano34:46, Tatyana Maslova
1 April 200032:28, Muchapiwa Mazano36:05, Anna Pichrtova
27 March 199930:56, Muchapiwa Mazano37:01, Sarah Docter-Williams
4 April 199831:07, Randy Hollinger34:09, Breeda Dennehy
12 April 199731:12, Juri Punda35:30, Tamara Karloukova
13 April 199632:21, Jessie Close37:11, Jane Johnson
1 April 199531:43, Matthew Dobson37:27, Jane Johnson
199432:17, Matthew Dobson37:37, Lisa Herman
199333:11, Andy Palmer36:54, Paula Johnson
199232:09, Jessie Close37:38, Paula Johnson
199132:02, Jessie Close38:29, Paula Johnson
199031:48, Jessie Close38:16, Vikki Saga
198930:49, Paul Waldron37:54, Janice Hochstein
198831:22, Paul Waldron38:18, Karen MacHarg
198731:52, Jessie Close35:30, Carla Borovicka
198631:15, Dennis Rice37:16, Karen MacHarg
198530:30, Paul Waldron35:32, Carole Rouillard
198430:03, Larry Greene35:57, Carla Borovicka
9 April 198331:21, Noel Shumann38:15, Janice Hochstein
3 April 198232:11, George West39:56, Pam Ledbetter
4 April 198132:06, Mabry McCray37:14, Janice Gage
198032:35, Rick Swiderski40:02, Lisa Kinch
7 April 197933:10, David Ferrell37:14, Janice Gage
1 April 197831:43, George West38:03, Laura Ledbetter
197731:24, Morrison Reid40:57, Nancy McCormac
24 April 1976*20:30, George West,Donnie Cook25:27, Janice Gage
* The 1976 race was a four-mile run on the FSU campus.


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