Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sweet victory in Maclay Gardens for Molosky and Showman

Katie ShowmanThe Saturday before Mothers Day, 11 May 2013, was a day of redemption for Vince Molosky and Katie Showman. A year earlier Molosky had finished runner-up in the Marzuq Mothers Day 5K in Tallahassee's Maclay Gardens State Park. Showman had likewise finished second in the women's standings in that race. But this year, at the 10th annual Marzuq 5K, Molosky raced to a 17:22 win in the 3.1-mile race. For her part, Showman won the women's title with a 19:49.

Vince MoloskyThe race started from the Lake Hall Recreation Area in the park. Less than half a mile after the start, shortly after turning onto the main road through the park, Vince Molosky was in the lead, with master runners Gary Droze and Tony Guillen at the head of the pursuit. By the mile mark, Molosky had opened a ten-second gap, while Droze had moved ahead of Guillen. Droze narrowed the margin during the second mile, but  Molosky stepped on the gas again after that, beating Droze to the finish line back at Lake Hall, 17:22 to 17:35. Guillen was third in 18:08, and Thomasville High School distance runner Will White was fourth at 18:30.

Renee CoxMolosky's 17:22 wasn't nearly as fast as the 16:33 he had run in the previous year's Marzuq 5K, but in the women's race Katie Showman improved on the 19:58 she had run in 2012. Showman may have needed the extra speed to match the early pace set by Renee Cox in the women's competition. Cox started the race leading the women's field up from Lake Hall and onto the main raod. Before the end of the first mile, though, Katie Showman took over. For the rest of the race, Showman steadily moved ahead and returned to Lake Hall in 19:49, winning the women's title and placing tenth overall. Renee Cox settled for the runner-up spot, placing 13th overall in 20:22. Claire Fruchtnicht was the third woman across the finish line, 16th overall in 21:13. Paula O'Neill was the first woman master and the fourth woman finisher, running 23:08 for 20th overall.

Vince MoloskyAfter a typical road race you might overhear complaints from the top finishers about winning yet another trophy. "I don't know where I'm going to put this, or find time to keep it dusted!" Believe me, he'd be feeling worse if he wasn't taking one home. But at the Marzuq Shrine's 5K, this isn't a problem. Award winners receive home-baked cakes. Taking up space is only a temporary problem where baked goods are concerned; I doubt that anyone still had their 2012 cake to place alongside their 2013 prize. And since this was a Mothers Day race, the faster runners might want to keep in mind that cakes make good gifts.

Top Ten Males, 2013 Marzuq Mothers Day 5K
    Will White
  1. 17:22 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:35 ~ Gary Droze (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:08 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:30 ~ Will White (M, 16) Thomasville, GA
  5. 18:48 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 18:52 ~ Cole Tessier (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 19:02 ~ Bing Xu (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 19:13 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 47) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 19:42 ~ Duane Evans (M, 45) Crawfordville, FL
  10. 19:54 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Females, 2013 Marzuq Mothers Day 5K
    Claire Fruchtnicht
  1. 19:49 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 20:22 ~ Renee Cox (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:13 ~ Claire Fruchtnicht (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 23:08 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 23:22 ~ Martha Bademan (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 23:43 ~ Julia Rose Travis (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:30 ~ Rachel Rumana (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 24:43 ~ Fran McLean (F, 55) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 25:06 ~ Ericka McKibbin (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL

Marzuq Shriners' Mother's Day 5K Champions, 2004-2013
8 May 200419:42, Scott Ruplinger25:33, Penny Isom
7 May 2005??
13 May 200618:27, David Yon19:27, Laura Hempel
12 May 200718:03, Martin Sykut19:04, Lisa Johnson
10 May 200819:30, James Dexter20:19, Sheryl Rosen
9 May 200918:13, Myles Gibson22:41, Angela Dempsey
8 May 201019:10, Mickey Moore22:29, Fran McLean
7 May 201118:33, Stephen Robbins20:36, Micah Adriani
12 May 201216:08, Kevin Sullivan17:53, Sheryl Rosen
11 May 201317:22, Vince Molosky19:49, Katie Showman
Any leads on the 2005 results would be deeply appreciated. Contact me!


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