Sunday, May 19, 2013

Linton and Molosky renew their duel at Wakulla Springs

Vince MoloskyThe seventh annual Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K on Saturday morning, 18 May 2013, featured a rematch between the top two athletes of the 2012 race--Vince Molosky and Stanley Linton.

Molosky was the defending champion and the course record holder at the event. His first effort in the Wakulla Springs 5K had come at the 2011 race, where Molosky broke the old course record with a winning time of 16:59. In 2012 he notched another Wakulla Springs 5K victory, lowering his own course record to 16:49. When the runners lined up for the start of the 2013 Wakulla Springs race, Molosky was the only runner to have ever broken 17:00 on the rugged course through the trails of the Wakulla Springs State Park sanctuary, and he had done it twice.

Stanley LintonLinton had first run the Wakulla Springs 5K in 2010, near the end of his first year as a runner. Wakulla Springs State Park, where the race is run, was just down the road from Wakulla High School, where Linton had just begun competing in cross country and track. Linton started his first Wakulla Springs race trying to run with the leaders but ended the race almost 200 meters back in third at 18:41. In 2011, the year of Molosky's first win, Linton lowered his time to 17:56, but that was only good for seventh place, 300 meters behind Molosky. Linton was graduating from high school in the spring of 2012 when the Wakulla Springs race rolled around again. That time Linton ran 17:04. No one had ever run faster on the course except for Molosky, and Molosky was 80 meters ahead, running faster. Linton finished second.

Kate HarrisonWhen 200 runners assembled for the start of the 2013 Wakulla Springs 5K, though, the year since the 2012 race had been a year in which Linton had finished ahead of Molosky every time they had met. And Linton continued that trend in the seventh annual race. Leaving Molosky 180 meters behind, Linton won his first title at his hometown race, establishing a new course record of 16:39. Molosky was runner up in 17:18, his only loss at the Wakulla Springs race in three tries. Well behind the two leaders, Bing Xu edged out Tad David for third place and the top master spot in the race, 19:05 to 19:11.

Florida State University student Kate Harrison was the first woman finisher, placing 16th overall in 20:19. Meagan Giddens of Taylor County High School finished runner-up among the female runners, 24th overall in 21:45. FSU frosh Cora Atkinson was third for the women, finishing 25th in 22:12. The top woman master and fourth woman finisher was Laura Reina (35th, 24:03) of Tallahassee.

Bing XuTop Ten Males, 2013 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 16:39 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19)
  2. 17:18 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 33)
  3. 19:05 ~ Bing Xu (M, 45)
  4. 19:11 ~ Tad David (M, 44)
  5. 19:22 ~ John Jensenius (M, 27)
  6. 19:31 ~ Gabe Hutchins (M, 16)
  7. 19:35 ~ Travis Parks (M, 17)
  8. 19:39 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 14)
  9. 19:43 ~ David Harrell (M, 28)
  10. 19:54 ~ James Taylor (M, 49)

Meagan Giddens  [ PHOTO BY FRED DECKERT ]Top Ten Females, 2013 Friends of Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 20:19 ~ Kate Harrison (F, 21)
  2. 21:45 ~ Meagan Giddens (F, 15)
  3. 22:12 ~ Cora Atkinson (F, 18)
  4. 24:03 ~ Laura Reina (F, 48)
  5. 24:17 ~ Emma Travis (F, 14)
  6. 24:18 ~ Sandi Lewis (F, 40)
  7. 24:32 ~ Kelsey Kilinski (F, 27)
  8. 24:38 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 50)
  9. 24:46 ~ Kathy Greene (F, 40)
  10. 24:51 ~ Fran Mclean (F, 55)

Wakulla Springs 5K Champions, 2007-2013
19 May 200719:09, Miles Gibson22:16, Olivia Swedberg
17 May 200817:42, Jay Wallace23:29, Sydney Nutting
16 May 200917:20, Tyler Price21:49, Roxanne Hughes
15 May 201017:56, Justin Dickieson20:03, Kati Gosnell
21 May 201116:59, Vince Molosky19:29, Seeley Gutierrez
19 May 201216:49, Vince Molosky21:53, Angela Wable
18 May 201316:39, Stanley Linton20:19, Kate Harrison


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