Saturday, August 24, 2013

Stanford and Showman go crazy on the competition

Stanley LintonTake it from an old distance runner, there is land that demands that you lace on some shoes and do a cross-country run. Tallahassee's Phipps Park is such a property. Managed first for agriculture and then for hunting until coming under the control of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, it's a rolling mixture of meadow and woodland akin to the rural districts of Britain where cross-country running became a sport. So for the last six years Phipps Park has been home to one of Gulf Winds Track Club's annual cross-country races, the Miller Landing Madness.


There are actually three races at the Madness, eight kilometers, five kilometers, and three kilometers. The 8K and the 5K were first, with close to 400 athletes gathering for the 8:00 AM combined start.


2013 Miller Landing MadnessStanley Linton launched himself into the lead as the race started, speeding ahead of even the runners in the shorter 5K race. At the mile mark Linton, a second-year NROTC midshipman at FSU, was three seconds up on the defending champion, Vince Molosky. Will Stanford trailed Molosky, followed by 2009 Miller Landing Madness champion Chris Lake. Molosky faded, leaving the chase to Stanford. Stanford made the most of the pursuit, overtaking Linton early in the second half of the five-mile race.


"I put in a surge about three miles," said Stanford.


Will StanfordIt was effective. A mile later, Stanford was over half a minute up on Linton and going away. Stanford went on to post a winning time of 26:29, finishing the race with a lead of almost 400 meters. Lake started to close in on Linton late in the race, but Linton was still well ahead of the UF med student at the finish line, taking second in 27:44. Lake was third in 28:04 and Molosky fourth in 29:23. Fifth place went to the top master runner in the 8K, Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Koon's time was 29:31.

Katie Showman
In the women's competition, Tallahassee's Renee Cox led for the first two miles before being overtaken by FSU professor Katie Showman. Cox fought to remain in contact, keeping Showman in sight. With a mile to go, Cox was still less than ten seconds behind Showman. But it was the economics professor's race, and Showman finished the 8K with the Miller's Landing Madness women's title, placing 26th overall in 35:11. Cox was runner-up in the women's division, taking 30th overall in 35:32. Lisa Rutledge, the sixth female finisher, took women's master honors, coming in 43rd overall in 39:10.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. Chris Lake26:29 ~ Will Stanford (M, 20)
  2. 27:44 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19)
  3. 28:04 ~ Chris Lake (M, 25)
  4. 29:23 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 34)
  5. 29:31 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 41)
  6. 29:42 ~ Zach De Veau (M, 25)
  7. 29:43 ~ Gary Droze (M, 52)
  8. 30:14 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 49)
  9. 30:21 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 22)
  10. 30:48 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 44)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. Renee Cox35:11 ~ Katie Showman (F, 31)
  2. 35:32 ~ Renee Cox (F, 26)
  3. 37:01 ~ Cora Atkinson (F, 19)
  4. 38:16 ~ Langlee Toothman (F, 16)
  5. 38:59 ~ Joti Keshav (F, 37)
  6. 39:10 ~ Lisa Rutledge (F, 52)
  7. 39:28 ~ Urska Dobersek (F, 30)
  8. 39:40 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 51)
  9. 40:01 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 37)
  10. 41:02 ~ Hanna Gordon (F, 30)
Joseph Garcia
Lincoln High alumnus Joseph Garcia saw that there was no drama in the Miller Landing Madness 5K. The defending champion in the shorter event, Garcia jumped out to an early lead and held it, covering the 3.1 miles in 16:55. It wasn't as fast as the Miller Landing Madness record that Garcia set in 2012, but it was good enough for the title, putting him ahead of runner-up Brian Griffith. Griffith, the cross-country coach at Florida State University School, ran 17:20. Emily Ness of Capital City Runners led wire-to-wire on the women's side, earning the women's championship with a 19:20 and placing 11th overall. Wakulla High student-athlete Madison Harris was the second female finisher in the 5K, coming in 16th overall in 20:13.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. Brian Griffith16:55 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 18)
  2. 17:20 ~ Brian Griffith (M, 28)
  3. 17:21 ~ Connor Daughton (M, 18)
  4. 17:53 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 15)
  5. 18:09 ~ Jack Rutledge (M, 18)
  6. 18:57 ~ Elijah Ingram (M, 17)
  7. 19:01 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 15)
  8. 19:02 ~ Christoher Duncan (M, 24)
  9. 19:14 ~ Stephen Veliz (M, 14)
  10. 19:17 ~ C J Barkas (M, 17)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. Emily Ness19:20 ~ Emily Ness (F, 23)
  2. 20:13 ~ Madison Harris (F, 17)
  3. 20:37 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 35)
  4. 20:51 ~ Caroline Willis (F, 14)
  5. 22:01 ~ Margaret Wiedeman (F, 18)
  6. 22:28 ~ Meagan Giddens (F, 15)
  7. 23:00 ~ Lydia Wiedeman (F, 16)
  8. 23:08 ~ Savannah Jo Fisher (F, 17)
  9. 23:48 ~ Whitney Austin (F, 24)
  10. 23:52 ~ Heather Hill (F, 17)
Jacob Dodson and James McClure
The Miller Landing Madness 3K is usually a preview of the local middle school cross-country season, and this year was no exception. Two eight graders, James McClure of Maclay and Jacob Dodson of Raa, reached the halfway point of the 1.8-mile race together, far ahead of the rest of the field. The two continued to outdistance the rest of the runners in the second half of the race, but McClure outdistanced Dodson as well, finishing first in 10:48. Dodson, who was fifth in last year's Leon County School's middle school championships, was runner-up in 10:59. Maclay seventh-grader Max Eastman was third in 12:03.

Chase Merrick
Chase Merrick of Swift Creek Middle School was well ahead of the rest of the girls in the race about halfway through the 3K, but Katherine Resavage of Holy Comforter closed that gap. Merrick and Resavage were just a few steps apart with a quarter mile to go. They were still only a few steps apart at the finish line, where Merrick was a few steps ahead of Resavage, 12:20 to 12:22. Grace Jackson of Deer Lake Middle School was the third girl in, running 12:57.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. Max Eastman10:48 ~ James McClure (M, 14)
  2. 10:59 ~ Jacob Dodson (M, 13)
  3. 12:03 ~ Max Eastman (M, 13)
  4. 12:16 ~ Dennis Majano (M, 13)
  5. 12:28 ~ Zach Smith (M, 14)
  6. 12:29 ~ Clayton Carlson (M, 13)
  7. 12:31 ~ Bryce Valveri (M, 12)
  8. 12:32 ~ Michael Molen (M, 13)
  9. 12:49 ~ Harrison Obrecht (M, 14)
  10. 12:52 ~ Ben Smith (M, 14)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. Grace Jackson12:20 ~ Chase Merrick (F, 11)
  2. 12:22 ~ Katherine Resavage (F, 12)
  3. 12:57 ~ Grace Jackson (F, 13)
  4. 13:06 ~ Emma Romuald (F, 11)
  5. 13:10 ~ Emily Molen (F, 11)
  6. 13:24 ~ Emma Mcgibany (F, 13)
  7. 13:40 ~ Amya Bryant (F, 13)
  8. 13:40 ~ Hannah Hosay (F, 11)
  9. 13:45 ~ Shayla Nguyen (F, 13)
  10. 13:46 ~ Hailey Hobbs (F, 13)

Miller Landing Madness Winners, 2008-2013
DateRaceMenWomenFinishers
30 August 20088K28:57, David Altmaier32:49, Sheryl Rosen76
5K17:12, Austin Stevens18:46, Jana Stolting110
3K11:21, Will Henderson13:14, Autumn Wable73
29 August 20098K28:05, Chris Lake33:03, Sarah Docter-Williams151
5K18:17, Austin Stevens18:17, Jana Stolting243
3K11:26, Chase Harris12:04, Cecelia Williams136
28 August 20108K26:28, Kevin Cook33:29, Sheryl Rosen168
5K17:15, Patrick Swain19:22, Stefanie Kurgatt160
3K11:14, Wil Luca13:30, Madeline Horgan110
27 August 20118K25:54, Kevin Sullivan32:17, Sheryl Rosen236
5K16:59, Jacob Slupecki20:14, Stefanie Kurgatt212
3K11:08, Evan Francis12:59, Cheyenne Hildinger157
25 August 20128K27:50, Vince Molosky36:36, Jane Johnson190
5K16:32, Joseph Garcia19:12, Stefanie Kurgatt258
3K10:57, Jake Mazziotta12:16, Adrianna Dugan148
24 August 20138K26:29, Will Stanford35:11, Katie Showman150
5K16:55, Joseph Garcia19:20, Emily Ness237
3K10:48, James McClure12:20, Chase Merrick135
The Miller Landing Madness was preceded in history by the Miccosukee Madness (2004-2007)
and the Tom Brown Bash (1977-2003) races.


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