Thursday, November 28, 2013

Seitz and Rosen speed through Southwood to Turkey Trot 15K titles

Joshua SeitzLong before anyone else arrived in Southwood for the Tallahassee Turkey Trot, there were people out there getting ready for the races. Setting up timing equipment. Stocking water tables. Delivering 56 portable toilets. Oh, and marking the course.

"I'm still sore from bending over to draw arrows on the road," said Bill McGuire after the last runner had left Southwood.


McGuire's diamond dust course markers will be gone with the next rain. But for a few hours on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 29, those arrows were appreciated by almost 5,000 athletes trying to find their way around Southwood in one of the four races of the 38th annual Turkey Trot.


Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey TrotAfter the one-mile fun run at 8:00 AM, the three longer races--15K, 10K, and 5K--all started at 8:30 from the same starting line on Esplanade Way. In the feature event, the 15K, Josh Seitz set the early pace, leading Caleb Carmichael and five-time Turkey Trot champ Chris Lake. By halfway through the race Seitz, a volunteer assistant track coach at Florida State, was almost a minute ahead and going away, leaving Carmichael and Lake in a race for second. Seitz cruised through the second half of the Turkey Trot, winning the 9.3-mile run in 49:59, more than a quarter mile ahead of the next runner. Carmichael finished second in 51:30, with Lake third in 53:13. In fourth place at 55:05, Gary Droze was the first master runner in the race.
Sheryl Rosen and Seeley Gutierrez

On the women's side, Sheryl Rosen ran 57:11, her fastest Turkey Trot 15K yet, to win a second straight Turkey Trot women's title. It was the Tallahassee lawyer's fifth win at the 9.3-mile race in the last eight years. Behind Rosen, 2010 Turkey Trot champ Allison Eagen finished second in the women's standings with a 1:02:07, good for 17th overall. Adriana Piekarewicz was right behind Eagen, 18th overall in 1:02:22.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 49:59 ~ Joshua Seitz (M, 24) Tallahassee, FLCaleb Carmichael
  2. 51:30 ~ Caleb Carmichael (M, 29) Pensacola, FL
  3. 53:13 ~ Chris Lake (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 55:05 ~ Gary Droze (M, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 55:55 ~ James Daughton (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 56:30 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 56:55 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 57:05 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 58:56 ~ Drew Farrington (M, 26) Lansing, MI
  10. 59:18 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 57:11 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 29) Tallahassee, FLAllison Eagen
  2. 62:07 ~ Allison Eagen (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 62:22 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 64:20 ~ Amy Hines (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 66:35 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 66:55 ~ Kathy Andrews (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 68:20 ~ Jane Johnson (F, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 68:22 ~ Gail Nestor (F, 46) Smyrna, GA
  9. 68:35 ~ Caroline Willis (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 70:42 ~ Jillienne Haglund (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL

Stanley LintonAlso picking up a second straight Turkey Trot win, Stanley Linton led the 10K from wire to wire, running 32:38. Linton was over a quarter mile ahead of runner-up Stephen Cox, who ran 34:06 for the 6.2-miles. USC Upstate distance runner Riley Doherty, back home for Thanksgiving, was third in 34:52. Tallahassee triathlete Seeley Gutierrez ran with Sheryl Rosen till the 10K course and 15K course separated, then Gutierrez ran alone to the 10K finish line to win the women's title in that race, placing eighth overall in 38:00. Renee Cox was the second woman finisher in the 10K, coming in ahead of Kate Harrison, 41:40 to 41:59.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K
  1. 32:38 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 34:06 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 34:52 ~ Riley Doherty (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 35:03 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 35:09 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 36:35 ~ Eric Godin (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 37:46 ~ Brian Molen (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 38:01 ~ Don Autore (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 38:20 ~ Reikan Lin (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 38:25 ~ Carl Nordhielm (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10KRenee Cox
  1. 38:00 ~ Seeley Gutierrez (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 41:40 ~ Renee Cox (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 41:59 ~ Kate Harrison (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 42:41 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 43:16 ~ Shannon Colavecchio (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 43:24 ~ Elisha Boggs (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 43:52 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47) Thomasville, GA
  8. 44:03 ~ Christine Bayliss (F, 16) Danville, CA
  9. 44:11 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 37) Monticello, FL
  10. 44:43 ~ Eleonore Buschinger (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL

Bill Clift, Remy Tamer, Kevin Sullivan, Peter Wood, and Stanley LintonWith the 15K, the 10K, and the 5K starting together, you'd expect the athletes in the shortest race up front. True to those expectations University of North Florida freshman Joseph Garcia, the early leader in the 5K, had everyone in the three races chasing him--more than 4,000 runners--as he raced up Shumard Oak Boulevard. Unfortunately for the Lincoln High alumnus, he was setting a pace he couldn't handle. Shortly after the mile mark, Kevin Sullivan of Capital City Runners passed Garcia, and that was the race. Sullivan went on to win the 3.1-mile race in 15:28, the fastest road 5K in Tallahassee this year. Remy Tamer and Peter Wood also overtook Garcia, finishing second and third in 15:56 and 16:24. Garcia was fourth in 16:28. Halfway through the 5K, Emily Ness of Capital City Runners led the women's competition in the race, with Lisa Johnson only four seconds back. Ness couldn't be caught, though, and beat Johnson for the title 18:36 to 18:45.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 15:28 ~ Kevin Sullivan (M, 39) Tallahassee, FLJoseph Garcia
  2. 15:56 ~ Remy Tamer (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 16:24 ~ Peter Wood (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 16:28 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 16:30 ~ Bill Clift (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 17:47 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 17:57 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 18:19 ~ Kevin Chin Shue (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 18:25 ~ Josh Wallenfelsz (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 18:30 ~ Evan Reynolds (M, 23) Chapel Hill, NC

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2013 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 18:36 ~ Emily Ness (F, 23) Tallahassee, FLEmily Ness
  2. 18:45 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 19:15 ~ Marci Gray (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 19:58 ~ Michaela Ashley (F, 15) Panama City, FL
  5. 20:24 ~ Anna Busby (F, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 21:17 ~ Vicky Droze (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 21:31 ~ Jennifer Bayliss (F, 43) Danville, CA
  8. 22:39 ~ Sarah Williams (F, 46) Atlanta, GA
  9. 22:19 ~ Emily Molen (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 22:44 ~ Emily Jensenius (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL

Wakulla High School cross-country teamAmong the volunteers on the course, the Wakulla High cross-country team staffed a water table out near the seven-mile mark of the 15K course. It wasn't part of the 10K course, so the Wakulla crew never got to see their alumnus, Stanley Linton, race by. Nevertheless, Linton trekked out there after the race to help his alma mater hand out water to 15K runners. Some run, some volunteer. A few do both.


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