Saturday, March 22, 2014

Moore wins and Johnson sets record at Education For Life 5K

Mickey MooreThere was no shortage of distance running on Florida State University's Tallahassee campus on Saturday morning, 22 March 2014. With the sun still low in the sky a pistol fired at the Mike Long Track, signaling the start of the first of six consolation sections in the FSU Relays 3200 meter run. Shortly after the gun went off, the campus carillon chimed 8:00, proof that the starter had begun the race a bit ahead of schedule. Moments later, the fifth annual Education For Life 5K started on West Call Street, just north of the track.

About 700 meters into the Education For Life 5K, Mickey Moore moved into the lead. The Tallahassee master runner is closely connected to the race; Moore is president of the Southern Scholarship Foundation, which puts on the Education For Life 5K each year. If you didn't know this, though, you might have guessed it from the cheering sections of scholarship house residents, each of which seemed to know Moore by name.

"Go, Mickey!" "Run, Mickey!"

Aaron TaylorBy the two-kilometer mark, Moore's lead looked insurmountable. Roberts Elementary schoolteacher Lisa Johnson, the women's leader, had moved into second behind Moore. Closely tailing Johnson, former Orlando Olympia High School distance runner Justin Zagra held third, while Aaron Taylor and Gary Galvez fought for fourth further back.

With a kilometer to go, Mickey Moore and Lisa Johnson still held the first two spots. Aaron Taylor had moved up to third, leaving Michael LaBossiere, Gary Galvez, and Micah Adriani to contest fourth. Zagra, fading, had slipped to seventh.

Michael LaBossiereMickey Moore had run the Education For Life 5K twice before, placing second in 2010 and third in 2012. This was his first time winning the race, though, as he crossed the finish line first in 18:12. Lisa Johnson took the women's title, coming in second overall and setting an Education For Life women's record of 19:26. Aaron Taylor was third in 19:38, with Michael LaBossiere fourth in 19:42, and Gary Galvez fifth in 19:48. Micah Adriani was the women's runner-up, sixth overall in 19:50. Third in the women's standings, Megan Giovanniello charged home to steal seventh from Justin Zagra, both runners clocked in 20:20. Giovanniello previously raced in Tallahassee on 9 November 2013, when she ran for Cape Coral's Baker High at the FHSAA State Cross-Country Finals.

Tallahassee's Paula O'Neill was the fastest female master in the race, coming in 13th overall in 22:13. 161 athletes finished the 2014 Education For Life 5K.

Top Ten Men, 2014 Education For Life 5K
    Gary Galvez
  1. 18:12 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 44)
  2. 19:38 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 20)
  3. 19:42 ~ Mike LaBossiere (M, 47)
  4. 19:48 ~ Gary E. Galvez (M, 26)
  5. 20:20 ~ Justin Zagra (M, 18)
  6. 20:27 ~ Jonathan Pendleton (M, 20)
  7. 20:29 ~ Andrew Pendleton (M, 21)
  8. 20:38 ~ Kyle Shaw (M, 33)
  9. 21:12 ~ Dan Manausa (M, 44)
  10. 22:33 ~ William Carter (M, 49)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Education For Life 5K
    Micah Adriani
  1. 19:26 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 32)
  2. 19:50 ~ Micah Adriani (F, 36)
  3. 20:20 ~ Megan Giovanniello (F, 14)
  4. 22:13 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 52)
  5. 22:40 ~ Moriah Campbell (F, 22)
  6. 22:44 ~ Lily Ciaramitaro (F, 15)
  7. 23:01 ~ DeEdgra Williams (F, 37)
  8. 23:17 ~ Katerina Dobkowski (F, 12)
  9. 23:19 ~ Bonnie Joyce (F, 21)
  10. 23:28 ~ Sarah Dugas (F, 35)

Education For Life 5K champions, 2010-2014
24 April 201018:18, Brian Corbin21:01, Maegan McCarthy203
10 April 201119:17, Ben Wenger21:57, Allison Williams122
21 April 201218:05, Aaron DeSena21:32, Sarah Collie180
23 March 201317:16, Tim Wenger21:46, Andrea Psimer175
22 March 201418:12, Mickey Moore19:26, Lisa Johnson161