Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stevenson and Berschwinger sail through Gayle's Trails in the Anchors Away 6K

Anchors Aweigh 6KI'm not sure how many times I've written about the significance of the six-kilometer distance. In cross country, it's the NCAA championship distance for women and the IAAF world championship distance for female juniors. In the Tallahassee area, Gulf Winds Track Club's annual Flash 12K has included a 6K race since 2009. Another Gulf Winds Track Club event, the Tannenbaum Trail 6K, has been contested on the Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country Course since 2011. Also in northwest Florida, Anchorage Children's Home staged their third annual Anchor's Away 6K on Gayle's Trails in the Panama City Beach Conservation Park on Saturday morning, 28 June 2014.

Paul Stevenson of the Arizona State University Triathlon Club won the event in 22:56. Just six weeks earlier, Stevenson had been in Tempe, competing in the USAT Collegiate National Championships, where he had finished 16th in the sprint triathlon and 44th in the Olympic triathlon. In Florida, though, he had set the bicycle and the wetsuit aside long enough to score a victory in the Anchors Away 6K, finishing nearly 100 meters ahead of runner-up Landon Jones. Jones ran 23:20, while Mike Curtin was third in 23:57. Robert Newton of Rogersville, Alabama, was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 25:49. Tyler Newton, a rising sophomore on the Lauderdale County High cross-country team, took fifth in 26:40.

Finishing sixth overall, Voorheesville, New York, marathon runner Jessica Berschwinger ran a women's event-record time of 26:50 to take the Anchors Away women's title. Thirteen-year-old Catherine Maclean of Lynn Haven was second in the women's standings, finishing 13th ovderall in 30:33. Debbie Chitwood was the first woman master and third female finisher, 14th overall in 31:51.

76 athletes finished the trail run, a fundraiser for Anchorage Children's Home. I don't know why the race is named "Anchors Away" instead of "Anchors Aweigh," but I'll assume that it's a clever joke that someone will have to explain to me. Timing and finish line services were provided by Warrior Race Timing.

Top Ten Men, 2014 Anchors Away 6K
  1. 22:55.5 ~ Paul Stevenson (M, 21) Tempe, AZ
  2. 23:17.7 ~ Landon Jones (M, 29)
  3. 23:56.6 ~ Mike Curtin (M, 29)
  4. 25:48.5 ~ Robert Newton (M, 41)
  5. 26:39.3 ~ Tyler Newton (M, 15)
  6. 26:53.7 ~ Davis Shearon (M, 44)
  7. 27:22.1 ~ Corey Gardner (M, 27)
  8. 28:30.4 ~ Joel Jason (M, 31)
  9. 28:57.0 ~ Jimmy Moore (M, 47)
  10. 29:27.8 ~ Dave Griffin (M, 52)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Anchors Away 6K
  1. 26:49.5 ~ Jessica Berschwinger (F, 26) Voorheesville, NY
  2. 30:32.9 ~ Catherine Maclean (F, 13)
  3. 31:50.3 ~ Debbie Chitwood (F, 47)
  4. 31:56 9 ~ Gina Spease (F, 33)
  5. 31:58.4 ~ Angela Coram (F, 36)
  6. 32:08.7 ~ Chloe Giles (F, 33)
  7. 32:47.4 ~ Cacey Hopper (F, 29)
  8. 33:25.1 ~ April Hantzis (F, 33)
  9. 33:39.0 ~ Atha Vermillion (F, 39)
  10. 34:24.4 ~ Suzanne Drake (F, 49)

Anchors Away 6K winners, 2012-2014
23 June 201222:15, Ryan Lutes27:12, Michaela Ashley109
22 June 201323:21, Sam Blackman29:58, Melissa Neild95
28 June 201422:56, Paul Stevenson26:50, Jessica Berschwinger76


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