Saturday, August 16, 2014

Morning mile honors for Mizereck and Willis

Matt MizereckAround breakfast time on Saturday morning, 16 August 2014, Matt Mizereck ran unchallenged for four laps around the Maclay School track, posting a winning time of 4:22.11 in Gulf Winds Track Club's 17th annual "Breakfast on the Track" Mile. Maclay sophomore Caroline Willis was the top female in the event, running 5:26.81. 212 athletes competed in the one-mile race, which was run in ten sections seeded by projected finish time.


Matt Mizereck ran in the first section, which started at 7:45 AM. Immediately after the starting pistol fired, Mizereck bolted to the front, followed by master runner Joseph Carnegie. The pace was too swift for Carnegie, though, and before the end of the first lap he gave up the second position to Joseph Garcia. Garcia was able to hold on to the second spot, but Mizereck steadily pulled away. Churning out one fast lap after another, Mizereck cruised to a 4:22.11 win. Garcia remained runner-up, posting a 4:35.41. Chris Lake outkicked Zach DeVeau for third, 4:39.22 to 4:41.61. Geb Kiros was the first master runner in the field, placing thirteenth overall in 4:57.21.


Chris Lake and Zach DeVeauMizereck had previously run the "Breakfast on the Track" Mile once in 2006, finishing tenth in 5:01.09. At the time he was just out of eighth grade and still racing in Raa Middle School colors. Since then Mizereck had won three state titles in cross country and three more in track and field while competing for Leon High, and logged three years of collegiate distance running at the University of Florida plus another half year at Florida State. A 4:22.11 mile wasn't exactly comparable to his high school 1600-meter best of 4:11.76 or his college 1500-meter best of 3:51.17, but Mizereck wasn't exactly approaching the race seriously.


"I got here at 7:30 or 7:35 and jogged two laps," Mizereck admitted, describing his warm up. "For as horrible as I felt the race was alright."


4:22.11 was good enough to win the race, though, and it was also the second best performance in the 17 years of the "Breakfast on the Track" Mile. Only Ryan Deak's 2001 record of 4:21.47 was faster.


"I'd like to come back next year and go after the record," said Mizereck.


Katie Sherron and Caroline WillisRunning in the second section Caroline Willis, a sophomore distance runner at Maclay, approached the race more seriously than Mizereck. 15 years old, Willis is just a year older than Mizereck was when he first raced at the "Breakfast on the Track," but this was her third time in Gulf Winds Track Club's one-mile run. Outkicking Katie Showman for the women's title, Willis ran her fastest mile ever, a 5:26.81. Sherron was less than a step behind in 5:27.12. Jillian Heddaeus was third in the women's standings with a 5:53.29. Middle school runners took the next three spots, with Deerlake's Emily Molen fourth in 5:57.64, Holy Comforter's Katherine Resavage fifth in 6:01.64, and Lindsay James of Maclay sixth in 6:06.12. Mary Vancore took top master woman honors, tenth in the women's division with a 6:16.40.


Just over 60 years ago, on 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four mile, a 3:59.4. Afterwards, though, he had to leave the Oxford University track at Iffley Road to get dinner. After the "Breakfast on the Track" Mile, athletes were invited to enjoy pancakes right at the track. Civilization marches on.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Breakfast on the Track Mile
  1. 4:22.11 ~ Matt Mizereck (M, 22)Geb Kiros
  2. 4:35.41 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 18)
  3. 4:39.33 ~ Chris Lake (M, 26)
  4. 4:41.61 ~ Zach DeVeau (M, 26)
  5. 4:44.61 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 30)
  6. 4:45.17 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 34)
  7. 4:46.60 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 16)
  8. 4:48.61 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 28)
  9. 4:50.87 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 30)
  10. 4:51.28 ~ Thomas Howell (M, 18)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Breakfast on the Track Mile
  1. 5:26.81 ~ Caroline Willis (F, 15)Jillian Heddaeus
  2. 5:27.12 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 32)
  3. 5:53.29 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31)
  4. 5:57.64 ~ Emily Molen (F, 12)
  5. 6:01.64 ~ Katherine Resavage (F, 13)
  6. 6:06.12 ~ Lindsay James (F, 11)
  7. 6:06.34 ~ Rachel Rumana (F, 15)
  8. 6:07.90 ~ Kenzie Mazziotta (F, 13)
  9. 6:15.65 ~ Hannah Hosay (F, 12)
  10. 6:16.40 ~ Mary Vancore (F, 50)

"Breakfast On The Track" Mile champions, 1998-2014
DateMenWomen
8 August 19984:36 ~ Robert Pautienus5:21 ~ Jane Johnson
14 August 19994:26 ~ Lee Willis5:27 ~ Jane Johnson
26 August 20004:42.97 ~ Gary Droze5:09.08 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
18 August 20014:21.47 ~ Ryan Deak5:08.94 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
17 August 20024:35.07 ~ Lee Willis5:10.33 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
16 August 20034:45.20 ~ David Huntzinger5:02.28 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
14 August 20044:32.40 ~ Lee Willis5:11.79 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
13 August 20054:46.26 ~ Art Remillard5:07.13 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
12 August 20064:47.58 ~ Whitney Strickland5:09.85 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
18 August 20074:48.04 ~ Michael Martinez5:12.91 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams
16 August 20084:31.39 ~ Whitney Strickland5:12.79 ~ Jana Stolting
15 August 20094:43.40 ~ Patrick Swain5:05.66 ~ Jana Stolting
21 August 20104:33.30 ~ Trevor Touchton5:00.97 ~ Stefanie Kurgatt
20 August 20114:26.90 ~ Kevin Sullivan5:05.82 ~ Stefanie Kurgatt
18 August 20124:40.52 ~ Travis Covert5:01.74 ~ Stefanie Kurgatt
17 August 20134:34.92 ~ Remy Tamer5:12.07 ~ Sheryl Rosen
16 August 20144:22.11 ~ Matt Mizereck5:26.81 ~ Caroline Willis


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