Saturday, September 20, 2014

Anna Busby gets a Women's Distance Fest win in the Indianhead hills

Anna BusbyOn Saturday morning, 20 September 2014, Anna Busby of Capital City Runners flashed across the finish line of a 5K race in Indianhead Acres, first in 20:45. A minute later Roger Schmidt, another Capital City Runners athlete, crossed the same finish line in 16:45, also first. In Tallahassee, that could only happen at Gulf Winds Track Club's Women's Distance Festival, a race where the women start in their own wave five minutes before the men's wave starts.

At Tallahassee's 33rd annual Women's Distance Festival 5K, the women started just after 8:00 AM, heading north on East Indianhead Drive. 600 meters up the road the runners turned west onto Apakin Nene. Three FSU students led the race at that first corner--Bridget Reid, Claire Igoe, and Julia Corley. Just a few steps behind them was Anna Busby. Corley fell off the pace early, but Busby continued to stalk Reid and Igoe. At about the three kilometer mark, Busby pulled even with the leaders.

Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K"I was cruising behind those girls and I kept expecting them to move up more," said Busby. "I finally decided, 'okay, I'm just going to go.'"

A kilometer from the finish, Busby went. Taking the lead, she never got far ahead of Reid and Igoe, but it was far enough. Busby won the race in 20:45, while Reid edged Igoe for second, 20:47 to 20:48. Julia Corley held off Laura McDermott to take fourth place, 21:38 to 21:41.

I just wanted to go sub 21:00 today and see where I was at," said Busby.

Mission accomplished.

Roger SchmidtTiffany Roddenberry was sixth in the women's standings, running 21:44. Roger Schmidt finished immediately after Roddenberry. Even though he had started five minutes behind the women's wave, Schmidt had overtaken 97 of the 103 female finishers, taking the men's title in 16:45. Nate Kaiser set the early pace for the men. Schmidt followed him out, but soon took over. By late in the race Schmidt was only running against the clock.

"I made a strong push in front of Hartsfield School before the last downhill," said Schmidt. "Then around the last corner I really slammed it home."

It was Schmidt's second win in two weeks; he had also won the Sickle Cell 5K the previous Saturday. Nate Kaiser was runner-up in 17:06, and Peter Van Brussel placed third in 18:03. "Marathon Jack" McDermott was fourth in 18:34. Wakulla High cross-country runner Lane Williams finished fifth in 18:41.

Portions of the Women's Distance Festival proceeds were earmarked for the Children's Center at TMH and the Florida State women's cross-country team.

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Women's Distance Festival
  1. 20:45 ~ Anna Busby (F, 24)Julia Corley
  2. 20:47 ~ Bridget Reid (F, 18)
  3. 20:48 ~ Claire Igoe (F, 18)
  4. 21:38 ~ Julia Corley (F, 19)
  5. 21:41 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 34)
  6. 21:44 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 30)
  7. 22:00 ~ Hollis Bartlett (F, 20)
  8. 22:03 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 53)
  9. 22:14 ~ Nikky Manausa (F, 33)
  10. 22:23 ~ Alison Thumm (F, 37)

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Women's Distance Festival
  1. 16:45 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23))Peter Van Brussel
  2. 17:06 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 35)
  3. 18:02 ~ Peter Van Brussel (M, 21)
  4. 18:34 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 45)
  5. 18:41 ~ Lane Williams (M, 18)
  6. 19:04 ~ Philip Sura (M, 44)
  7. 19:07 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45)
  8. 19:37 ~ Tim Unger (M, 55)
  9. 20:19 ~ Felton Wright (M, 57)
  10. 20:20 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 26)

Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K Champions, 1982-2013
24 JUL 198220:14, Cheryl JenningsNo Boys Allowed
23 JUL 198318:33, Barbara BalzerNo Boys Allowed
21 JUL 198418:11, Barbara BalzerNo Boys Allowed
20 JUL 198519:11, Barbara Balzer15:24, Herb Wills
19 JUL 198618:20, Janice Hochstein16:32, Rick Miller
18 JUL 198718:54, Janice Hochstein15:47, Rick Miller
16 JUL 198817:58, Michele Farrell15:09, Jessie Close
15 JUL 198917:20, Sue Addison15:09, Jessie Close
14 JUL 199018:50, Janice Hochstein15:38, Gary Droze
13 JUL 199118:51, Angie Crook15:18, Gary Droze
11 JUL 199217:36, Paula Johnson15:09, Gary Droze
17 JUL 199318:00, Lynda Nilges15:45, Steve Wilcox
1 OCT 199418:06, Jane Johnson15:46, Andy Palmer
7 OCT 199517:47, Jane Johnson15:40, Gary Droze
5 OCT 199618:41, Tracy Pepoon16:34, Tim Simpkins
4 OCT 199717:13, Sarah Docter-Williams16:20, Tim Simpkins
3 OCT 199818:02, Sarah Docter-Williams16:36, Tim Simpkins
2 OCT 199917:31, Sarah Docter-Williams15:37, Lee Willis
7 OCT 200019:18, Kingsley Broughton16:26, Art Remillard
6 OCT 200119:13, Kate Remillard18:06, Reid Vannoy
2 NOV 200220:27, Mari Leitner16:33, Nate Timm
1 NOV 200318:52, Kara Newell17:39, Justin Dickieson
6 NOV 200418:09, Sarah Docter-Williams17:24, Art Remillard
5 NOV 200521:38, Lydia Veal18:16, Jimmy Graham
7 OCT 200618:36, Sheryl Rosen17:55, Tim Unger
15 SEP 200719:02, Sheryl Rosen17:04, Jay Wallace
20 SEP 200818:52, Lisa Johnson17:29, David Altmaier
19 SEP 200919:00, Kelsey Scheitlin16:34, John Robida
18 SEP 201018:39, Lisa Johnson16:34, Vince Molosky
17 SEP 201117:11, Jackie Drouin15:00, Kevin Sullivan
15 SEP 201217:06, Georgia Peel16:03, Chris Rego
14 SEP 201316:51, Kayleigh Tyerman15:58, Stanley Linton
20 SEP 201420:45, Anna Busby16:45, Roger Schmidt


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