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.
"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.
Tiffany 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
- 20:45 ~ Anna Busby (F, 24)
- 20:47 ~ Bridget Reid (F, 18)
- 20:48 ~ Claire Igoe (F, 18)
- 21:38 ~ Julia Corley (F, 19)
- 21:41 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 34)
- 21:44 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 30)
- 22:00 ~ Hollis Bartlett (F, 20)
- 22:03 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 53)
- 22:14 ~ Nikky Manausa (F, 33)
- 22:23 ~ Alison Thumm (F, 37)
Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Women's Distance Festival
- 16:45 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23))
- 17:06 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 35)
- 18:02 ~ Peter Van Brussel (M, 21)
- 18:34 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 45)
- 18:41 ~ Lane Williams (M, 18)
- 19:04 ~ Philip Sura (M, 44)
- 19:07 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45)
- 19:37 ~ Tim Unger (M, 55)
- 20:19 ~ Felton Wright (M, 57)
- 20:20 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 26)
|Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K Champions, 1982-2013|
|24 JUL 1982||20:14, Cheryl Jennings||No Boys Allowed|
|23 JUL 1983||18:33, Barbara Balzer||No Boys Allowed|
|21 JUL 1984||18:11, Barbara Balzer||No Boys Allowed|
|20 JUL 1985||19:11, Barbara Balzer||15:24, Herb Wills|
|19 JUL 1986||18:20, Janice Hochstein||16:32, Rick Miller|
|18 JUL 1987||18:54, Janice Hochstein||15:47, Rick Miller|
|16 JUL 1988||17:58, Michele Farrell||15:09, Jessie Close|
|15 JUL 1989||17:20, Sue Addison||15:09, Jessie Close|
|14 JUL 1990||18:50, Janice Hochstein||15:38, Gary Droze|
|13 JUL 1991||18:51, Angie Crook||15:18, Gary Droze|
|11 JUL 1992||17:36, Paula Johnson||15:09, Gary Droze|
|17 JUL 1993||18:00, Lynda Nilges||15:45, Steve Wilcox|
|1 OCT 1994||18:06, Jane Johnson||15:46, Andy Palmer|
|7 OCT 1995||17:47, Jane Johnson||15:40, Gary Droze|
|5 OCT 1996||18:41, Tracy Pepoon||16:34, Tim Simpkins|
|4 OCT 1997||17:13, Sarah Docter-Williams||16:20, Tim Simpkins|
|3 OCT 1998||18:02, Sarah Docter-Williams||16:36, Tim Simpkins|
|2 OCT 1999||17:31, Sarah Docter-Williams||15:37, Lee Willis|
|7 OCT 2000||19:18, Kingsley Broughton||16:26, Art Remillard|
|6 OCT 2001||19:13, Kate Remillard||18:06, Reid Vannoy|
|2 NOV 2002||20:27, Mari Leitner||16:33, Nate Timm|
|1 NOV 2003||18:52, Kara Newell||17:39, Justin Dickieson|
|6 NOV 2004||18:09, Sarah Docter-Williams||17:24, Art Remillard|
|5 NOV 2005||21:38, Lydia Veal||18:16, Jimmy Graham|
|7 OCT 2006||18:36, Sheryl Rosen||17:55, Tim Unger|
|15 SEP 2007||19:02, Sheryl Rosen||17:04, Jay Wallace|
|20 SEP 2008||18:52, Lisa Johnson||17:29, David Altmaier|
|19 SEP 2009||19:00, Kelsey Scheitlin||16:34, John Robida|
|18 SEP 2010||18:39, Lisa Johnson||16:34, Vince Molosky|
|17 SEP 2011||17:11, Jackie Drouin||15:00, Kevin Sullivan|
|15 SEP 2012||17:06, Georgia Peel||16:03, Chris Rego|
|14 SEP 2013||16:51, Kayleigh Tyerman||15:58, Stanley Linton|
|20 SEP 2014||20:45, Anna Busby||16:45, Roger Schmidt|
- Complete results of the 2014 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of GWTC's 2014 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of GWTC's 2014 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
- 2013 story, "Tyerman lowers Women's Distance Festival 5K record to 16:51"
- 2012 story, "Georgia Peel runs 17:06 at Women's Distance Festival 5K"
- 2011 story, "Drouin runs a record 17:11 at Women's Distance Fest 5K"
- 2010 story, "Lisa Johnson wins big at the Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival"
- 2009 story, "Scheitlin, Robida Take Tallahassee Women's Distance Fest Titles"
- USATF course certification map for the 2014 Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K
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