Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sterling debuts for Lake and Turner at Tall Timbers

Chris LakeChris Lake has won more than a few of the oldest races in the Tallahassee, Florida, area, sometimes more than once. He has won the Springtime 10K, a race that started in 1975, and the Rose City 10K, which goes back to 1978. He has won the 40-year-old Palace Saloon 5K and the 39-year-old Turkey Trot 15K. The Boston (Mini) Marathon was first run in 1979; Lake won it in 2012. At the 39th running of the Prefontaine Forest 5K on 27 September 2014 he added that title to his collection.


Lake hadn't won Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run 20K, though. When he started running cross country at Chiles High School in 2003, the Pine Run had been held at International Paper's Southlands Experimental Forest near Bainbridge, Georgia, each October since 1977. By the time he graduated Chiles in 2007 International Paper had announced that it was selling off Southlands, ending 30 years of Pine Runs. When Gordon Cherr revived the Pine Run at Tall Timbers Research Station in 2008, Lake was in his second year of studies at Florida State University.


On Saturday morning, 11 October 2014, Chris Lake finally got to test himself at the Pine Run. He made the grade. Lake ran 72:10, finishing the 20K race over 1600 meters ahead of the next runner. Lake's time was the fastest in the Pine Run's seven years at Tall Timbers, eclipsing even the 73:15 run by three-time Canadian Olympian Kevin Sullivan in the 2011 race.


Three-time Pine Run champion Vince Molosky finished second behind Lake in 78:41. Another Pine Run veteran, Eric Godin, was third in 86:15. Joel Piotrowski was the first master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 87:08. It was his seventh Pine Run in the last seven years.


Master runner Elspeth Turner took the women's title, crossing the finish line just behind Piotrowski, fifth overall in 87:09. Like Lake, Turner hadn't run the Pine Run before, but marked her debut with a win. It was no wonder, though. Originally from the United Kingdom, Turner had been a standout distance runner at the University of Alabama, making the NCAA All American women's cross-country team in 1987 and setting a number of school records. Her school record in the women's 10,000 meters of 33:05.43, set in 1988, still stands.


Allison Palmer finished runner-up in the women's standings, 20th overall in 96:48. Jillian Heddaeus was the third woman across the finish line, 27th overall in 99:08.


164 athletes finished Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K at Tall Timbers.


[ All of the photos used in this report are the work of Fred Deckert. ]


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K
  1. 1:12:10 ~ Chris Lake (M, 27)Vince Molosky and Eric Godin
  2. 1:18:41 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35)
  3. 1:26:15 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30)
  4. 1:27:08 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45)
  5. 1:27:53 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 52)
  6. 1:28:25 ~ Peter Kaus (M, 30)
  7. 1:29:17 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 26)
  8. 1:29:27 ~ Duane Evans (M, 47)
  9. 1:30:33 ~ Philip Sura (M, 44)
  10. 1:31:31 ~ Brian Molen (M, 38)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Pine Run 20K
  1. 1:27:09 ~ Elspeth Turner (F, 49)Joel Piotrowski and Elspeth Turner
  2. 1:36:48 ~ Allison Palmer (F, 28)
  3. 1:39:08 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31)
  4. 1:40:58 ~ Jessie Kircher (F, 20)
  5. 1:41:47 ~ Chelsey Palmer (F, 26)
  6. 1:42:32 ~ Lindsey Toole (F, 19)
  7. 1:43:32 ~ Christienne Coutts (F, 43)
  8. 1:43:52 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 52)
  9. 1:45:14 ~ Nikky Manausa (F, 33)
  10. 1:46:23 ~ Blair Bodenmiller (F, 27)

Champions of Gulf Winds Track Club's Pine Run 20K, 1977 - 2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
15 October 197767:19 ~ Herb Wills86:21 ~ Rosemary Desloge124
14 October 197869:30 ~ Jim Eastman81:21 ~ Janice Gage167
13 October 197971:28 ~ Louis Floyd86:29 ~ Laura Ledbetter144
11 October 198071:57 ~ Kirk Fechter98:20 ~ Michelle Jernigan134
10 October 198175:05 ~ Jeff Doherty99:40 ~ Marianne Crawford101
9 October 198267:00 ~ Herb Wills97:17 ~ Kathe Brookover106
22 October 198369:32 ~ Herb Wills85:43 ~ Patti Sudduth128
20 October 198472:37 ~ Kirk Fechter89:55 ~ Donna Miller107
19 October 198568:54 ~ Herb Wills88:22 ~ Patti Sudduth71
18 October 198671:20 ~ Bill Crooks87:31 ~ Janice Gage Hochstein146
17 October 198768:58 ~ Tom Swiersz85:56 ~ Kay Capozzi125
15 October 198865:36 ~ Herb Wills82:29 ~ Paula Johnson170
14 October 198969:46 ~ Herb Wills89:53 ~ Jodi Waldron139
13 October 199069:55 ~ Herb Wills85:10 ~ Donna Miller113
12 October 199165:43 ~ Jessie Close88:16 ~ Mary Jean Yon150
17 October 199266:34 ~ Gary Droze82:17 ~ Carrie Hunnicutt141
16 October 199375:26 ~ Paul Hoover80:53 ~ Paula Johnson134
15 October 199472:45 ~ Tim Simpkins80:18 ~ Jane Johnson147
14 October 199577:39 ~ Tim Simpkins82:46 ~ Jane Johnson146
12 October 199674:32 ~ Tim Simpkins80:30 ~ Jane Johnson172
11 October 199771:36 ~ Gary Droze80:12 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams156
10 October 199873:12 ~ Gary Droze81:35 ~ Jane Johnson125
9 October 199980:41 ~ Robert Pautienus82:23 Sarah Docter-Williams170
14 October 2000 79:28 ~ Art Remillard82:43 ~ Jane Johnson150
13 October 200180:57 ~ Tim Unger84:03 ~ Sarah Docter-Williams128
12 October 200283:37 ~ Tim Bolton86:46 ~ Jane Johnson137
11 October 200384:14 ~ David Yon97:27 ~ Lisa Whitworth79
9 October 200483:01 ~ David Guerra91:55 ~ Jane Johnson94
9 October 200579:41 ~ Myles Gibson89:55 ~ Jane Johnson136
14 October 200678:22 ~ Jay Wallace81:31 ~ Sheryl Rosen108
No race held in 2007
11 October 2008 77:45 ~ Vince Molosky 87:32 ~ Kati Gosnell142
2 October 2009 75:22 ~ Jay Wallace 86:21 ~ Sheryl Rosen155
9 October 2010 73:39 ~ Vince Molosky 90:21 ~ Jane Johnson243
8 October 2011 73:15 ~ Kevin Sullivan 84:02 ~ Sheryl Rosen180
13 October 201274:48 ~ Vince Molosky95:05 ~ Jane Johnson199
12 October 201374:27 ~ Stanley Linton85:36 ~ Sheryl Rosen171
11 October 201472:10 ~ Chris Lake87:09 ~ Elspeth Turner164
From 1977 to 2006 the race was run at International Paper's Southlands
Experimental Forest south of Bainbridge, Georgia.
From 2008 to 2014 the race was run at Tall Timbers Research Station
at the north end of Leon County, Florida.


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