Sunday, December 7, 2014

For Cox and Sherron it's 2011 all over again at the Ten-Mile Challenge

Stephen CoxStephen Cox doesn't always run Gulf Winds Track Club's Ten-Mile Challenge. But when he does, he wins.


Cox first ran the race in 2011, scorching the field with a 56:13. He did it again at the 27th Ten-Mile Challenge on Saturday morning, 6 December 2014, racing twice around the five-mile loop in Ox Bottom Manor in a winning 56:37. Katie Sherron, the women's winner in 2011, also added a second victory in 2014, finishing 16th overall in 72:48 as the top woman.


Since 2010, the starting line of the Ten-Mile Challenge has been at Hawk's Rise Elementary School, and the race returned there again in 2014. Vince Molosky, a two-time champion of the Ten-Mile Challenge, shot out right away, running so far ahead of everyone else that he nearly vanished in the thick morning fog. Molosky finished the first mile more than a hundred meters ahead of the next runner, Patrick Dawson of Shaw's Running. Stephen Cox was another thirty meters back.


Patrick DawsonBut one mile into a ten-mile race is still nine miles to go. Just a mile later Cox had overtaken Dawson, and Molosky's lead had been cut in half. At the end of the third mile, Cox had left Dawson behind and caught Molosky.


"We ran most of three-to-four together," recalled Cox. "I moved ahead after that steep downhill during mile four."


After that the race belonged to Cox. He hit the halfway point in 28:15 then spent the second time around the course building up a lead of more than 800 meters. While Cox cruised the second loop on his way to a 56:37 win, Patrick Dawson passed Vince Molosky then went on to take second in 59:43. Molosky finished third in 60:20. Mike Peymann was the fastest master runner in the Challenge, placing sixth overall in 64:52.


Katie Sherron and Jillian HeddaeusKatie Sherron has run the Ten-Mile Challenge each year since 2010, five times in all. Her nearest rival in the 2014 race, Jillian Heddaeus, has only run the event twice. Nevertheless, after this year's Challenge Heddaeus had a definite opinion about the race.


"That was so hard!" she declared.


It is called a Challenge, after all.


Sherron and Heddaeus raced side-by-side for much of the first few miles, but by the end of the first five-mile loop Sherron had opened a gap of a few meters. That margin widened to more than 400 meters during the second time around the course while Sherron ran home to a 72:48 win. Heddaeus was the women's runner-up, coming in 20th overall in 74:50. 30th overall in 80:57, Kate Chunka was third in the women's standings. The fourth woman finisher and top woman master was April Bentley, 32nd overall in 82:54.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge
  1. 56:37 ~ Stephen Cox (M, 31)Vince Molosky
  2. 59:43 ~ Patrick Dawson (M, 23)
  3. 60:20 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 35)
  4. 63:53 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 27)
  5. 64:11 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30)
  6. 64:52 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 52)
  7. 64:57 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 44)
  8. 65:35 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 45)
  9. 67:50 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 37)
  10. 68:18 ~ Brian Molen (M, 38)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge
  1. 72:48 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 33)Kate Chunka
  2. 74:50 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 31)
  3. 80:57 ~ Kate Chunka (F, 31)
  4. 82:54 ~ April Bentley (F, 41)
  5. 83:05 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 33)
  6. 86:18 ~ Laura Reina (F, 50)
  7. 87:51 ~ Nancy Proctor (F, 53)
  8. 87:54 ~ Kate Harrison (F, 22)
  9. 88:06 ~ Shannon McNees (F, 44)
  10. 88:06 ~ Lorien Abbey (F, 47)

109 athletes finished the 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge, while another 82 successfully tackled a shorter five-mile race. Gary Galvez of Capital City Runners won the junior race in 31:54, finishing almost 300 meters ahead of runner-up Aaron Taylor. Taylor had led through the first mile but Galvez had caught him on the second, then spent the rest of the race building a margin of victory. Tad David was the third five-mile finisher and first master, running 35:14.


Tallahassee master runner Paula O'Neill was the first woman finisher in the five mile, placing sixth overall in 37:24. Ten-year-old Kate Krizner was runner-up in the women's standings, finishing 11th overall in 41:55.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Five-Mile Road Race
  1. 31:54 ~ Gary Galvez (M, 27)Gary Galvez
  2. 33:00 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 21)
  3. 35:14 ~ Tad David (M, 45)
  4. 36:28 ~ Bill McGuire (M, 67)
  5. 37:20 ~ Scott Callen (M, 41)
  6. 37:52 ~ David Anderson (M, 64)
  7. 40:02 ~ Michael Boll (M, 50)
  8. 40:17 ~ Buddy Levins (M, 61)
  9. 41:37 ~ Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina (M, 10)
  10. 42:16 ~ Jeff Bowman (M, 53)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Five-Mile Road Race
  1. 37:24 ~ Paula O' Neill (F, 53)Paula O'Neill
  2. 41:55 ~ Kate Krizner (F, 10)
  3. 42:09 ~ Allie Caldwell (F, 24)
  4. 42:51 ~ Megan Long (F, 28)
  5. 42:57 ~ Katie Allison (F, 37)
  6. 43:21 ~ Jane Skalski (F, 30)
  7. 43:21 ~ Kasey Law (F, 27)
  8. 44:57 ~ Kenya Rich (F, 42)
  9. 46:43 ~ Ludmila De Faria (F, 46)
  10. 47:25 ~ Christine Martorana (F, 30)

Champions of Gulf Winds Track Club's Ten-Mile Challenge, 1988 - 2014
DateMenWomen
3 December 198851:05, David Keen65:19, Janice Hochstein
2 December 198952:05, Jessie Close64:09, Paula Johnson
1 December 199051:39, David Keen62:53, Paula Johnson
7 December 199154:20, Jessie Close63:40, Paula Johnson
5 December 199254:32, Jessie Close63:09, Paula Johnson
4 December 199355:30, Steve Wilcox61:53, Paula Johnson
3 December 199454:16, Herb Wills61:43, Jane Johnson
2 December 199555:30, Gary Droze65:55, Carrie Weyant
7 December 199656:27, Brian Erb66:21, Carrie Weyant
6 December 199755:06, Lee Willis62:38, Sarah Docter-Williams
5 December 199858:45, Robert Pautienus62:27, Breeda Willis
4 December 199956:24, Gary Droze69:44, Carrie Weyant
2 December 200056:29, Zachery Heissner66:07, Laurel Slyck
1 December 200160:11, Tim Unger64:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
7 December 200254:30, Lee Willis63:54, Sarah Docter-Williams
6 December 200361:33, Bill McCord63:20, Sarah Docter-Williams
4 December 200455:29, Gary Droze61:41, Sarah Docter-Williams
3 December 200556:46, Gary Droze66:43, Kara Newell
2 December 200659:13, Jay Wallace62:27, Sheryl Rosen
1 December 200758:47, Tripp Southerland64:04, Sheryl Rosen
6 December 200855:56, Chris Lake65:30, Sheryl Rosen
5 December 200957:59, Vince Molosky65:47, Sheryl Rosen
4 December 201057:19, Vince Molosky64:25, Allison Eagen
3 December 201156:13, Stephen Cox68:15, Katie Showman
1 December 201256:18, Stanley Linton68:05, Micah Adriani
7 December 201355:30, Stanley Linton73:42, Micah Adriani
6 December 201456:37, Stephen Cox72:48 Katie Sherron


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