Friday, October 31, 2014

Touchton and Faletti fleetest at FSECC 5K

Trevor TouchtonOn Thursday, 30 October 2014, folks in Southwood out for a morning walk around the Central Park Lake may have been puzzled by the site of Trevor Touchton being chased by a man dressed as a Mexican wrestler. It was the day before Halloween, though. It was also the day of the Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign's 14th annual 5K race. For any bystander who was left wondering, the luchador never caught Touchton, who went on to win the race.


Touchton has years of distance running experience, competing for Swift Creek Middle School, Lincoln High School, and United States Military Academy. He had been away from it for for a few weeks though.


"I had surgery back in August so I'm seeing how I'm coming back," explained Touchton.


The recovery is going well. Touchton ran a course record 16:19 in the race, winning by over a minute. The Lincoln alumnus took the lead early, had the race wrapped up by the end of the first mile, then kept pushing toward the finish.


Meaghan FalettiBehind him, second place went to 2012 FSECC champion Bryan Koon. Koon was the fastest master runner in the race, covering the course in 17:28 in spite of being dressed as the notorious Mexican wrestler, El Jefe del Desastre. Koon did wear the Luchador costume better than Jack Black in Nacho Libre, although he did make some compromises for speed.


"I left the cape and belt off during the race," said Koon.


Meaghan Faletti wasn't fleeing any luchadores in the women's competition, but she did post a swift 20:58 win, placing seventh overall and finishing nearly 800 meters ahead of the next woman. Tinffany Hersey was the women's runner up, coming in 20th overall in 24:30. Becky Sponholtz was the third woman and first woman master, 22nd overall in 24:46.


255 athletes finished the 2014 FSECC 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2014 FSECC 5K
  1. 16:18.83 ~ Trevor Touchton (M, 19) Tallahassee, FLBryan Koon
  2. 17:27.07 ~ Bryan Koon
  3. 18:28.54 ~ Mike Martinez
  4. 19:21.00 ~ Bill McNulty
  5. 19:58.13 ~ Tim Unger
  6. 20:25.14 ~ Mike Burns
  7. 21:26.24 ~ Josh Kuch
  8. 21:31.04 ~ Ray Barney
  9. 21:59.44 ~ Darryl Griffin
  10. 22:30.04 ~ Michael Kennett

Top Ten Women, 2014 FSECC 5K
  1. 20:57.20 ~ Meaghan Faletti (F, 22)Rebecca Sponholtz
  2. 24:29.20 ~ Tiffany Hersey (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 24:45.25 ~ Becky Sponholtz (F, 41)
  4. 25:14.56 ~ Elizabeth Steven
  5. 25:26.31 ~ Diana Caldwell
  6. 25:53.24 ~ Lisa Bohl
  7. 25:58.15 ~ Sonya Dudley
  8. 26:11.87 ~ Jackie Adams
  9. 26:18.19 ~ Lilli Unger
  10. 26:59.80 ~ Katie Maxwell

Recent champions of the FSECC 5K, 2008 - 2014
DateMenWomen
20 November 200818:15, Tim Unger21:31, Brook Pace
5 November 200917:56, Kevin Sweeney21:06, Kelly Stevens
4 November 201016:38, Matt Dobson22:12, Brook Pace
10 November 201116:46, Gary Droze19:50, Stephanie Liles
29 November 201217:06, Bryan Koon20:47, Stephanie Liles
31 October 201316:56, Gary Droze20:09, Renee Cox
30 October 201416:19, Trevor Touchton20:58, Meaghan Faletti


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blountstown boys and Wewahitchka girls repeat as District 2-1A cross country champs

TigerCross country teams are tested every time they race, but the important weighing comes at the end of the season. For the class 1A high schools of the Apalachicola River valley, that weighing came on Wednesday morning, 29 October 2014, in Blountstown's Sam Atkins Park. It was the FHSAA District 2-1A Cross-Country Meet, and it would determine which teams and athletes advanced to the Region 1 championships.


Racing started at 9:00 AM with the boys' 5K. Cottondale sophomore Garry Barnes won the race by over 100 meters, taking the District title with a 17:37. The defending District 2-1A champion, Blountstown senior Thomas Howell, was second in 18:00. Right behind Howell was Wewahitchka Gator sophomore Elijah Sarmiento, third in 18:02.


Two of Howell's Blountstown teammates, sophomore Tyreek Sumner and frosh Jesse Boyd, took fourth and fifth in 18:18 and 18:28. Blountstown's next two scorers were William Price, 15th in 20:07, and Alfredo Puente, 16th in 20:17. After that, the Tigers had a team total of 42 points and the 2014 District title. The top four teams earned the right to compete at the Region 1 meet. Cottondale was second with 61 points, Wewahitchka third with 77, and Graceville fourth with 125; those teams joined Blountstown in qualifying for Region 1 at Sunnyhill Farms in Tallahassee on Saturday morning, 8 November 2014.


Boys' Team Standings, 2014 FHSAA District 2-1A Cross Country Meet
  1. Blountstown, 42 *
  2. Cottondale, 61 *
  3. Wewahitchka, 77 *
  4. Graceville, 125 *
  5. Franklin County, 140
  6. Port St. Joe, 173
  7. Altha, 183
  8. Sneads, 189
  9. North Bay Haven, 214
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Ten Boys, 2014 FHSAA District 2-1A Cross Country Meet
  1. 17:36.21 ~ Garry Barnes (Cottondale) 10
  2. 17:59.82 ~ Thomas Howell (Blountstown) 12
  3. 18:01.11 ~ Elijah Sarmiento (Wewahitchka) 10
  4. 18:17.66 ~ Tyreek Sumner (Blountstown) 10
  5. 18:27.25 ~ Jesse Boyd (Blountstown) 9
  6. 18:51.07 ~ John Cartwright (Graceville) 10
  7. 18:55.27 ~ Michael Black (Cottondale) 10
  8. 18:59.24 ~ Brandon Pittman (Graceville) 12
  9. 19:02.41 ~ Quinnaland Rhodes (Franklin County) 11
  10. 19:07.24 ~ Colby Gay (Wewahitchka) 12

With six teams competing in the girls' race, only three would advance to Region. Wewahitchka frosh Sha Maria Cole did her part to see that the Gators made it to Region 1; the 2012 District champ, Cole won the 2014 race in 22:17. Cottondale seventh-grader Valerie Sampson, the 2013 District champ, edged Altha seventh-grader Bobbi Finuff for the runner-up spot, 23:09 to 23:12. Port St. Joe eighth grader Quinci Elphinstone and Blountstown frosh Bailey Johnson battled for fourth, with Elphinstone prevailing 23:41 to 23:42.


In addition to Cole, the Gators had seniors McKenna Waters (6th, 23:50) and Brittany Griffin (8th, 23:54) in the top ten. Frosh Rylee Waters (19th, 25:26) and eighth-grader Rayanna Penix (20th, 25:27) rounded out the Wewahitchka top five, giving the Gators 48 points and the 2014 District 2-1A title, their fourth in a row. Behind Valerie Sampson, Cottondale totaled 54 points to take second.


One qualifying spot remained. The Blountstown Tigers had 63 points, the third best score, but so did Altha's Wildcats. In high school cross country, when the scores are the same place is decided by the sixth runner. Blountstown's sixth runner, sophomore Keirstin Mosher (23rd, 25:53) finished ahead of Altha's, giving the Tigers third place in the team standings and a spot on the starting line at the Region 1 meet. Demonstrating that every athlete on a cross-country team counts, Blountstown's seventh runner, junior Dawn Starr (28th, 27:05), had already forced the tie score by finishing five seconds ahead of Altha's fifth runner, adding a point to the Wildcats' score. No place, no point, no second, and no runner can be ignored in cross country, the greatest sport in the world.


Girls' Team Standings, 2014 FHSAA District 2-1A Cross Country Meet
  1. Wewahitchka, 48 *
  2. Cottondale, 54 *
  3. Blountstown, 63 *
  4. Altha, 63
  5. Graceville, 114
  6. Sneads, 174
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Ten Girls, 2014 FHSAA District 2-1A Cross Country Meet
  1. 22:16.69 ~ Sha Mario Cole (Wewahitchka) 9
  2. 23:08.99 ~ Valerie Sampson (Cottondale) 7
  3. 23:11.77 ~ Bobbi Finuff (Altha) 7
  4. 23:40.69 ~ Quinci Elphinstone (Port St. Joe) 8
  5. 23:41.84 ~ Bailey Johnson (Blountstown) 9
  6. 23:49.12 ~ McKenna Waters (Wewahitchka) 12
  7. 23:52.20 ~ Deana Holland (Cottondale) 8
  8. 23:53.73 ~ Brittany Griffin (Wewahitchka) 12
  9. 23:57.66 ~ Connor Melvin (Cottondale) 12
  10. 24:03.32 ~ Katie Cox (Altha) 11

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#1244

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rebekah Smith and Andrew Jackson lead another Thomasville sweep in Region 1-AA

Rebekah SmithIt's not true that Thomasville High teams always win the Region 1-AA cross-country meet. Why, just five years ago the Fitzgerald boys took home the 2009 Region 1 title. Of course, even that year the Thomasville boys were no worse than second, and the Thomasville girls won their race. And every year since then the Thomasville Bulldogs have claimed the Region titles, both boys and girls.


This year was no exception. The Bulldogs pulled off yet another sweep of the Region 1-AA team titles, this time on the course at Pebble Hill on Wednesday morning, 29 October 2014.


The Bulldogs' big day started with the girls' 5K race at 10:30 AM. Just four day earlier, Thomasville junior Rebekah Smith had won the Yellow Jacket Invitational, the first cross-country victory of her career. She must have liked the idea, because was first across the finish line again in the Region 1-AA race, coming in nearly a minute ahead of the next runner at 22:11. Is winning becoming a habit for Smith?


Emily Boyd"I hope so!" she laughed.


Emily Boyd of Berrien placed second in 23:08. Boyd was joined in the top ten by two other Berrien Rebels, Janna Jernigan (4th, 23:25) and Haley Jernigan (10th, 25:17). But Thomasville had three other runners in the top ten--juniors Jacara Hayes (5th, 24:16) and Rebecca Jane White (7th, 24:40) plus frosh Miyah Beard (9th, 25:09). And while the Rebels were still waiting for their fourth scorer, junior Demetria Miley crossed the finish line for the Bulldogs, 11th in 25:30. That gave the Thomasville girls 37 points and a seventh straight Region 1 title for the Bulldogs. Berrien was second with 43 points, Pelham third with 84, and Fitzgerald fourth with 104. Those were the four teams that qualified for the GHSA State Championship on 8 November 2014 in Carrollton, Georgia.


Girls' Team Standings, 2014 GHSA Region 1-AA Cross Country
  1. Thomasville, 33 points
  2. Berrien, 43
  3. Pelham, 84
  4. Fitzgerald, 104
  5. Early County, 125
  6. Seminole County, 128

Top Ten Girls, 2014 GHSA Region 1-AA Cross Country
  1. 22:10.45 ~ Rebekah Smith (Thomasville) 11Janna Jernigan
  2. 23:07.91 ~ Emily Boyd (Berrien)
  3. 23:28.52 ~ Tanja Brenne (Fitzgerald) 12
  4. 23:34.73 ~ Janna Jernigan (Berrien)
  5. 24:15.21 ~ Jacara Hayes (Thomasville) 11
  6. 24:37.83 ~ Monica Webb (Pelham) 10
  7. 24:39.89 ~ Rebecca Jane White (Thomasville) 11
  8. 25:04.15 ~ Yulisa Serrano (Fitzgerald) 10
  9. 25:08.51 ~ Miyah Beard (Thomasville) 9
  10. 25:16.11 ~ Haley Jernigan (Berrien)

Andrew JacksonThomasville senior Travet "TJ" Witherspoon charged out into the lead right from the start of the GHSA Region 1 boys' race. For the first mile, Berrien sophomore Haven Gilbert ran as if he were stuck to Witherspoon, but the Bulldog senior broke away during the second mile, arriving at the two-mile mark with a ten-second lead. Meanwhile, another Thomasville senior, Andrew Jackson, had moved into second place. In each of four earlier races this season, Jackson had finished behind Witherspoon. During the third mile of this race, though, Jackson made Witherspoon's lead disappear. With 400 meters to go Jackson was the one with the ten-second lead. He continued to widen that lead on his way to an 18:29 win and the GHSA Region 1-AA title. Witherspoon held off Bryce Tucker of Berrien 18:47 to 18:49, taking second. Thomasville senior Neil White was fourth in 18:59. The Bulldogs' next two runners were junior Alex Perralta (9th, 20:16) and senior Jacob Bruhn (15th, 21:06), giving Thomasville a winning total of 31 points and a trip to the State Meet in Carrollton. Also qualifying for State were Berrien, second with 42 points; Seminole County, third with 82; and Fitzgerald, fourth with 107.


Boys' Team Standings, 2014 GHSA Region 1-AA Cross Country
  1. Thomasville, 31 points
  2. Berrien, 42
  3. Seminole County, 82
  4. Fitzgerald, 107
  5. Pelham, 115
  6. Early County, 139

Top Ten Boys, 2014 GHSA Region 1-AA Cross Country
  1. 18:28.53 ~ Andrew Jackson (Thomasville) 12TJ Witherspoon and Haven Gilbert
  2. 18:46.58 ~ Travet Witherspoon (Thomasville) 12
  3. 18:48.14 ~ Bryce Tucker (Berrien)
  4. 18:58.21 ~ Neil White (Thomasville) 12
  5. 19:03.16 ~ Brett Bailey (Pelham) 12
  6. 19:30.93 ~ Haven Gilbert (Berrien)
  7. 19:39.87 ~ Dustin Reynolds (Seminole County) 10
  8. 20:02.30 ~ Caleb Finn (Berrien)
  9. 20:15.62 ~ Alex Peralta (Thomasville) 11
  10. 20:20.51 ~ Ronaldo Nunez (Fitzgerald) 11

GHSA Region 1-AA Cross-Country Champions
2010 - 2014
Girls
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
30 Oct 2008Thomasville, 2822:23, Jennifer Cumbus (Berrien)
29 Oct 2009Thomasville, 2223:26, Jennifer Cumbus (Berrien)
28 Oct 2010Thomasville, 2823:03, Rosalie White (Thomasville) 10
26 Oct 2011Thomasville, 1723:19, Mareike Haaren (Thomasville) 10
31 Oct 2012Thomasville, 1521:48, Rachel Smith (Thomasville) 11
29 Oct 2013Thomasville, 2321:05, Rachel Smith (Thomasville) 12
29 Oct 2014Thomasville, 3322:11, Rebekah Smith (Thomasville) 11
Boys
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
30 Oct 2008Thomasville, 3617:13, David Daniel (Thomasville)
29 Oct 2009Fitzgerald, 3117:37, David Daniel (Thomasville)
28 Oct 2010Thomasville, 5618:29, Grif Rutherford (Thomasville) 9
26 Oct 2011Thomasville, 4017:40, Grif Rutherford (Thomasville) 10
31 Oct 2012Thomasville, 4518:20, Guthrie Edwards (Pelham) 11
29 Oct 2013Thomasville, 2517:12, Guthrie Edwards (Pelham) 12
29 Oct 2014Thomasville, 3118:29, Andrew Jackson (Thomasville) 12
Note: The 2010-2012 and 2014 meets were at Pebble Hill Plantation.
The 2006-2009 and 2013 meets were at Kolomoki Mounds State Park.


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#1240

29 October 2014 Tallahassee 100-Mile Race Calendar

This is the Tallahassee vicinity road-race schedule for 29 October 2014. If that's more than a week ago, the latest schedule is always available via this link:


This is a listing of upcoming races within 100 miles of Tallahassee, Florida, roughly the region in the map below. If a race isn't listed, I probably haven't heard of it, so post a comment and let me know about it.
Map
30 OCTOBER 2014
  • Pumpkin14th annual Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Southwood State Office Complex, 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course #FL11111EBM. Event page on Facebook. Tim Unger, UngerT@dor.state.fl.us or 850-617-8832.
1 NOVEMBER 2014
  • 4th annual Run for Lawson Cross Country 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile. Holy Comforter Episcopal School, 2001 Fleischmann Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Cathy Mayfield, emc4223@aol.com
  • Deerlake Run for Education 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Deerlake Middle School, 9902 Deer Lake West, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook.
  • Spooky 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center, Building 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama. Kristi Fink, 334-255-0308.
  • Run4Jesus 5K. 7:45 AM ET. The RV Park at Georgia Baptist Conference Center, 165 W Weeks St, Norman Park, Georgia 31771. Online registration at active.com.
8 NOVEMBER 2014
  • 4th annual Trash Dash 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Championship Cross-Country Course, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Carole Gentry gentryc@leoncountyfl.gov or Mary Jean Yon MaryJeanYon@comcast.net
  • 4th annual Truck Route Trek 50K and Marathon. 7:00 AM ET. Oak Valley Publix Plaza, Capital Circle NW and North Monroe Street (US 27), Tallahassee, Florida. Entry form and flyer.
  • Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA Veteran's Day 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET 10K and 5K / 9:15 AM ET one mile. Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA, 1818 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Bainbridge, GA 39819. 229-243-0508.
  • Almost World Famous YMCA Holiday Chili Run 15K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:15 AM ET 15K / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Albany Area YMCA Central Facility, 1701 Gillionville Road, Albany, Georgia. Entry form and flyer.
  • Run Baby Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM CT. Sharon Sheffield Park, 925 Pennsylvania Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida 32444. Online registration at active.com.
  • Crossroads Pregnancy Center 5K. 10:00 AM ET. Crossroads Pregnancy Center, 19930 N US Highway 441, High Springs, Florida 32643. Online registration at active.com.
11 NOVEMBER 2014
  • USA Flag4th annual VetFest Veterans Day 5K. 8:30 AM ET. South Gadsden Street and East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Tracy Taylor, tracytulip@gmail.com or 850-567-9779.
15 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Hoofing It For Habitat 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Centerville Conservation Community, Conservation Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. USATF certified course FL11064EBM. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Nancy Stedman, realtornancy@comcast.net
  • Pelham Wildlife Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET 5K / 10:00 AM ET one mile. Camp Charis, 3574 Spence Rd, Pelham, Georgia 31779. Entry form and flyer.
  • 4th annual Run For Your Lungs 5K and one-mile fun run. 9:30 AM ET 5K / 9:45 AM ET one mile. Lake Blackshear Retreat, 2459-H US Highway 280 West, Cordele, Georgia. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. info@runforyourlungs.org or Shelia Knight 229-881-7046 or Shellie Gay 229-894-5884.
21 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Tifton Junior Women's Club Glow Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 6:00 PM ET one mile / 6:45 PM ET 5K. Northside Baptist Church, 4605 Murray Avenue, Tifton, Georgia 31794. Online registration at active.com. Tifton Junior Woman's Club, emilym.carr@gmail.com or 205-807-2911.
22 NOVEMBER 2014
  • 20th annual Draggin' Tail 18-Mile Run, Relay, and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. St Theresa's Catholic Church, 2056 Sunny Hills Boulevard, Sunny Hills, Florida. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Marty Kirkland 850-265-8439 or Joe Edgecombe joeruns@yahoo.com or 850-763-5005.
  • Turkey Trot 10K and 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Facility, Bldg 4605 Andrews Avenue, Fort Rucker, Alabama, 36362. 334-255-0308.
  • 4th annual Wild Hog Jog 5-Mile and 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Gulf Coast State College, 5230 West Highway 98, Panama City, Florida. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. Kris Retherford, krisreth@gmail.com or 850-527-2861.
27 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K / 10K / 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. State Office Satellite Complex at SouthWood, Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671 or 850-668-2236.
  • Valdosta Thanksgiving Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, Azalea Drive and College Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
  • 3rd annual 30A Thanksgiving 10K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM CT. 34 North Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach, Florida. USATF certified 10K course #FL12097EBM. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Hammer Down Multisport, craig@hammerdownmultisport.com or 850-259-1788.
29 NOVEMBER 2014
  • Swine Time 5K. 8:30 AM ET. Swine Time Fairgrounds, New Street, Climax Georgia. 2013 story. 2011 story. Swine Time Run profile on Facebook. Online registration at active.com. Paul Fryer, pfryer1@gmail.com or 229-246-8560 or Chip Ariail, dariail@dcboe.com or 229-243-9120.
  • Pilgrim Chase Trail Run 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
6 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club Ten-Mile Challenge and Five-Mile Road Race. 8:00 AM ET. Hawks Rise Elementary School, 205 Meadow Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32312-1565. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified courses FL10078EBM (ten mile) and FL10077EBM (five mile). Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Lisa or Eric Johnson, 10MileChallenge@gmail.com
  • 6th annual Run for the Redfish Half-Marathon / 5K / one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Pier Park, Margaritaville, 16230 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach 32413. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com.
13 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 33rd annual Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic 50K/50M. 7:00 AM ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida. 2013 story, 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL08072EBM. Event web site. Gary Griffin, runlong@nettally.com
  • 4th annual Thomasville JSL Red Nose Run Half Marathon and 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Thomas University, Pinetree Boulevard and Millpond Road, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. USATF course number GA12116WC (5K). USATF course number GA12117WC (half marathon).
  • Mistletoe 5K. 9:00 AM CT. Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Facility, 5900 Skychief Street, Fort Rucker, Alabama 36362. 334-255-2296.
20 DECEMBER 2014
  • Gulf Wind Track Club's fourth annual Tannenbaum Trail 6K Cross Country Run. 9:00 AM ET. Apalachee Regional Park Trail, 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Online registration at active.com. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
27 DECEMBER 2014
  • Last Gasp 5K Trail Run. 9:00 AM CT. Westgate Park, 801 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
31 DECEMBER 2014
  • 3rd annual Valdosta New Year's Eve 5K. 9:00 PM ET. Lowndes High School, 1606 Norman Drive, Valdosta Georgia, 31601. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
3 JANUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 2nd annual Swamp Forest Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, and Quarter Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. Bobby York, byorkjr@msn.com or 850-443-6795.
  • 11th annual Kiwanis River Run 10K / 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Earle May Boat Basin, 100 Boat Basin Circle, Bainbridge, Georgia 39817. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 10K is on USATF certified course GA05001WC. Nan McIntosh, 229-416-6624.
10 JANUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 31st annual Bowlegs 5K Run for Scholarship. 9:00 AM ET. FAMU / FSU College of Engineering, 2525 Pottsdamer Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32310-6046. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12001EBM. Larry Giunipero, lgiunip@cob.fsu.edu or 850-878-5569, or Bill Hillison, bhillis@garnet.acns.fsu.edu or 850-893-4557.
17 JANUARY 2015
24 JANUARY 2015
  • Red Fox6th annual Red Fox Trot 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Roberts Elementary School, 5777 Pimlico Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. redfoxtrot5K@gmail.com
  • 6th annual FSU Medical Response Unit 5K. 9:00 AM ET. Integration Statue on Woodward Plaza, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story.
  • PigThe 33rd annual Hog Wild Run 15K and 5K. 2:00 PM CT. The Depot Off Main, 120 Museum Avenue, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 15K course map. Larry Dykes, drcprez@yahoo.com or 334-792-6021.
31 JANUARY 2015
  • 3rd annual Trailblazer 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET 5K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. DeSoto Trail Elementary School, 5200 Tredington Park Drive Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. Jennifer Hay, jennghayfl@gmail.com
7 FEBRUARY 2015
  • 4th annual Southeast Alabama Community Foundation Half Marathon and 5K. 8:00 AM CT. Flowers Hospital, 4370 West Main Street, Dothan, Alabama 36305. Event page on Facebook.
8 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 41st annual Tallahassee Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:30 AM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way at Spirit Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web site. USATF certified marathon course #FL11125EBM. USATF certified half-marathon course #FL09001EBM. Tallahasseemarathon@gmail.com
14 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Samoa22nd annual Run For The Cookies 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 9:00 AM ET 5K. Tallahassee Community College Lifetime Sports Center, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32304. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified 5K course FL14006EBM. Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Dr. Jeanne O'Kon, okonj@tcc.fl.edu or 850-894-2019.
  • 5th annual Hospice Half Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Georgia Christian School, 4359 Dasher Road, Valdosta, Georgia 31601-2101. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. Elizabeth Greene, esutton621@gmail.com or 229-403-4854.
21 FEBRUARY 2015
28 FEBRUARY 2015
  • Purple Heart3rd annual Purple Heart 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 9:00 AM ET. Bainbridge State College, 2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia 39818. 2014 story. 2013 story. Eric Dueno eric.dueno@bainbridge.edu or 229-248-2577; Juan Gomez 229-248-2634.
7 MARCH 2015
  • 10th annual Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 10K and 5K. Thomasville Road Baptist Church, 3131 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course FL09035EBM (10K). USATF certified course FL09036EBM (5K). Event page on Facebook. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at EventBrite.com. Michael Kennett, mtkyuma@yahoo.com
  • 9th annual Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon. 7:00 am ET. Veteran's Park, 112 North Front Street, Albany, GA 31701. USATF certified course GA07003WC (Marathon), GA07002WC (half-Marathon). 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. info@albanymarathon.com or 229-317-4760.
  • Red Pepper Run 5K. 8:00 AM ET. The Blue Parrot, 68 West Gorrie Drive, St. George Island, Florida 32328. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event web site. Susan Bassett, 850-323-0092.
  • tiny tortoise7th annual Race The Tortoise 5K. 8:00 AM ET. O'Leno State Park, 410 S.E. O'Leno Park Road, High Springs, Florida 32643. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL09011EBM. Event web page. Cindy Preston, Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us or 386-454-0723.
  • Adel Kiwanis 5K and one-mile fun run. Memorial Stadium, 1600 Massee Post Road, Adel, Georgia 31620. 8:00 AM ET 5K / 9:00 AM ET one mile. 2014 story. 2011 story. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. liza.hendrix10@gmail.com.
8 MARCH 2015
  • 6th annual Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. 7:40 AM ET. Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Live Oak, Florida 32060. USATF certified marathon course FL10137EBM. USATF certified half-marathon course FL10028EBM. 2014 story. 2013 story. Event web page. Online registration at active.com. Chris Carusone, 941-799-7184.
14 MARCH 2015
  • Shamrock27th annual Shamrock Scurry 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00AM ET one mile / 8:30AM ET 5K.Killearn United Methodist Church, 2800 Shamrock South, Tallahassee, Florida 32309. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. USATF certified course #FL10021EBM. Course map. Connie Clark, rclarke54@comcast.net or 850-933-2429.
  • 37th annual Winston Howell 10,000 Meter Road Race. 9:00 AM CT. National Guard Armory, Highway 52 and 167, Hartford, AL 36344. 2013 story. 2011 story. USATF certified course #AL96005JD. Event web site. Cary Hatcher at cary.hatcher@gmail.com or 334-588-2343; Mike Kinman at mikek@fnbhartford.com or 334-684-9818.
21 MARCH 2015
  • 4th annual Bainbridge Half Marathon. 7:00 AM ET. Memorial Hospital, 1500 E. Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event web site. Online registration at active.com. Andy Payne, contact@bainbridgehalfmarathon.com or 229-726-2794.
28 MARCH 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 39th annual Springtime 10K, Publix 5K and Target 1-Miler. 7:45am ET one-mile / 8:10am ET 10K and 5K. Leon County Courthouse, 301 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
  • Fire Ant Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Turner County Special Services School, College Avenue and Gilmore Street, Ashburn, Georgia 31714. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. Festival website. Jonathan Perry, 5krun@cisturnerconnection.org or 229-567-9320.
4 APRIL 2015
11 APRIL 2015
  • Running MugGulf Winds Track Club's 41st annual Palace Saloon 5K. 8:00 AM ET. James Messer Fields Park, Jackson Bluff Road and Dupree Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304. USATF certified course FL13028EBM. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site. Mike Burns, michaelaburns@yahoo.com
25 APRIL 2015
  • Rose37th annual Rose City Run 10K and one-mile kids' run. 8:00 AM ET 10K / 9:30 AM ET one mile. North Broad Street and Monroe Street, Thomasville, Georgia 31792. USATF certified course GA12003WC (10K). 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web page. rcr@ymcathomasville.org or 229-226-9878.
1 MAY 2015
  • 28th annual Gnat Days 5K. 7:00 PM ET. Courthouse Square, Camilla, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Jennifer Burnum, jennifer@camillageorgia.com or 229-336-5255.
2 MAY 2015
  • 14th annual Tallahassee Tails and Trails 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET. Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Service Center, 1125 Easterwood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32311. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Event web site.
9 MAY 2015
16 MAY 2015
  • Catfish4th annual BFD Catfish Crawl 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. M and B Train Park, North Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Blountstown, Florida 32424. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. Event web page. Event page on Facebook. Ben Hall, firechief@blountstownfire.org or 850-674-4988.
  • 9th annual Run for Wakulla Springs 5K Trail Run and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Ron and Cynthia Christen, 850-926-7834 or 850-567-0500.
23 MAY 2015
  • USA Flag30th annual Memorial Day Gate-to-Gate 4.4-Mile Run. 7:30 AM CT. Unity Park, Chinquain Drive and Eglin Boulevard, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Eglin Fitness Center, 850-883-1682 or 850-882-6223.
25 MAY 2015
  • USA Flag7th annual Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
  • USA Flag9th annual Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race. 7:00 PM ET. Bainbridge Middle School tennis courts, Miluli Avenue at South Boulevard Drive, Bainbridge, Georgia 39819. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Shelly Graham shellylgraham@aol.com.
30 MAY 2015

6 JUNE 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 18th annual Potluck Bash Cross Country Race. 6:00 PM ET. Forestmeadows Athletic Center, 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. David Yon, david@radeylaw.com or 850-425-6671.
  • 3rd annual Bainbridge Spring 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Earle May Boat Basin Park, Bainbridge, Georgia. 2014 story. 2013 story. USATF certified course GA13047WC. Bainbridge Leisure Services, 229-248-2010.
  • 41st annual Billy Bowlegs 5K Night Race. 10:30 PM CT. Fort Walton Beach High School, 400 Hollywood Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32547. 2014 story. USATF certified course FL13020EBM. Ed Owens, bowlegs@nwftc.com
13 JUNE 2015
  • USA Flag3rd annual Valdosta Flag Day 5K. 7:30 AM ET. American Legion Post 13, 1301 Williams Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601. 2014 story. 2013 story. A Course/Line, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
20 JUNE 2015
  • Monticello Kiwanis' 37th annual Melon Run 5K. 8:15 AM ET. First United Methodist Church Family Ministry Center, 325 West Walnut Street, Monticello, Florida 32344. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL06044DL. Jessica Corley, jessicacorley@gmail.com or 850-519-2158.
27 JUNE 2015
  • 3rd annual Wakulla County Cross Country Boosters Freedom 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET. Wakulla Springs State Park, 550 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, Florida 32327. 2014 story. 2013 story. Michael Atkinson, nexnbax1@comcast.net or 850‐656‐2200.
  • 37th annual Hot Trot 5K. 7:30 am CT. Washington-Holmes Technical Center, 757 Hoyt Street, Chipley, Florida 32428. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Course map. Stan Owens 850-547-2244.
  • 4th annual Anchors Away 6K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM CT. Gayle's Trails - Panama City Beach Conservation Park, Griffin Boulevard, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413. 2014 story. Brooke Bullard, bbullard@achkids.org or 850-763-7102.
4 JULY 2015
  • 33rd annual Firecracker 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET 5K. Cascades Park, 1001 South Gadsden Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Cole Tessier, cdt1983@gmail.com or 850-339-6962.
18 JULY 2015
  • 7th annual Barnes HealthCare 5K. 7:30 am ET. Barnes Drug Store Downtown, 200 South Patterson Street Valdosta, Georgia 31601. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 5k@barneshc.com or acourseline@earthlink.net
25 JULY 2015
  • Tallahassee's usually annual Devil Take The Hindmost Run. 7:00 PM ET. Mike Long Track, Florida State University, Chieftain Way and Spirit Way, Tallahassee, Florida. Event web page. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2004 story. 1992 story. Herb Wills, hwills@gmail.com
  • 4th annual Cumulative 5K (3200m + 200m + 1600m). 7:30 AM ET. Valwood School, 4380 Old US Hwy 41 North, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2014 story. 2013 story. A Course/Line, LLC, 229-630-1455.
  • 3rd annual Tasty Tiger Trot 5k Trail Race. 8:00 AM CT. Water World, 401 Recreation Road, Dothan, Alabama 36303. 2014 story. 2013 story. Carolyn Houston, bchbumspcb12@yahoo.com.
1 AUGUST 2015
  • Possum Trot 5K. 7:00 AM CT. Wausau, Florida. 2013 story. 2011 story. Entry form and flyer. Frank or Carol Kreis, 850-773-2030.
  • 5th annual Walter Phelps Memorial 5K Trail Run. 8:00 AM ET. Lee County YMCA, 316 Robert B Lee Road, Leesburg, Georgia 31763. 2013 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook.
  • 4th annual Run to Remember 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run. 7:00 AM ET 10K, 5K / 7:15 AM ET one mile. Moultrie/Colquitt County Parks and Recreation Department, 4th Street SE, Moultrie, Georgia. 2014 story. sha.missions@gmail.com or 229-528-4967.
8 AUGUST 2015
  • 18th annual Summer Sizzler 5K and one-mile fun run. 5:30 PM ET one mile / 6:00 PM ET 5K. Lighthouse Park, 2 East Gulf Beach Drive, St. George Island, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certifed course #FL13045EBM. Event web site. Event page on Facebook. Hobson Fulmer, hobson@fairpoint.net or 850-927-2510.
15 AUGUST 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 18th annual Breakfast On The Track One Mile Run. 7:45 AM ET. Maclay School track, 3737 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Bonnie Wright, bonniedwright@gmail.com or 850-386-3500.
22 AUGUST 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's Miller Landing Madness 8K/5K/3K. 8:00 AM ET. Elinor Klapp Phipps Park, Miller Landing Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32312. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Tom Perkins, 850-894-2019 or Bill Lott, 850-656-1273.
7 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • 7th annual Valdosta Labor Day 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Valdosta Early College Academy, 1605 Azalea Drive, Valdosta, Georgia 31602. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Entry form and flyer. Online registration at RunSignUp.com. A Course/Line, LLC, acourseline@earthlink.net or 229-630-1455.
12 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • 34th annual Sickle Cell Foundation of the Big Bend 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:10 AM ET one mile / 8:30 AM ET 5K. Jake Gaither Park, 801 Tanner Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32305. 2014 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. USATF certified course #FL12057EBM. Event web site. jill@sicklecellfoundation.org or 850-222-2355.
19 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 34th annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:00 AM ET 5K women / 8:05 AM ET 5K men / 9:00 AM ET one mile. Optimist Park, East Indianhead Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course #FL06045DL. Lisa Unger, unger4122@comcast.net or 850-544-4893.
26 SEPTEMBER 2015
  • Gulf Winds Track Club's 40th annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K Cross-Country Run. 8:30 AM ET. Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, Silver Lake Road, Tallahassee, Florida. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event page on Facebook. Doug Bell, dbell@penningtonlaw.com or 850-510-7146.
  • 7th annual Quail Trail 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Historic Pebble Hill Plantation, 1251 US Highway 319 South, Thomasville, Georgia. 2014 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. USATF certified course GA09026WC. Event web site.
3 OCTOBER 2015
  • Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Hahira Community Center, 216 Randall Street, Hahira, Georgia 31632. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. Event web page. honeybeefestival@yahoo.com or 229-794-3274 or 229-794-9777.
  • Riverfront Run 5K and one-mile fun run. 8:30 AM ET one mile / 8:50 AM ET 5K. Albany Welcome Center, 112 North Front Street, Albany, Georgia 31701. 2013 story. Event page on Facebook. Event web site. info@riverfrontrun.com or 229-436-8191.
4 OCTOBER 2015
  • 3rd annual Stop The Violence 5K. 4:00 PM ET. Southwood Golf Club, Grove Park Drive, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. Online registration at refugehouse.com. Refuge House, 850-922-6062.
17 OCTOBER 2015
  • Cast Iron 5K. 8:00 AM ET. Citizens National Bank Parking Lot, 100 East Stephens Street, Quitman, Georgia 31643. 2014 story. 2011 story. 229-242-0676.
  • Peanut Run 5K. 7:30 AM ET. Unity Baptist Church, 101 East Bryant Drive, Sylvester, Georgia 31791. 2014 story. Event web site. info@gapeanutfestival.org or Sylvester – Worth County Chamber of Commerce, 229-776-6657.
  • 8th annual Joyce's Jog 5K and one-mile fun run. 7:30 AM ET one mile / 8:00 AM ET 5K. Ponder Enterprises, 208 East Third Street (corner of Hwy 84 and Hwy 91), Donalsonville, Georgia. 2010 story. Event web site. Steffy Vines, info@joycesjog.com or 229-524-1234.
31 OCTOBER 2015
  • Pumpkin36th annual Boston Mini-Marathon. 8:00 AM ET. Commercial Bank, 124 West Jefferson Street, Boston, Georgia 31626. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. 2010 story. 2009 story. Brad Johnson, bradjohnson@bankcb.com or 229-498-8500 (day) / 229-226-4679 (evening).
11 NOVEMBER 2014
  • USA Flag5th annual VetFest Veterans Day 5K. 8:30 AM ET. South Gadsden Street and East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida. 2014 story. 2013 story. 2012 story. 2011 story. Event page on Facebook. Tracy Taylor, tracytulip@gmail.com or 850-567-9779.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Caroline Willis and Jake Mazziotta lead a Maclay sweep of District 3-1A

Caroline WillisIf you're at a cross-country event at Maclay School in Tallahassee, the stormwater retention pond is going to come up in conversation. The District 3-1A Meet on Tuesday morning, 28 October 2014, was no exception.


"We were in the right place at the right time," declared Maclay Coach Gary Droze. "I usually have to run the hose to get some water in there, but they filled it for the adventure race last weekend. And then the fire department came yesterday and tested the hydrants on campus."


The course takes the runners through the pond three times, and it was starting to sound like it would be three trips through a quagmire. It had been dry in Tallahassee, though, and all that watery input had left the pond only slightly more moist than a heavy dew on the grass.


Molly McCannBut athletes don't come to the District meet to play in the mud, anyway. They come to earn a spot in the Regional championship. Four teams had shown up for each race in District 3-1A this year, but only three would qualify. Like a game of musical chairs, when the running was over someone was going to be left out.


The Maclay girls weren't going to be the team without a Region 1 seat. Half a kilometer into the girls' 5K race, Maclay runners already held the first six places, led by defending district champion Caroline Willis. No one caught the Marauder top five. Willis went on to get another District title in 20:45. The next four places also went to Maclay, with sophomore Molly McCann taking second in 20:54, frosh Jainey Coates third in 21:44, sixth-grader Lindsay James fourth in 21:53, and junior Kathleen Whitworth fifth in 22:00. John Paul II sophomore Julia Travis took sixth n 22:09, but Maclay already had a perfect score of 15 points and the win. Aucilla Christian was second with 65 points and John Paul II third with 66, both teams joining Maclay in advancing to the Region 1 meet.


Girls' team standings, 2014 District 3-1A Cross-Country Championships
  1. Maclay, 15 *
  2. Aucilla Christian, 65 *
  3. John Paul II, 66 *
  4. North Florida Christian, 100
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Ten Girls, 2014 District 3-1A Cross-Country Championships
  1. 20:44.21 ~ Caroline Willis (Maclay) 102014 FHSAA District 3-1A Cross Country
  2. 20:53.19 ~ Molly McCann (Maclay) 10
  3. 21:43.60 ~ Jainey Coates (Maclay) 09
  4. 21:52.18 ~ Lindsay James (Maclay) 06
  5. 21:59.69 ~ Kathleen Whitworth (Maclay) 11
  6. 22:08.48 ~ Julia Travis (John Paul II) 10
  7. 22:28.25 ~ Anne Desotell (Maclay) 09
  8. 22:59.59 ~ Jessica Secreast (Maclay) 11
  9. 23:14.86 ~ Emma Travis (John Paul II) 10
  10. 23:42.73 ~ Anna Lee Trest (Aucilla Christian) 06

Gatlin Nennstiel and Jack MazziottaIt had been foggy during the girls' race, but it was bright and sunny by 10:00 AM when the boys started. Aucilla Christian sophomore Gatlin Nennstiel went right to the front, building up a lead of nearly 50 meters during the first of three trips around the course. During the second loop, though, Maclay sophomore Jake Mazziotta came after Nennstiel. Mazziotta had outrun Nennstiel at the Cougar Challenge, Bearcat Invitational, and Pre State, but only ten days earlier Gatlin had run four seconds faster than Mazziotta at Aucilla Christian's Warrior Rampage. As Mazziotta closed on Nennstiel, the two left the rest of the field far behind. One of them would be District 3 champion.


With about a kilometer to go, Mazziotta overtook Nennstiel, then began to pull away. The Aucilla Christian Warrior never folded his tent, but Mazziotta continued strong to the finish, winning the race in 17:25. Nennstiel was second in 17:31. The next four places belonged to Maclay Marauders, with junior George Gwynn coming in third in 18:32, frosh Daniel Sweeney fourth in 18:39, frosh Seth Kemeny fifth in 18:43, and junior George Escobar sixth in 18:44. It's impossible to beat a score of 19 points; the District 3 title went to Maclay. Aucilla Christian was second with 57 points, and North Florida Christian scored 78 to take third place and the remaining Region 1 qualifying spot.


The teams that advanced will race next on Saturday morning, 8 November 2014, in the Region 1-1A Championship at Sunnyhill Farm in Tallahassee. From the Region 1 meet, six teams will earn a position on the starting line of the State Finals at Apalachee Regional Park on 15 November 2014.


Boys' team standings, 2014 District 3-1A Cross-Country Championships
  1. Maclay, 19 *
  2. Aucilla Christian, 57 *
  3. North Florida Christian, 78 *
  4. John Paul II, 86
* Team advances to the Region 1 Championships


Top Ten Boys, 2014 District 3-1A Cross-Country Championships
  1. 17:24.19 ~ Jake Mazziotta (Maclay) 102014 FHSAA District 3-1A Cross Country
  2. 17:30.67 ~ Gatlin Nennstiel (Aucilla Christian) 10
  3. 18:31.63 ~ George Gwynn (Maclay) 11
  4. 18:38.50 ~ Daniel Sweeney (Maclay) 09
  5. 18:42.01 ~ Seth Kemeny (Maclay) 09
  6. 18:43.42 ~ George Escobar (Maclay) 11
  7. 18:45.17 ~ Bradley Savary (North Fla Christian) 11
  8. 18:45.95 ~ Daniel Becker (Maclay) 11
  9. 19:20.33 ~ Jimmy Bolen (Community Christian) 09
  10. 19:37.97 ~ Garet Grant (North Fla Christian) 11

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