Saturday, April 11, 2015

Udland goes 15:29 and Poulos 17:54 for Palace Saloon 5K wins

Tyler Udland"Who was that guy?" asked Chris Lake.

"That guy" was Tyler Udland, who had just beaten Lake and more than 1300 other runners to the finish line of Gulf Winds Track Club's 41st annual Palace Saloon 5K on Saturday morning, 11 April 2015. Udland, a graduate student in finance at Florida State University, covered the 3.1 miles from Messer Park to the Palace Saloon in 15:29. Lake, a three-time champion at the race, finished third in 16:22 behind Udland and Stephen Robbins. Robbins, a senior at Saratoga Springs Westlake High in Utah, ran 16:19.

It was calm and overcast when the race started at 8:00 AM near Messer Park, heading west on Jackson Bluff Road. The runners turned south onto Appleyard Drive, then east toward the one-mile mark on Municipal Way. Tyler Udland was leading when he reached the mile mark in 5:03.

Tyler Udland"I was just trying to run even splits," said Udland. "I kind of wanted to stay with the leaders. I've only been able to train the last three weeks, I had been injured before that."

Chris Lake was still just a few steps behind Udland at the mile, with Stephen Robbins, Nate Kaiser, and master runner Geb Kiros another four seconds back. On the second mile, though, Udland began to open a gap.

"He just really took off about a mile and a half," recalled Lake.

Now headed east on Jackson Bluff Road, Udland passed the two-mile mark in about 10:08, a little behind pace for his goal of 15:30, but well ahead of Lake and the rest of the field. Lake was still holding second place, but Robbins and Kaiser were starting to close in. Half a mile later Udland crested Michelob Ridge first, his lead longer than ever with the finish line in view at the bottom of a half mile of downhill running. Kaiser, Lake, and Robbins reached the top of the ridge in a group, setting up a fight for second place on the long, downhill finish.

Stephen RobbinsUdland had been eight seconds slower than 15:30 pace at the two-mile mark, but he more than made up that deficit during the charge down the slope of Michelob Ridge toward Budweiser Creek and the Palace Saloon. The other runners were still on the far side of the creek when Udland crossed the finish line with the win. In the last 20 years only Nick Sunseri had run faster at the Palace; Sunseri won the 2008 race in 15:25. Robbins fought past Lake and Kaiser to take second in 16:19, while Lake held off Kaiser 16:22 to 16:24 for third. Maclay School's Clay Milford, the reigning middle school state cross-country champion, edged Roger Schmidt for fifth, 16:51 to 16:52. Bryan Koon was the top master runner in the race, placing seventh overall in 16:59.

The 2015 Palace Saloon 5K was Tyler Udland's first appearance on the Tallahassee roads. Until the autumn of 2014 Udland had been in New Jersey, competing for Milburn High and Princeton University. After earning an undergraduate degree at Princeton, he was looking for a place to do graduate studies in finance. Udland decided on Florida State.

Katie Gorman
"I had a season of cross-country eligibility left, so I ran for the Seminoles in the fall," said Udland. "Now I'm just helping with the team, driving the van and stuff."

Apparently "stuff" includes winning the oldest 5000-meter road race in Tallahassee while wearing Seminole colors.

"Training is amazing here," said Udland. "I'm not surprised at the number of trails here, but I was surprised at how good all the trails are."

Shery Rosen and Lauren PoulosThe women's leaders, Sheryl Rosen and Lauren Poulos, were side by side as they raced on Municipal Way past the mile mark. Rosen had won the women's title at the 2013 Palace Saloon 5K. Poulos (nee Kolakowski), a former distance runner at Florida State University, had run the race in 2009 and 2011, but had never finished better than third in the women's standings. During the second half of the 2015 Palace, though, Poulos ran away from Rosen, building up a lead of more than 100 meters. Poulos finished the race in 17:54, winning the women's crown and placing 19th overall. Rosen was the women's runner-up in 18:24, coming in 26th overall. FSU graduate student Katie Gorman was the third woman finisher, 30th overall in 18:35. Katie Sherron, a Florida State economics professor, was fourth in the women's standings, 33rd overall in 18:40. Adriana Piekarewicz placed fifth among the women, coming in 43rd overall in 19:20. The top woman master and sixth female finisher was Tallahassee triathlete Stephanie Liles-Weyant, 57th overall in 19:57.

1314 athletes finished the 41st annual Palace Saloon 5K, the third year in a row that more than 1300 covered the 3.1-mile route. Not coincidentally, it's the third year in a row that Mike Burns has directed the race for the Gulf Winds Track Club. Look for the 42nd Palace Saloon 5,000-meter road race on 16 April 2016.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 15:29 ~ Tyler Udland (M, 23) Short Hills, NJBryan Koon
  2. 16:19 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 18) American Fork, UT
  3. 16:22 ~ Chris Lake (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 16:24 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 16:51 ~ Clay Milford (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 16:52 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 16:59 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 17:06 ~ Jake Mazziotta (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 17:09 ~ James McClure (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 17:10 ~ Dan Baur (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 17:54 ~ Lauren Poulos (F, 29) Tallahassee, FLKatie Sherron
  2. 18:24 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 18:35 ~ Katie Gorman (F, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 18:40 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 19:17 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 19:57 ~ Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 20:05 ~ Renee Cox (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 20:14 ~ Marisa Abegg (F, 28) Lake Oswego, OR
  9. 20:24 ~ Alese Autore (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 21:03 ~ Kathleen Whitworth (F, 17) Tallahassee, FL

41 Years of Palace Saloon 5K Champions, 1975 - 2015
11 April 201515:29, Tyler Udland17:54, Lauren Poulos1314
12 April 201415:52, Chris Lake17:45, Amy Hines1303
20 April 201315:46, Stanley Linton17:49, Sheryl Rosen1389
14 April 201216:07, Josh Myers17:20, Lindsay Zeiler1190
16 April 201115:48, Chris Lake 18:24, Lindsay Zeiler 1064
10 April 201015:45, Chris Lake 17:42, Christina Woytalewicz 1214
11 April 200916:21, John Robida 18:11, Lisa Johnson 1022
12 April 200815:25, Nick Sunseri 18:46, Lisa Johnson 782
14 April 200716:12, J. P. Cook 17:14, Breeda Willis 537
15 April 200616:04, Justin Cross 18:33, Stephanie Liles 456
16 April 200516:06, Lee Willis 16:31, Breeda Willis 318
10 April 200416:39, Shawn Patterson 18:29, Breeda Willis 299
12 April 200316:26, Martin Littlefield 19:21, Tricia Snyder 257
13 April 200217:22, Chris Stanley 21:03, Allison Eagen 189
14 April 200116:51, Art Remillard 19:05, Kate Wallace 219
15 April 200015:39, Paul Spangler 17:19, Anna Pichrtova 217
17 April 199915:45, Robert Pautienus 17:22, Sarah Docter-Williams 261
18 April 199816:18, Jason Carter 17:29, Sarah Docter-Williams 238
19 April 199715:53, Gary Droze 17:37, Sarah Docter-Williams 169
6 April 199615:55, Gary Droze 17:59, Jane Johnson 134
8 April 199516:01, Tim Simpkins 17:48, Jane Johnson 188
2 April 199414:56, Robin Rogers 17:51, Lisa Herman 252
3 April 199315:30, Andy Palmer 19:37, Carrie Hunnicutt 270
11 April 199215:48, Gary Droze 17:45, Paula Johnson ?
13 April 199115:10, Gary Droze 18:20, Vikki Saga 371
14 April 199014:57, David Keen 18:38, Vikki Saga
15 April 198915:23, Rick Miller 19:05, Yvonne Gsteiger
9 April 198815:30, Rick Miller 17:55, Karen MacHarg
11 April 198715:03, Jacob Hoesly 17:33, Karen MacHarg
12 April 198614:36, Paul Waldron 18:44, Paige Dempsey
9 March 198515:39, Rick Miller 17:52, Margaret Coomber
18 February 198415:32, Greg Doss 16:34, Kristy McDermott
16 April 198314:52, Rick Miller 16:38, Darien Andreu
20 March 1982??????????
21 March 198115:02, Dennis Lunne 18:16, Janice Gage
8 March 198014:59, George West 19:37, Marty Graham
10 March 197914:55, Tom Herron 17:37, Kathy Moore
15 January 1977George West?????
25 February 197814:30, George West 17:45, Laura Ledbetter
14 August 197614:37, George West 18:05, Janice Gage
15 November 197518:17, David Price 19:56, Janice Gage


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