Saturday, April 25, 2015

Warriors of the Roses, Haskins and Sweeny win the Rose City Run

Nathan HaskinsLeading the race from the sound of the starting gun till the cheers as he crossed the finish line on North Broad Street, Atlanta runner Nathan Haskins won the 38th annual Rose City Run in Thomasville, Georgia, on Saturday morning, 25 April 2015. Haskins had also won the 10K race in 2009, but his 32:04 winning time in the 2015 race was faster than that earlier effort. In the last 20 years, only three-time winner Alan Black has run faster on the 6.2-mile Rose City course. Behind Haskins, four-time Rose City Run champion Chris Lake finished second in 32:45. It was Lake's best time yet in the Rose City Run, but it wasn't enough to keep up with Haskins.


"I came through the first mile in 5:15," said Lake. "He ran 4:55. He was on a mission."


Chris LakeAs quick as it was, it was a slower pace than Haskins' last effort on the roads. Just six days before the Thomasville event, Haskins had been in Boston, Massachusetts running a 14:51 in the seventh annual Boston Athletic Association 5K, placing 15th in a field of nearly 9,000 runners.


While Haskins and Lake raced with no other competitors around them, Leon High sophomore Matt Cashin and Roger Schmidt of Capital City Runners spent the miles fighting for third place. It was close to the very end, but Cashin held off Schmidt 34:31 to 34:35. Leon High junior James Dodson took fifth in 35:40, and Drew Rabun of the Savannah Striders was sixth in 36:04. Florida A&M University professor Geb Kiros was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in seventh overall in 36:30.


"Do you know Darien Andreu?" asked Beth Sweeny. "She told me she had won Rose City before."


Beth SweenyThat's an understatement typical of the modesty I remember from Dr. Andreu. I attended Florida State University the same years as Andreu, but even if I hadn't, I'd be sure to recall that in 1983 she set the Rose City Run women's course record of 34:57. 32 years later, no other woman has broken 35 minutes on the Thomasville course. Andreu is now a professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, where she and Sweeny occasionally run together. When Sweeny returns home to Florida's east coast, during their next run she'll be able to tell Andreu that they are both Rose City Champions now. Sweeny won the women's title in the 2015 Rose City Run, finishing 27th overall in 41:32. Leon High junior Grace Lockhart was runner-up in the women's standings, coming in 45th overall in 43:41. Tallahassee's Sarah Dugas edged Paula O'Neill for the third woman's spot, 47:35 to 47:38. O'Neill was the top woman master in the race.


It had been a cloudy morning in Thomasville, threatening rain. Except for a brief shower about 40 minutes after the start, though, the rain held off till after both the 10K and the following kids' mile. The awards presentation back at the Big Oak did get soaked, but you can't complain too much about the rain. After all, without rain Thomasville would have no roses. Without the roses there would be no Rose Festival. And without the Rose Festival, no Rose City Run. So let's agree that a little bit of rain never hurt anyone.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 32:04 ~ Nathan Haskins (M, 26) Atlanta, GAMatthew Cashin, Roger Schmidt, Geb Kiros
  2. 32:45 ~ Chris Lake (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 34:31 ~ Matthew Cashin (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 34:35 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 35:40 ~ James Dodson (M, 17) Quincy, FL
  6. 36:04 ~ Drew Rabun (M, 35) Savannah, GA
  7. 36:30 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 36:51 ~ Adam Wallenfelsz (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 37:29 ~ Eric Godin (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 37:30 ~ Kevin Sweeny (M, 45) St Augustine Beach, FL

Top Ten Women, 2015 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 41:32 ~ Beth Sweeny (F, 31) St. Augustine Beach, FLGrace Lockhart
  2. 43:41 ~ Grace Lockhart (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 47:35 ~ Sarah Dugas (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 47:38 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 48:12 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37) Thomasville, FL
  6. 48:36 ~ Cammie Hungerford (F, 22) Thomasville, GA
  7. 48:53 ~ Kelly Garland (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 48:54 ~ Tsige Tadesse (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 48:58 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 49:16 ~ Nancy Moody (F, 30) Thomasville, GA

Rose City Run 10K Champions, 1978 - 2015
DateMenWomen
29 April 197831:25, Gary Slayton36:45, Janice Hochstein
28 April 197931:47, Mike Rasper37:49, Janice Hochstein
26 April 198031:18, George West38:14, Colleen Joiner
25 April 198130:21, Mabry McCray40:26, Nicole Batchelder
198230:33, Ernie McKee38:31, Nicole Batchelder
198330:47, Noel Shuman34:57, Darien Andreu
198433:05, Gary Slayton37:51, Barbara Balzer
27 April 198532:36, Rick Miller37:41, Barbara Balzer
26 April 198632:05, Rick Miller37:35, Janice Hochstein
198729:57, Herb Wills37:39, Karen MacHarg
198831:55, Jessie Close37:59, Karen MacHarg
198931:39, Jessie Close36:49, Karen MacHarg
199031:56, Jessie Close37:04, Karen MacHarg
199131:15, Jessie Close38:33, Vikki Saga
199233:04, Trent Smith37:48, Vikki Saga
24 April 199331:28, Gary Droze38:24, Vikki Saga
23 April 199430:19, Robin Rogers37:37, Lisa Herman
29 April 199531:52, Jessie Close35:37, Suzanne Rigg
27 Aprl 199632:18, Jessie Close39:37, Carrie Weyant
26 April 199732:29, Brian Erb36:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
25 April 199831:58, Alan Black36:07, Sarah Docter-Williams
24 April 199932:21, Alan Black37:14, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200034:15, Sean Daniels35:20, Anna Pichrtova
28 April 200132:05, Paul Spangler36:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
27 April 200230:53, Alan Black39:35, Jane Johnson
26 April 200331:58, Matt Kalinski41:53, Julie Carico
25 April 200433:44, Jessie Close39:52, Kate Remillard
23 April 200533:44, Jessie Close37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200634:32, Jessie Close38:38, Barbara Jarnagin
28 April 200731:21, Alan Black39:02, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 200833:10, Malcolm Campbell37:40, Donna Garcia
25 April 200932:34, Nathaniel Haskins41:38, Mary Anne Grayson
24 April 201032:51, Chris Lake37:42, Amy Hines
23 April 201132:46, Chris Lake38:58, Donna Garcia
28 April 201232:51, Chris Lake36:51, Sheryl Rosen
27 April 201332:52, Will Stanford37:08, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 201433:21, Chris Lake38:58, Amy Hines
25 April 201532:04, Nathan Haskins41:32, Beth Sweeny


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