Tuesday, June 16, 2015

At Oak Hammock, DeVeau and Churchill keep winning on the trails

Zach DeVeau, Alyson ChurchillJune was a new month in Tallahassee, Florida, and 13 June 2015 was time for a new race in the Gulf Winds Track Club's Summer Trail Series. This one featured a new course, a five-mile route on the Oak Hammock Trail in Phipps Park, courtesy of series race director Bobby York. During the three-year history of the trail series the races had often been on the Phipps Park paths, but never on the Oak Hammock Trail. If the course was new, though, the outcome wasn't. Just as in the series opener on 30 May 2015, Zach Deveau was the overall winner, and Swift Creek Middle School cross country runner Alyson Churchill was the first female finisher.

Deveau's winning time for the rugged five-miles was 32:59, putting him well over 200 meters ahead of the next competitor. Running 33:55, Doug Bell was second overall and the top master runner in the race. Greg Bargo had finished ahead of Bell two weeks earlier in the first event of the series, the Cadillac Trail Race, but on the Oak Hammock Trail he came in behind Bell, third in 34:18. Brian Molen was fourth in 34:42, and master runner Mike Peymann was fifth in 34:57.

Alyson Churchill finished sixth overall in 35:10, taking the top spot in the women's standings. Carrie Seiberlich was the second female finisher and first woman master, placing 16th overall in 38:41. Shelley Yaun was third in the women's standings, coming in 19th overall in 39:41. Another Swift Creek cross country competitor, Megan Churchill, was the fourth female finisher, running 39:52 for 20th overall. 35th overall in 43:34, Jane Skalski placed fifth on the women's side. In a streak going back to last year, Skalski has finished the last six Trail Series races.

129 athletes finished the Oak Hammock Trail Five Mile. The next two Gulf Winds Track Club Trail Series races are the Coon Bottom Trail Four-and-a-Half Mile in Phipps Park on 18 July 2015 and the Redbug Trail Four-and-a-Half Mile in Phipps Park on 1 August 2015.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Oak Hammock Trail 5-Mile Race
  1. 32:59 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 27)Doug Bell, Greg Bargo
  2. 33:55 ~ Douglas Bell (M, 46)
  3. 34:18 ~ Greg Bargo (M, 32)
  4. 34:42 ~ Brian Molen (M, 39)
  5. 34:57 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 52)
  6. 35:54 ~ Scott Gordon (M, 32)
  7. 36:06 ~ Hal Fravel (M, 34)
  8. 36:31 ~ Sean Isenberg (M, 18)
  9. 36:37 ~ Jim Halley (M, 35)
  10. 36:50 ~ Erik Isenberg (M, 18)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Oak Hammock Trail 5-Mile Race
  1. 35:10 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 13)Carrie Seiberlich, Shelley Yaun
  2. 38:41 ~ Carrie Seiberlich (F, 43)
  3. 39:41 ~ Shelley Yaun (F, 37)
  4. 39:52 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 13)
  5. 43:34 ~ Jane Skalski (F, 30)
  6. 44:06 ~ Melissa Hooke (F, 36)
  7. 44:17 ~ Kristin Halley (F, 33)
  8. 44:25 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37)
  9. 45:36 ~ Kristen Bowers (F, 40)
  10. 45:43 ~ Crystal Douglas (F, 39)


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