Friday, November 27, 2015

5,645 enjoy Turkey Trot; Kaiser and Sherron enjoy it quickly

Nate Kaiser, Daniel BaurWhen a race is held annually for 40 years, like Gulf Winds Track Club's Tallahassee Turkey Trot, you start to see some of the same competitors show up year after year. Nate Kaiser, for instance, was running his seventh Turkey Trot on Thursday morning, 26 November 2015. The difference this time out was that Kaiser not only ran the 15K race faster than in all his previous Turkey Trot outings, but he also won the race for the first time. Kaiser had never placed lower than fifth, but this year he took the top spot in the 9.3-mile event, running 52:41.


But the Tallahassee Turkey Trot didn't grow into an event attracting nearly 6,000 participants without also picking up a few new runners. Katie Sherron, for instance, had never raced the Turkey Trot 15K before 2015. On Thanksgiving morning she toured the 9.3-mile course through Southwood in 57:41, finishing as the first woman and placing eighth overall.


Katie Sherron, Katie GormanTurkey Trot neophytes and Turkey Trot veterans, all started at 8:30 AM on Esplanade Way, the 15K runners as well as the entries in the 10K and 5K races. Trevor Sununu led the 15K field at the mile mark, but by the end of the second mile Nate Kaiser had taken over. Jose Diaz overtook the fading Sununu just before the fourth mile, moving into second, but Kaiser's lead proved insurmountable. A minute ahead halfway through the 15K, Kaiser finished the race two minutes ahead of the next runner in a winning 52:41. Diaz was second in 54:42. FSU assistant cross country coach Kevin Chin Shue worked his way up through the field to finish third in 56:07. Placing fourth overall, Jay Wallace edged Tony Guillen for the top master spot in the 15K, 57:23 to 57:25.


Katie Sherron was even more dominant in the women's competition. When Sherron crossed the line in 57:41, the second-place woman still had over a mile left to run. Sherron did have the leaders in the women's 10K to run with until the courses for the two races separated near the five-mile mark. After that, she ran faster than her counterparts in the 10K, ending up with a faster average pace than the women in the shorter race. Brittney Barnes was second in the women's standings in the 15K, placing 23rd overall in 64:39. Jillian Heddaeus was the third female finisher, 30th overall in 66:51. Stephanie Liles-Weyant was the first woman master and sixth woman overall, placing 40th in 70:15.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 52:41 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 36)Jose Diaz
  2. 54:42 ~ Jose Diaz (M, 29)
  3. 56:07 ~ Kevin Chin Shue (M, 23)
  4. 57:23 ~ Jay Wallace (M, 51)
  5. 57:24 ~ Bryce Van Dam (M, 28)
  6. 57:25 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 46)
  7. 57:33 ~ Trevor Sununu (M, 20)
  8. 58:40 ~ Kyle Harris (M, 21)
  9. 59:05 ~ Drew Farrington (M, 28)
  10. 59:09 ~ PJ Jones (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K
  1. 57:41 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 34)Brittney Barnes
  2. 64:39 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 27)
  3. 66:51 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32)
  4. 67:27 ~ Elisabeth Heal (F, 33)
  5. 68:15 ~ Allison Decort (F, 34)
  6. 70:15 ~ Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 43)
  7. 70:25 ~ L.A. Hanlon (F, 37)
  8. 71:08 ~ Jane Skalski (F, 31)
  9. 71:37 ~ Renee Combs (F, 32)
  10. 71:39 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 34)

Daniel HamiltonIn the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K, Daniel Hamilton was never far ahead of Daniel Baur. Nevertheless, Hamilton was always ahead of Baur, and won the 6.2-mile race in 35:01. Baur settled for second in 35:24. Third place was a duel for the top master runner spot, with Gary Droze prevailing over Bryan Koon 35:40 to 3:18.


Throughout the 10K, Katie Gorman pulled steadily away from the rest of the women's field to win the women's title in 38:38, placing tenth overall in 38:40. Chiles High and West Florida alumna Kelley Bahn was second in the women's standings, coming in 17th overall in 40:08. Adriana Piekarewicz was the third woman finisher, 18th overall in 40:44. Angela Wable was the top woman master, the eleventh female finisher and 45th overall in 45:57.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K
  1. 35:01 ~ Daniel Hamilton (M, 27)Gary Droze
  2. 35:24 ~ Daniel Baur (M, 29)
  3. 35:40 ~ Gary Droze (M, 54)
  4. 36:18 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 43)
  5. 36:40 ~ Evan Beauchamp (M, 27)
  6. 37:14 ~ Thomas Howell (M, 19)
  7. 37:35 ~ Colin Abbey (M, 20)
  8. 38:07 ~ Terance Keenan (M, 51)
  9. 38:29 ~ Sean Hudson (M, 45)
  10. 39:04 ~ Jim Halley (M, 36)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K
  1. 38:40 ~ Katie Gorman (F, 24)Kelley Bahn
  2. 40:08 ~ Kelley Bahn (F, 23)
  3. 40:44 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 27)
  4. 41:24 ~ Kristin Sweeney (F, 21)
  5. 42:47 ~ Rachel Givens (F, 21)
  6. 42:57 ~ Renee Cox (F, 28)
  7. 43:24 ~ Marisa Abegg (F, 28)
  8. 44:24 ~ Lauren Huckaba (F, 28)
  9. 45:32 ~ Juanita Chalmers (F, 33)
  10. 45:34 ~ Melane Leitman (F, 31)

Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K leadersHalf a mile into the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K, Jake Littlehales, Joseph Garcia, Trevor Touchton, and Dewayne Riley were still trying to run with Ricardo Estremera. Before the mile mark all four had given that up as a bad idea. Estremera went on to win by nearly a minute in 14:53, the fastest Turkey Trot time since Matt Mizereck went 14:46 in 2010. Littlehales outkicked Touchton for second, 15:41 to 15:45, while Garcia was third in 16:01 and Riley fifth in 16:43. Michael Martinez was the fastest master runner in the 5K, placing eighth overall in 17:47.


Florida State assistant cross country coach Emma Reed was still going away from the rest of the women's field when she crossed the finish line in 18:33, taking the women's 5K title. Behind Reed, two high school runners were racing for the second women's spot--Johnson City, Tennessee, Science Hill High senior Lydia Lee and Tallahassee Maclay junior Caroline Willis. Lee put some ground on Willis in the final half mile of the race to take the women's runner-up spot in 19:18, placing 21st overall. Third in the women's standings, Willis was 23rd overall in 19:25.


Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 14:53 ~ Ricardo Estremera (M, 29)Jake Littlehales, Trevor Touchton
  2. 15:41 ~ Jake Littlehales (M, 24)
  3. 15:45 ~ Trevor Touchton (M, 20)
  4. 16:01 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 20)
  5. 16:43 ~ Dewayne Riley (M, 29)
  6. 16:52 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 28)
  7. 17:33 ~ Adam Wallenfelsz (M, 18)
  8. 17:47 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49)
  9. 17:57 ~ Beau Beard (M, 31)
  10. 18:06 ~ Caleb Harris (M, 14)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2015 Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 18:33 ~ Emma Reed (F, 26)Emma Reed
  2. 19:18 ~ Lydia Lee (F, 17)
  3. 19:25 ~ Caroline Willis (F, 16)
  4. 19:49 ~ Mary Rychlik (F, 29)
  5. 20:50 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 13)
  6. 21:04 ~ Marisa Ashley (F, 13)
  7. 21:38 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 36)
  8. 21:57 ~ Michaela Ashley (F, 17)
  9. 22:06 ~ Layla Thompson (F, 10)
  10. 22:38 ~ Kerrie Savery (F, 29)

40 years of Tallahassee Turkey Trot winners, 1976 - 2015
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
November 197610 Miles53:33, Tim Simpkins78:10, Betty Ely
November 197710 Miles52:49, Tim Simpkins65:30, Rosemary Desloge
November 197815K46:30, Ken Misner58:14, Janice Gage
November 197915K49:03, Chuck Jewell61:06, Janice Gage
November 198015K48:06, Gary Slayton58:16, Laura Ledbetter
November 198115K46:50, Ernie McKee58:54, Liz Tromboli
November 198215K47:47, George West55:51, Margaret Coomber
November 198315K47:02, Ronnie Treadway55:29, Carla Borovicka
November 198415K49:42, Rick Miller57:23, Margaret Coomber
November 198515K46:31, Larry Greene56:49, Karen MacHarg
November 198615K47:35, Herb Wills53:36, Carla Borovicka
5K16:29, Kent Vann20:44, Gail Reinertsen
November 198715K46:26, Paul Waldron53:49, Carla Borovicka
5K15:46, Rick Miller19:52, Anita Cicanese
November 198815K47:18, Herb Wills54:08, Carla Borovicka
5K15:36, Rick Miller20:21, Yvonne Gsteiger
November 198915K47:05, Jessie Close57:25, Janice Hochstein
5K16:02, Gary Droze21:45, Kathy Bishop
November 199015K48:37, Jeff Wentworth58:34, Paula Johnson
5K15:54, Patrick Calcutt22:06, Kathy Scarth
November 199115K48:54, Jessie Close60:51, Tina Davies
5KN/AN/AN/A
November 199215K55:35, Douglas Henry1:03:17, Sissi Carroll
10K33:52, Bill Crooks38:00, Lynda Nilges
5KNo 5K race
November 199315K55:32, Thomas Holshouser1:04:15, Paula Johnson/Linda Nilges
10K32:43, Gary Droze38:02, Carrie Weyant
5K17:23, Tony Wade17:45, Kirsty Wade
November 199415K55:06, Terry Presnell58:50, Carrie Weyant
10K34:56, Jason Gowans43:19, Rachel Kosiewski
5K17:48, Bill McGuire18:36, Kim Pawelek
November 199515K49:12, Jessie Close59:40, Carrie Weyant
10K34:17, Jeff Nielsen40:40, Chateau Mangaroo
5K18:14, John Rogers22:55, Nicole Hylan
November 199615K54:55, Clarence Calloway59:51, Carrie Weyant
10K31:37, Gary Droze40:34, Susan Bergh
5K18:37, Dana Carpenter17:23, Kim Pawelek
November 199715K52:57, Jeff Nielsen59:40, Carrie Weyant
10K32:37, Lee Willis37:35, Sarah Docter-Williams
5K17:01, Corey Cherr21:40, Jordann Baker
November 199815K52:47, Robert Pautienus58:20, Jane Johnson
10K32:38, Lee Willis37:37, Sarah Docter-Williams
5K16:33, Michael Joanos21:56, Anne Johanson
November 199915K53:52, Tim Unger58:38, Jane Johnson
10K33:35, Gary Droze38:02, Sarah Docter-Williams
5K15:45, Lee Willis20:15, Julie Carico
November 200015K54:30, Gary Droze/Art Remillard58:39, Jane Johnson
10K33:02, Lee Willis40:02, Allison Eagen
5K17:55, Jason Stegall16:56, Breeda Dennehy-Willis
November 200115K55:43, Slade Ward64:01, Cynthia Lyons
10K35:11, Matt Katz38:19, Kate Remillard
5K17:32, Hunter Cook21:21, Julia Bryant
November 200215K53:30, Jessie Close63:26, Carrie Weyant
10K34:55, Gary Droze41:08, Jane Johnson
5K16:47, Shawn Patterson19:42, Karol Withrow
November 200315K51:54, Jessie Close59:54, Luanne Coulter
10K34:15, Phillip Rowan37:42, Sarah Docter-Williams
5K17:18, Corey Preugschat20:47, Karla Savery
November 200415K50:42, Matthew Dobson59:54, Jane Johnson
10K36:38, Charlie Johnson37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
5K16:34, Caleb Carmichael19:23, Karol Withrow
24 November 200515K52:34, Jessie Close57:59, Luanne Coulter211
10K34:56, Gary Droze37:35, Sarah Docter-Williams274
5K16:34, Alex Miletich20:03, Jennifer Emo992
23 November 200615K50:24, Matthew Dobson58:24, Sheryl Rosen207
10K32:52, Alex Brickler35:20, Breeda Dennehy-Willis295
5K16:40, Calvin Vannoy18:16, Sarah Docter-Williams1232
22 November 200715K54:37, Jay Wallace59:52, Sheryl Rosen208
10K32:56, Alex Brickler41:52, Michelle Sikes210
5K15:37, Stephan Smith18:39, Micah Adriani686
27 November 200815K50:10, Chris Lake59:56, Sheryl Rosen341
10K34:07, Tyler Price44:33, Kristin Sweeney389
5K16:11, Stan Reecy18:29, Lisa Johnson1714
26 November 200915K51:19, Chris Lake57:49, Amy Hines346
10K32:15, Tyler Price39:45, Kristin Findley502
5K14:52, Nick Stenuf17:38, Karen Harvey2075
25 November 201015K50:48, Chris Lake61:46, Allison Eagen464
10K35:23, Josh Brown36:47, Karen Harvey587
5K14:46, Matt Mizereck18:30, Lisa Johnson2858
24 November 201115K50:39, Chris Lake57:36, Pasca Cheruiyot428
10K33:15, Richard Smith45:41, L.A. Hanlon643
5K16:35, Sean Mendes19:02, Lisa Johnson3035
22 November 201215K49:53, Chris Lake57:27, Sheryl Rosen432
10K33:15, Stanley Linton36:05, Stephanie Slekis766
5K16:02, Ryan Barrow16:26, Violah Lagat3682
28 November 201315K49:59, Joshua Seitz57:11, Sheryl Rosen395
10K32:38, Stanley Linton38:00, Seeley Gutierrez774
5K15:28, Kevin Sullivan18:36, Emily Ness2980
27 November 201415K49:37, Chris Lake60:19, Sheryl Rosen465
10K34:49, David Thornton40:50, Marci Gray667
5K15:52, Joshua Seitz20:59, Alyson Churchill3864
26 November 201515K52:41, Nate Kaiser57:41, Katie Sherron306
10K35:01, Daniel Hamilton38:40, Katie Gorman679
5K14:53, Ricardo Estremera18:33, Emma Reed3890


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