Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tallahassee's top 15K road times in 2015

"Why don't you do 15K rankings?" Bill Lott asked me, once upon a time.

"Because there's only one 15K race in town, the Turkey Trot," I replied.

"No, there's the 15K out at Bradley's."

"But that's not USATF certified."

"Yes it is."

Indeed it is. I could argue that the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K, the junior race to the Gulf Winds Track Club 30K, is off pavement. Or I could plead that it's not in the Tallahassee city limits. But the only real reason I could continue to ignore it is that people just don't run very fast there. The course is hilly, the unpaved roads are often muddy, and the headline race is the 30K. Those facts just don't make for fast times.

But in 2015 the winning time at the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K was two-and-a-half minutes faster than the winning time at the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K. In fact, both Sukhi Khosla, the GWTC 15K champ, and the runner-up, Hunter Scott, were faster than the top time at the Turkey Trot. Six of Tallahassee's top ten 15K performances came from the GWTC 15K this year. If there was a year you couldn't ignore the GWTC 15K, it was 2015.

Sukhi Khosla
So move over, Tallahassee Turkey Trot. In 2015 the fastest road 15K on a USATF-certified course in Tallahassee was the 50:11 run by Leon High's Sukhi Khosla at the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K on January 17. The fastest performance by a master runner was the 56:27 posted by Jesse Espinoza in that same race.

On the women's side, Katie Sherron contributed to the glory of the Tallahassee Turkey Trot by running the city's fastest time of the year in that race, a 57:41. However, the best performance on the Tallahassee roads by a woman master was the 62:47 posted by Stephanie Liles-Weyant at the upstart Gulf Winds Track Club 15K. Liles-Weyant ended the year with Tallahassee's top road times in the 5K and the 10K as well as the 15K.

Katie Sherron
If you want a fast 15K time in 2016, the 15K option will be available at the Gulf Winds Track Club 30K on 16 January 2016 and the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K will be back on Thanksgiving Day, 24 November 2016. Until then, here are Tallahassee's top 15K road times for 2015.

Top Tallahassee 15K Performances by Men on Certified Road Courses in 2015
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 50:11Sukhi Khosla182015-01-17GWTC 15K1FL06014DL
2. 51:51Hunter Scott182015-01-17GWTC 15K2FL06014DL
3. 52:41Nate Kaiser362015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K1FL11114EBM
4. 53:43Dan Baur282015-01-17GWTC 15K3FL06014DL
5. 54:42Jose Diaz292015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K2FL11114EBM
6. 55:28Zach Deveau272015-01-17GWTC 15K4FL06014DL
7. 55:32Matthew Cashin152015-01-17GWTC 15K5FL06014DL
8. 56:07Kevin Chin Shue232015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K3FL11114EBM
9. 56:27Jesse Espinoza482015-01-17GWTC 15K6FL06014DL
10. 57:23Jay Wallace512015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K4FL11114EBM
11. 57:24Bryce Van Dam282015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K5FL11114EBM
12. 57:25Tony Guillen462015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K6FL11114EBM
13. 57:33Trevor Sununu202015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K7FL11114EBM
14. 58:00Adam Wallenfelsz172015-01-17GWTC 15K7FL06014DL
15. 58:08Danny Moore172015-01-17GWTC 15K8FL06014DL
16. 58:23Jake Mazziotta162015-01-17GWTC 15K9FL06014DL
17. 58:29James McClure152015-01-17GWTC 15K10FL06014DL
18. 58:30Clay Milford152015-01-17GWTC 15K11FL06014DL
19. 58:40Kyle Harris212015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K8FL11114EBM
20. 59:05Drew Farrington282015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K9FL11114EBM
21. 59:09Pj Jones372015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K10FL11114EBM
22. 59:11Sean Hudson442015-01-17GWTC 15K12FL06014DL
23. 59:20James Dodson162015-01-17GWTC 15K13FL06014DL
24. 59:40Caleb Carmichael312015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K11FL11114EBM
25. 59:45Mickey Moore442015-01-17GWTC 15K14FL06014DL
Includes performances from the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K (17 Jan 2015) and Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K (26
Nov 2015).

Top Tallahassee 15K Performances by Women on Certified Road Courses in 2015
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 57:41Katie Sherron342015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K1FL11114EBM
2. 58:37Sheryl Rosen302015-01-17GWTC 15K1FL06014DL
3. 1:02:47Stephanie Liles-Weyant422015-01-17GWTC 15K2FL06014DL
4. 1:04:39Brittney Barnes272015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K2FL11114EBM
5. 1:06:51Jillian Heddaeus322015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K3FL11114EBM
6. 1:07:04Renee Cox272015-01-17GWTC 15K3FL06014DL
7. 1:07:27Elisabeth Heal332015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K4FL11114EBM
8. 1:08:15Allison Decort342015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K5FL11114EBM
1:10:15     S. Liles-Weyant432015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K6FL11114EBM
9. 1:10:25L.A. Hanlon372015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K7FL11114EBM
10. 1:11:06Sarrah Carroll322015-01-17GWTC 15K4FL06014DL
11. 1:11:08Jane Skalski312015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K8FL11114EBM
12. 1:11:16Zoe Sheldon152015-01-17GWTC 15K5FL06014DL
13. 1:11:26Caroline Willis152015-01-17GWTC 15K6FL06014DL
14. 1:11:37Renee Combs322015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K9FL11114EBM
15. 1:11:39Emma Spencer342015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K10FL11114EBM
16. 1:11:45Grace Lockhart162015-01-17GWTC 15K7FL06014DL
17. 1:11:49Dana Black502015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K11FL11114EBM
18. 1:11:51Gray Kinch152015-01-17GWTC 15K8FL06014DL
19. 1:13:11Bridget Wolfel352015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K12FL11114EBM
20. 1:13:12Kate Harrison232015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K13FL11114EBM
21. 1:13:12Jocelyn Chan262015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K14FL11114EBM
22. 1:13:36Shannon Colavecchio382015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K15FL11114EBM
23. 1:14:39Isabel Anderson362015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K16FL11114EBM
24. 1:14:49Jane Johnson552015-01-17GWTC 15K9FL06014DL
25. 1:15:00Jamila Allen262015-11-26Tallahassee Turkey Trot 15K17FL11114EBM
Includes performances from the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K (17 Jan 2015) and Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K (26
Nov 2015).



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