Saturday, December 5, 2015

DeVeau starts winning and Sherron keeps winning at the Ten-Mile Challenge

Zach DeVeauOn Saturday morning, 5 December 2015, if you waited long enough after Zach DeVeau ran by you on the streets of Ox Bottom Manor, you'd eventually see some more runners pass by. But you'd have to wait for quite a while, because DeVeau was on his way to winning 28th annual Gulf Winds Track Club's Ten-Mile Challenge, and he finished with a lead of over half a mile, running 59:14. Katie Sherron won the women's title of the Tallahassee, Florida, race for the second year in a row, placing fifth overall in 1:05:19. It was Sherron's third win at the Ten-Mile Challenge.

The race started at 8:00 AM from Hawk's Rise Elementary School with the ten-milers facing two laps on a hilly five-mile loop through the neighborhood. A five-mile race started at the same time on the same course, but the runners in the shorter race had only one lap ahead of them. The hills were the same, but the five-milers would only be seeing them once. With all the athletes on the course together, it was difficult to tell who was in the five mile and who was in the ten mile. Zach DeVeau had that problem.

Myles Gibson"Myles Gibson went out with Gary Droze," said DeVeau. "They were ahead of me and I figured Myles was in the five mile. But when I caught them at a mile-and-a-half I was surprised to see he was in the ten mile."

Moving into the lead, DeVeau quickly put some ground between himself and Gibson, getting a quarter-mile ahead by the end of the first five mile loop. The second loop was more of the same, as DeVeau went on to win in 59:14. It was his career best for ten miles.

"Yeah, but it was only my second ten mile," said DeVeau.

Gibson, a master runner from Donalsonville, Georgia, was second in 1:02:35. Grady Smith and master runner Tony Guillen dueled for third through most of the race, but Smith prevailed in the end, 1:03:28 to 1:03:40.

The women's competition started off in a friendly tone. Katie Sherron and Adriana Piekarewicz were chatting and laughing as they passed the first mile in the lead.

Katie Sherron, Adriana Piekarewicz"We train together," explained Sherron.

A few miles later, things got more serious.

"I moved ahead on the downhill, right before the four-mile mark," said Sherron.

A mile later, Sherron had a ten-second lead. Piekarewicz wasn't going away, though.

"She was there," recalled Sherron. "I kept thinking that I was going to put some distance on her but I couldn't. I was going as hard as I could. We definitely ran the second half faster than the first."

During that tough second half, Sherron clawed a few more yards ahead of Piekarewicz, ultimately winning in 1:05:19. It was over seven minutes faster than Sherron had run to win the 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge. Capital City Runners' Piekarewicz was second in 1:05:48, placing sixth overall. Anna Busby, another Capital City Runners athlete, was third in the women's standings, fourteenth overall in 1:10:38. Ruffian Tyner was the top woman master and eighth female finisher, 30th overall in 1:21:02.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge
  1. 59:14 ~ Zach DeVeau (M, 28)Tony Guillen, Grady Smith
  2. 62:35 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49)
  3. 63:28 ~ Grady Smith (M, 38)
  4. 63:40 ~ Tony Guillen (M, 46)
  5. 66:52 ~ Eric Godin (M, 31)
  6. 67:33 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  7. 69:16 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 28)
  8. 69:36 ~ David Graf (M, 39)
  9. 69:53 ~ Joel Piotrowski (M, 46)
  10. 70:16 ~ Hong-Guo Yu (M, 47)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Ten-Mile Challenge
  1. 65:19 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 34)Anna Busby
  2. 65:48 ~ Adriana Piekarewicz (F, 27)
  3. 70:38 ~ Anna Busby (F, 25)
  4. 71:34 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32)
  5. 73:31 ~ Meg Ogle (F, 24)
  6. 75:36 ~ Jocelyn Chan (F, 27)
  7. 79:42 ~ Isabel Anderson (F, 36)
  8. 81:02 ~ Ruffian Tyner (F, 40)
  9. 81:42 ~ Mary Jane Hayden (F, 36)
  10. 82:19 ~ Shelby Augustyniak (F, 39)

Joseph GarciaRunners in the five-mile wore a different style of race bib than those in the ten-mile. If you didn't notice that Joseph Garcia was wearing a five-mile bib, you might have thought he was running in a third race. A Florida A & M University student, Garcia started out faster than everyone, rapidly building up a huge lead. He continued to widen the gap through four miles, then maintained it through the final mile to win in 27:29. Gary Droze was the top master runner in the five mile, finishing runner-up in 28:45. Master runner Mickey Moore took third in 31:21.

Amy Hines took the women's title, finishing fourth overall in 33:58. Stephanie Liles-Weyant was the top woman master and second female finisher, ninth overall in 36:28. Lisa Johnson was third on the women's side, fifteenth overall in 30:13. Johnson had won the five-mile race in 2010.

89 athletes finished the Ten-Mile Challenge, with another 88 completing the five-mile race. Chip timing was provided by Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee, Florida.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Five-Mile Road Race
  1. 27:29 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 20)Gary Droze
  2. 28:45 ~ Gary Droze (M, 54)
  3. 31:21 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 45)
  4. 34:44 ~ John Schwenkler (M, 34)
  5. 35:04 ~ Tad David (M, 46)
  6. 35:09 ~ Felton Wright (M, 58)
  7. 36:01 ~ Mike Burns (M, 50)
  8. 36:29 ~ Mike Weyant (M, 50)
  9. 37:40 ~ Dewey Hudson (M, 43)
  10. 37:42 ~ Shi-Ling Hsu (M, 54)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2014 Five-Mile Road Race
  1. 33:58 ~ Amy Hines (F, 35)Amy Hines
  2. 36:28 ~ Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 43)
  3. 39:13 ~ Lisa Johnson (F, 34)
  4. 39:28 ~ Debby Tipton (F, 42)
  5. 40:06 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 54)
  6. 41:50 ~ Kate Krizner (F, 11)
  7. 42:10 ~ Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 53)
  8. 44:31 ~ Leah Blake (F, 26)
  9. 45:21 ~ Bonni Warren (F, 40)
  10. 45:54 ~ Sophia Umana (F, 11)

Champions of Gulf Winds Track Club's Ten-Mile Challenge, 1977 - 2015
January 197720 Km67:06, Herb Wills89:20, Rosemary Desloge
28 January 197820 Km65:18, Joe Germano85
13 January 197920 Km67:33, Jim Eastman85:31, Rosemary Desloge
15 December 197920 Km66:23, George West89:51, Rosemary Desloge
20 December 198020 KmMike BordelLaura Ledbetter
19 December 198120 Km67:42, Rick Miller90:12, Chris Levi
18 December 198220 Km63:14, Noel Shumann80:28, Donna Miller
3 December 198320 Km68:20, Noel Shumann79:25, Margaret Coomber
1 December 198420 Km70:13, Steve Meade76:24, Barbara Matthews154
7 December 198520 Km69:40, Felton Wright80:00, Karen McHarg158
6 December 198620 Km67:29, Tim Simpkins81:18, Karen McHarg157
5 December 198720 Km65:04, Jessie Close79:42, Karen MacHarg157
3 December 198810 Miles51:05, David Keen65:19, Janice Hochstein165
2 December 198910 Miles52:05, Jessie Close64:09, Paula Johnson163
1 December 199010 Miles51:39, David Keen62:53, Paula Johnson181
7 December 199110 Miles54:20, Jessie Close63:40, Paula Johnson151
5 December 199210 Miles54:32, Jessie Close63:09, Paula Johnson159
4 December 199310 Miles55:30, Steve Wilcox61:53, Paula Johnson148
3 December 199410 Miles54:16, Herb Wills61:43, Jane Johnson164
2 December 199510 Miles55:30, Gary Droze65:55, Carrie Weyant120
7 December 199610 Miles56:27, Brian Erb66:21, Carrie Weyant113
6 December 199710 Miles55:06, Lee Willis62:38, Sarah Docter-Williams133
5 December 199810 Miles58:45, Robert Pautienus62:27, Breeda Willis127
4 December 199910 Miles56:24, Gary Droze69:44, Carrie Weyant188
2 December 200010 Miles56:29, Zachery Heissner66:07, Laurel Slyck146
1 December 200110 Miles60:11, Tim Unger64:40, Sarah Docter-Williams169
7 December 200210 Miles54:30, Lee Willis63:54, Sarah Docter-Williams111
6 December 200310 Miles61:33, Bill McCord63:20, Sarah Docter-Williams158
4 December 200410 Miles55:29, Gary Droze61:41, Sarah Docter-Williams142
5 Miles26:45, Chris Nickinson38:32, Kara Taylor26
3 December 200510 Miles56:46, Gary Droze66:43, Kara Newell167
5 Miles32:24, Conor Sweeney39:14, Vicky Droze37
2 December 200610 Miles59:13, Jay Wallace62:27, Sheryl Rosen126
5 Miles28:53, Gary Droze30:46, Amy Paine84
1 December 200710 Miles58:47, Tripp Southerland64:04, Sheryl Rosen150
5 Miles31:19, Tim Unger38:11, Janice Hochstein53
6 December 200810 Miles55:56, Chris Lake65:30, Sheryl Rosen177
5 Miles32:59, Gennaro Scibelli32:51, Amy Paine80
5 December 200910 Miles57:59, Vince Molosky65:47, Sheryl Rosen117
5 Miles30:15, John Robida38:27, Claire Fruchtnicht49
4 December 201010 Miles57:19, Vince Molosky64:25, Allison Eagen180
5 Miles31:54, Chase Harris31:37, Lisa Johnson90
3 December 201110 Miles56:13, Stephen Cox68:15, Katie Showman169
5 Miles30:16, Brian Manry36:11, Kate Chunka89
1 December 201210 Miles56:18, Stanley Linton68:05, Micah Adriani183
5 Miles29:19, Zac Buchholz38:24, Moriah Campbell119
7 December 201310 Miles55:30, Stanley Linton73:42, Micah Adriani151
5 Miles30:51, Tony Guillen35:38, Vicky Droze87
6 December 201410 Miles56:37, Stephen Cox72:48, Katie Sherron109
5 Miles31:54, Gary Galvez37:24, Paula O'Neill82
5 December 201510 Miles59:14, Zach DeVeau65:19, Katie Sherron89
5 Miles27:29, Joseph Garcia33:58, Amy Hines88


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