Saturday, January 2, 2016

Nadler and Suda first in Florida Track Club's Frank Shorter Mile

Florida Track ClubThe great Frank Shorter is perhaps best known for his two Olympic gold medals in the men's marathon, a gold from the 1972 games and a silver from 1976. Shorter, a one-time member of the Florida Track Club, isn't nearly as notorious as a miler, but his career best of 4:02.6, while not Olympic-calibre, is certainly nothing to sneeze at. So on Friday, 1 January 2016, the Florida Track Club opened the new year with the inaugural Frank Shorter Road Mile, run on the streets of Gainesville, Florida's north side. The club scheduled a very civilized noontime start for the race.


Aspiring marathoner Enoch Nadler won the first year event event, running 4:40. It wasn't close to Nadler's mile PR of 4:08, but it was fast enough to put the former UF Gator distance runner across the finish line ahead of runner-up Mike Hensley of the Florida Track Club. Hensley ran 4:43. Just behind him, Gainesville's Bobby Hensley dueled Roy Spradlin of Cooper City for third, with Hensley getting the nod 4:48 to 4:50.


In another close-fought battle, Dan Monteau took the top master spot over Rob Robins, both runners clocked in 5:23, taking seventh and eighth place overall. The third master in the race, Dan Stoner, was just a few steps back in 5:25, coming in ninth overall.


There were no close finishes at the top of the women's standings. Betsy Suda ran 5:30 to take the women's title, placing tenth overall and finishing 150 meters ahead of the next female athlete. Mandy Harrell was the women's runner-up, sixteenth overall in 6:04. Kelly Shaer was third in the women's standings, 21st overall in 6:23. Elisabeth Diamond of Bell, Florida, was the top woman master and eighth female finisher, 33rd overall in 7:27.


55 athletes finished the race. Timing was provided by Start 2 Finish Race Management.


Top Ten Men, Florida Track Club's 2016 Frank Shorter Road Mile
  1. 4:40 ~ Enoch Nadler (M, 30)
  2. 4:43 ~ Mike Hensley (M, 30)
  3. 4:48 ~ Bobby Hensley (M, 31) Gainesville, FL
  4. 4:50 ~ Ray Spradlin (M, 22) Cooper City, FL
  5. 5:10 ~ Michael Anderson (M, 27)
  6. 5:18 ~ Justin Dobson (M, 32)
  7. 5:23 ~ Dan Monteau (M, 52)
  8. 5:23 ~ Rob Robins (M, 43) Gainesville, FL
  9. 5:25 ~ Dan Stoner (M, 41) Gainesville, FL
  10. 5:38 ~ Cade Monk (M, 14)

Top Ten Women, Florida Track Club's 2016 Frank Shorter Road Mile
  1. 5:30 ~ Betsy Suda (F, 34) Gainesville, FL
  2. 6:04 ~ Mandy Harrell (F, 31)
  3. 6:23 ~ Kelly Shaer (F, 32) Gainesville, FL
  4. 6:37 ~ Kacy Seynders (F, 23)
  5. 6:39 ~ Michele Richards (F, 35)
  6. 6:45 ~ Amanda Vincent (F, 37) Gainesville, FL
  7. 7:23 ~ Jennifer Seitz (F, 38) Gainesville, FL
  8. 7:27 ~ Elisabeth Diamond (F, 56) Bell, FL
  9. 8:09 ~ Tommie Bost (F, 9) Gainesville, FL
  10. 8:28 ~ Deborah Coleman (F, 56) Earleton, FL

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