Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tallahassee's top 5K road times in 2016 (through January 9)

It seems like I just got finished posting the last of the 2015 performance lists, and it's already time to post Tallahassee's first road 5K performance list of 2016. Things got started quickly this year, with two 5K road races on USATF-certified courses in Tallahassee on Saturday morning, 9 January 2016--Gulf Winds Track Club's 32nd annual Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship and the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K. I took results from both of those events to come up with the first lists of the year, one for the men and another for the women.

Nate Kaiser, Poncherella Leonard

Both races were scheduled for 9:00 AM starts. Assuming that each started on time, Nate Kaiser was the first to finish. He won the Bowlegs 5K with a 16:41. Kaiser finished 2015 tenth on the men's list with a 16:24 from the Palace Saloon 5K. For now, though, he leads the city. Bainbridge High's Poncherella Leonard isn't far behind, second on the list in 16:47. Bryan Koon ended 2015 as Tallahassee's fastest master runner in the 5K for the year with a 16:59 that he posted at the Palace Saloon 5K. At his debut race in 2016, the Bowlegs 5K, he ran 17:10--placing him fifth in the race and fifth on the performance list, the fastest master in town so far this year.

Ani Veltcheva

The Bowlegs 5K men's field was deep this year--of the top 25 performances on the list, all but one were from Bowlegs. The story was similar on the women's side with 22 of the top 25 performances coming from Bowlegs, including the top two. Gainesville, Florida, wunderkind Ani Veltcheva ran 19:00 to win the women's title at Bowlegs, putting her on the top of the first performance list of 2016. It was the twelve-year-old's first 5K road race in Tallahassee. Katie Sherron starts 2016 ranked second on the list at 19:08, the mark that earned her the women's runner-up spot at Bowlegs. Sherron ended 2015 with the top-ranked women's time of 17:34, run at the Hurricane 5K. Kayla Wilson is third on the women's list at 21:55, the time she posted to top the women's standings at the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K. It was Wilson's 5K debut on the Tallahassee road, although not her first 5K race in town. In 2013 Wilson ran 21:39 for Gainesville High in the State Cross Country Final at Apalachee Regional Park. Angela Dempsey is the top female master runner in the first rankings, sixth on the women's list with the 22:42 she ran at Bowlegs.

Katie Sherron

With more than 50 weeks left in 2016, there is going to be a lot of racing before the end of the year. It's possible that none of these times will still be on the list in December. And where do times in these ranking come from, anyway? Well, they have to meet these criteria:

  • The race has to be in Tallahassee (anywhere in Leon County is fine)
  • The race has to be run on a USATF certified course
  • The race has to have published results
  • I have to see the results

The Trent Trot 5K on 23 January 2016 satisfies those standards, as do the Trailblazer 5K and the Tulip Trot 5K on 30 January 2016. And that's just January. Look for changes after those races--or get out on the road and make some changes yourself.

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Men on Certified Road Courses in 2016
(Through 9 January 2016)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 16:41Nate Kaiser362016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM
2. 16:47Poncherella Leonard172016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM
3. 16:53Matthew Nazareth192016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
4. 16:57Vince Molosky362016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K4FL12001EBM
5. 17:01Joseph Garcia202016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K5FL12001EBM
6. 17:10Bryan Koon442016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K6FL12001EBM
7. 17:15Charlie Johnson362016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K7FL12001EBM
8. 17:22Zach Deveau282016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K8FL12001EBM
9. 17:25Peter Van Brussel222016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K9FL12001EBM
10. 17:27Roger Schmidt242016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K10FL12001EBM
11. 17:41Gary Droze542016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K11FL12001EBM
12. 18:06Michael Martinez502016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K12FL12001EBM
13. 18:13Tony Guillen472016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K13FL12001EBM
14. 18:17David Altmaier342016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K14FL12001EBM
15. 18:26Ryan Truchelut302016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K15FL12001EBM
16. 18:44Mickey Moore452016-01-09TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K1FL14147EBM
17. 18:48Paul Guyas382016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K16FL12001EBM
18. 18:55Brian Molen392016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K17FL12001EBM
19. 18:58Carter Hay442016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K18FL12001EBM
20. 18:59Jim Halley362016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K19FL12001EBM
21. 19:04Eric Godin312016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K20FL12001EBM
22. 19:25Chuck Lang502016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K21FL12001EBM
23. 19:38Philip Sura452016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K22FL12001EBM
24. 19:41Tim Unger562016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K23FL12001EBM
25. 19:48Mike Peymann532016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K24FL12001EBM
Includes performances from the Bowlegs 5K (9 Jan 2016) and the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K (9 Jan 2016).

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Women on Certified Road Courses in 2016
(Through 9 January 2016)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 19:00Ani Veltcheva112016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM
2. 19:08Katie Sherron342016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM
3. 21:55Kayla Wilson182016-01-09TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K1FL14147EBM
4. 22:09Katie Sack242016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
5. 22:11Jillian Heddaeus322016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K4FL12001EBM
6. 22:42Angela Dempsey472016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K5FL12001EBM
7. 22:50Emma Spencer342016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K6FL12001EBM
8. 22:54Laura Reina512016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K7FL12001EBM
9. 23:03Tsige Tadesse432016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K8FL12001EBM
10. 23:15Kory Skrob452016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K9FL12001EBM
11. 23:31Katasha Cornwell382016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K10FL12001EBM
12. 23:33Danielle Zemola372016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K11FL12001EBM
13. 23:36Paula O'Neill542016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K12FL12001EBM
14. 23:52Kelly Garland442016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K13FL12001EBM
15. 24:04Kristin Halley342016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K14FL12001EBM
16. 24:20Layla Thompson102016-01-09TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K2FL14147EBM
17. 24:24Martha Bademan312016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K15FL12001EBM
18. 24:33Vaishali Desai292016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K16FL12001EBM
19. 24:35Deborah Congdon412016-01-09TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K3FL14147EBM
20. 24:42Fran McLean582016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K17FL12001EBM
21. 24:50Kenya Rich432016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K18FL12001EBM
22. 24:55Loranne Ausley522016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K19FL12001EBM
23. 24:56Julie Clark542016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K20FL12001EBM
24. 25:24Lyssa Oberkreser452016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K21FL12001EBM
25. 25:29Rebecca Marsey402016-01-09GWTC Bowlegs 5K22FL12001EBM
Includes performances from the Bowlegs 5K (9 Jan 2016) and the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K (9 Jan 2016).