Saturday, February 20, 2016

Schmidt and Sherron fly through the Flash

Twelve kilometers isn't a distance that Roger Schmidt races very often. Schmidt has raced just about every distance up to 50 miles, but there just aren't many opportunities to compete in a 12K. Nevertheless, Schmidt made the most of his opportunity in St Marks, Florida on Saturday morning, 20 February 2016. The Capital City Runners athlete won Gulf Winds Track Club's 28th annual Flash 12K, running 40:52. The first woman in the race was Katie Sherron, an FSU economics professor, who finished 23rd overall in 50:43. Sherron was no stranger to the 12K distance in general or the Flash 12K in particular; she also won the women's title at the race in 2012.

The race started just after 8:30 AM, with the runners heading north from Fort San Marcos State Park. The course was out-and-back--six kilometers to a turn-around point on the Saint Marks Trail, followed by a return to the Fort by the same route. Zach DeVeau, the previous year's winner was in the field, as was Vince Molosky, who had fought DeVeau much of the way in that earlier race. It wasn't the defending champ, though, who was setting the early pace. Roger Schmidt was the runner out front, with Molosky just off his shoulder. Nate Kaiser trailed the two leaders, with DeVeau farther back in fourth.

Roger Schmidt, Vince Molosky
"Roger took it out pretty hard," said Molosky

"We went out on a stiff pace," agreed Schmidt.

Molosky stayed close for three kilometers, but then Schmidt started to pull away, breaking contact on the way to the turnaround at the halfway mark. Meanwhile, Nate Kaiser wasn't going away.

Roger Schmidt

"Nate went by me just after the turnaround," said Molosky. "I just couldn't hang with him after that. My legs were dead."

"I was running scared," said Schmidt. "I told myself that Nate and Vince were breathing down my neck."

They weren't. Kaiser ran a strong second half, but he couldn't make up any of the ground he had already given up to Schmidt. Schmidt was first back to the fort, winning in 40:52. Kaiser was second in 41:30 and Molosky third in 42:29. Bryan Koon took fourth in 42:41, the top master runner in the race. DeVeau finished fifth in 44:01.

Nate Kaiser

Katie Sherron, Anna Busby, and Jillian Heddaeus were together at the front of the women's field after the first kilometer of the Flash 12K. Sherron bid them adieu shortly after that, leaving Busby and Heddaeus twelve seconds behind by the four kilometer mark.

"At the turn-around I saw that Anna and Jillian weren't far behind me," said Sherron. "So I picked it up for about a mile, but then I fell back to my old pace. I slowed down more than I wanted to."

Katie Sherron

Sherron didn't slow down enough for anyone to catch her, though. She was the first woman across the finish line, running 50:43. Busby was second in the women's standings, placing 24th overall in 51:30. Angela Wable was the first woman master and the third female finisher, overtaking Jillian Heddaeus late in the race to place 30th overall in 52:42. Heddaeus was the fourth woman in the race, 32nd overall in 53:06.

Bryan KoonTop Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Flash 12K
  1. 40:52 ~ Roger Schmidt (M, 24)
  2. 41:30 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 36)
  3. 42:29 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 36)
  4. 42:41 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 44)
  5. 44:01 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 28)
  6. 44:17 ~ Grady Smith (M, 39)
  7. 45:12 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
  8. 45:18 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 30)
  9. 45:56 ~ Jim Halley (M, 36)
  10. 46:27 ~ Mike Peymann (M, 53)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Flash 12K
  1. 50:43 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 34)
  2. 51:30 ~ Anna Busby (F, 25)
  3. 52:42 ~ Angela Wable (F, 42)
  4. 53:06 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32)
  5. 53:56 ~ Jocelyn Chan (F, 27)
  6. 55:15 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
  7. 55:31 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 35)
  8. 57:08 ~ Laura Reina (F, 51)
  9. 57:21 ~ Tsige Tadesse (F, 43)
  10. 57:31 ~ Nancy Proctor (F, 55)

213 athletes finished the 2016 Flash 12K. Another 87 finished the 6K race, offered for the eighth time in the 28-year history of the Flash. Crawfordville, Florida distance runner Travis Parks won the shorter race in 23:17, defeating two-time Flash 6K winner Duane Evans. Evans was the top master runner in the 6K, finishing runner-up in 23:34. Ten-year-old Leah Kiros finished at the top of the women's standings, placing thirteenth overall in 32:26.

Travis Parks

February weather in Florida's Big Bend is an iffy business. In the past athletes at the Flash 12K have experienced frigid temperatures or high winds. There wasn't much to complain about on the morning of the 2016 race, though. Conditions remained calm and comfortably cool till the last runner was done. After that things warmed up and it became one of those bright days where you just don't want to go indoors. It did get warm enough to wake up the no-see-ems, but that's part of life in Florida, isn't it?

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Flash 6KDuane Evans
  1. 23:17 ~ Travis Parks (M, 19)
  2. 23:34 ~ Duane Evans (M, 48)
  3. 26:08 ~ Timothy Fraser (M, 38)
  4. 26:14 ~ Riley Welch (M, 19)
  5. 29:32 ~ Eric Miller (M, 29)
  6. 30:28 ~ Kyle Sill (M, 32)
  7. 31:14 ~ Clint Beam (M, 30)
  8. 31:27 ~ Jonathan Kiros (M, 7)
  9. 31:33 ~ Ronald Thomas (M, 44)
  10. 32:03 ~ Thomas Biance (M, 35)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2016 Flash 6K
  1. 32:26 ~ Leah Kiros (F, 10)
  2. 35:28 ~ Arianna Neely (F, 15)
  3. 35:48 ~ Lois Burnette (F, 51)
  4. 36:24 ~ Teeah Grim (F, 38)
  5. 37:00 ~ Sarah Busby (F, 22)
  6. 38:04 ~ Maddison Green (F, 10)
  7. 38:34 ~ Jessica Johnson (F, 33)
  8. 38:51 ~ Chika Okoro (F, 35)
  9. 39:13 ~ Mary Jo Heaton (F, 36)
  10. 39:19 ~ Carolyn Johnson (F, 31)

Gulf Winds Track Club Flash 12K Champions, 1989 - 2016
28 January 198912K39:44, John Devine48:50, Barbara Balzer 155
17 February 199012K44:10, David Rigby54:40, Kathy Weiss 102
26 January 199112K39:36, Jessie Close50:24, Tina Davies163
18 January 199212K39:33, Jessie Close45:24, Paula Johnson132
23 January 199312K42:40, Jonathan Bigg45:43, Linda Nilges134
15 January 199412K38:02, Robin Rogers45:34, Jane Johnson91
21 January 199512K40:49, Gary Droze45:34, Jane Johnson145
27 January 199612K41:10, Gary Droze44:27, Jane Johnson132
11 January 199712K39:25, Brian Erb47:57, Sarah Williams75
7 February 199812K42:57, Clarence Calloway45:12, Sarah Williams164
20 February 199912K44:40, Tim Simpkins46:27, Sarah Williams82
19 February 200012K39:44, Michael Strickland46:06, Sara Docter-Williams107
17 February 200112K43:56, Tim Unger45:38, Sarah Docter-Williams 98
16 February 200212K40:35, Gary Droze47:17, Jane Johnson 148
1 February 200312K42:52, Shawn Patterson52:18, Lisa Whitworth 80
7 February 200412K42:46, Tim Unger52:49, Lisa Whitworth 89
5 February 200512K42:05, Lee Willis45:30, Sarah Docter-Williams 118
4 February 200612K42:49, Vince Molosky50:21, Lisa Johnson89
17 February 200712K44:58, Todd Smoot52:22, Kim Likens74
16 February 200812K43:10, Tripp Southerland50:57, Stephanie Liles131
21 February 200912K42:34, Jay Wallace50:48, Jane Johnson105
6K23:21, Brian Corbin21:36, Jana Stolting30
20 February 201012K41:57, Daniel Lee47:12, Sheryl Rosen176
6K24:43, Ben Kail31:35, Rachel Phipps53
19 February 201112K40:57, Thomas Kunish49:23, Kelly Stevens214
6K23:59, Caleb Harris31:26, Ashton McMurray73
18 February 201212K41:23, Stephen Cox49:52, Katie Showman214
6K24:57, Duane Evans27:39, Nancy Gribble89
16 February 201312K38:41, Kevin Sullivan46:17, Sheryl Rosen268
6K21:54, Michael Martinez25:09, Jessica Gillard70
15 February 201412K39:39, Stanley Linton45:20, Seeley Gutierrez262
6K21:56, Jon Mason28:15, Sarah Taff85
21 February 201512K42:03, Zach Deveau47:33, Sheryl Rosen207
6K23:30, Duane Evans24:20, Katie Gorman98
20 February 201612K40:52, Roger Schmidt50:43, Katie Sherron213
6K23:17, Travis Parks32:26, Leah Kiros87
In 1989-2004 the race started and finished in Chaires. (FL88036BH and FL94001DL)
In 2005-2010 the race started and finished at J. Lewis Hall Park in Woodville. (FL05007DL)
In 2011-2016 the race started and finished at Fort San Marcos de Apalachee in St. Marks.


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