Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bobby Hensley overcomes Payne

2016 Trail of Payne 10KThere was once a mighty body of water south of Gainesville, Alachua Lake. The lake was large enough that steamships plied its waters. Then one day in 1891 a sinkhole opened up in the lake, and it was as if the stopper had been pulled out of the drain in God's bathtub. Lake Alachua was sucked down the sinkhole and into the Floridan aquifer, stranding turtles, fish, alligators, and the steamer Chakala. Alachua Lake was gone, and what was left was Payne's Prairie. Today the prairie is home to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, which in turn is home to the Trail of Payne 10K cross country race. The sixth annual Trail of Payne was held in the park on a wet Saturday morning, 26 March 2016.


Bobby Hensley won that 2016 race, running 35:42. Mike Hensley, a two-time Trail of Payne champ, finished runner-up in 36:26. Shawn Webber was the top master runner in the race, edging Peter Licari 39:07 to 39:10 for third place overall.


An athlete using the unlikely nom de guerre of Pix McGrix took the women's title, coming in seventh overall in 43:11. Becky Gomez finished runner-up in the women's standings, placing eighth overall in 44:20. Virgina Hatch was the third woman in the race, eighteenth overall in 48:24. Danielle Heath (26th, 50:33) edged Elisabeth Diamond 27th, 50:36) for the first woman master; Heath and Diamond were the fifth and sixth female finishers.


Some parts of the course were flooded, but nothing that hinted at the return of Alachua Lake, and certainly nothing to cause a trail runner's heart to quail. 194 athletes finished the sixth annual Trail of Payne 10K. Start 2 Finish Race Management timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Trail of Payne 10K
  1. 35:42 ~ Bobby Hensley (M, 31)
  2. 36:26 ~ Mike Hensley (M, 30)
  3. 39:07 ~ Shawn Webber (M, 41)
  4. 39:10 ~ Peter Licari (M, 21)
  5. 40:05 ~ Dan Stoner (M, 41)
  6. 40:33 ~ Rob Robins (M, 43)
  7. 44:29 ~ Sean Black (M, 47)
  8. 45:07 ~ Xi Cao (M, 26) Gainesville, FL
  9. 45:30 ~ Chris Vulpe (M, 50)
  10. 46:10 ~ Michael Attard (M, 28)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Trail of Payne 10K
  1. 43:11 ~ Pix McGrix (F, 29)
  2. 44:20 ~ Becky Gomez (F, 24)
  3. 48:24 ~ Virginia Hatch (F, 32)
  4. 49:24 ~ Eva George (F, 31) Gainesville, FL
  5. 50:33 ~ Danielle Heath (F, 51)
  6. 50:36 ~ Elisabeth Diamond (F, 56) Bell, FL
  7. 51:11 ~ Rebecca Pieters (F, 32)
  8. 51:42 ~ Aylena Carlson (F, 19) Gainesville, FL
  9. 51:56 ~ Kristen Hall (F, 25)
  10. 52:06 ~ Morgan Keppel (F, 23) Gainesville, FL

Trail of Payne 10K winners, 2011 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 March 201135:56, Christian Kern41:06, Tatiana Titova271
17 March 201234:37, Mike Hensley40:33, Tenley Godfrey342
16 March 201337:12, Christopher Raye40:22, Stephanie McGrail273
29 March 201437:16, Nick Auyeung41:30, Carol Rowe244
28 March 201534:02, Mike Hensley42:12, Meredith DeFranco271
26 March 201635:42, Bobby Hensley43:11, Pix McGrix194


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