Wednesday, March 9, 2016

No first-time jitters for Kaiser or Churchill in the Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K

Saturday morning, 5 March 2016 wasn't the first time that Nate Kaiser had raced the annual Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K. In 2013 Kaiser had placed second to Chris Lake in the 6.2-mile race. However, Kaiser's performance in the 2016 10K was faster, a 34:18, and it earned him his first Thomasville Road Baptist Church Road Race win. For Swift Creek Middle School cross country runner Alyson Churchill the race was her first 10K ever, but she debuted at the distance with a 40:16, taking the women's title and placing sixteenth overall.

The eleventh-annual race started and finished in the parking lot of the church. Vince Molosky, who had won the race in 2007 and 2010, set the early pace. Donalsonville, Georgia master runner Myles Gibson was right on his heels. Somewhat farther back, Nate Kaiser followed them patiently.

"I was just taking it easy," said Kaiser.

It wasn't easy enough for Gibson, who fell off the pace somewhere during the second kilometer. After three kilometers Molosky similarly started to fade.

"Just after the second mile he seemed to slow down," said Kaiser. "We went around a corner and then I was in the lead. He was there and then he wasn't."

Vince Molosky

Kaiser pushed for home, building up a lead of more than 300 meters on the way to his 34:18 win. Master runner Bryan Koon overtook Molosky to finish runner-up in 35:30. Molosky ended the race third in 35:46, just ahead of the 35:55 posted by fourth-place finisher Zach DeVeau.

Alyson Churchill has a varied racing resume that includes 5K road races, two-mile cross country runs, and trail races of up to five miles. The day before the Thomasville Road Baptist Church Road Race, she had won a 1600-meter and a 3200-meter track race. Churchill had never raced anything as long as a 10K before, though.

"We've been training at the Greenway," explained Churchill. "I've been running longer distances so I thought I'd try it in a race."

"I liked it a lot," she concluded.

Alyson Churchill

There's nothing not to like about winning, and Churchill won the female division handily, finishing nearly 300 meters ahead of the next woman. Only two other women have run faster than Churchill's 40:16 in the eleven-year history of the race--Lisa Johnson (40:04) and two-time winner Sheryl Rosen (38:40).

Anna Busby was second to Churchill in the women's standings, coming in 24th overall in 41:25. Jillian Heddaeus and Brittney Barnes were the next two women in the race, 35th overall in 43:50 and 38th overall in 44:26. Angela Dempsey was the top woman master and eighth female finisher, 54th overall in 47:16.

Bryan KoonTop Ten Men, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
  1. 34:17.54 ~ Nate Kaiser (M, 36)
  2. 35:29.32 ~ Bryan Koon (M, 44)
  3. 35:45.77 ~ Vince Molosky (M, 36)
  4. 35:54.75 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 28)
  5. 36:03.60 ~ Charlie Johnson (M, 36)
  6. 37:21.62 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  7. 37:43.52 ~ Ryan Truchelut (M, 30)
  8. 37:53.82 ~ Brad Argentine (M, 31)
  9. 38:00.31 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49)
  10. 38:16.26 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)

Anna BusbyTop Ten Women, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 10K
  1. 40:15.32 ~ Alyson Churchill (F, 13)
  2. 41:25.00 ~ Anna Busby (F, 25)
  3. 43:49.37 ~ Jillian Heddaeus (F, 32)
  4. 44:25.59 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 28)
  5. 45:40.84 ~ Meredith Argentine (F, 30)
  6. 46:18.89 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
  7. 46:22.34 ~ Emma Spencer (F, 35)
  8. 47:15.34 ~ Angela Dempsey (F, 47)
  9. 47:33.25 ~ Laura Reina (F, 51)
  10. 47:45.85 ~ Tsige Tadesse (F, 43)

Leading from start to finish, master runner Mickey Moore won the 5K race that was run concurrently with the 10K, running 18:25. However, Moore was so far ahead that the runners trailing him couldn't see him. Most if not all of them missed a critical turn and ended up running farther than the posted distance, closer to six kilometers than to five. Aaron Taylor was one of the unfortunates, finishing runner-up in 24:57. Megan Churchill took the women's title, coming in seventh overall in 27:17. Her younger sister, Paige Churchill, was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 27:26. Sharon Crews was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, seventeenth overall in 29:16.

Mickey Moore

250 athletes finished the 10K and 254 the 5K. Tallahassee, Florida's Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed both races.

Aaron TaylorTop Ten Men, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K
  1. 18:24.56 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 46)
  2. 24:56.79 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 22)
  3. 26:55.73 ~ Mario Carrasco (M, 21)
  4. 27:00.20 ~ Roy Mack Crews (M, 52)
  5. 27:05.28 ~ Filippo Aldrovandi Reina (M, 11)
  6. 27:09.51 ~ Tyler Pearce (M, 33)
  7. 28:23.56 ~ Brad Taylor (M, 38)
  8. 28:35.20 ~ Quinn Carrasquilla (M, 10)
  9. 28:39.40 ~ Avery Coffin (M, 9)
  10. 28:41.46 ~ Duel Yearty (M, 12)

Megan ChurchillTop Ten Women, 2016 Thomasville Road Baptist Church 5K
  1. 27:16.80 ~ Megan Churchill (F, 13)
  2. 27:25.81 ~ Paige Churchill (F, 11)
  3. 28:03.80 ~ Hunter Goldsmith (F, 20)
  4. 29:15.76 ~ Sharon Crews (F, 48)
  5. 30:49.31 ~ Allison Wunderland (F, 47)
  6. 30:58.29 ~ Dawn Gamache (F, 40)
  7. 31:23.90 ~ Patti Patterson (F, 10)
  8. 32:34.77 ~ Laura Varble (F, 35)
  9. 33:06.21 ~ Lisa Starling (F, 50)
  10. 33:10.66 ~ Paige Campbell (F, 12)

Winners of the Thomasville Road Baptist Church Road Race, 2006 - 2016
4 March 200610K35:29, Chris Holland46:39, Debbie LaMarche143
5KNo 5K race held
3 March 200710K35:09, Vince Molosky41:43, Seeley Lovett132
5K20:22, Tim Unger26:36, Carly Thomas160
8 March 200810K36:08, Daniel Crane43:33, Katrina Unglaub127
5K19:22, Steven Banister22:07, Carly Thomas200
7 March 200910K34:14, David Altmaier41:38, Kelsey Scheitlin252
5K19:38, Trevor Touchton20:43, Shannon Coates233
6 March 201010K34:51, Vince Molosky39:03, Sheryl Rosen136
5K20:13, Jordan Merrick18:39, Amy Hines175
5 March 201110KNo 10K race held
5K15:48, Kevin Sullivan20:23, Micah Adriani301
3 March 201210K34:22, Chris Lake44:10, Mary Anne Grayson139
5K19:09, Chase Harris24:52, Katherine Resavage184
2 March 201310K34:00, Stanley Linton38:40, Sheryl Rosen249
5K16:46, John Keenan23:09, Sheri Poskanzer255
1 March 201410K34:13, Eric Larson41:23, Katie Sherron184
5K19:02, Paul Guyas23:54, Julie Clark223
7 March 201510K34:08, Chris Lake42:02, Katie Sherron195
5K18:38, Eric Godin22:17, Mary Anne Grayson236
5 March 201610K34:18, Nate Kaiser40:16, Alyson Churchill256
5K18:25, Mickey Moore27:17, Megan Churchill260


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