Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mizereck and Sherron tail none on the trails

"I just love coming in second in half marathons," quipped Zach DeVeau. "This is the third one where I've come in second."


The third one was the Tails and Trails Half Marathon on Saturday morning, 7 May 2016, and this time DeVeau had finished runner-up to Matt Mizereck of Capital City Runners. Mizereck won the race by over a mile, covering 13.1 miles of roots, hills, and trails in 1:19:49. Florida State University economics professor Katie Sherron won the women's title, placing 21st overall in 1:45:20. 178 athletes finished the half marathon.


Matt Mizereck

An annual event benefiting the Tallahassee-Leon County Animal Shelter Foundation, the Tails and Trails had started off in 2002 as the Furry Scurry 5K. By 2016 the name had changed and the event had grown to include four different races. Add a few throws and jumps and you could almost mistake the Tails and Trails for a track meet. That is, you could if it weren't for the courses, which no one could confuse with a track. Although the races all start on the road in front of the animal shelter, the competitors soon find themselves on the paths of Tom Brown Park and the Lafayette Heritage Trail, going up and down the hills surrounding Lake Lafayette.


The half marathon was only added to the program in 2015, but it was the first race on the schedule in 2016. Mizereck was soon in the lead. Not much later he was out of sight. His rivals didn't catch another glimpse of him till he was on his way back, past the halfway turnaround on the far side of the Canopy Greenway Bridge. While DeVeau couldn't challenge Mizereck, DeVeau himself was unchallenged by the other runners in the field. Behind him, though, master runners Myles Gibson and Geb Kiros were in a tight race for third. Mizereck got the win in 1:19:49, while DeVeau took second in 1:25:57. Gibson put some ground on Kiros late in the race to take third, 1:26:33 to 1:27:05.


Zach DeVeau

Early in the race, the women's competition was closer than the men's, with Katie Sherron and Nancy Stedman sharing the lead through three miles.


"Nancy and I talked before the race, so we knew we were both shooting for about 1:50," explained Sherron.


Both runners more than met that goal, but especially Sherron. Leaving Stedman behind after three miles, Sherron captured the women's crown in 1:45:20. Stedman was the second female finisher and first woman master, placing 25th overall in 1:48:07. Allison Born was third in the women's standings, coming in 35th overall in 1:54:46.


Katie Sherron

"I never know how I'm going to be feeling these days," said Sherron after the race. That's understandable; she's currently six months pregnant. From the win, we'll have to conclude that she was feeling well.


"It was really nice weather," said Sherron. "Just beautiful in the shade."


Geb Kiros, Myles GibsonTop Ten Men, 2016 “Tails and Trails” Half Marathon
  1. 1:19:49 ~ Matt Mizereck (M, 24)
  2. 1:25:57 ~ Zach DeVeau (M, 28)
  3. 1:26:33 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49)
  4. 1:27:05 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
  5. 1:27:23 ~ Jonathan Manry (M, 37)
  6. 1:30:17 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  7. 1:32:08 ~ John Schwenkler (M, 34)
  8. 1:34:57 ~ Ryan Turner (M, 34)
  9. 1:36:35 ~ Tad David (M, 47)
  10. 1:36:49 ~ Jon Mason (M, 42)

Nancy StedmanTop Ten Women, 2016 “Tails and Trails” Half Marathon
  1. 1:45:20 ~ Katie Sherron (F, 34)
  2. 1:48:07 ~ Nancy Stedman (F, 54)
  3. 1:54:46 ~ Allison Born (F, 27)
  4. 1:56:17 ~ Christine Plutschack (F, 27)
  5. 1:56:56 ~ Kathy Greene (F, 43)
  6. 1:59:19 ~ Danielle Titus Titus (F, 28)
  7. 1:59:37 ~ Rachel Lovestrand (F, 28)
  8. 2:00:20 ~ Marie Dennis (F, 41)
  9. 2:00:34 ~ April Bentley (F, 42)
  10. 2:01:12 ~ Jamie Ito (F, 36)

After earning a degree in mathematics and a commission in the United States Navy, Stanley Linton ended his Florida State University running career during the spring of 2016. However, he certainly wasn't through with his running career in general. Ensign Linton blazed a 37:45 to win the Tails and Trail 10K, finishing more than 800 meters ahead of the next runner. Jim Halley was runner-up in the 6.2-mile race with a 41:09. Bill McNulty was the top master runner and third overall with a 43:54.


Stanley Linton

Anna Busby of Capital City Runners was the first woman in the 10K, coming in sixth overall in 45:48. Melanie Leitman was second in the women's standings and ninth overall in 48:01. Jill Sweeny was the third woman finisher, sixteenth overall in 50:38. Monica Judd was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, nineteenth overall in 51:38.


191 athletes completed the Tails and Trails 10K.


Jim HalleyTop Ten Men, 2016 “Tails and Trails” 10K
  1. 37:45 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 22)
  2. 41:09 ~ Jim Halley (M, 36)
  3. 43:54 ~ Bill McNulty (M, 57)
  4. 44:47 ~ Jeremy Fowler (M, 28)
  5. 44:54 ~ Chuck Lang (M, 50)
  6. 47:53 ~ Andrew Treat (M, 29)
  7. 47:56 ~ Camilo Ordonez (M, 37)
  8. 48:37 ~ Barney Ray (M, 53)
  9. 48:40 ~ Nicholas Samuel (M, 12)
  10. 48:40 ~ Juan Ordonez (M, 42)

Anna BusbyTop Ten Women, 2016 “Tails and Trails” 10K
  1. 45:48 ~ Anna Busby (F, 25)
  2. 48:01 ~ Melanie Leitman (F, 32)
  3. 50:38 ~ Jill Sweeny (F, 35)
  4. 51:38 ~ Monica Judd (F, 41)
  5. 53:52 ~ Marien Dimacali (F, 54)
  6. 55:19 ~ Jennifer Desantis (F, 38)
  7. 56:10 ~ Belinda Wharton (F, 55)
  8. 56:50 ~ Fran McLean (F, 58)
  9. 57:50 ~ Megan Federico (F, 32)
  10. 58:07 ~ Francee Laywell (F, 54)

Too far ahead to be caught but too close to be comfortable, Peter Van Brussel won the Tails and Trails 5K race over Drew Farrington, 18:20 to 18:30. Lincoln High senior Teddy Feracho was third in 20:15.


Brittney Barnes was the women's champ in the 3.1-mile race, finishing fifth overall in 20:50. Katie Sack was runner-up for the women and eleventh overall in 22:45. Kenya Rich was the fastest master runner in the race and the third female finisher, placing 26th overall in 24:33.


A record 562 athletes finished the 5K, while another 55 went the distance in the one-mile fun run. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed all four races.


Top Ten Men, 2016 “Tails and Trails” 5K
  1. 18:20 ~ Peter Van Brussel (M, 22)
  2. 18:30 ~ Drew Farrington (M, 29)
  3. 20:15 ~ JR Feracho (M, 18)
  4. 20:44 ~ Aaron Taylor (M, 22)
  5. 22:04 ~ Conor Bassham (M, 12)
  6. 22:16 ~ Travis Pickels (M, 28)
  7. 22:19 ~ Henry Gilmore (M, 27)
  8. 22:30 ~ Hayden Swier (M, 20)
  9. 22:41 ~ Martin Laguerre (M, 24)
  10. 22:52 ~ Brian Black (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, 2016 “Tails and Trails” 5K
  1. 20:50 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 28)
  2. 22:45 ~ Katie Sack (F, 24)
  3. 24:33 ~ Kenya Rich (F, 43)
  4. 25:08 ~ Martha Guyas (F, 31)
  5. 25:34 ~ Dorothy Thames (F, 34)
  6. 25:39 ~ Alese Autore (F, 38)
  7. 27:36 ~ Jessica Deneen (F, 25)
  8. 27:51 ~ Skylar Brenneman (F, 11)
  9. 27:56 ~ Hope Tompkins (F, 42)
  10. 28:02 ~ Ella Porcher (F, 11)

“Tails and Trails” winners, 2002 - 2016
DateRaceMenWomenFinishers
30 March 20025K19:49, Tim Bolton23:06, Carrie Weyant179
15 March 20035K20:47, Justin Dickieson24:20, Carrie Weyant218
20 March 20045K18:56, Gary Droze23:02, Seeley Lovett221
19 March 20055K18:51, Mathew Dobson23:12, Stephanie Liles186
18 March 200610K37:46, Vince Molosky46:49, Kim Likens73
5K22:06, Roger Michaud21:48, Stephanie Liles178
5 May 200710K36:43, Vince Molosky43:54, Jana Stolting80
5K17:31, Tripp Southerland24:22, Claire Fruchtnicht250
3 May 200810K37:23, Vince Molosky41:55, Karen Geletko141
5K20:54, Jason Graham21:57, Katrina Unglaub272
2 May 200910K35:07, Vince Molosky41:34, Sheryl Rosen148
5K17:24, John Robida18:59, Kelsey Scheitlin464
1 May 201010K35:44, Vince Molosky42:38, Micah Adriani315
5K16:37, Ken Youngers22:13, Lisa Finn355
30 April 201110K36:41, Vince Molosky41:06, Heather Griffis
5K17:04, Kevin Sullivan19:41, Kelly Stevens
5 May 201210K34:52, Stanley Linton41:38, Micah Adriani246
5K18:22, Jonathan Grisiaffi23:00, Stephanie Stout494
4 May 201310K36:29, Vince Molosky46:31, Lindsey Pfau207
5K16:26, Stanley Linton19:40, Micah Adriani521
3 May 201410K37:04, Matthew Cashin46:12, Urska Dobersek211
5K16:53, Adam Wallenfelsz20:55, Sara Lane359
2 May 2015Half Marathon1:25:43, Eric Godin1:49:34, Mary Jane Hayden92
10K37:22, Matthew Cashin46:04, Brittney Barnes278
5K17:06, Roger Schmidt20:25, Alese Autore552
7 May 2016Half Marathon1:19:49, Matt Mizereck1:45:20, Katie Sherron178
10K37:45, Stanley Linton45:48, Anna Busby191
5K18:20, Peter Van Brussel20:50, Brittney Barnes562
From 2002 to 2006 the event was called the "Furry Scurry."
No 10K was held before 2006.
No Half Marathon was held prior to 2015.


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