Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stan Linton reclaims the record at the Wakulla Springs 5K

Stanley Linton
Stan Linton
Over the ten year-history of the race, course records just don't have a very long lifespan at the annual Wakulla Springs 5K. Since 2007, no record has ever stood more than two years. At the 2013 Wakulla Springs race, for instance, Stan Linton ran 16:39, slicing ten seconds off of the standard set by Vince Molosky the previous year. In 2014 Chris Lake ran 16:38, erasing Linton's name from the books. Lake's time stood for two years, but on Saturday morning, 21 May 2016, Linton returned for the tenth annual Wakulla Springs 5K, and scorched a winning 16:34, a new course record.

"The rain helped a lot in packing down the loose sand," said Linton.

It's true that an overnight rain helped to settle the deep sand that characterizes almost all of the 3.1-mile course. However, it did nothing about the roots and limestone boulders that punctuate the sand, nor did it alleviate the ravenous clouds of mosquitos. Always positive, Linton also failed to mention that whatever the overnight rain had done to the sand, it had also increased the relative humidity almost enough that an aqualung would have been a useful addition to your running outfit. Whatever the conditions, Linton still ran the fastest race in Wakulla Springs 5K history, and runner-up Joseph Garcia's 16:58 was the fifth fastest time ever run on the course. It's hard for the rest of us to make excuses when those guys are running so fast.

 Top ten men's times, Wakulla Springs 5K 
16:34Stan Linton2016
16:38Chris Lake2014
16:39Stan Linton2013
16:49Vince Molosky2012
16:58Joseph Garcia2016
16:59Vince Molosky2011
17:04Stan Linton2012
17:06Stephen Cox2011
17:15Dan Clark2011
17:18Vince Molosky2013
Top ten women's times, Wakulla Springs 5K
18:46Katie Slater2015
19:29Seeley Gutierrez2011
19:42Katie Sherron2011
19:46Kelly Stevens2011
19:59Summer Calder2011
20:03Kati Gosnell2010
20:07Katie Sherron2014
20:19Kate Harrison2013
20:54Micah Adriani2010
20:56Haleigh Martin2015

Behind Linton and Garcia, Bryce Cole, a rising senior on the Wakulla High cross country team, was third in 17:47. Cole had won the Wakulla Springs 5K in 2015. Ryan Slyter was fourth in 17:52, and Evan Guarino was fifth in 18:41. Philip Sura was the fastest master runner in the race, placing sixth overall in 20:04.

Haleigh Martin won the women's title by over 300 meters, running 21:35. A rising senior on the Wakulla High cross country team, Martin had finished runner-up in the women's division in the previous year's Wakulla Springs 5K. Chiles High rising junior Cynthia Paterson was the second female finisher and seventeenth overall in 23:00. Kayla Wilson (19th, 23:26) took third in the women's standings and Emily Smith (24th, 24:00) fourth. Marien Dimacali was the top woman master in the race and fifth female finisher, placing 33rd overall in 25:06.

167 athletes finished the 2016 Wakulla Springs 5K. The race is hosted by the Friends of Wakulla Springs, with proceeds going to support Wakulla Springs State Park. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee, Florida chip timed the race.

Top Ten Men, 2016 Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 16:34 ~ Stan Linton (M, 22)
  2. 16:58 ~ Joseph Garcia (M, 20)
  3. 17:47 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 17)
  4. 17:52 ~ Ryan Slyter (M, 26)
  5. 18:41 ~ Evan Guarino (M, 17)
  6. 20:04 ~ Philip Sura (M, 46)
  7. 20:15 ~ Duane Evans (M, 48)
  8. 20:26 ~ Tim Unger (M, 56)
  9. 20:37 ~ David Harrell (M, 31)
  10. 21:03 ~ Travis Parks (M, 20)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Wakulla Springs 5K
  1. 21:35 ~ Haleigh Martin (F, 16)
  2. 23:00 ~ Cynthia Paterson (F, 16)
  3. 23:26 ~ Kayla Wilson (F, 19)
  4. 24:00 ~ Emily Smith (F, 31)
  5. 25:06 ~ Marien Dimacali (F, 54)
  6. 26:37 ~ Julia Sura (F, 44)
  7. 27:08 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 53)
  8. 27:11 ~ Emma Hughes (F, 16)
  9. 28:08 ~ Jackie Adams (F, 49)
  10. 28:15 ~ Virginia Fourqurean (F, 20)

Wakulla Springs 5K Champions, 2007 - 2016
19 May 200719:09, Myles Gibson22:16, Olivia Swedberg204
17 May 200817:42, Jay Wallace23:29, Sydney Nutting216
16 May 200917:20, Tyler Price21:49, Roxanne Hughes223
15 May 201017:56, Justin Dickieson20:03, Kati Gosnell355
21 May 201116:59, Vince Molosky19:29, Seeley Gutierrez326
19 May 201216:49, Vince Molosky21:53, Angela Wable256
18 May 201316:39, Stanley Linton20:19, Kate Harrison199
17 May 201416:38, Chris Lake20:07, Katie Sherron252
16 May 201518:12, Bryce Cole18:46, Katie Slater171
21 May 201616:34, Stan Linton21:35, Haleigh Martin167


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