Sunday, June 19, 2016

More distance at Encounter 316 means more wins for Guyas and Johnson

Tallahassee athlete Paul Guyas won the Encounter 316 five-mile run on Saturday morning, 18 June 2016. Guyas covered the five miles through the streets of Thomasville, Georgia in 31:25. Beverly Johnson was the first woman in the race, finishing fourth overall in 40:05.


I don't have a large enough sample size to state a statistically significant conclusion, but my gut feeling is that there is a trend of races adding longer distance events to their program. For example, fixtures that have gotten by with a 5K and a one-mile fun run for years are including a 10K on the menu. Other races are suddenly offering a half marathon option. This is just a casual observation that I don't intend to explore any farther, so if you want to crunch some numbers and get a scholarly paper out of it then feel free.


Encounter 316 fueled my suspicions by starting out in 2015 as a 5K race, then adding the five mile event in 2016. Guyas took advantage of the longer run, as did Thomasville's Chad Johnson. Johnson was the fastest master runner in the five mile, finishing second overall in 34:47. Lance Parker took third in 36:55.


Polyanna Bass was the first woman master in the race, placing second in the women's standings behind Beverly Johnson. Bass was sixth overall in 45:31. Lori Richardson was the third female finisher, coming in tenth overall in 47:16.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Encounter 316 Five Mile
  1. 31:25 ~ Paul Guyas (M, 38)
  2. 34:47 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 45)
  3. 36:55 ~ Lance Parker (M, 34)
  4. 42:35 ~ Tony Gilbert (M, 61)
  5. 46:09 ~ Todd Bennett (M, 51)
  6. 46:57 ~ Jeremy Emmett (M, 37)
  7. 47:06 ~ Frank Hachmuth (M, 51)
  8. 47:49 ~ Jeffrey Drawdy (M, 38)
  9. 60:45 ~ Abhilash Parepally (M, 27)
  10. 64:23 ~ Divya Prabhat Gundepa (M, 27)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Encounter 316 Five Mile
  1. 40:05 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 38)
  2. 45:31 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 42)
  3. 47:16 ~ Lori Richardson (F, 30)
  4. 50:20 ~ Robin Cartright (F, 38)
  5. 50:49 ~ Susan Bennett (F, 45)
  6. 57:08 ~ Kathy Payne (F, 36)
  7. 61:14 ~ Hart Arlene (F, 45)
  8. 66:07 ~ Jean Krier (F, 54)
  9. 66:09 ~ Jane Krier (F, 54)
  10. 66:51 ~ Kasi Ross (F, 28)

The five mile didn't replace the 5K at Encounter 316; it supplemented it. The 3.1-mile race was still on the Encounter 316 schedule and Chris Holt of Thomasville won in 22:27. Tallahassee's Martha Guyas took the women's title, coming in second overall in 23:18.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Encounter 316 5K
  1. 22:26.49 ~ Chris Holt (M, 34)
  2. 23:33.74 ~ Christopher Warren (M, 33)
  3. 24:06.09 ~ Jacob Smith (M, 35)
  4. 24:11.55 ~ Austin Willis (M, 11)
  5. 25:51.97 ~ Matthew Huddleston (M, 52)
  6. 26:16.81 ~ Tyler Fulton (M, 17)
  7. 26:19.79 ~ Devin Moss (M, 29)
  8. 26:38.16 ~ Alan Matthews (M, 52)
  9. 27:09.60 ~ Will Bundrick (M, 36)
  10. 28:42.09 ~ Allen Corbin (M, 51)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Encounter 316 5K
  1. 23:17.03 ~ Martha Guyas (F, 31)
  2. 24:37.14 ~ Anna James (F, 13)
  3. 25:15.03 ~ Wendy Owens (F, 45)
  4. 25:43.78 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 61)
  5. 27:39.75 ~ Melinda Owens (F, 36)
  6. 29:20.33 ~ Miff Hendriksen (F, 61)
  7. 29:30.84 ~ Tina Carson (F, 41)
  8. 29:53.18 ~ Alison Parker (F, 33)
  9. 31:21.26 ~ Abigail Clark (F, 21)
  10. 31:31.51 ~ Eleanor Hall (F, 53)

Encounter 316 winners, 2015 - 2016
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
27 June 20155 km18:35, Daniel Anthony21:26, Ashley Saba130
18 June 20165 mi31:25, Paul Guyas40:05, Beverly Johnson20
5 km22:27, Chris Holt23:18, Martha Guyas46


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