"I came through three miles in 14:59," said Linton after winning the 38th annual Melon Run on Saturday morning, 18 June 2016. His final time was 15:50, so Linton covered the last uphill bit of course in 51 seconds--the same speed as an athlete struggling to break 25 minutes on a flat course.
Stan Linton may have felt the Water Street hill as much as the other runners, but his 15:50 was still fastest time of the morning, and the fastest time that anyone has posted at the Melon Run since the course was changed to include the Water Street hill. Brittney Skiles, a cross-country coach at Truett-McConnell University, won the women's title, placing tenth overall in 19:44.
The race started at 8:15 AM on West Washington Street with the Jefferson County Courthouse at the runners' backs. After half a kilometer a trio of athletes was out front--Stanley Linton, Wright Calhoun, and Scott Kelley. After that, though, Linton took command. The newly-commissioned US Navy Ensign was chasing the clock, with John Charlton's 1995 winning Melon Run time of 14:57 in mind.
Linton never threatened Charlton's record but still won the race by nearly 400 meters with a 15:50. "Maybe next year," said Linton.
Calhoun took second in 17:08. "I prefer cross-country running with hills and dirt," said Calhoun. "So I really liked the hills on this course." Calhoun recently signed to run on the cross country team at Columbus State University in the fall.
Bryce Cole, a rising senior on the Wakulla High cross country team, was third in 17:25. FAMU biostatistics professor Geb Kiros was the fastest master runner in the race, fourth overall in 17:57.
Coming from the Georgia hills around Truett-McConnell University, in the shadow of Mount Yonah, Brittney Skiles had less trouble with racing on Monticello's slopes than with racing in general.
"I raced for the first time in about seven months just seven days ago," said Skiles.
Skiles may have lacked testing in competition, but it didn't show. Almost immediately after the start of the race she was leading the women's field. Alli Hay and Haleigh Martin, rising seniors at Pataula Academy and Wakulla High respectively, were Skiles' closest pursuers in the early going. As the race progressed, though, Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen overtook the two high school distance runners and moved into the second woman's spot. Rosen was the 2013 Melon Run women's champ, and near the end of the 2016 race she was gaining on Skiles. At the finish line, however, Skiles' 19:44 gave her a comfortable 60-meter lead and first in the women's standings. Rosen was the women's runner-up and fourteenth overall in 20:00. Alli Hay took the third woman's spot, placing seventeenth overall in 20:24, and Haleigh Martin was fourth in the women's standings and twentieth overall in 21:17. Andrea Duffy was the top woman master and sixth female finisher, coming in 32nd overall in 23:10.
212 athletes finished the Monticello Kiwanis' 38th annual 5K Melon Run. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed the race.
Top Ten Men, 2016 Melon Run 5K
- 15:50 ~ Stan Linton (M, 22)
- 17:08 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 18)
- 17:25 ~ Bryce Cole (M, 17)
- 17:57 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 49)
- 18:06 ~ Zach Deveau (M, 28)
- 18:28 ~ Mickey Moore (M, 46)
- 18:35 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49)
- 18:47 ~ Beau Beard (M, 32)
- 18:59 ~ Eric Godin (M, 32)
- 19:21 ~ Lane Williams (M, 20)
Top Ten Women, 2016 Melon Run 5K
- 19:44 ~ Brittney Skiles (F, 27)
- 20:00 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 32)
- 20:24 ~ Alli Hay (F, 17)
- 21:17 ~ Haleigh Martin (F, 16)
- 23:01 ~ Kaitlin Jackson (F, 23)
- 23:10 ~ Andrea Duffy (F, 40)
- 23:39 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 54)
- 24:42 ~ Shelby Augustyniak (F, 40)
- 25:25 ~ Julia Sura (F, 44)
- 25:34 ~ Sloan Beard (F, 27)
|Known winners of the Monticello Melon Run 5K, 1979 - 2016|
|23 June 1979||15:39, Gary Slayton||20:36, Carolyn Crochet|
|28 June 1980||15:28, Gary Slayton||19:49, Debbie Dickson|
|19 June 1982||15:10, Andy Whitener||17:38, Laura Ledbetter|
|18 June 1983|
|23 June 1984||15:37, Gary Slayton||19:45, Cindy Walker|
|22 June 1985||16:09, Felton Wright||19:12, Barbara Balzer|
|21 June 1986||15:55, Bill Crooks||18:32, Karen MacHarg|
|20 June 1987||16:14, Bill Crooks||19:33, Peggy Johnson||257|
|25 June 1988||15:47, Bill Crooks||18:18, Karen MacHarg||324|
|24 June 1989||15:02, Jeff Pigg||19:05, Vikki Saga|
|23 June 1990||15:20, Jessie Close||18:06, Karen MacHarg|
|22 June 1991||15:23, Phillip Rowan||19:34, Vikki Saga|
|20 June 1992||15:10, Jessie Close||18:35, Lynda Nilges||386|
|26 June 1993||16:07, Bill Crooks||19:37, Sue Kany|
|29 June 1994||16:13, Gary Droze||18:49, Sarah Heeb|
|24 June 1995||14:57, John Charlton||19:54, Sissi Carroll|
|22 June 1996|
|28 June 1997|
|27 June 1998||16:33, Tommy Kunish||17:51, Sarah Docter-Williams|
|26 June 1999||16:23, Tommy Kunish||21:05, Peggy Simpson||193|
|17 June 2000||17:08, Tim Simpkins||18:32, Kim Winn||141|
|16 June 2001||16:29, Ryan Deak||17:54, Sarah Docter-Williams||238|
|22 June 2002||17:54, Doug Gorton||21:41, Laura Atlee||139|
|21 June 2003|
|19 June 2004||17:18, Tim Unger||20:30, Kate Remillard||121|
|18 June 2005||18:31, Jack McDermott||18:07, Sarah Docter-Williams||123|
|17 June 2006||17:36, Nathan Haskins||22:35, Loranne Ausley||170|
|16 June 2007||16:28, Nathan Haskins||18:50, Sarah Docter-Williams||261|
|21 June 2008||16:08, Nathan Haskins||20:16, Deb Jones||194|
|20 June 2009||16:54, Charlie Johnson||23:49, Sandy Holt||267|
|19 June 2010||18:07, Gabriel Leitz||19:59, Micah Adriani||283|
|18 June 2011||16:38, Sammy Palmer||19:28, Katie Showman||258|
|16 June 2012||16:28, Stephen Cox||18:59, Seeley Gutierrez||379|
|15 June 2013||16:42, Stanley Linton||18:49, Sheryl Rosen||284|
|21 June 2014||16:17, Chris Lake||19:08, Seeley Gutierrez||244|
|20 June 2015||18:03, Roger Schmidt||20:49, Teresa Ristow||232|
|18 June 2016||15:50, Stanley Linton||19:44, Brittney Skiles||212|
|Thank you to Pat Dugan for providing information about the 1987 race.|
- Complete results of the 2016 Monticello Melon Run 5K at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2016 Monticello Melon Run 5K
- Fred Deckert's photos of the 2016 Monticello Melon Run 5K
- 2015 story, “Schmidt and Ristow shine in Melon Run debut”
- 2014 story, “Lake and Gutierrez lead the 2014 Melon Run”
- 2013 story, “Young runners, old race; Linton and Rosen win in Monticello”
- 2012 story, “Cox and Gutierrez grab the biggest slices at Monticello's 34th Melon Run”
- 2011 story, “Sweet victories for Palmer and Showman at Melon Run”
- 2010 story, “Leitz and Adriani watermelon winners in Monticello”
- USATF course certification map of the Monticello Melon Run 5K
- Find an upcoming produce-themed race in the Tallahassee region on the Trouble Afoot! calendar