Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Hensley and Creamer win the Melon Meet in Massey

Florida Track Club's Three-Mile Melon RunI suppose Mike Hensley could have made it more interesting.


He could have raced somewhere other than Gainesville, Florida on Monday morning, 4 July 2016, and let someone new win Florida Track Club's Three-Mile Melon Run. Or he could have held back and made it look like a closer race.


Instead Hensley showed up at Massey Park the morning of Independence Day and rattled off a 16:26 three-mile, winning the 38th annual Melon Run by nearly a minute--his third win at the race in the last four years. But there was something new in the women's division. Anne Creamer, the runner-up on the women's side in the 2015 race, went sub-18:00 in the 2016 event to win the women's title in 17:51, her first Melon Run title ever.


Hudson Rapier was the overall runner-up in the race, running 17:24--almost identical to the 17:23 that earned him fifth place in the 2015 Melon Run. Patrick Gallagher was the top master runner and third overall in 17:44. Renee Marin-Gomez took fourth in 17:49.


Ani Veltcheva, a cross country runner at Gainesville's Abraham Lincoln Middle School, was second in the women's standings and seventh overall in 18:12. Lauren Pilcher was the third woman and thirteenth overall in 18:58. Just behind Pilcher, Courtney Rouse was fourth in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 19:08. Catherine Martin was the first woman master and fourteenth female finisher, 43rd overall in 21:20.


337 athletes finished the 38th annual Three-Mile Melon Run. Start-to-Finish Race Management of Alachua, Florida timed the race. The Melon Run will return to the streets of Gainesville on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Melon Run Three Mile
  1. 16:26 ~ Michael Hensley (M, 30)
  2. 17:24 ~ Hudson Rapier (M, 33)
  3. 17:44 ~ Patrick Gallagher (M, 40)
  4. 17:49 ~ Renee Marin-Gomez (M, 22)
  5. 18:00 ~ Joshua Starnes (M, 27)
  6. 18:14 ~ John Sansalone (M, 20)
  7. 18:30 ~ Drew Kieszek (M, 40)
  8. 18:32 ~ Cade Monk (M, 15)
  9. 18:36 ~ Matthew Howland (M, 29)
  10. 18:54 ~ Scott Lafferty (M, 44)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Melon Run Three Mile
  1. 17:51 ~ Anne Creamer (F, 25)
  2. 18:12 ~ Ani Veltcheva (F, 12)
  3. 18:58 ~ Lauren Pilcher (F, 28)
  4. 19:08 ~ Courtney Rouse (F, 22)
  5. 19:19 ~ Georganne Watson (F, 31)
  6. 19:29 ~ Sarah Edens (F, 19)
  7. 19:59 ~ Mandy Harrell (F, 32)
  8. 20:02 ~ Rosanna Bell (F, 28)
  9. 20:04 ~ Cynthia Spangler (F, 38)
  10. 20:18 ~ Monica Huster (F, 24)

Gainesville, Florida, Melon Run Three Mile winners, 1979 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 July 1979*15:43, Paul Rehfus22:04, Diann Eley
4 July 198014:47, Joe Dubina18:14, Ruth Smith167
4 July 198114:25, Jeff Kramer18:51, Lisa Davis179
4 July 198215:14, Byron Dyce20:10, Ann Hanrahan
4 July 198315:14, Roger Sutton18:14, Ruth Smith
4 July 198414:29, Scott McMillen18:06, Kathy Schaefer
4 July 198514:47, Mark Kennard18:25, Kathy Schaefer279
4 July 198615:22, John Matthews18:28, Shelly Allen219
4 July 1987
4 July 1988
4 July 198915:20, Scott McMillen18:00, Anita Kelly
4 July 199015:08, Scott McMillen19:09, Johanna Reneke
4 July 1991
4 July 1992
4 July 199315:14, John Pianhorst18:01, Jim Schultz
4 July 199415:31, Randall Hollinger19:04, Lisa Gable
4 July 199514:58, Stephen Kortenkamp17:14, Monica O'Reilly
4 July 199614:48, Randall Hollinger19:38, Annemarie Kosarek
4 July 199715:34, Randall Hollinger17:58, Wendy Frazier
4 July 1998
4 July 199914:57, Connor Holt18:52, Shannon Lennon
4 July 200015:51, Randy Hollinger18:40, Shannon Lennon240
4 July 200116:22, Randy Hollinger18:48, Allison Burnett276
4 July 200215:40, Darin Shearer18:44, Ashley Espy281
4 July 200315:49, Alex Phipps17:55, Anna Brew311
4 July 200416:07, Justin Jacobs18:26, Larisa Timchina222
4 July 200515:44, Enoch Nadler17:59, Friderike Wilde222
4 July 200615:35, Michael Anderson17:53, Sheryl Rosen282
4 July 200715:02, Alex Phipps18:03, Amanda Hahn406
4 July 200815:43, Geoffrey Anderson17:39, Lisa Vaill460
4 July 200915:34, Andrew Robinson18:48, Michele Howell287
4 July 201014:46, Michael Anderson17:30, Allison Costello308
4 July 201115:38, Michael Anderson17:38, Betsy Suda339
4 July 201215:24, Michael Anderson18:05, Betsy Suda460
4 July 201314:58, Mike Hensley20:00, Danielle Kolb410
4 July 201414:34, Matt Hensley17:32, Betsy Suda444
4 July 201515:59, Mike Hensley17:41, Betsy Suda304
4 July 201616:26, Mike Hensley17:51, Anne Creamer337
* The inaugural race in 1979 was the “5 km Metric Melon.”


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