Sunday, September 11, 2016

Successful Sickle Cell 5K returns for Kiros and Barnes

In 2014, Florida A & M University biostatistics professor Geb Kiros raced the Sickle Cell 5K and ran 18:43, placing fourth. On Saturday morning, 10 September 2016, Kiros was back in the Jake Gaither neighborhood of Tallahassee, Florida for the 35th annual Sickle Cell 5K. This time Kiros ran over a minute faster, winning the race in 17:41. Brittney Barnes made her own return to the race; after finishing as the top woman in the 2015 Sickle Cell 5K, Barnes took a second women's title in the 2016 event, placing fifth overall in 20:05.

Geb Kiros
Geb Kiros

The race started just after 8:30 AM in front of the Jake Gaither Community Center, heading east on Bragg Drive. Geb Kiros was soon setting the pace for the field, and by the two-kilometer mark he had a 100-meter lead on the second-place runner, Trey Edwards. Eric Godin was just a few steps farther back, and caught Edwards early in the second half of the race. There was no catching Kiros, though. The Tallahassee master runner had widened his lead to nearly 200 meters by the time he crossed the finish line back at the Jake Gaither Community Center, first in 17:41. Godin took second in 18:21, and Edwards was third in 18:45.

Brittney Barnes
Brittney Barnes

In the women's competition Brittney Barnes had an even wider winning margin, finishing well over 600 meters ahead of the next woman. Barnes led from the start and was never challenged during the 20:05 it took her to reach the finish line. Tallahassee master runner Lyssa Oberkreser overtook Michelle Hadden during the final kilometer of the race to take the women's runner-up spot in 23:08, placing tenth overall. Close behind, Hadden was third in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 23:10.


227 athletes finished the 2016 Sickle Cell 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed the race. The event is an annual benefit of the Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.


Eric GodinTop Ten Men, 2016 Sickle Cell 5K
  1. 17:41 ~ Geb Kiros (M, 50-54)
  2. 18:21 ~ Eric Godin (M, 30-34)
  3. 18:45 ~ Trey Edwards (M, 20-24)
  4. 19:47 ~ Duane Evans (M, 45-49)
  5. 20:05 ~ Zack Scharlepp (M, 30-34)
  6. 21:29 ~ Lucas Lindsey (M, 25-29)
  7. 21:57 ~ Gary Johnston (M, 40-44)
  8. 23:07 ~ Michael La Bossiere (M, 45-49)
  9. 23:22 ~ Bryno Gay (M, 25-29)
  10. 23:28 ~ Edward Corty (M, 20-24)

Lyssa OberkreserTop Ten Women, 2016 Sickle Cell 5K
  1. 20:05 ~ Brittney Barnes (F, 25-29)
  2. 23:08 ~ Lyssa Oberkreser (F, 45-49)
  3. 23:10 ~ Michelle Hadden (F, 25-29)
  4. 23:53 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 55-59)
  5. 24:12 ~ Lindsey Pfay (F, 25-29)
  6. 24:37 ~ Karen Clemens (F, 20-24)
  7. 25:18 ~ Sara Ardila (F, 25-29)
  8. 25:18 ~ Emily Kaiser (F, 20-24)
  9. 27:21 ~ Jordin Giles (F, 20-24)
  10. 27:30 ~ Hannah Adair (F, 20-24)

Known Sickle Cell 5K winners, 1982 - 2016
DateMenWomen
1982

1983

8 September 1984 *

31 August 1985

1986

19 September 198715:14.2, Jessie Close17:31.8, Karen MacHarg
17 September 198815:12, Jessie Close16:40, Carla Borovicka
16 September 198915:14, Jessie Close19:38, Barbara Balzer
15 September 199016:04, Bill Crooks18:23, Karen MacHarg
14 September 199115:18, Gary Droze18:47, Vikki Saga
12 September 199215:07, Gary Droze18:39, Carrie Hunnicutt
11 September 199315:50, Peter Kirk21:06, Leah Bonds
10 September 199415:47, Andy Palmer18:06, Jane Johnson
9 September 199515:51, John Otterson19:00, Carrie Weyant
14 September 199615:23, Bryan Erb17:58, Jane Johnson
13 September 199715:23, Gary Droze17:40, Sara Docter-Williams
12 September 199816:26, Tim Simpkins20:28, Julie Clark
11 September 199916:24, Robert Pautienus19:44, Kingsley Broughton
9 September 200016:55, Tim Unger17:40, Sandra Williams
8 September 200117:05, Tony Pearson19:39, Renata Strakova
14 September 200219:15, Michael LaBossiere24:03, Jane Cormier
13 September 200318:24, David Yon22:25, Kim Likens
11 September 200418:32, Scott Ruplinger22:29, Krista Killius
10 September 200518:28, Dan Pick22:00, Cathleen Willy
9 September 200617:36, Chris Gregory21:05, Summer Shepherd
8 September 200716:52, Michael Martinez20:18, Lindsay Thomas
13 Sepember 200816:05, Chris Lake19:11, Sheryl Rosen
12 September 200915:44, Chris Lake22:27, Julie Clark
11 September 201018:36, Trey Edwards22:13, Nancy Stedman
10 September 201116:29, Gary Droze21:21, Tiffany Barz
8 September 201218:18, Paul Guyas20:06
14 September 2013??
13 September 201416:48, Roger Schmidt22:18, Paula O'Neill
12 September 201517:24, Matthew Nazareth20:10, Brittney Barnes
10 September 201617:41, Geb Kiros20:05, Brittney Barnes
* Four-mile run


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