Tuesday, October 25, 2016

O'Kelley and Chalmers capture the Run For Lawson

Autumn is cross-country season for the high schools and colleges in Florida and the rest of the United States. For high school athletes there are hundreds of cross-country running events scheduled during the season just in Florida. The menu is a little more limited for collegiate runners, but there are still plenty of options. For everyone else there are fewer choices. Some of the best are right here in Tallahassee, though, including the Run For Lawson. More than 300 runners chose the sixth annual Run For Lawson on Saturday, 22 October 2016, racing either 10K or 5K. Chris O'Kelley won the longer event, covering the 6.2 miles through Welaunee Plantation in 36:23. Juanita Chalmers was the first woman in the 10K, placing tenth overall in 45:47.

Run For Lawson
Welcome to the 2016 Run For Lawson

Jonathan Manry of Capital City Runners was second in the 10K, running 38:25. Mickey Moore was the top master runner in the race, placing third overall in 38:42. Master runner Gary Johnson was fourth in 42:56 and Ben Kirbo, a seventh-grader on the Holy Comforter cross-country team, was fifth in 43:00.

Run For Lawson
The start of the race

Florida State University student Emily Long was the second woman and eighteenth overall in 49:43. Maclay School frosh cross-country runner Avery Smith placed third in the women's standings and twentieth overall in 40:13. Paula O'Neill of Tallahassee was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, 21st overall in 50:54. Ormond Beach, Florida athlete Ashley Young was fifth on the women's side and 22nd overall in 51:02.

Top Ten Men, 2016 Run For Lawson 10K
  1. 36:22.1, Chris O'Kelley (M, 23)
  2. 38:24.8, Jonathan Manry (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 38:41.9, Mickey Moore (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 42:55.7, Gary Johnston (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 42:59.3, Ben Kirbo (M, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 43:16.8, Tad David (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 44:09.4, Scott Minert (M, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 44:40.3, David Welling (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 44:46.1, Mark Tombrink (M, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 45:37.3, Erik Andersen (M, 33) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2016 Run For Lawson 10K
  1. 45:46.8, Juanita Chalmers (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 49:42.6, Emily Long (F, 20)
  3. 50:13.0, Avery Smith (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 50:53.3, Paula O'Neill (F, 55) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 51:01.4, Ashley Young (F, 30) Ormond Beach, FL
  6. 51:31.7, Nancy Proctor (F, 55) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 51:48.5, Megan Borkowski (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 52:19.8, Sherri Wise (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 54:59.7, Sarah Craig (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 55:27.5, Nazarae Rodriguez (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL

Eric Godin of Tallahassee won the shorter race, running the five kilometers in 18:24. Leo Kelly, a seventh-grader on the Holy Comforter cross-country team, took second in 19:42. Matthias Laywell, an alumnus of the John Paul II cross-country team, placed third in 20:26. Bill McNulty was the first master runner in the 5K and fourth overall in 20:31.

Run For Lawson
On the starting line

The Tallahassee Community College Eagles were well represented in the race, with members of their women's cross-country squad taking the first two spots in the women's standings of the 5K. Samantha Reilly took the women's title in 20:57, and Mia Wiederkeher was the women's runner-up in 22:14. Reilly and Wiederkehr were seventh and eighth overall. Sixteen-year-old Tallahassee athlete Kendall Ward was third on the women's side and fourteenth overall in 22:57. Krista Killius was the first woman master and fourth female finisher in the 5K, coming in eighteenth overall in 24:09. Another TCC harrier, Ellie Stubblefield, was the fifth woman and nineteenth overall in 24:24.

Top Ten Men, 2016 Run For Lawson 5K
  1. 18:23.2, Eric Godin (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:41.7, Leo Kelly (M, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 20:25.7, Matthias Laywell (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 20:30.7, Bill McNulty (M, 58) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 20:41.2, Chuck Lang (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 20:56.1, Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina (M, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 22:13.5, William Pipkin (M, 33)
  8. 22:26.4, Daniel Wagnon (M, 39)
  9. 22:49.4, Tom Schulte (M, 50)
  10. 23:00.1, Ben Graybar (M, 48)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Run For Lawson 5K
  1. 20:56.5, Samantha Reilly (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 22:13.9, Mia Wiederkehr (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 22:56.8, Kendall Ward (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 24:08.3, Krista Killius (F, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 24:23.7, Ellie Stubblefield (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 24:36.7, Jaye Danforth (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 24:33.1, Laura Reina (F, 52) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 24:47.7, Ashley Jones (F, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 24:48.9, Susan Madeux (F, 20) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:57.2, Bri Smith (F, 41)

100 athletes finished the 2016 Run For Lawson 10K, with another 2015 completing the 5K race. Race Time Sports of Altamonte Springs, Florida timed both races.

Run For Lawson champions, 2011 - 2016
8 October 20115K17:29, Gary Droze22:22, Molly McCann393
6 October 201210K39:32, Tony Guillen52:00, Allison Thumm123
5K18:29, Gary Droze22:00, Molly McCann335
28 September 201310K35:50, Chris Lake45:53, Renee Cox174
5K18:20, Gary Droze21:23, Molly McCann317
1 November 201410K38:58, Paul Guyas45:32, Jillian Heddaeus94
5K19:16, Evan Wilson20:47, Molly McCann221
26 September 201510K41:03, Michael Peymann44:56, Leslie Dickinson98
5K20:56, Hawthorne Hay21:04, Brittney Barnes226
22 October 201610K36:23, Chris O'Kelley45:47, Juanita Chalmers100
5K18:24, Eric Godin20:57, Samantha Reilly205