Sunday, October 30, 2016

Militsa Mircheva cranks a 17:54 Trash Dash 5K at Apalachee Regional Park

On On 26 March 2016 Militsa Mircheva was in Cardiff, Wales competing for her native Bulgaria in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. On 14 August 2016 Mircheva was representing Bulgaria on another continent, competing in the women's marathon at the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Less than a month later Mircheva signed to compete for Florida State University. She would pass up competing in cross-country for the Lady Seminoles during the fall of 2016, though, waiting till track season during 2017 to start her Florida State athletic career. Which is why on Saturday morning, 29 October 2016, Mircheva was at the Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country Course in Tallahassee, Florida, racing on yet a third continent. There, Mircheva won the sixth annual Trash Dash 5K, beating all comers, male or female, with a 17:54. Runner-up Thomas Howell was first in the men's standings; the Florida A & M student covered the course in 18:13.

Militsa Mircheva, Thomas Howell
Militsa Mircheva and Thomas Howell

Tallahassee Community College cross-country coach Gary Droze was the top master runner in the race, finishing right behind Howell in 18:19 and placing third overall. Michael Nesius was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 18:52.


Another Lady Seminole, Jessica Lonas, was runner-up on the women's side, placing fifth overall in 19:11. Katherine Patrick made it a Florida State sweep of the first three women's places, coming in fifteenth overall in 21:30. Leon County Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey was the top woman master and ninth female finisher, placing 31st overall in 25:10.


The Trash Dash 5K is an annual event hosted by Sustainable Tallahassee. 84 athletes finished the 2016 race.


Top Ten Women, 2016 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 17:53.43, Militsa Mircheva (F, 22)
  2. 19:10.28, Jessica Lonas (F, 20)
  3. 21:29.22, Katherine Patrick (F, 18)
  4. 22:11.80, Connie Lewis (F, 18)
  5. 22:27.55, Katarina Jernberg (F, 18)
  6. 22:53.26, Emma Spencer (F, 35)
  7. 23:36.28, Jamila Allen (F, 27)
  8. 23:54.40, Kendall Ward (F, 16)
  9. 25:09.15, Angela Dempsey (F, 48)
  10. 26:34.19, Sherrie Peavy (F, 48)

Top Ten Men, 2016 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 18:12.17, Thomas Howell (M, 20)
  2. 18:18.65, Gary Droze (M, 55)
  3. 18:51.52, Michael Nesius (M, 31)
  4. 19:17.45, Lane Williams (M, 20)
  5. 19:24.20, Andrew Treat (M, 29)
  6. 19:29.37, Michael Martinez (M, 50)
  7. 19:33.86, Matthias Laywell (M, 18)
  8. 19:42.44, Jay McDuffie (M, 16)
  9. 19:46.98, Brady Irwin (M, 33)
  10. 19:47.94, Don Smith (M, 37)

Trash Dash winners, 2011 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 November 201117:53, Brian Corbin21:28, Sheryl Rosen
10 November 201217:52, Roger Schmidt20:33, Katie Showman98
16 November 201315:54, Stanley Linton19:06, Emily Ness136
8 November 201417:12, Roger Schmidt20:07, Katie Sherron80
14 November 201515:10, Ricardo Estremera19:28, Tara Rooney99
29 October 201618:13, Thomas Howell17:54, Militsa Mircheva84


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