Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prep harriers Hollis and Matthews lead the Mexico Beach Turkey Trot

2016 Mexico Beach Turkey Trot"Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house." The old song gives those directions to Thanksgiving dinner. Well, if the river is the Apalachicola River, and the woods turn out to be Tates Hell State Forest, then you might just end up in Mexico Beach, Florida on Thanksgiving. And if you get there early enough that morning, you could race The Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K. At the fourth annual Mexico City Beach Turkey Trot, it certainly wasn't Grandma who was winning. It was young runners who took the top honors; a pair of fourteen-year-olds. Lane Hollis, an eighth-grader on the cross country team of North Whitfield Middle School, was the overall winner in 18:50. On the women's side, first place went to Wren High frosh Elise Matthews, fifth overall in 20:52.

Hollis had been third in the 2015 Turkey Trot, where he had run 19:22. Another year of training allowed him to improve to a sub-19:00 time and a first-place finish. Zack McFarland, a frosh on the Port Saint Joe High cross-country team, took second in 19:00. Chris Myers was third in 20:22. Vince Warrick was the top master runner in the race and sixth overall in 21:38.

Courtney Spencer took second in the women's standings behind Elise Matthews; Spencer placed eighth overall in 22:22. Veda Cloud was the third woman and twelfth overall in 24:04. Heidi Matthews was the first woman master and eighth female finisher, 26th overall in 27:32.

149 athletes finished the 2016 Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K. Gulf Coast Race Timing timed the event.

Top Ten Men, 2016 Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 18:49.03, Lane Hollis (M, 14)
  2. 18:59.98, Zack McFarland (M, 15)
  3. 20:21.74, Chris Myers (M, 37)
  4. 20:29.80, Tim Dwyer (M, 31)
  5. 21:37.96, Vince Warrick (M, 59)
  6. 21:56.27, Adam Anderson (M, 23)
  7. 22:30.03, Carson Davis (M, 14)
  8. 22:50.03, Jamie Glanvill (M, 27)
  9. 23:56.79, Jeremy Cloud (M, 34)
  10. 24:12.72, Landon Hollis (M, 10)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Mexico Beach Turkey Trot 5K
  1. 20:51.03, Elise Matthews (F, 14)
  2. 22:21.23, Courtney Spencer (F, 35)
  3. 24:03.79, Veda Cloud (F, 33)
  4. 25:44.99, Kathryn Kitto (F, 25)
  5. 27:17.51, Karla Quast (F, 32)
  6. 27:20.48, Ashley Smith (F, 32)
  7. 27:21:12, Cathy Harcus (F, 39)
  8. 27:31.78, Heidi Matthews (F, 47)
  9. 27:31.78, Christy Bentley (F, 48)
  10. 27:53.88, Leslie Bailar (F, 37)

Mexico Beach, Florida, Turkey Trot 5K winners, 2014 - 2016
27 November 201416:07, Duncan Roberts18:47, Sally Dupere157
26 November 201518:37, Andrea Baglioni24:58, Elena Scivally165
24 November 201618:50, Lane Hollis20:52, Elise Matthews149


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