Sunday, December 11, 2016

Martinez and Terry were beyond reach at Beyond The Burns

2016 Beyond The Burns 5K logoFinishing first in a field of 176 athletes, Tallahassee master runner Michael Martinez won the Beyond The Burns 5K in Maclay Gardens State Park on the north side of Tallahassee, Florida. Martinez ran the 3.1-mile course in 18:49, finishing almost 160 meters ahead of the next runner. Alyssa Terry, a Florida State University graduate student and alumna of the Wellington High cross-country team, took the women's title in 22:13, placing fourth overall.

Behind Martinez, Mason McCord took second in the Beyond The Burns 5K, posting a 19:26 on the 3.1-mile course. Master runner Beau Jackson was third overall in 22:07.

While Martinez finished the race more than half a minute before his nearest rival, the women's competition was much closer. The runner-up in the women's standings, Monica Judd, was less than five seconds behind women's champ Alyssa Terry. Judd finished the race sixth overall in 22:18, the top woman master in the race. Abbey Schultz, a senior on the Lincoln High cross-country team, was third on the women's side, coming in twelfth overall in 23:08.

176 athletes finished the Beyond The Burns 5K and another 46 completed a one-mile fun run. The event wasn't without its problems. On the eve of the race, a large tree fell in Maclay Gardens, blocking the course. Race management scrambled and produced an accurately measured replacement route.

Organized by Freedom Church, all proceeds of the Beyond The Burns 5K and one-mile fun run went to fund the healing of two pediatric burn survivors injured in a demonstration at a local summer camp.

Top Ten Men, 2016 Beyond The Burns 5K
  1. 18:48.27, Michael Martinez (M, 50)
  2. 19:25.97, Mason McCord (M, 15)
  3. 22:06.43, B Jackson (M, 55)
  4. 22:14.60, Michael LaBossiere (M, 50)
  5. 22:40.47
  6. 22:56.61
  7. 22:56.91, Chris Stephens (M, 15)
  8. 23:01.59, Trey Spratt (M, 46)
  9. 23:04.70, Jonah Layerd (M, 13)
  10. 23:23.89, Kyle Spratt (M, 13)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Beyond The Burns 5K
  1. 22:12.82, Alyssa Terry (F, 23)
  2. 22:17.06, Monica Judd (F, 42)
  3. 23:07.13, Abbey Schultz (F, 17)
  4. 24:52.17, Jennifer Powell (F, 35)
  5. 25:41.82, Sophia Umana (F, 12)
  6. 26:02.83, Danielle Zemola (F, 38)
  7. 26:09.46, Sharon Sollohub (F, 51)
  8. 26:38.11, Ashley Weber (F, 26)
  9. 26:48.75, Dawn Gamache (F, 41)
  10. 27:18.75, Rachel Sinclair (F, 20)