Monday, January 23, 2017

Fast times on a sloppy road for Linton and Sherron at the GWTC 30K

20:41 wouldn't be a bad time in a five-kilometer community race. It's fast enough to put an athlete ahead of the anonymous middle of the pack, and in the right race it might win an age group award.

But 20:41 wasn't Stan Linton's time for 5K on Saturday, 23 January 2017. 20:41 was the size of Linton's lead when the Florida State alumnus won the 40th annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K that morning, running 1:46:13. Katie Sherron enjoyed a similarly large margin in the women's division. Placing fifth overall in 2:15:31, the FSU economics professor won the women's title by more than twenty minutes.

Stan Linton
Stan Linton

The race started from the Retreat at Bradley's Pond, heading north on Old Centerville Road. Old Centerville shows up on maps dating from the 1800s, and follows the same route that it did in the nineteenth century. Which isn't to say the road is entirely unchanged since the cotton-growing era. The southernmost couple of miles have been paved, which is the historical-preservation equivalent of slapping vinyl siding on Florida's Old Capitol building. Even the unpaved portions of Old Centerville Road are almost certainly a bit wider than they were in the pre-automotive days when traffic was limited to horses, mules, wagons, and people on foot. The clay has remained constant, though. The unpaved portions are still made of the same bright orange clay that give the Red Hills their name. And the clay still turns to bright orange mud when it rains.

It rained the night before the 30K.

Vince Molosky
Vince Molosky

Stan Linton took off quickly, hitting the first mile in 5:20 and the two-mile mark in 10:40. Vince Molosky, a five-time winner of the race, tried to stay in contact during those early miles, but soon had to let Linton go. The pace slacked off once the runners left the pavement and had to deal with the mud, but Linton still cruised past the six-mile mark in 32:50. Molosky reached six miles four minutes later. Linton's margin only got wider on his way to the turn-around at the 15K mark on Sunny Hill Plantation Road, and wider still during his return to Bradley's Pond and the finish line, where he crossed in a winning 1:46:13. It was faster than Linton's winning time in the 30K in 2013, and the best time on the course since the race moved to Old Centerville Road in 2006. You'd have to look back to 1994, a month after Linton was born, to find a better winning mark in the GWTC 30K. That was also when the race was on a flat and mud-free course in the St Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

Molosky was second in 2:06:54. Doug Bell was the top master runner in the 30K, moving up five places over the last twenty kilometers of the race to take third overall in 2:14:30. Paul Guyas was fourth in 2:14:52.

On the women's side, it would be hard to make a case that the mud slowed down Katie Sherron. Sherron won the GWTC 30K women's title for the fifth time in the last six years and the third time in a row, and her 2:15:31 was her best time yet in the race. Nikky Manausa was the women's runner-up and thirteenth overall in 2:35:40, while Jamila Allen was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 2:39:10. Tsige Tadesse was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, twentieth overall in 2:44:46.

Nikky Manausa
Nikky Manausa

Top Ten Men, 2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 1:46:13, Stan Linton (M, 23)
  2. 2:06:54, Vince Molosky (M, 37)
  3. 2:14:30, Doug Bell (M, 47)
  4. 2:14:52, Paul Guyas (M, 39)
  5. 2:18:23, Jon Mason (M, 43)
  6. 2:21:00, Don Smith (M, 37)
  7. 2:24:21, Michael Nesius (M, 32)
  8. 2:30:24, Andy Roberts (M, 49)
  9. 2:33:19, David Freni (M, 47)
  10. 2:33:49, Matthew Rowan (M, 48)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 2:15:31, Katie Sherron (F, 35)
  2. 2:35:40, Nikky Manausa (F, 35)
  3. 2:39:10, Jamila Allen (F, 27)
  4. 2:44:46, Tsige Tadesse (F, 44)
  5. 2:46:34, Nancy Stedman (F, 55)
  6. 2:58:01, Shannon McNees (F, 46)
  7. 2:59:47, April Bentley (F, 43)
  8. 3:00:27, Gina Tran (F, 46)
  9. 3:12:49, Christine Morse (F, 29)
  10. 3:13:56, Lorien Abbey (F, 49)

Matthew Cashin won the concurrent 15K race, running 54:46. The Leon High senior had run the race each of the last three years and finished runner-up in 2016, but this was his first win in the 15K. Matthew McCurdy, a Florida State University grad student, took second in 55:34. Florida A & M University professor Geb Kiros was the top master in the shorter race and third overall in 58:59. Scott Lloyd, a junior on the Wakulla High cross-country team, finished fourth in 59:09.

2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
The start of the 2017 GWTC 30K and 15K

Sheryl Rosen, a four-time women's champ in the 30K, was the top woman in the 15K for the second time in three years. Rosen ran 65:27, placing eighteenth overall. Katie Sack was the second woman and 33rd overall in 1:12:01. Emma Spencer took third in the women's standings and 36th overall in 1:12:39. Angela Wable was the first woman master in the 15K, the tenth female finisher and 48th overall in 1:16:41.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 54:46, Matthew Cashin (M, 17)
  2. 55:34, Matthew McCurdy (M, 23)
  3. 58:59, Geb Kiros (M, 50)
  4. 59:09, Scott Lloyd (M, 16)
  5. 59:30, Christopher O'Kelley (M, 23)
  6. 59:57, Colter Foster (M, 18)
  7. 60:24, Jim Halley (M, 37)
  8. 61:02, Mickey Moore (M, 46)
  9. 61:12, Eric Godin (M, 32)
  10. 62:32, Jon Nash (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 65:27, Sheryl Rosen (F, 32)
  2. 72:01, Katie Sack (F, 25)
  3. 72:39, Emma Spencer (F, 35)
  4. 73:01, Katherine Resavage (F, 16)
  5. 73:11, Zoe Sheldon (F, 17)
  6. 74:58, Anna Gill (F, 17)
  7. 75:27, Brittney Barnes (F, 29)
  8. 76:02, Sandy Johnson (F, 31)
  9. 76:04, Alyssa Terry (F, 23)
  10. 76:41, Angela Wable (F, 43)

56 athletes finished the 2017 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K and another 219 completed the 15K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip timed both races.

Gulf Winds Track Club 30K champions, 1978 - 2017
14 January 201730K1:46:13, Stan Linton2:15:31, Katie Sherron56
15K54:46, Matthew Cashin65:27, Sheryl Rosen219
16 January 201630K1:54:12, Charlie Johnson2:16:21, Katie Sherron73
15K52:17, Matt Mizereck60:54, Adriana Piekarewicz192
17 January 201530K1:53:19, Nate Kaiser2:22:32, Katie Sherron107
15K50:11, Sukhi Khosla58:37, Sheryl Rosen165
11 January 201430K1:57:29, Vince Molosky2:34:23, Laura McDermott55
15K51:06, Sukhi Khosla61:27, Seeley Gutierrez169
12 January 201330K1:48:22, Stanley Linton2:16:41, Katie Showman150
15K52:57, Sukhi Khosla64:19, Kristin Sweeney200
14 January 201230K1:51:30, Charlie Johnson2:17:38, Katie Showman150
15K53:29, Stanley Linton60:42, Pasca Cheruiyot176
15 January 201130K1:51:48, Vince Molosky2:17:15, Heather Griffis103
15K53:03, Stephen Cox59:55, Lisa Johnson169
16 January 201030K1:56:14, Vince Molosky2:14:22, Sheryl Rosen90
15K51:50, Matt Mizereck63:45, Lisa Johnson101
17 January 200930K1:54:06, Vince Molosky2:11:41, Sheryl Rosen87
15K51:05, Will Stanford61:49, Lisa Johnson96
12 January 200830K2:00:29, Vince Molosky2:17:24, Sheryl Rosen77
15K54:23, Matt Mizereck63:13, Lisa Johnson126
13 January 200730K2:01:23, Justin Dickieson2:04:21, Sheryl Rosen70
15K58:18, Matthew Mizereck73:40, Anna Busby50
21 January 200630K2:03:36, Michael Douma2:09:27, Stephanie Liles65
15K58:51, Chris Holland60:30, Sarah Docter-Williams59
22 January 200530K1:56:18, Art Remillard2:13:50, Jane Johnson38
16 January 200430K1:56:00, Timothy Bolton2:09:27, Jane Johnson69
18 January 200330K2:02:28, Larry Mengelkoch2:07:46, Jane Johnson59
15 December 200130K2:09:43, Tom Ratliffe2:22:56, Carrie Weyant31
3 February 200130K2:00:29, Kevin Porter2:02:27, Jane Johnson43
5 February 200030K1:57:47, Garth Grumme1:53:04, Anne Van Schuppen77
6 February 199930K1:58:17, Doug Gorton2:11:20, Jane Johnson87
10 January 199830K1:57:45, Clarence Calloway2:04:34, Jane Johnson79
7 January 199730K1:54:26, Tracy Burch2:00:28, Jane Johnson
13 January 199630K1:46:14, John Viitanen2:12:30, Eileen Telford50
14 January 199530K1:49:45, Herb Wills2:22:18, Nancy Stuparich50
22 January 199430K1:43:50, Herb Wills2:07:27, Lisa Herman51
16 January 199330K1:43:54, Herb Wills2:12:42, Carrie Hunnicutt60
4 January 199230K1:46:36, Jessie Close2:13:46, Lynda Nilges79
12 January 199130K1:37:31, David Keen2:06:03, Paula Johnson92
13 January 199030K1:43:57, Herb Wills2:12:00, Paula Johnson87
14 January 198930K1:45:31, Jessie Close2:22:07, Mary Jean Yon98
16 January 198830K1:45:24, Tom Burr2:10:04, Mae Cleveland102
10 January 198730K1:44:45, Larry Greene2:11:59, Karen Macharg82
18 January 198630K1:38:54, Herb Wills2:10:48, Missy James92
14 January 198530K1:45:10, Herb Wills2:17:56, Mae Cleveland94
14 January 198430K1:43:32, Noel Shumann2:04:20, Barbara Balzer99
15 January 198330K1:48:18, Andrew Wills2:18:18, Christy Orthman100
16 January 198230K1:44:41, Rick Miller1:56:57, Laura Ledbetter74

12 January 198030K1:51:19, Steve Ray2:48:31, Robyn Anderson70
3 February 197930K1:42:13, Ken Misner2:12:44, Lynda Heimann124
11 March 197830K1:46:19, Tim Simpkins2:22:31, Donna Glotzbach25
  • In 1978 the race was run on Apalachicola National Forest roads, starting and finishing near
  • From 1979 to 1981 the race was run on Natural Bridge Road.
  • From 1982 to February 2001 the race was run in the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • From December 2001 to 2005 the race was run at Natural Bridge.
  • From 2006 to 2017 the GWTC 30K was run on Old Centerville Road and Sunny Hill Road,
    starting and finishing at
    Bradley's Retreat in Felkel.


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