Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Parrish tears a 14:37 at the Matanzas 5K

Year after year, the Matanzas 5K produces some seriously fast road times. Most outstanding is the 14:06 course record that Eliud Ngetich posted at the race in 2015. And you certainly don't want to overlook the 15:42 that Galina Alexandrova ran at Matanzas in 2004. That may not be Florida's fastest road 5K by a woman, but you'd have to do a lot of research to prove otherwise. Aside from those exceptional marks, each year the race produces performances that other events can only envy.


The 37th annual Matanzas 5K maintained that tradition. Former University of Florida track man Mark Parrish ran 14:37 to win that race on Saturday morning, 21 January 2017, finishing at the front of a field of 985 athletes. On the women's side, ZAP Fitness standout Stephanie Pezzullo took the title with a swift 17:05, placing seventeenth overall.


Trent Lusignan was the overall runner-up at 15:07. Lusignan is less than a year out of San Diego State University, where he made NCAA-D1 All-American in cross country. Sergey Zyrianov took third in 15:19, and Jarrod Shoemaker edged Joshua Estrada for fourth, 15:34 to 15:36.


Parrish won the race by over 160 meters, but the women's competition was much closer. Rachel McFarlane finished just 30 meters behind women's champ Pezzullo, taking the second women's spot and finishing twentieth overall in 17:11. Julie Stackhouse was just another twenty meters behind McFarlane, placing third in the women's standings and 21st overall in 17:15. Twelve-year-old Ani Veltcheva--a seventh-grader at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Gainesville, Florida--was the fourth female finisher and 23rd overall in 17:44.


The 2017 Matanzas 5K was run on a USATF-certified course (FL12049EBM) in downtown Saint Augustine. First Place Sports of Jacksonville, Florida chip-timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Matanzas 5K
  1. 14:37, Mark Parrish (M, 25)
  2. 15:07, Trent Lusignan (M, 24)
  3. 15:19, Sergey Zyrianov (M, 32)
  4. 15:34, Jarrod Shoemaker (M, 34)
  5. 15:36, Joshua Estrada (M, 25)
  6. 15:41, Brady Holmer (M, 23)
  7. 15:55, Mitch Guirard (M, 31)
  8. 16:09, Brian Shrout (M, 43)
  9. 16:10, Andrew Merrill (M, 23)
  10. 16:34, Alex Hagan (M, 31)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Matanzas 5K
  1. 17:05, Stephanie Pezzullo (F, 34)
  2. 17:11, Rachel McFarlane (F, 26)
  3. 17:15, Julie Stackhouse (F, 37)
  4. 17:44, Ani Veltcheva (F, 12)
  5. 17:54, Alicia Kaye (F, 33)
  6. 17:56, Kaitlin Donner (F, 27)
  7. 18:01, Morgan Hull (F, 21)
  8. 18:18, Lyubov Denisova (F, 45)
  9. 18:30, Kelsey Beckmann (F, 25)
  10. 18:39, Stephanie McGrail (F, 30)

Matanzas 5000 winners
DateMenWomenFinishers
27 January 199617:00, Rachel Cook
25 January 199714:31, Yuri Punda16:06, Alla Doudaera
31 January 199814:56, Gary Meyers16:47, Laura Mykytok
30 January 199914:41, Andrey Kuznetzov16:22, Kim Pawelek
29 January 200014:47, Sergey Shalomeyev16:32, Tetyana Pozdnyakova
27 January 200114:39, Darin Shearer15:59, Jennifer Rhines
26 January 200214:28, Zepherinus Joseph17:49, Clair Domingo
25 January 200315:18, Jerry Lawson17:35, Tatiana Titova
31 January 200414:21, Darin Shearer15:42, Galina Alexandrova
22 January 200515:11, Paul McRae18:34, Stephanie Paulk
28 January 200614:43 Ryan Woods16:01 Firiya Sultanova
27 January 200714:27, Gareth Turnbull16:14, Amy Rudolph
26 January 200814:36 Ryan Woods16:01 Molly Huddle
24 January 200916:47 John Metzgar16:03 Yuliya Gromova1193
23 January 201015:08 Ryan Woods16:33 Jolene Williams1665
22 January 201114:31, Christian Hesch16:20, Lindsay Sundell1576
21 January 201214:32, Christian Hesch16:26, Megan Brown1509
26 January 201314:28, Enoch Nadler16:39, Lauren Goss1608
25 January 201414:54, Christopher Moen16:35, Cynthia Jerop1207
24 January 201514:06, Eliud Ngetich16:52, Kaitlin Donner934
30 January 201614:51, Matt Crowe16:39, Kaitlin Donner1177
21 January 201714:37, Mark Parrish17:05, Stephanie Pezzullo985


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