Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tallahassee's top 5K road times in 2017 (through February 11)

After one race in February, you can just about forget about lists that came out in January of Tallahassee top 5K road times for 2017. On Saturday morning, 11 February 2017, the athletes in the 24th annual Run For The Cookies 5K smashed the rankings. Matt McCurdy and Ani Veltcheva led this act of statistical vandalism.

McCurdy, a graduate student in mathematics at Florida State University, won the Run For The Cookies in 16:27, which currently stands as the year's fastest 5K on the Tallahassee roads. That performance displaces the previous leading mark, a 16:42 posted by Mark Zamani at the Trent Trot 5K on 28 January 2017. In 2016 McCurdy ended the year ranked ninth on the Tallahassee 5K road list with a 16:41 from the VetFest 5K. In addition to McCurdy, eighteen other athletes in the men's top 25 are listed with times from the Run For The Cookies. Clearly, it was a good day for a run.

Matt McCurdy
Matt McCurdy

At least one thing remained unchanged, though--Geb Kiros still leads the master runners with his 17:39 performance from the Bowlegs 5K on 14 January 2017. Kiros was the top master runner at the Run For The Cookies, but his 17:42 was no faster than his earlier mark.

Ani Veltcheva raced to the top of the women's list with a 17:35 at the Run For The Cookies. Her performance was not only more than a minute faster than the previous leading time for women, but it was also the fastest women's 5K run on the Tallahassee roads since 3 October 2015, when Katie Sherron ran 17:34 in the Hurricane Run. Veltcheva is from Gainesville, Florida where she studies and runs cross-country at Abraham Lincoln Middle School, but she is no stranger to the Tallahassee roads. In 2016 Veltcheva won the Palace Saloon 5K women's title in 18:13, a time that led the women's list for seven months and ended the year ranked second.

Ani Veltcheva
Ani Veltcheva

Sheryl Rosen had held the top spot on the women's list before the Run For The Cookies. She lowered her best mark of the year to 18:31 at the Run For The Cookies, putting her second on the list. Laura Reina is the new top woman master after running 21:42 at Run For The Cookies; Reina is thirteenth on the women's list.

There are more than a few 5K races on USATF-certified courses coming up in Tallahassee, so the rankings could get another make-over soon. Those events include the Break-A-Leg 5K on 18 February 2017, the fifth annual Trailblazer 5K on 25 February 2017, the 29th annual Shamrock Scurry 5K on 4 March 2017, the second annual Florida High 5K on 25 March 2017, and the Springtime 5K on 1 April 2017 are all on certified courses as well. And of course there's Gulf Winds Track Club's 43rd annual Palace Saloon 5K on 15 April 2017. In just the next two months, that's quite a few opportunities to break into the rankings.

And, so you'll know what times to aim for, here are the lists:

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Men on Certified Road Courses in 2017
(Through 11 February 2017)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 16:27Matthew McCurdy232017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K1FL14006EBM
2. 16:42Mark Zamani182017-01-28Trent Trot 5K1FL11132EBM
3. 16:57Vince Molosky372017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM

16:58     V. Molosky372017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K2FL14006EBM
4. 17:07Christopher O'Kelley232017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K3FL14006EBM
5. 17:27Zach Deveau292017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K4FL14006EBM
6. 17:32Ryan Truchelut312017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K5FL14006EBM
7. 17:33Thomas Howell202017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K6FL14006EBM
8. 17:38Jim Halley372017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K7FL14006EBM
9. 17:39Geb Kiros502017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM

17:42     G. Kiros502017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K8FL14006EBM
10. 17:43Scott Lloyd162017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
11. 17:45Mickey Moore462017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K9FL14006EBM
12. 17:46Gary Droze552017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K10FL14006EBM
13. 17:53Jay Wallace522017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K11FL14006EBM
14. 17:55Eric Godin322017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K12FL14006EBM

17:56     J. Halley372017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K1FL14149EBM

18:07     G. Kiros502017-01-07TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K1FL16081TY
18:07     E. Godin322017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K4FL12001EBM

18:11     G. Droze552017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K2FL14149EBM
15. 18:11Paul Guyas392017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K13FL14006EBM

18:19     R. Truchelut312017-01-07TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K2FL16081TY

18:23     G. Droze552017-01-07TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K3FL16081TY

18:33     E. Godin322017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K3FL14149EBM
16. 18:36Tony Guillen482017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K14FL14006EBM
17. 18:37Myles Gibson502017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K4FL14149EBM
18. 18:48Michael Nesius322017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K5FL14149EBM
19. 18:53Corey Osgood202017-01-28Trent Trot 5K2FL11132EBM
18:58     T. Guillen482017-01-28Trent Trot 5K3FL11132EBM
20. 18:59Zack Scharlepp342017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K15FL14006EBM
21. 19:06Joel Piotrowski472017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K16FL14006EBM

19:13     M. Moore462017-01-07TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K4FL16081TY
22. 19:13Hawthorne Hay142017-01-28Trent Trot 5K4FL11132EBM
23. 19:16Don Smith372017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K17FL14006EBM
24. 19:25Brian Molen402017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K18FL14006EBM
25. 19:28Duane Evans492017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K19FL14006EBM
Includes performances from the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K (7 Jan 2017), Bowlegs 5K (14 Jan 2017),
Tulip Trot 5K (28 Jan 2017), Trent Trot 5K (28 Jan 2017), and the Run For The Cookies 5K (11 Feb 2017).

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Women on Certified Road Courses in 2017
(Through 11 February 2017)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 17:35Ani Veltcheva122017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K1FL14006EBM
2. 18:31Sheryl Rosen322017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K2FL14006EBM

18:55     S. Rosen322017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM

19:08     S. Rosen322017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K1FL14149EBM
3. 19:26Brittney Barnes292017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K3FL14006EBM
4. 19:32Katie Sherron352017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM

19:35     S. Rosen322017-01-07TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K1FL16081TY

20:06     B. Barnes292017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
5. 20:17Katie Sack252017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K4FL12001EBM
6. 20:23Eliana Karr202017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K2FL14149EBM
7. 20:31Caitlin Wilkey152017-01-28Trent Trot 5K1FL11132EBM
8. 21:05Jillian Heddaeus332017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K4FL14006EBM
9. 21:13Stacie Elliott342017-01-28Trent Trot 5K2FL11132EBM
10. 21:28Natalie Toeliner232017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K3FL14149EBM
11. 21:37Laura McDermott372017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K5FL14006EBM
12. 21:42Nikky Manausa352017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K5FL12001EBM
13. 21:42Laura Reina522017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K6FL14006EBM
14. 22:04Monica Judd422017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K7FL14006EBM
15. 22:06Paula O'Neill552017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K8FL14006EBM
16. 22:07Hannah Jacobbe132017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K4FL14149EBM
17. 22:15Katherine Lee202017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K9FL14006EBM
18. 22:15Monica Toth282017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K10FL14006EBM
19. 22:18Sandy Johnson312017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K11FL14006EBM

22:20     K. Sherron352017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K12FL14006EBM

22:30     P. O'Neill552017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K5FL14149EBM
20. 22:32Kenya Rich442017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K13FL14006EBM

22:33     P. O'Neill552017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K6FL12001EBM
21. 22:33Tsige Tadesse442017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K14FL14006EBM
22. 22:37Paige Churchill112017-01-28Trent Trot 5K3FL11132EBM
23. 22:43Kory Skrob462017-02-11Run For The Cookies 5K15FL14006EBM
24. 22:53Jocelyn Chan272017-01-28Tulip Trot 5K6FL14149EBM
25. 22:58Michelle Hadden272017-01-14GWTC Bowlegs 5K7FL12001EBM
Includes performances from the TMH For Life Challenge Winter 5K (7 Jan 2017), Bowlegs 5K (14 Jan 2017),
Tulip Trot 5K (28 Jan 2017), Trent Trot 5K (28 Jan 2017), and the Run For The Cookies 5K (11 Feb 2017).