Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Team Florida Track Club's Nadler and McGrail run through Payne to victory

Trail of Payne 10KKampala, Uganda hosted the World Cross-Country Championships on Sunday, 26 March 2017. The women competed at eight kilometers, while the men raced twelve kilometers. This disparity isn't limited to cross-country at the international level. At the NCAA the men's race is ten kilometers but the women's race is six kilometers. You don't see many such differences in athletics outside of cross-country, at least in the running events. There is no "men's marathon" and "women's marathon;" everyone runs 42.195 kilometers. The 10,000-meter run is 10,000 meters long, no matter who is running.

Equality for the sexes also rules the day at the Micanopy Trail of Payne cross-country run. Everyone at that annual event competes at ten kilometers. That was true at the first Trail of Payne in 2011, and it was still true at the seventh annual Trail of Payne on Saturday morning, 25 March 2017. Enoch Nadler of Gainesville, Florida won that race in 33:16. Another Gainesville athlete, Stephanie McGrail, took the women's title, placing eighth overall in 39:44. Both Nadler and McGrail are members of Team Florida Track Club.

Team Florida Track Club's Brady Holmer, a former Norther Kentucky University distance runner, grabbed the runner-up spot with a 34:33. Yet another Team Florida Track Club athlete, Jacksonville University track-and-cross-country alumnus Andy Merrill, took third in 34:40. Patrick Gallagher of Gainesville was the fastest master runner in the Trail of Payne, placing sixth overall in 38:12.

Gainesville's Anne Elise Creamer was second in the women's standings and ninth overall in 40:19. Eva George of Gainesville was the third woman and thirteenth overall in 42:13. Gretchen Loyd was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, placing seventeenth overall in 43:54.

The "Payne" in the "Trail of Payne" is Payne's Prairie, a large basin south of Gainesville that figures into the history and geology of the area. 207 athletes endured the Payne to finish the ten-kilometer run. Start 2 Finish Race Management timed the race.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Trail of Payne 10K
  1. 33:16, Enoch Nadler (M, 31) Gainesville, FL
  2. 34:33, Brady Holmer (M, 23)
  3. 34:40, Andy Merrill (M, 23)
  4. 37:19, Hutson Rapier (M, 34)
  5. 37:43, Michael Dougherty (M, 26)
  6. 38:12, Patrick Gallagher (M, 41) Gainesville, FL
  7. 39:35, Trent Herzog (M, 20)
  8. 41:13, Miles Harris (M, 28)
  9. 41:30, Dan Monteau (M, 53)
  10. 41:52, Ryan Harris (M, 27)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Trail of Payne 10K
  1. 39:44, Stephanie McGrail (F, 30)
  2. 40:19, Anne Elise Creamer (F, 26) Gainesville, FL
  3. 42:13, Eva George (F, 32) Gainesville, FL
  4. 43:54, Gretchen Loyd (F, 43)
  5. 44:41, Lauren Pearlman (F, 34)
  6. 45:09, Elizabeth Andrade (F, 47) Gainesville, FL
  7. 45:27, Sarah Williams (F, 37)
  8. 46:03, Monica Huster (F, 24) Gainesville, FL
  9. 46:49, Ana Sotillo (F, 22)
  10. 46:50, Virginia Hatch (F, 33)

Trail of Payne 10K winners, 2011 - 2017
19 March 201135:56, Christian Kern41:06, Tatiana Titova271
17 March 201234:37, Mike Hensley40:33, Tenley Godfrey342
16 March 201337:12, Christopher Raye40:22, Stephanie McGrail273
29 March 201437:16, Nick Auyeung41:30, Carol Rowe244
28 March 201534:02, Mike Hensley42:12, Meredith DeFranco271
26 March 201635:42, Bobby Hensley43:11, Pix McGrix194
25 March 201733:16, Enoch Nadler39:44, Stephanie McGrail207