Thursday, April 6, 2017

Enoch Nadler's 15:12 wins the LGAA 5K

2017 LGAA 5KThe eleventh annual Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association 5K broke a lot of rules. Most community races are run on a Saturday morning, but the LGAA 5K was run on a Wednesday evening, 5 April 2017. Even though the event is scheduled at a time of year that is considered track season in the United States, it's a cross-country run, with a course on Gainesville, Florida's Ironwood Golf Course. And where community races almost exclusively emphasize individual achievement, the LGAA 5K plays up team competition, billing itself as a "Team Challenge."


Gainesville athlete Enoch Nadler didn't have to break any rules to win the 2017 LGAA 5K, though. The Team Florida Track Club coach just ran fast, posting a 15:12 to successfully defend his 2016 LGAA 5K title. It was the fastest time at the LGAA 5K since at least 2010. Georganne Watson of Gainesville took the women's title with a similarly swift 18:34, possibly the best mark ever by a woman at the annual race, and certainly the best since 2010.


For the third year in a row, Gainesville's Jeremy Criscione was runner-up in the race. A former University of Florida trackman, Criscione ran 16:11. Andy Merrill of Starke, Florida placed third in 16:24. Gainesville's Patrick Gallagher was the fastest master runner in the race and tenth overall in 17:55.


Nadler finished nearly a minute ahead of the next runner, but Georganne Watson's competition on the women's side was somewhat closer. Women's runner-up Stephanie McGrail of Gainesville was just six seconds behind Watson, placing fourteenth overall in 18:40. Just a few second later Kelly Griffin of Gainesville finished third in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 18:49. Gainesville's Gretchen Lloyd was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, 26th overall in 20:42.


189 athletes finished the 2017 LGAA 5K. Proceeds from the event benefit the scholarship and grant program of the Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association. The race was chip timed by Start To Finish Race Management of Alachua, Florida.


Top Ten Men, 2017 LGAA 5K Cross-Country Race
  1. 15:12, Enoch Nadler (M, 31) Gainesville, FL
  2. 16:11, Jeremy Criscione (M, 29) Gainesville, FL
  3. 16:24, Andy Merrill (M, 23) Starke, FL
  4. 16:30, Bobby Hensley (M, 32)
  5. 16:42, Zane Graber (M, 28)
  6. 17:00, Ravi Kumar (M, 22) Gainesville, FL
  7. 17:04, Luke Watson (M, 36) Gainesville, FL
  8. 17:14, Mike Hensley (M, 31)
  9. 17:34, Hutson Rapier (M, 34)
  10. 17:55, Patrick Gallagher (M, 41) Gainesville, FL

Top Ten Women, 2017 LGAA 5K Cross-Country Race
  1. 18:34, Georganne Watson (F, 32) Gainesville, FL
  2. 18:40, Stephanie McGrail (F, 30) Gainesville, FL
  3. 18:49, Kelly Griffin (F, 38) Gainesville, FL
  4. 20:42, Gretchen Loyd (F, 43) Gainesville, FL
  5. 20:43, Ann Elise Creamer (F, 26)
  6. 22:02, Lara Drondoski (F, 23) Gainesville, FL
  7. 22:48, Michele Richards (F, 36) Gainesville, FL
  8. 23:25, Leanne Harrison-Forbes (F, 44) Gainesville, FL
  9. 23:40, Susan Blake (F, 46) Alachua, FL
  10. 23:42, Cassady Allen (F, 26) Melrose, FL

Leadership Gainesville Alumni Association 5K winners, 2007 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 April 2007
16 April 200815:37, Brent Schneider18:40, Romy Krueger279
15 April 2009
24 March 201015:55, Andrew Robinson20:22, Mary Waechter180
13 April 201115:52, Brent Schneider23:02, Claudia Noah
11 April 201216:40, Dan Monteau19:53, Stephanie Williams263
10 April 201317:32, Dan Clark21:47, Rebecca Weaver267
16 April 201416:26, Michael Anderson19:05, Ani Veltcheva385
22 April 201515:42, Jon Mott19:32, Ani Veltcheva350
27 April 201616:06, Enoch Nadler18:43, Ani Veltcheva305
5 April 201715:12, Enoch Nadler18:34, Georgeanne Watson189


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