Friday, June 16, 2017

Triumph in Tallahassee's Midtown for Rhodes and O'Neill in the 5K at Fifth

10 June 2017 was a very good Saturday morning for master runners in the Midtown section of Tallahassee, Florida. Master runners Michael Rhodes and Duane Evans took the first two spots in the sixth annual 5K at Fifth, with Rhodes winning the race in 18:49 and Evans finishing runner-up in 19:53. The first two athletes in the women's standings were also master runners, with Paula O'Neill taking the women's title in 23:31 and Angela Dempsey right behind her in 24:21.

Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes

The race started on Ingleside Drive at 8:00 AM, then almost immediately made a 90-degree turn to the right to head into Lafayette Park. Three more right-angle turns and a few hundred meters later, the field was out of the Park and headed east on Ingleside with fourteen-year-old Reed Turner leading. About a kilometer into the race the course turned north onto Crestview Avenue, heading downhill. Master runner Michael Rhodes had overtaken Reed Turner by the turn, and proceeded to leave him behind as the race circled Winthrop Park. When the runners returned up the Crestview hill, Rhodes was alone out front and Duane Evans had caught Turner. Rhodes was nearly 300 meters ahead when he crossed the finish line in a winning 18:49. Evans was second in 19:53 and Turner third in 20:48.

Paula O'Neill
Paula O'Neill

Paula O'Neill was already setting the pace for the women's field by the end of the first kilometer. For the remaining four kilometers she just expanded her lead, ultimately winning the women's title and finishing sixth overall in 23:31. Women's runner-up Angela Dempsey was tenth overall in 24:21. Melanie Leitman was third in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 24:50.

78 athletes finished the 2017 5K at Fifth. Proceeds of the race benefit the Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center and the Leon High School volleyball team.

Top Ten Men, 2017 5K at Fifth
  1. 18:48.52, Michael Rhodes (M, 48)
  2. 19:52.61, Duane Evans (M, 49)
  3. 20:47.39, Reed Turner (M, 14)
  4. 21:56.48, Millard Rhodes Heath (M, 18)
  5. 22:51.99, Craig Willis (M, 65)
  6. 23:32.27, Mike LaBossiere (M, 51)
  7. 23:42.43, Doug Gorton (M, 58)
  8. 24:16.33, Jack Powell (M, 13)
  9. 25:11.60, Philip Licquia (M, 10)
  10. 25:14.56, Jim Tully (M, 70)

Top Ten Women, 2017 5K at Fifth
  1. 23:30.08, Paula O'Neill (F, 55)
  2. 24:20.22, Angela Dempsey (F, 48)
  3. 24:49.15, Melanie Leitman (F, 33)
  4. 25:45.06, Jordan Goracki (F, 17)
  5. 25:59.68, Aydan Molthen (F, 16)
  6. 27:41.96, Caroline Kirk (F, 18)
  7. 28:08.47, Cathy Jones (F, 57)
  8. 28:18.74, Madi Sims (F, 10)
  9. 28:24.09, Laura Hansen (F, 32)
  10. 29:02.17, Jennifer Tappen (F, 34)

5K at Fifth winners, 2012 - 2017
8 September 2012, Peter KausUnknown. Do you know????
14 September 201320:10, Tom Konrad20:38, Renee Cox116
14 June 201417:39, Bill Clift20:21, Renee Cox145
13 June 201518:39, Adam Greenstein19:35, Sheryl Rosen145
11 June 201618:40, Geb Kiros24:30, Martha Guyas102
10 June 201718:49, Michael Rhodes23:31, Paula O'Neill78