Saturday, July 15, 2017

Snyder and Krueger race with couer de lion at Bridge of Lions

Bridge of Lions 5KIt's proverbial that the state cross-country championship is won in July. The title race itself may be run in November, but the winners are those who were putting in serious training during the summer. That usually means base mileage punctuated by fartlek or the occasional track workout. Sometimes, though, the best workout is a race, and that might have been the thinking of Sean Snyder on Saturday morning, 15 July 2017. Snyder, headed into his senior season of racing cross-country at Saint Joseph Academy in Saint Augustine, Florida, stepped onto the Saint Augustine roads that morning and won the 33rd annual Bridge of Lions 5K, running 17:15. Jacksonville, Florida master runner Michelle Krueger took the women's title, placing fifteenth overall in 19:34.


Snyder had placed fourth in the 2016 Bridge of Lions 5K, then gone on to take fifth in the class 1A boys race at the FHSAA State Cross-Country Meet four months later. He wasn't without competition in the 2017 Bridge of Lions. Cash Tampa, a member of the University of South Florida cross-country team, finished second a few steps behind Snyder in 17:19. Saint Augustine's Justin Taylor was third in 17:27. Steve Vighetti of Saint Augustine was the fastest master runner in the race, placing eighth overall in 18:55.


Katie Potts, a 2016 alumna of the Nease High cross-country team, was the second woman and seventeenth overall, running 19:38. Katie Johnson of Melbourne, Florida was third in the woman's standings and 32nd overall in 20:47.


1171 athletes finished the 2017 Bridge of Lions 5K, the seventh of twelve events in the 2017 Run Saint Augustine Race Series. The race was presented by RaceSmith, which provided chip-timing and scoring for the race.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 17:15, Sean Snyder (M, 17) Palm Coast, FL
  2. 17:19, Cash Tampa (M, 20) St. Johns, FL
  3. 17:27, Justin Taylor (M, 31) St. Augustine, FL
  4. 17:46, Jack Brunswick (M, 18) Acworth, GA
  5. 18:09, Andy Purdy (M, 31) Sanford, FL
  6. 18:25, David Gonzalez (M, 16) St. Augustine, FL
  7. 18:46, Christian Hanson (M, 17) Newberry, FL
  8. 18:55, Steve Vighetti (M, 48) St. Augustine, FL
  9. 19:01, Ian Yates (M, 18) Daytona Beach, FL
  10. 19:09, Dylan Glass (M, 25) St. Augustine, FL

Top Ten Women, 2017 Bridge of Lions 5K, St. Augustine, Florida
  1. 19:34, Michelle Krueger (F, 41) Jacksonville, FL
  2. 19:38, Katie Potts (F, 19) Ponte Vedra, FL
  3. 20:47, Katie Johnson (F, 23) Melbourne, FL
  4. 21:12, Tracy Dutra (F, 44) Melbourne, FL
  5. 21:46, Elizabeth Mihlebach (F, 31) Melbourne Beach, FL
  6. 21:37, Kristine Williams (F, 45) St. Augustine, FL
  7. 21:48, Emily Jackson (F, 16) Palm Coast, FL
  8. 21:49, Amy McIntyre (F, 40) Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  9. 21:52, Sarah Myers (F, 19) Ormond Beach, FL
  10. 21:59, Tara Evans (F, 32) New Smyrna Beach, FL

Bridge of Lions 5K winners, 1985 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
12 July 198614:53, John Rogerson18:11, Jeannie Messinese
18 July 198714:55, Ron Borsheim18:03, Tawny Kern
20 July 199615:34, Mark Donahue17:16, Kim Pawelek995
19 July 199715:18, Gary Droze16:56, Kim Pawelek958
18 July 199815:41, Reo Rorem19:04, Kelly Wild1113
17 July 199915:52, Ted Devos16:28, Kim Pawelek1151
15 July 200016:12, Randy Hollinger20:27, Erin Neville958
21 July 200116:15, Lee Yaracas19:00, Karin Glenn
20 July 200216:20, Joseph Zepherinus18:32, Karin Glenn490
19 July 200317:24, Keith Brantly19:22, Karin Glenn503
17 July 200415:51, Justin Taylor17:46, Luanne Coulter439
16 July 200516:15, Justin Taylor20:01, Amanda Hahn228
15 July 200616:19, Justin Taylor19:29, Michelle Krueger216
21 July 200715:45, Justin Taylor20:48, Christine Marcano387
19 July 200816:27, Mike Hensley20:04, Sue O'Malley433
18 July 200916:22, Todd Neville19:44, Julie Mayfield431
17 July 201016:07, Ryan Albertson20:33, Sue O'Malley506
16 July 201117:22, Joe Matuszczak18:29, Courtney Cooper731
21 July 201216:24, Marc Akbar18:23, Michelle Krueger713
27 July 201316:11, Marc Akbar18:26, Kim Pawelek Brantly820
26 July 201417:27, Gavin Gresham18:12, Kim Pawelek Brantly749
18 July 201516:10, Jeremy Bryan18:06, Kim Pawelek Brantly1104
16 July 201617:38, Ian Yates18:36, Mallory Kennedy1159
15 July 201717:15, Sean Snyder19:34, Michelle Krueger1171
Please contact me if you have results of the Bridge of Lions 5K for 1985 or 1988-1995!


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