Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Carlson and Sack take Miller Landing Madness

In Tallahassee, Florida nearly 600 athletes were at Phipps Park on Saturday morning, 19 August 2017, for three different cross-country races. It was Gulf Winds Track Club’s tenth annual Miller Landing Madness. Clayton Carlson won the 8K, the headline race, covering the not-quite-five-mile course in 29:11. Kat Sack took the women’s title for the second year in a row, placing fourteenth overall in 35:01.

Clayton Carlson
Clayton Carlson

“The guy who won the 8K was so far ahead of me I didn’t know he was in the race,” said Bryan Koon, who placed third in 31:05.

Some confusion was understandable. The 5K race was run concurrently with the 8K. Carlson had a big enough lead that he was out of sight by the time it would have become clear that he was running the 8K. As a six-year veteran of the Miller Landing Madness, Carlson has run each of the three races at one time or another. In 2012 and 2013, when he was a member of the Swift Creek Middle School cross-country team, Carlson raced the Miller Landing Madness 3K. From 2014 to 2016, his first three years running cross-country for Lincoln High, he raced the 5K. This year, though, his senior year at Lincoln, Carlson moved up to the 8K.

“Coach Sumner wanted me to do the 8K, something harder,” explained Carlson. However difficult the extra distance was, he enjoyed the run. “It’s got a lot of hills and the water pit kind of threw me off but it’s a nice course. We’ve got a race here next weekend at the Cougar Challenge.”

Kat Sack
Kat Sack

The Cougar Challenge on Aug. 26 is the cross-country season opener for Carlson, his Lincoln teammates, and many of the other high school runners in town. The “water pit,” an obstacle that the runners in the 5K and 8K had to splash through twice, won’t be part of the course that day.

Carlson wasn’t the only high school harrier in the 8K. Weston Schrock, a senior on the Blountstown High cross-country team, was second in 30:58. Elsewhere on the age spectrum, Bryan Koon was the top master runner in the race, third overall in 31:05.

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

In the women’s competition, three-time Miller Landing Madness champion Sheryl Rosen was close enough to see that Kat Sack was in the 8K, but not close enough to catch her. Rosen, the women’s record holder in the event, was second in the women’s standings and fifteenth overall in 35:20. Alyssa Terry was the third woman and 32nd overall in 39:35. Monica Judd was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, 35th overall in 40:12.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. 29:11, Clayton Carlson (M, 17)
  2. 30:58, Weston Schrock (M, 17)
  3. 31:05, Bryan Koon (M, 45)
  4. 31:35, Travis Parks (M, 21)
  5. 31:44, Jim Halley (M, 37)
  6. 31:53, Gary Droze (M, 56)
  7. 32:31, Zach Deveau (M, 29)
  8. 33:10, Myles Gibson (M, 51)
  9. 33:20, Charles Hruda (M, 16)
  10. 33:56, Tony Guillen (M, 48)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 8K
  1. 35:01, Kat Sack (F, 25)
  2. 35:20, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33)
  3. 39:35, Alyssa Terry (F, 24)
  4. 40:12, Monica Judd (F, 43)
  5. 41:02, Cammie Hungerford (F, 25)
  6. 41:41, Stacy Biggart (F, 40)
  7. 41:58, Julie Duggins (F, 34)
  8. 42:30, Kate Chunka (F, 34)
  9. 42:48, Emma Clegg (F, 26)
  10. 43:18, Shelbi Evans (F, 29)

While preps Carlson and Schrock were leading the 8K, most of the high school athletes at the Madness raced the 5K. Blountstown High senior Jesse Boyd won the race in 17:55. Gatlin Nennstiel, an alumnus of the Aucilla Christian Academy cross-country program, took second in 18:25, and North Florida Christian frosh David Keen edged Wakulla High junior Chris Porter for third, both runners clocked in 18:36. Randall Porcher was the fastest master runner in the 5K, placing 25th overall in 20:48.

Jesse Boyd

Elizabeth Skipper topped the women's standing in the 5K. Skipper, a third-year runner on the Life University cross-country team, was 29th overall in 21:07. Maclay School's Hannah Hosay was the second woman and 31st overall in 21:30. Chase Merrick, a Lincoln High sophomore, was the third woman and 32nd overall in 21:38.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. 17:55, Jesse Boyd (M, 17)
  2. 18:25, Gatlin Nennstiel (M, 18)
  3. 18:36, David Keen (M, 15)
  4. 18:36, Christopher Porter (M, 16)
  5. 18:46, Mason McCord (M, 15)
  6. 18:56, Caleb Wiedeman (M, 18)
  7. 18:56, Daniel Wiedeman (M, 16)
  8. 19:14, Kevin Majano (M, 15)
  9. 19:21, Daniel Sweeney (M, 17)
  10. 19:21, Seth Kemeny (M, 17)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 5K
  1. 21:07, Elizabeth Skipper (F, 20)
  2. 21:30, Hannah Hosay (F, 15)
  3. 21:38, Chase Merrick (F, 15)
  4. 22:09, Megan Churchill (F, 15)
  5. 22:42, Samantha Reilly (F, 25)
  6. 22:43, Alyssa Langston (F, 16)
  7. 23:05, Avery Smith (F, 15)
  8. 23:23, Meagan Giddens (F, 19)
  9. 23:50, Genevieve Printiss (F, 17)
  10. 23:56, Mackenzie Mazziotta (F, 16)

Even younger runners made up most of the field in the 3K, with middle school athletes dominating. Patrick Koon, a sixth-grader on the Fairview Middle School cross country team, raced 11:01 for the win. Paige Churchill, a seventh-grader on the Swift Creek Middle School squad, was the first female finisher, placing eleventh overall in 12:43.

Patrick Koon
Patrick Koon

“About half a mile in I took the lead,” said Koon. “It’s fast, downhill, and I like the water. I really love this course.”

“I got a good start, but after that hill--well, I didn’t get enough to eat this morning. I don’t really do well in morning races,” said Churchill. “I liked the water! It was fun.”

Paige Churchill
Paige Churchill

Swift Creek seventh-grader Eric Stillman was second in 11:15 and Holy Comforter eighth-grader Leo Kelly took third in 11:18. Taking second on the girls’ side, Maclay School eighth-grader Madeline Lillie was seventeenth overall in 12:58. Holy Comforter eighth-grader Sophia Umana was the third girl and 30th overall in 13:37.

Top Ten Males, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. 11:01, Patrick Koon (M, 11)
  2. 11:15, Eric Stillman (M, 12)
  3. 11:18, Leo Kelly (M, 13)
  4. 11:50, Connor Edwards (M, 12)
  5. 11:51, Jackson Yarbrough (M, 13)
  6. 11:53, Yili Liu (M, 15)
  7. 12:22, Jacob Kuell (M, 23)
  8. 12:34, Trenton Blake (M, 12)
  9. 12:39, Ryan Stillman (M, 12)
  10. 12:40, Aiden Van Iddekinge (M, 13)

Top Ten Females, 2017 Miller Landing Madness 3K
  1. 12:43, Paige Churchill (F, 12)
  2. 12:58, Maddie Lillie (F, 13)
  3. 13:37, Sophia Umana (F, 13)
  4. 13:45, Amy Grossman (F, 40)
  5. 13:49, Alima Hemenway (F, 8)
  6. 13:50, Elise Ferguson (F, 13)
  7. 13:53, Clifton Lewis (F, 9)
  8. 13:59, Grace Reichelderfer (F, 12)
  9. 14:01, Maya Tang (F, 12)
  10. 14:05, Camille Resavage (F, 12)

Miller Landing Madness Winners, 2008 - 2017
30 August 20088K28:57, David Altmaier32:49, Sheryl Rosen76
5K17:12, Austin Stevens18:46, Jana Stolting110
3K11:21, Will Henderson13:14, Autumn Wable73
29 August 20098K28:05, Chris Lake33:03, Sarah Docter-Williams151
5K18:17, Austin Stevens18:17, Jana Stolting243
3K11:26, Chase Harris12:04, Cecelia Williams136
28 August 20108K26:28, Kevin Cook33:29, Sheryl Rosen168
5K17:15, Patrick Swain19:22, Stefanie Kurgatt160
3K11:14, Wil Luca13:30, Madeline Horgan110
27 August 20118K25:54, Kevin Sullivan32:17, Sheryl Rosen236
5K16:59, Jacob Slupecki20:14, Stefanie Kurgatt212
3K11:08, Evan Francis12:59, Cheyenne Hildinger157
25 August 20128K27:50, Vince Molosky36:36, Jane Johnson190
5K16:32, Joseph Garcia19:12, Stefanie Kurgatt258
3K10:57, Jake Mazziotta12:16, Adrianna Dugan148
24 August 20138K26:29, Will Stanford35:11, Katie Showman150
5K16:55, Joseph Garcia19:20, Emily Ness237
3K10:48, James McClure12:20, Chase Merrick135
23 August 20148K28:26, Chris Lake35:26, Brittney Barnes154
5K17:09, Joe Garcia21:13, Caroline Willis172
3K11:33, Jonathan McClure12:34, Alyson Churchill173
22 August 20158K28:45, Roger Schmidt38:07, Jane Skalski126
5K18:16,James McClure20:33, Caroline Willis207
3K11:14, Jonathan McClure11:34, Alyson Churchill205
20 August 20168K31:06, Geb Kiros37:19, Katie Sack160
5K18:03, Jake Mazziotta19:20, Alyson Churchill203
3K11:41, Trenton Blake12:52, Lindsay James171
19 August 20178K29:11, Clayton Carlson35:01, Kat Sack125
5K17:55, Jesse Boyd21:07, Elizabeth Skipper237
3K11:01, Patrick Koon12:43, Paige Churchill212
The Miller Landing Madness was preceded in history by the Miccosukee Madness (2004-2007)
and the Tom Brown Bash (1977-2003) races.


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