Saturday, October 28, 2017

Caleb Pottorff goes 15:30, Katie Sherron 18:34 in Apalachee Regional Park

Sustainable Tallahassee's seventh annual Trash Dash 5K came second on a two-event bill at Tallahassee, Florida's Apalachee Regional Park Championship Cross-Country Course, following the NJCAA Region 8 Cross-Country Championship. In cinema, the second half of a double feature is considered inferior, the lowly "B Movie." At a concert, however, the first performers on stage are a warm-up act; the headliner follows. There isn't such a convention for cross-country runs, and I'm not going to choose which race at ARPXC on Saturday morning, 28 October 2017, was the main event. I'm just going to note that Caleb Pottorff won the Trash Dash in 15:30, and that Katie Sherron took the women's title in 18:34.

Caleb Pottorff
Caleb Pottorff

Pottorff, a first-year student at Florida State University, is no stranger to the course at Apalachee Regional Park. As a member of the Lincoln Park Academy cross-country team, Pottorff raced at ARPXC in 2013, 2015, and 2016 in the State Cross-Country Meet. At the 2016 State Meet he won the class 2A title in 15:08.12, the fastest 5K posted in a high school race at ARPXC during that year.


In that 2016 race, Pottorff had been pushed by Bolles School sophomore Charles Hicks, a close second in 15:09.13. No one was challenging Pottorff at the Trash Dash, though. He led from start to finish, the only athlete to run sub-16:00 that morning. There were five other sub-17:00 performances, though. Tyler Dau, another Florida State frosh, took second in 16:03. Tom Hogarty, a Florida State grad student, took third in 16:19. Jacksonville University alum Jeremy McDermet placed fourth in 16:28. Tallahassee triathlete Charlie Johnson, just two weeks after competing in the Ironman World Championships, ran 16:36 for fifth. Matthew Butler was sixth in 16:58. Thirteenth overall in 18:38, Carter Hay was the fastest master runner in the 5K.

Tyler Dau
Tyler Dau

Women's champ Katie Sherron, a Florida State University economics professor, also considers herself a friend of Apalachee Regional Park.


"It's a nice day at the ARP," said Sherron after her win. "It's always a nice day at the ARP. I like the ARP."

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

She had every reason to like ARPXC that morning. Her winning 18:34 was her fastest time yet on Tallahassee's most famous cross-country course. Behind Sherron, Chiles High sophomore Emily Molen edged Clearwater High Alumnus Mariah Zupan for second in the women's standings, 21:01 to 21:05. Molen and Zupan were 32nd and 33rd overall. Kenya Rich was the first woman master and twelfth female finisher, 54th overall in 22:58.


After 3.1 miles around Apalachee Regional Park, Sherron is looking forward to something a bit longer--about ten miles longer, actually.

Emily Molen
Emily Molen

"We've got a half marathon next weekend," said Sherron. "It's in Savannah. I'm hoping for a PR."


171 athletes finished the 2017 Trash Dash 5K, the most ever in the seven-year history of the event. Gulf Winds Track Club chip timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 15:30, Caleb Pottorff (M, 18)
  2. 16:03, Tyler Dau (M, 19)
  3. 16:19, Tom Hogarty (M, 22)
  4. 16:28, Jeremy McDermet (M, 22)
  5. 16:36, Charlie Johnson (M, 37)
  6. 16:58, Matthew Butler (M, 21)
  7. 17:20, Matt McCurdy (M, 24)
  8. 17:28, Tristan Cravello (M, 18)
  9. 17:49, Chris O'Kelley (M, 24)
  10. 18:27, Joshua Guest (M, 18)
Tom Hogarty
Tom Hogarty
Top Ten Women, 2017 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 18:34, Katie Sherron (F, 36)
  2. 21:01, Emily Molen (F, 15)
  3. 21:05, Zupan Mariah (F, 18)
  4. 21:48, Jillian Heddaeus (F, 34)
  5. 21:55, Kristi McPherson (F, 19)
  6. 22:03, Rebecca Landry (F, 19)
  7. 22:19, Dorcas Jepleting (F, 19)
  8. 22:20, Ireland MacDonell (F, 20)
  9. 22:36, Samantha Reilly (F, 26)
  10. 22:38, Jenna Flemons (F, 19)

Trash Dash winners, 2011 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 November 201117:53, Brian Corbin21:28, Sheryl Rosen
10 November 201217:52, Roger Schmidt20:33, Katie Showman98
16 November 201315:54, Stanley Linton19:06, Emily Ness136
8 November 201417:12, Roger Schmidt20:07, Katie Sherron80
14 November 201515:10, Ricardo Estremera19:28, Tara Rooney99
29 October 201618:13, Thomas Howell17:54, Militsa Mircheva84
28 October 201715:30, Caleb Pottorff18:34, Katie Sherron171


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