Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hot times at a cold Bowlegs 5K for Johnson and Sherron

"This is a great race," said Vince Molosky. "I always enjoy Bowlegs."

If anyone had reason to enjoy Gulf Winds Track Club's Bowelegs 5K Run For Scholarship, it was Molosky. Since 2008 he had run the race eight times, winning twice and taking second four times. On Saturday morning, 13 January 2018, when he took the starting line of the 34th annual Bowlegs 5K, Molosky was the race's defending champion. But Charlie Johnson got the victory that day, running 16:15 and finishing nearly 200 meters ahead of the next runner. Katie Sherron was the top woman in the race, placing fifteenth overall in 18:59.

Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson

Johnson hadn't had a lot of experience with the Bowlegs. He had only run the race once previously, placing seventh in 2016 with a 17:15. Nevertheless, shortly after the 9:00 AM start of the 2018 Bowlegs, it was Johnson who took the lead. That lead grew as he raced through Innovation Park, leaving the rest of the field behind. In spite of running alone the whole way, Johnson finished the course in 16:15--a minute faster than his earlier Bowlegs effort, and his fastest 5K road time since the 2012 Palace Saloon 5K.

Behind Johnson, Vince Molosky and Tristan Cravello dueled for second place. While they battled, they were stalked by by Chris O'Kelley.

Tristan Cravello
Tristan Cravello

"During the first and second mile I was running with Vince," said Cravello. "I got away from him after the uphill. I heard footsteps near the end and I thought it was Vince coming back, but it was Chris."

Kelley had charged past Molosky a few hundred meters from the finish line, then set his sights on Cravello. Cravello managed to hold him off, running 16:59 to O'Kelley's 17:00. Molosky was a few steps back, fourth in 17:04. Gary Droze, a three-time Bowlegs champion, was the fastest master runner in the race, ninth overall in 18:13.

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

Katie Sherron was another runner with a lot of Bowlegs experience, having run the race six times and winning the women's division twice before 2018. Her 18:59 in the 2018 event was her fastest Bowlegs yet, earning her a third Bowlegs title. After some back-and-forth throughout the race, Brittney Barnes edged Jillian Heddaeus for the women's runner-up spot, 20:25 to 20:30. Barnes placed 30th overall and Heddaeus 32nd. Kenya Rich was the top woman master and tenth female finisher, 55th overall in 22:55.

Brittney Barnes
Brittney Barnes

166 athletes finished the 2018 Bowlegs 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship
  1. 16:15, Charlie Johnson (M, 38)
  2. 16:59, Tristan Cravello (M, 18)
  3. 17:00, Chris O'Kelley (M, 24)
  4. 17:04, Vince Molosky (M, 38)
  5. 17:58, Brad Busboom (M, 30)
  6. 18:00, Ryan Truchelut (M, 32)
  7. 18:06, Jim Halley (M, 38)
  8. 18:11, Hawthorne Hay (M, 15)
  9. 18:13, Gary Droze (M, 56)
  10. 18:25, Carter Hay (M, 46)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship
  1. 18:59, Katie Sherron (F, 36)
  2. 20:25, Brittney Barnes (F, 30)
  3. 20:30, Jillian Heddaeus (F, 34)
  4. 21:13, Alyssa Terry (F, 24)
  5. 21:45, Jamila Allen (F, 28)
  6. 21:45, Becky Cahill (F, 34)
  7. 21:48, Alyssa Langston (F, 17)
  8. 22:31, Monica Toth (F, 29)
  9. 22:36, Clifton Lewis (F, 9)
  10. 22:55, Kenya Rich (F, 45)

Bowlegs 5K Run For Scholarship winners, 1985 - 2018
16 February 198516:44, Scott Hinkle18:48, Darien Andreu153
15 February 198616:12, Rick Miller20:00, Janice Hochstein150
7 February 198715:54, Randy Jordan20:00, Sarah Patterson186
13 February 198816:05, Rick Miller20:02, Janice Hochstein220
4 February 198915:44, Rick Miller20:02, Barbara Balzer165
10 February 199017:28, Felton Wright19:30, Paula Johnson112
16 February 199116:15, Bill Crooks20:37, Tina Davies67
15 February 199215:51, Mike Macinko18:37, Paula Johnson81
20 February 199315:33, Gary Droze19:33, Carrie Hunnicutt143
19 February 199416:02, Phillip Healy22:18, Chateau Mangaroo83
18 February 199515:41, Reid Montini18:09, Jane Johnson158
17 February 199616:12, Tim Simpkins19:33, Janice Hochstein77
15 February 199715:45, Gary Droze18:20, Jane Johnson163
14 February 199816:23, Damian Wilson17:47, Sarah Docter-Williams104
13 February 199915:57, Robert Pautenius16:54, Breeda Dennehy-Willis77
12 February 200015:49, Aaron Scheer20:42, Laurel Slyck83
10 February 200116:48, Gary Droze18:18, Sarah Docter-Williams
9 February 200216:20, Thomas Kunish20:20, Allison Eagen77
8 February 200316:56, Paul Orfield21:15, Fran McLean76
21 February 200417:06, Adam David Churchill18:21, Breeda Dennehy-Willis82
15 January 200517:42, Art Remillard18:10, Sarah Docter-Williams72
14 January 200616:43, Shawn Patterson19:22, Stephanie Liles152
20 January 200717:37, Matt Mizereck19:02, Sheryl Rosen109
19 January 200816:32, Tripp Southerland21:39, Carly Thomas121
10 January 200917:59, Tim Unger20:09, Micah Adriani117
9 January 201017:21, Stephen Cox21:01, Lauren Switzer84
8 January 201116:38, Vince Molosky19:26, Sheryl Rosen204
7 January 201217:10, Stanley Linton19:27, Katie Showman166
5 January 201316:12, Stanley Linton20:19, Katie Showman110
18 January 201415:46, Stanley Linton19:18, Lisa Johnson168
10 January 201516:08, Stephen Cox18:35, Sheryl Rosen132
9 January 201616:41, Nate Kaiser19:00, Ani Veltcheva201
14 January 201716:57, Vince Molosky18:55, Sheryl Rosen105
13 January 201816:15, Charlie Johnson18:59, Katie Sherron166
From 1985 to 1994 the Bowlegs 5K was run on the main campus of Florida State University,
starting and finishing near Tully Gym, on USATF certified course FL88014BH.

From 1995 to 2018 the Bowlegs 5K was run in Innovation Park, starting and finishing near
the College of Engineering on USATF certified course FL95008DL. The course was later
recertified with number FL12001EBM.


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