Saturday, January 20, 2018

Chris Haynes runs a CR 1:43:01 in the Gulf Winds Track Club 30K

The Gulf Winds Track Club 30K has been run annually at a variety of venues since 1978, but starting in 2006 the race has been Moccasin Gap, north of Tallahassee. The course there takes the runners ten kilometers north on Old Centerville Road then five kilometers west on Sunny Hill Road, after which they turn around return the way they came. Most of the thirty kilometers is on clay, nearly all of it is on hills. In the 2017 race, Stan Linton shrugged off a muddy road and charged through the Red Hills to set a course record of 1:46:13. That record would only last a year, though. On Saturday morning, 20 January 2018, Chris Haynes won the 41st annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K in 1:43:01, chopping more than three minutes off of Linton's record. It was Haynes' first time running the race, but not Katie Sherron's. Sherron won her sixth GWTC 30K women's title that morning, placing seventh overall in 2:10:13.

Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes

The race started from the Retreat at Bradley's Pond at 8:00 AM. Vince Molosky, a five-time winner of the 30K, darted out into the lead, running the first mile under 5:30. Haynes was well behind Molosky, covering the first mile in 5:45. However, Haynes also went 5:45 on the second mile while Molosky slowed down. By the two-mile mark, Haynes had taken over the lead from Molosky. A third 5:45 mile kept Haynes in front, then he started going faster. The race was his.

Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson

"I liked the downhills because it was free speed," said Haynes. "The dirt was hard packed. It was a lot of fun. Great people cheering me on the whole race which was awesome. I just did my best to stay consistent and relaxed."

Haynes was alone when he reached the turnaround at the fifteen kilometer mark in 52:00. He ran the second half even faster, covering the final fifteen kilometers in 51:01 en route to the finish line at Bradley's Pond, which he reached in a winning 1:43:01.

Chris O'Kelley
Chris O'Kelley

While Haynes was running away from the field, Charlie Johnson was closing in on Vince Molosky.

"I caught Vince less than a mile from the turnaround," said Johnson, the winner of the GWTC 30K in 2012 and 2016. "It was a flat stretch. He passed me back on the downhill because he's better on the downhill than I am, but I passed him for good before the turnaround."

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

Johnson held on to second, running 1:47:51. Chris O'Kelley took third in 1:57:42, passing Molosky with just over a mile to go. Molosky was fourth in 1:59:12, and Robert Duggleby fifth in 2:05:17. David Graf was the fastest master runner in the race, placing sixth overall in 2:09:30.

"It was a near perfect day for running as far as I can tell," said Johnson. "I'd like it if Tallahassee Marathon is like this."

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

Women's champ Katie Sherron was another athlete taking advantage of the "near perfect day." Leading the women's field from start to finish, Sherron's winning 2:10:13 was her fastest time yet in the GWTC 30K. Sheryl Rosen, a four-time women's champ at the 30K, took second in the women's standings, placing twelfth overall in 2:14:02. Kat Sack was the third woman and sixteenth overall in 2:21:59. Nancy Stedman was the first woman master and eighth female finisher, 31st overall in 2:40:59.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 1:43:01, Christopher Haynes (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:47:51, Charlie Johnson (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:57:42, Chris O'Kelley (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:59:12, Vince Molosky (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 2:05:17, Robert Duggleby (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:09:30, David Graf (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:10:48, Don Smith (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 2:11:33, Don Autore (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 2:12:55, Jon Mason (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:13:59, Jim Halley (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2018 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 2:10:13, Katie Sherron (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 2:14:02, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:21:59, Kat Sack (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:24:39, Juanita Chalmers (F, 35) Chattanooga, TN
  5. 2:29:38, Deanna McVay (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:37:40, Samantha Reilly (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:38:36, Mary Jane Hayden (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 2:40:59, Nancy Stedman (F, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 2:41:14, Kristin Halley (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:47:57, Tsige Tadesse (F, 45) Tallahassee, FL

Since 2006 a 15K has been run at the same time as the 30K, with the runners in the shorter race turning around after seven-and-a-half kilometers on Old Centerville Road. Tate Wallenfelsz, a junior-year cross-country runner at Leon High, won the race in 57:39. The next three places also belonged to the Leon cross-country team, with sophomores Joseph Ashebo and Bryson Gonzalez second and thir in 57:53 and 57:55, and junior Ashton Smith fourth in 59:17. Tallahassee's Carter Hay edged Matthew Rowan of Quincy for the top master spot, 59:44 to 59:50. Hay and Rowan were fifth and sixth overall.

Tate Wallenfelsz
Tate Wallenfelsz

Brittney Barnes led the 15K women's field at the turnaround, but Megan Churchill was close behind. A sophomore on the Lincoln High cross-country team, Churchill overtook Barnes early in the second half of the race then raced home to take the women's title, placing thirteenth overall in 1:06:08. Barnes was the women's runner-up and seventeenth overall in 1:06:53. Alyssa Terry was third in the women's standings and twentieth overall in 1:08:42. Alison Thumm was the first woman master and sixth female finisher, 28th overall in 71:39.

Megan Churchill
Megan Churchill

Top Ten Men, 2018 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 57:39, Tate Wallenfelsz (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 57:53, Joseph Ashebo (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 57:55, Bryson Gonzalez (M, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 59:17, Ashton Smith (M, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 59:44, Carter Hay (M, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 59:50, Matthew Rowan (M, 49) Quincy, FL
  7. 60:31, Eric Houge (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 62:43, Geb Kiros (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 63:24, Tony Guillen (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 65:09, Aaron Guyer (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2018 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 66:08, Megan Churchill (F, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 66:53, Brittney Barnes (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 68:42, Alyssa Terry (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 69:11, Amanda Sava (F, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 69:28, Katherine Resavage (F, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 71:39, Alison Thumm (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 72:29, Nazarae Holcombe (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 72:40, Dana Black (F, 52) Port Saint Joe, FL
  9. 73:58, Becky Cahill (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 74:36, Lilli Unger (F, 15) Tallahassee, FL

81 athletes finished the 2018 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K and another 185 completed the 15K. Both races were chip-timed by GWTC.

Gulf Winds Track Club 30K champions, 1978 - 2018
20 January 201830K1:43:01, Christopher Haynes2:10:13, Katie Sherron81
15K57:39, Tate Wallenfelsz66:08, Megan Churchill185
14 January 201730K1:46:13, Stan Linton2:15:31, Katie Sherron56
15K54:46, Matthew Cashin65:27, Sheryl Rosen219
16 January 201630K1:54:12, Charlie Johnson2:16:21, Katie Sherron73
15K52:17, Matt Mizereck60:54, Adriana Piekarewicz192
17 January 201530K1:53:19, Nate Kaiser2:22:32, Katie Sherron107
15K50:11, Sukhi Khosla58:37, Sheryl Rosen165
11 January 201430K1:57:29, Vince Molosky2:34:23, Laura McDermott55
15K51:06, Sukhi Khosla61:27, Seeley Gutierrez169
12 January 201330K1:48:22, Stanley Linton2:16:41, Katie Showman150
15K52:57, Sukhi Khosla64:19, Kristin Sweeney200
14 January 201230K1:51:30, Charlie Johnson2:17:38, Katie Showman150
15K53:29, Stanley Linton60:42, Pasca Cheruiyot176
15 January 201130K1:51:48, Vince Molosky2:17:15, Heather Griffis103
15K53:03, Stephen Cox59:55, Lisa Johnson169
16 January 201030K1:56:14, Vince Molosky2:14:22, Sheryl Rosen90
15K51:50, Matt Mizereck63:45, Lisa Johnson101
17 January 200930K1:54:06, Vince Molosky2:11:41, Sheryl Rosen87
15K51:05, Will Stanford61:49, Lisa Johnson96
12 January 200830K2:00:29, Vince Molosky2:17:24, Sheryl Rosen77
15K54:23, Matt Mizereck63:13, Lisa Johnson126
13 January 200730K2:01:23, Justin Dickieson2:04:21, Sheryl Rosen70
15K58:18, Matthew Mizereck73:40, Anna Busby50
21 January 200630K2:03:36, Michael Douma2:09:27, Stephanie Liles65
15K58:51, Chris Holland60:30, Sarah Docter-Williams59
22 January 200530K1:56:18, Art Remillard2:13:50, Jane Johnson38
16 January 200430K1:56:00, Timothy Bolton2:09:27, Jane Johnson69
18 January 200330K2:02:28, Larry Mengelkoch2:07:46, Jane Johnson59
15 December 200130K2:09:43, Tom Ratliffe2:22:56, Carrie Weyant31
3 February 200130K2:00:29, Kevin Porter2:02:27, Jane Johnson43
5 February 200030K1:57:47, Garth Grumme1:53:04, Anne Van Schuppen77
6 February 199930K1:58:17, Doug Gorton2:11:20, Jane Johnson87
10 January 199830K1:57:45, Clarence Calloway2:04:34, Jane Johnson79
7 January 199730K1:54:26, Tracy Burch2:00:28, Jane Johnson
13 January 199630K1:46:14, John Viitanen2:12:30, Eileen Telford50
14 January 199530K1:49:45, Herb Wills2:22:18, Nancy Stuparich50
22 January 199430K1:43:50, Herb Wills2:07:27, Lisa Herman51
16 January 199330K1:43:54, Herb Wills2:12:42, Carrie Hunnicutt60
4 January 199230K1:46:36, Jessie Close2:13:46, Lynda Nilges79
12 January 199130K1:37:31, David Keen2:06:03, Paula Johnson92
13 January 199030K1:43:57, Herb Wills2:12:00, Paula Johnson87
14 January 198930K1:45:31, Jessie Close2:22:07, Mary Jean Yon98
16 January 198830K1:45:24, Tom Burr2:10:04, Mae Cleveland102
10 January 198730K1:44:45, Larry Greene2:11:59, Karen Macharg82
18 January 198630K1:38:54, Herb Wills2:10:48, Missy James92
14 January 198530K1:45:10, Herb Wills2:17:56, Mae Cleveland94
14 January 198430K1:43:32, Noel Shumann2:04:20, Barbara Balzer99
15 January 198330K1:48:18, Andrew Wills2:18:18, Christy Orthman100
16 January 198230K1:44:41, Rick Miller1:56:57, Laura Ledbetter74

12 January 198030K1:51:19, Steve Ray2:48:31, Robyn Anderson70
3 February 197930K1:42:13, Ken Misner2:12:44, Lynda Heimann124
11 March 197830K1:46:19, Tim Simpkins2:22:31, Donna Glotzbach25
  • In 1978 the race was run on Apalachicola National Forest roads, starting and finishing near
  • From 1979 to 1981 the race was run on Natural Bridge Road.
  • From 1982 to February 2001 the race was run in the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • From December 2001 to 2005 the race was run at Natural Bridge.
  • From 2006 to 2018 the GWTC 30K was run on Old Centerville Road and Sunny Hill Road,
    starting and finishing at
    Bradley's Retreat in Felkel.


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