Saturday, January 27, 2018

14:08, 14:08, and 14:10 for La Mere, Kenyon, and Izewski at the Matanzas 5000

Saint Augustine's 38th annual Matanzas 5K was the Road Runners of America's 2018 state championship road 5K in Florida. The 27 January 2018 event was everything you want a championship race to be. Up front, Ian La Mere inched by Garrett Kenyon for the title, both runners clocked in 14:08. Joshua Izewski was a few strides back in 14:10. The women's competition was nearly as close, with Anne-Marie Blaney holding off Chelsea Blaase for first, 15:54 to 15:58. You want numbers? Nearly 900 athletes finished the race.


Less than a year earlier, La Mere had been competing in NCAA DIII for the Wisconsin-Plattville Pioneers. Even more recently, nine days before the Matanzas 5K, La Mere was racing with Team USA in Scotland at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country. About the same time that La Mere was finishing up his career with Wisconsin-Plattville, runner-up Garrett Kenyon was concluding his senior year at Creighton. Third-place runner Joshua Izewski was racing closer to his alma mater; Izewski had done his collegiate running for the University of Florida in Gainesville.


Farther down in the standings, Team Florida Track Club's Enoch Nadler was fourth in 14:18--ten seconds faster than his winning time in the 2013 Matanzas 5K. Johnny Crain of ZAP Fitness, taking a quick trip from his team's winter training camp in Tallahassee, placed fifth in 14:26.


As a Central Florida Knight, Anne-Marie Blaney was the NCAA-D1 South Region Cross-Country champion in 2016. That was a 6K race. Just over a year later, Blaney is now the RRCA Florida state 5K women's champion after placing twelfth overall in 15:54 at the Matanzas 5K. Thirteenth overall in 15:58, Chelsea Blaase had been competing for Team USA at the Great Edinburgh International Cross Country just over a week earlier. Former Butler Bulldog Olivia Pratt was third in the women's standings and sixteenth overall in 16:21.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Matanzas 5K
  1. 14:08, Ian La Mere (M, 23)
  2. 14:08, Garrett Kenyon (M, 23)
  3. 14:10, Joshua Izewski (M, 27)
  4. 14:18, Enoch Nadler (M, 32)
  5. 14:26, Johnny Crain (M, 25)
  6. 15:05, Matt Hensley (M, 30)
  7. 15:36, Calum McFetridge (M, 18)
  8. 15:38, Rabah Syed (M, 31)
  9. 15:39, Kristopher Shold (M, 37)
  10. 15:39, Ryan Sloan (M, 30)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Matanzas 5K
  1. 15:54, Anne-Marie Blaney (F, 24)
  2. 15:58, Chelsea Blaase (F, 23)
  3. 16:21, Olivia Pratt (F, 24)
  4. 16:51, Nicole Dimercurio (F, 26)
  5. 16:53, Maddie Ivy (F, 22)
  6. 17:25, Daniela Urzua (F, 19)
  7. 17:31, Francine Nzilampa (F, 36)
  8. 17:32, Lydia McRae (F, 36)
  9. 17:49, Laura Ragland (F, 28)
  10. 17:56, Baker Eleanor (F, 25)

Matanzas 5000 winners
DateMenWomenFinishers
27 January 199617:00, Rachel Cook
25 January 199714:31, Yuri Punda16:06, Alla Doudaera
31 January 199814:56, Gary Meyers16:47, Laura Mykytok
30 January 199914:41, Andrey Kuznetzov16:22, Kim Pawelek
29 January 200014:47, Sergey Shalomeyev16:32, Tetyana Pozdnyakova
27 January 200114:39, Darin Shearer15:59, Jennifer Rhines
26 January 200214:28, Zepherinus Joseph17:49, Clair Domingo
25 January 200315:18, Jerry Lawson17:35, Tatiana Titova
31 January 200414:21, Darin Shearer15:42, Galina Alexandrova
22 January 200515:11, Paul McRae18:34, Stephanie Paulk
28 January 200614:43, Ryan Woods16:01, Firiya Sultanova
27 January 200714:27, Gareth Turnbull16:14, Amy Rudolph
26 January 200814:36, Ryan Woods16:01, Molly Huddle
24 January 200916:47, John Metzgar16:03, Yuliya Gromova1193
23 January 201015:08, Ryan Woods16:33, Jolene Williams1665
22 January 201114:31, Christian Hesch16:20, Lindsay Sundell1576
21 January 201214:32, Christian Hesch16:26, Megan Brown1509
26 January 201314:28, Enoch Nadler16:39, Lauren Goss1608
25 January 201414:54, Christopher Moen16:35, Cynthia Jerop1207
24 January 201514:06, Eliud Ngetich16:52, Kaitlin Donner934
30 January 201614:51, Matt Crowe16:39, Kaitlin Donner1177
21 January 201714:37, Mark Parrish17:05, Stephanie Pezzullo985
27 January 201814:08, Ian La Mere15:54, Anne-Marie Blaney873


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