Monday, March 5, 2018

Molosky and Sherron were the cocks-of-the-walk at the Shamrock

Holiday celebrations seem to be expanding. Halloween was once a single day of tricks or treats, perhaps preceded by an evening of pumpkin carving. Now it’s at least a week of parties and a frenzied month of decorating. The Twelve Days of Christmas have become more like twelve weeks from the day of the first sales displays to the day of the last post-Holiday clearance. Even Saint Patrick’s Day has started to take over the month of March. Which explains why on Saturday morning, 3 March 2018, two weeks before the actual date of Saint Patrick’s Day, the Shamrock Scurry 5K was run in Tallahassee, Florida's Killearn Estates community. Unperturbed by the calendar, 531 athletes showed up to finish the 5K, and another 164 completed a one-mile fun run. Vince Molosky was the fastest in the 5K, winning the main event in 17:22. Katie Sherron was the Shamrock Scurry 5K women’s champ for the second year in a row, placing third overall in 18:40.

Vince Molosky
Vince Molosky
It was the 30th Shamrock Scurry. The race was run each year from 1980 to 1996, starting and finishing at Killearn United Methodist Church. After a hiatus, the Scurry was revived at nearby Celebration Baptist Church from 2004 to 2008. There was no Scurry in 2009, but the race returned to Killearn Methodist in 2010, where it has been run annually since. Vince Molosky has run more than a few of the recent series of nine races.

“Maybe four or five times?” said Molosky. “I enjoy the race. It’s always a good one. It’s a tough course.”

Vince Molosky, Michael Niezgoda
Vince Molosky and Michael Niezgoda

Of the five times that Molosky ran the Scurry, his best finish in the race prior to 2018 was second place. Molosky had finished second three times--in 2012, 2014, and 2017. A gambler might say he was due.

Molosky certainly ran that way. He took the lead right after the start, and at the mile mark he was ten seconds ahead of the next runner, Michael Niezgoda. During the next hilly two miles, Molosky left the rest of the field even further behind, finally crossing the finish line back at the church in a wining 17:22. Niezgoda was second in 17:55. Tony Guillen was the fastest master runner in the race and the third male finisher, placing fourth overall in 18:40.

Michael Niezgoda
Michael Niezgoda

Just ahead of Guillen, women’s winner Katie Sherron finished in an identical 18:40.

“Tony and I ran stride for stride for about two miles,” said Sherron. “It was pretty cool.”

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

Before catching up to Guillen, Sherron was in the seventh position overall, leading the women’s field. Racing together, the two overtook three athletes during the middle of the race. When it was over, Sherron had a third Scurry women’s title to add to her wins from 2014 and 2017, plus a time to be pleased with.

“It was my best Shamrock time,” said Sherron.

It was also the best time by any woman at the Shamrock Scurry since the race returned to Killearn Methodist in 2010.

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

Sheryl Rosen, the 2011 Shamrock Scurry women's champ, took second in the women's standings and seventh overall in 19:30. Brittney Barnes was the third woman and fifteenth overall in 21:00. Corinne Porcher was the first woman master and sixth female finisher, 25th overall in 22:30.

Corned beef and cabbage may be traditional Saint Patrick’s Day fare, but the Shamrock Scurry always ends with a pancake and sausage breakfast. Should the race switch to boiled beef? The athletes don’t seem to think so, because the Scurry was the largest 5K in Tallahassee so far during 2018.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 17:22, Vince Molosky (M, 38)
  2. 17:55, Michael Niezgoda (M, 29)
  3. 18:40, Tony Guillen (M, 49)
  4. 19:06, Kurt Dietrich (M, 26)
  5. 19:30, Michael Martinez (M, 52)
  6. 19:39, Duane Evans (M, 50)
  7. 20:09, Randall Porcher (M, 52)
  8. 20:20, Morgan Schilling (M, 22)
  9. 20:31, Tad David (M, 49)
  10. 20:47, Ryan Baumbach (M, 38)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Shamrock Scurry 5K
  1. 18:40, Katie Sherron (F, 36)
  2. 19:30, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33)
  3. 21:00, Brittney Barnes (F, 30)
  4. 21:12, Bonnie Klamm (F, 22)
  5. 22:29, Jenny Early (F, 34)
  6. 22:30, Corinne Porcher (F, 49)
  7. 23:05, Nancy Proctor (F, 57)
  8. 23:22, Paula O'Neill (F, 56)
  9. 24:05, Holly Newell (F, 40)
  10. 24:37, T J Morton (F, 35)

Known Shamrock Scurry 5K winners, 1981 - 2018

13 March 198217:05, Paul Hodge21:22, Cathy Shuler
12 March 198315:35, Adam Pinkston19:21, Cheryl Jennings
17 March 198416:19, Bobby Shackleford17:42, Nellie Orr
16 March 198514:35, Jeff Wentworth19:20, Angie Crook
15 March 198615:33, David Keen18:42, Janice Hochstein
7 March 198715:21, Richard Corbett18:15, Janice Hochstein
12 March 198816:01, Bill Crooks19:59, Robin Tanner
11 March 198915:57, Bill Crooks19:32, Yvonne Gsteiger
17 March 199015:39, John Charlton20:07 Jane Henderson
16 March 199115:32, Gary Droze19:15, Vikki Saga
14 March 199215:53, Jessie Close17:50, Paula Johnson
8 May 1993

19 March 199415:17, Robin Rogers18:38, Jane Johnson
18 March 1995


13 March 200416:02, Ryder Leary16:44, Sinead Evans
5 March 200516:29, Matthew Dobson19:21, Breeda Willis
18 March 200618:21, Michael Martinez20:10, Jennifer Emo
17 March 200715:43, Joey Zins21:55, Jun Inoue
15 March 200814:47, Mark Carroll16:55, Barbara Parker
13 March 201017:25, Jay Wallace21:03, Anna Busby
12 March 201118:14, Peter Kaus19:35, Sheryl Rosen
10 March 201216:27, Stephen Cox19:43, Carrie Seiberlich
9 March 201316:13, Stanley Linton20:38, Mary Anne Grayson
8 March 201415:44, Stanley Linton19:48, Katie Sherron
14 March 201516:30, Chris Lake20:45, Emily Molen
12 March 201619:51, Duane Evans22:47, Emma Spencer
4 March 201716:38, Matthew McCurdy19:09, Katie Sherron
3 March 201817:22, Vince Molosky18:40, Katie Sherron
Originally scheduled for March 13, the 1993 race had to be
postponed because of a severe winter storm.
The Shamrock Scurry was held from Killearn UMC from 1981
to 1996.
The Shamrock Scurry was not held from 1997 to 2003.
From 2004 to 2008 the Shamrock Scurry was held from
Celebration Baptist Church.
The Shamrock Scurry was not held in 2009.
From 2010 to 2018 the Shamrock Scurry was held from Killearn