Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chris Haynes and Ann Centner repeat at Rose City

"This is the best day for running we've had in quite a few years," declared Dr. Jim Story before the start of the Rose City 10K.

Dr. Story should know. Including the first race in 1978, there have been 41 annual Rose City Runs in Thomasville, Georgia, and Dr. Story has directed each of them. But if you don't believe Dr. Story, then look at the performances of Chris Haynes and Ann Centner. Leading from wire-to-wire, Haynes won the Rose City 10K on Saturday morning, 28 April 2018, running a career best time of 31:43 and repeating as the race's champion. Centner also ran a career best, 38:27, placing second overall and winning the women's title for a second year in a row. Haynes ran over a minute faster than his winning time in 2017; Centner improved more than two minutes on her 2017 showing. You don't see performances like that on a crummy day.

Chris Haynes and Ann Centner
Chris Haynes and Ann Centner

It was indeed cool, clear, and bright when the race got started at 8:00 AM. The athletes made their first turn about 600 meters into the run, making a left from Broad Street onto Smith Avenue. At the turn the field had already separated into two different races--Chris Haynes and everyone else. It was uncharted territory for Haynes; he was running faster than he ever had before in a 10K, even going back to his college running days at the University of North Florida.

"I had never broken 32:00 on the track before, let alone the road," said Haynes.

Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes

But Haynes got into a rhythm, and the distance flowed by.

"I didn't run a mile under 5:00," said Haynes. "But I didn't run a mile over 5:10."

That included the last mile, which featured the notorious Clay Street climb, "Heartbreak Hill."

Geb Kiros
Geb Kiros

"I felt Heartbreak," admitted Haynes.

But there was just over half a mile left to run after cresting that final hill, and Haynes rolled through that remaining distance, crossing the finish line in a winning 31:43. It was the first sub-32:00 performance at Rose City since 2007, when Alan Black won the race in 31:21. But there's no resting on his laurels for Haynes.

Philip Sura
Philip Sura

"I've got a lot more work to do," said Haynes. "I'm happy with today's time, though."

Haynes went unchallenged for the entire ten kilometers; his run was virtually a time trial. That wasn't the case at all for Ann Centner. Haynes had been all but alone going around the first turn on the course, but at that same point Centner was just a few steps ahead of Sheryl Rosen. Rosen is a three-time Rose City women's champ, with a best time of and she ran 36:51 on the course during her 2012 win. After the turn, Rosen pulled even with Centner.

Sheryl Rosen and Ann Centner
Sheryl Rosen and Ann Centner

"I kept throwing in short surges trying to throw her off," recalled Centner. "But I didn't want to kill the pace because I was already running my fastest 10K time ever. Even at the 5K mark she was right with me."

During the second half of the race, Centner began to pull ahead of Rosen. Rosen wasn't going away, though.

"I could hear people cheer for me, and right after I went by I'd hear them cheer for her. So I knew she was right behind."

Ann Centner
Ann Centner

At five-and-a-half miles Rosen was only six seconds behind Centner. But Rosen wasn't coming back. Centner widened the gap as the race closed, beating Rosen to the finish line 38:27 to 38:36.

Haynes works at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, while Centner works at the University of Georgia Extension Office in Blakely, Georgia. Both won their second straight Rose City Run title, both ran their best 10K at the 2018 Rose City Run. Haynes ran long distance at North Florida while Centner ran middle distance at Georgia, but they did have one bit of common ground in their college athletic careers.

"We had same college coach, Jeff Pigg," said Haynes. "He left Georgia to come to UNF."

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

"We talk about that a lot," said Centner.

Florida A & M University professor Geb Kiros was the first master runner in the race and second in the men's standings, finishing fourth overall in 39:20. Florida State University professor Philip Sura was the third man in the race and fifth overall in 41:17. Erika Hango of Tallahassee was the third woman and fourteenth overall in the 10K, running 43:46. Leon High frosh cross-country runner Lilly Unger was fourth in the women's standings and seventeenth overall in 44:34. Shelby Augustyniak of Tallahassee was the first woman master and tenth female finisher, 54th overall in 49:58.

Erika Hango
Erika Hango

310 athletes finished the 2018 Rose City Run 10K, while another 151 finished the kids' mile run. Both races were chip-timed by Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee. And if you're looking for another fast 10K on another perfect day?

"The 42nd Rose City Run will be next year on April 27," said Dr. Story.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 31:43, Christopher Haynes (M, 25)
  2. 39:20, Geb Kiros (M, 51)
  3. 41:17, Philip Sura (M, 48)
  4. 42:08, D.L. McArthur (M, 18)
  5. 42:20, Laryn Flikkema (M, 42)
  6. 42:48, Michael Sickler (M, 23)
  7. 42:51, David Knauf (M, 54)
  8. 42:54, Erik Andersen (M, 35)
  9. 43:07, Cory Messerschmidt (M, 32)
  10. 43:11, Tim Unger (M, 58)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 38:27, Ann Centner (F, 26)
  2. 38:36, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33)
  3. 43:46, Erika Hango (F, 28)
  4. 44:34, Lilly Unger (F, 15)
  5. 45:02, Nazarae Holcombe (F, 28)
  6. 46:42, Cammie Hungerford (F, 25)
  7. 46:58, Angie Cipriani (F, 19)
  8. 48:17, Emma Szwarc (F, 15)
  9. 49:06, Dominique Messerschmidt (F, 27)
  10. 49:58, Shelby Augustyniak (F, 42)

40 years of Rose City Run 10K champions, 1978 - 2018
29 April 197831:25, Gary Slayton36:45, Janice Hochstein
28 April 197931:47, Mike Rasper37:49, Janice Hochstein
26 April 198031:18, George West38:14, Colleen Joiner
25 April 198130:21, Mabry McCray40:26, Nicole Batchelder
198230:33, Ernie McKee38:31, Nicole Batchelder
198330:47, Noel Shuman34:57, Darien Andreu
198433:05, Gary Slayton37:51, Barbara Balzer
27 April 198532:36, Rick Miller37:41, Barbara Balzer
26 April 198632:05, Rick Miller37:35, Janice Hochstein
198729:57, Herb Wills37:39, Karen MacHarg
198831:55, Jessie Close37:59, Karen MacHarg
198931:39, Jessie Close36:49, Karen MacHarg
199031:56, Jessie Close37:04, Karen MacHarg
199131:15, Jessie Close38:33, Vikki Saga
199233:04, Trent Smith37:48, Vikki Saga
24 April 199331:28, Gary Droze38:24, Vikki Saga
23 April 199430:19, Robin Rogers37:37, Lisa Herman
29 April 199531:52, Jessie Close35:37, Suzanne Rigg
27 Aprl 199632:18, Jessie Close39:37, Carrie Weyant
26 April 199732:29, Brian Erb36:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
25 April 199831:58, Alan Black36:07, Sarah Docter-Williams
24 April 199932:21, Alan Black37:14, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200034:15, Sean Daniels35:20, Anna Pichrtova
28 April 200132:05, Paul Spangler36:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
27 April 200230:53, Alan Black39:35, Jane Johnson
26 April 200331:58, Matt Kalinski41:53, Julie Carico
25 April 200433:44, Jessie Close39:52, Kate Remillard
23 April 200533:44, Jessie Close37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200634:32, Jessie Close38:38, Barbara Jarnagin
28 April 200731:21, Alan Black39:02, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 200833:10, Malcolm Campbell37:40, Donna Garcia
25 April 200932:34, Nathaniel Haskins41:38, Mary Anne Grayson
24 April 201032:51, Chris Lake37:42, Amy Hines410
23 April 201132:46, Chris Lake38:58, Donna Garcia490
28 April 201232:51, Chris Lake36:51, Sheryl Rosen464
27 April 201332:52, Will Stanford37:08, Sheryl Rosen417
26 April 201433:21, Chris Lake38:58, Amy Hines463
25 April 201532:04, Nathan Haskins41:32, Beth Sweeny428
23 April 201634:37, Roger Schmidt38:11, Ani Veltcheva358
29 April 201732:57, Christopher Haynes40:56, Ann Centner392
28 April 201831:43, Christopher Haynes38:27, Ann Centner310


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