Monday, April 9, 2018

Haynes and Sherron outrun April showers to win the Springtime 10K

The Tallahassee, Florida weather forecasts for Saturday morning, 7 April 2018, were frightening, featuring high winds and severe thunderstorms. But the dire predictions didn’t scare away Springtime 10K defending champion Chris Haynes. Haynes won his second straight title that morning, running 32:31. Katie Sherron edged Ann Centner for the top woman's spot in the race, 38:57 to 38:59 and placing fourteenth overall.

Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes

Worries about the weather caused the 8:10 AM start of the 43rd annual race to be moved to 8:00. The 10K as well as the concurrently-run 5K started in front of the Leon County Courthouse right at the newly-scheduled time. Mark Zamani, racing the 5K, dashed out in front of the field. A Florida State University undergraduate from Naugatuck, Connecticut, Zamani was still leading at the mile mark. That was about to change, thanks to Chris Haynes, a University of North Florida alumnus who works at Leon High.

“I hit the first mile in 5:16 or 5:17, probably slower than I wanted,” recalled Haynes. “The guy who was in first was kind of dying. Last year I waited till 5K to move up but this year I wanted to move up and push the pace earlier.”

Chris Haynes, Justin Garrard
Chris Haynes, Justin Garrard

Haynes moved up. By a mile and a quarter, when the athletes were headed up the Lafayette Street hill, he was in the lead. But Justin Garrard was right behind Haynes as the race turned into Myers Park. Garrard had never run the Springtime 10K before, but he had won the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 10K in 2016, running 32:01, the fastest road 10K in town that year. Haynes had run 33:29 in that race, finishing second to Garrard. Garrard had also won the 2017 Tallahassee Turkey Trot in 32:42, once again the city-leading time for the year.

“I’m not going to lie,” said Haynes. “That guy kind of scared me.”

Justin Garrard
Justin Garrard

During the next three miles Haynes continued to lead with Garrard in striking distance behind him. The two left the rest of the field far behind. With less than two miles to go, Haynes started to widen the gap.

“After like four or four-and-a-half miles I really started pushing it,” said Haynes. “I ran 4:50 for the last mile. The last mile was really fast because of the downhill.”

Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson

Haynes roared out of Myers Park and down the Lafayette Street hill, then turned on to Suwannee Street where he crossed the finish line in 32:31. Garrard took second in 33:22. Charlie Johnson, second in the 2017 Springtime, placed third in 35:20. Mickey Moore edged Tony Guillen for first master runner, 38:42 to 38:48. Moore and Guillen were eleventh and twelfth overall.

The 32:31 was Haynes’ best time ever for a road 10K. That wasn’t the case for Katie Sherron in the women’s competition.

Katie Sherron
Katie Sherron

“It wasn’t a PR or anything, but it was my first Springtime win,” said Sherron.

In order to get that win, Sherron had to line up against Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen, a two-time women's champ at the Springtime 10K. But it was neither Rosen nor Sherron who took the early lead over the women's field. Instead, Ann Centner of Blakely, Georgia was setting the pace for the women during the first half of the race. Rosen dropped out of contact, but Sherron remained a few seconds behind Centner.

Ann Centner
Ann Centner

“At halfway or 5K I went after her,” said Sherron.

Overtaking Center, Sherron built up a lead. With 600 meters to go Sherron was more than ten seconds ahead of Centner. But during that final 600 meters, Centner closed that gap. Sherrron prevailed on the homestretch, though, winning 38:57 to 38:59. Rosen was the third woman and nineteenth overall in 39:20. Kristen Palmer was the first woman master and tenth female finisher, 52nd overall in 45:21.

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Springtime 10K
  1. 32:31, Christopher Haynes (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 33:23, Justin Garrard (M, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 35:20, Charlie Johnson (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 35:37, Jonathan Burgess (M, 25) Tampa, FL
  5. 37:33, Ryan Bausback (M, 19) Sarasota, FL
  6. 37:58, Ryan Truchelut (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 38:17, Chris O'Kelley (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 38:32, Brad Busboom (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 38:39, Jim Halley (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 38:40, Trevor Sununu (M, 22) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Springtime 10K
  1. 38:57, Katie Sherron (F, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 38:59, Ann Centner (F, 26) Blakely, GA
  3. 39:20, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 42:02, Lauren Poulos (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 42:58, Meg Ogle (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 43:41, Alyssa Terry (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 43:48, Jamila Allen (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 44:26, Erika Hango (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 45:20, Claire Igoe (F, 22) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 45:25, Kristen Palmer (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL

In the 5K, Mark Zamani continued to lead and won the shorter race in 18:00. Jeff Conston of Hopewell Junction, New York was the top master runner and second overall in 18:25, while Tallahassee's Thomas Hultgren was third in 18:29.

Mark Zamani
Mark Zamani

Florida State University undergraduate Lucy Baird was the first woman in the 5K, placing fourth overall in 19:19. Tallahassee elementary school teacher Laura McDermott was the second woman and twelfth overall in 21:42. Maya Tang, a Deer Lake Middle School cross-country runner, was third in the women's standings and 22nd overall in 22:43. Holly Newell was the first woman master and the seventh female finisher in the 5K, placing 30th overall in 23:23.

776 athletes finished the 10K, while another 511 did the 5K and 102 completed the kids' mile. They were all done and off the streets when the promised rain started to fall some time after 11:00 AM. Whatever the weather chose to do at that point, the 43rd annual Springtime Road Race was already in the books.

[ Note: I edited this story on 13 April 2018 to reflect Gulf Winds Track Club's corrections in the official results of the races. --Herb Wills ]

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Springtime 5K
  1. 18:00, Mark Zamani (M, 19) Naugatuck, CT
  2. 18:25, Jeff Conston (M, 50) Hopewell Junction, NY
  3. 18:29, Thomas Hultgren (M, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 19:53, Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina (M, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 20:44, Jackson Rowe (M, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 20:48, Donald Kunish (M, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 21:22, Andrew Wilber (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 21:30, Micah Grossman (M, 11) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 21:33, Jonathan Kiros (M, 9) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 21:39, Micah Wells (M, 21) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2018 Springtime 5K
  1. 19:19, Lucy Baird (F, 18) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:42, Laura McDermott (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 22:43, Maya Tang (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 22:56, Stacie Elliott (F, 35) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 23:05, Leah Kiros (F, 12) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 23:11, Cora Atkinson (F, 23) Crawfordville, FL
  7. 23:23, Holly Newell (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 23:28, Paula O'Neill (F, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 24:00, Vicky Droze (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 24:00, Jennifer Farinella (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL

Springtime 10K Champions, 1976 - 2018
24 April 1976*4 miles20:30, George West,Donnie Cook25:27, Janice Gage106
197710K31:24, Morrison Reid40:57, Nancy McCormac205
1 April 197810K31:43, George West38:03, Laura Ledbetter468
7 April 197910K33:10, David Ferrell37:14, Janice Gage658
29 March 198010K32:35, Rick Swiderski40:02, Lisa Kinch
4 April 198110K32:06, Mabry McCray37:14, Janice Gage683
3 April 198210K32:11, George West39:56, Pam Ledbetter
9 April 198310K31:21, Noel Shumann38:15, Janice Hochstein
7 April 198410K30:03, Larry Greene35:57, Carla Borovicka917
30 March 198510K30:30, Paul Waldron35:32, Carole Rouillard
22 March 198610K31:15, Dennis Rice37:16, Karen MacHarg
5 March 198710K31:52, Jessie Close35:30, Carla Borovicka757
26 March 198810K31:22, Paul Waldron38:18, Karen MacHarg760
8 April 198910K30:49, Paul Waldron37:54, Janice Hochstein827
199010K31:48, Jessie Close38:16, Vikki Saga913
199110K32:02, Jessie Close38:29, Paula Johnson
199210K32:09, Jessie Close37:38, Paula Johnson
199310K33:11, Andy Palmer36:54, Paula Johnson
199410K32:17, Matthew Dobson37:37, Lisa Herman692
1 April 199510K31:43, Matthew Dobson37:27, Jane Johnson
13 April 199610K32:21, Jessie Close37:11, Jane Johnson610
12 April 199710K31:12, Juri Punda35:30, Tamara Karloukova847
4 April 199810K31:07, Randy Hollinger34:09, Breeda Dennehy789
27 March 199910K30:56, Muchapiwa Mazano37:01, Sarah Docter-Williams681
1 April 200010K32:28, Muchapiwa Mazano36:05, Anna Pichrtova770
31 March 200110K32:18, Muchapiwa Mazano34:46, Tatyana Maslova717
6 April 200210K31:18, Conor Holt36:40, Larisa Timchina732
5 April 200310K30:56, Joseph Zepherinus34:52, Larisa Timchina634
3 April 200410K33:22, Caleb Carmichael37:03, Sarah Docter-Williams694
2 April 200510K32:43, Joey Zins36:51, Sarah Docter-Williams758
1 April 200610K33:25, Joey Zins34:36, Vicky Gill663
31 March 200710K33:27, Matthew Dobson37:23, Lara Shaw867
29 March 200810K31:59, Joey Zins38:16, Sarah Docter-Williams820
5K17:58, Cray Peron23:17, Angela Gibbs423
28 March 200910K35:00, David Altmaier38:34, Lisa Johnson658
5K16:44, Daniel Lee18:48, Allison Eagen409
27 March 201010K33:09, Chris Lake38:23, Sheryl Rosen850
5K19:14, Etienne Mazimpaka21:58, Katherine Lindsay686
2 April 201110K32:34, Chris Lake34:52, Pasca Cheruiyot934
5K19:10, Etienne Mazimpaka18:18, Lisa Johnson731
31 March 201210K33:29, Chris Lake37:33, Lindsay Zeiler905
5K19:02, David Witman18:24, Lisa Johnson809
6 April 201310K31:42, Kevin Sullivan36:05, Stefanie Slekis993
5K16:48, Alex Smyth19:24, Lisa Johnson788
29 March 201410K32:03, Kevin Sullivan38:09, Seeley Gutierrez716
5K17:50, Adam Greenstein18:17, Amy Hines443
28 March 201510K32:59, Stephen Cox37:30, Sheryl Rosen986
5K17:31, Adam Greenstein19:44, Alyson Churchill709
2 April 201610K34:06, Roger Schmidt39:09, Adriana Piekarewicz942
5K18:42, Nicholas Loffer21:53, Megan Churchill426
1 April 201710K32:51, Christopher Haynes37:21, Ani Veltcheva909
5K18:36, Nick Loffer20:53, Shannon Turner582
7 April 201810K32:31, Christopher Haynes38:57, Katie Sherron776
5K18:00, Mark Zamani19:19, Lucy Baird511
* The 1976 race was a four-mile run on the FSU campus.


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