Thursday, September 20, 2018

Chris O'Kelley and Kat Sack pay some swift respects at the Salute To Prefontaine

Once each year since 1976, Gulf Winds Track Club has brought the Salute To Prefontaine 5K to the Silver Lake Recreation Area of the Apalachicola National Forest, just west of Tallahassee, Florida. The course has changed more than a few times. One year the race was run in October instead of September. The faces of the athletes have changed as well, and on Saturday morning, 15 September 2018, at the 43rd annual Prefontaine there was a new face in front of the race. Chris O'Kelley won the race for the first time, covering the 3.1-mile cross-country course in 18:00. On the women's side, Kat Sack was a first-time winner as well, placing tenth overall in 21:34.

Chris Lake, Kat Sack


O'Kelley's 18:00 at Prefontaine was the fastest winning time at the race since 2014, when Chris Lake went 17:43. Trailing O'Kelley, Charlie Kline took second in 18:14. Ryan Truchelut, the running meteorologist, edged Brad Busboom for third, 19:21 to 19:26. In fifth place, Simon Hodgson of the Tallahassee Community College cross-country team was just a few steps behind Busboom at 19:29. Hodgson's coach, Gary Droze, was the first master runner in the race, placing sixth overall in 19:38.


To find a faster woman's time at Prefontaine than Sack's, you'd have to go all the way back to 2012, when three-time women's champ Micah Adriani ran the race in 20:58. Tallahassee Community College cross-country runner Genevieve Printiss finished runner-up to Sack in the women's standings, placing fifteenth overall in 22:52. Alyssa Terry held off Brittney Barnes for the third women's spot, 23:02 to 23:07. Terry and Barnes were eighteenth and nineteenth overall. Coming in twentieth overall, Lourena Maxwell was the top woman master and fifth female finisher. Maxwell's time was 23:13.


117 athletes finished the 43rd annual Salute to Prefontaine 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.


[Photos used in this article were taken by Fred Deckert.]


Top Ten Men, 2018 Salute to Prefontaine 5K
  1. 18:00, Chris O'Kelley (M, 25)
  2. 18:14, Charlie Kline (M, 26)
  3. 19:21, Ryan Truchelut (M, 32)
  4. 19:26, Brad Busboom (M, 30)
  5. 19:29, Simon Hodgson (M, 29)
  6. 19:38, Gary Droze (M, 57)
  7. 20:22, Geb Kiros (M, 52)
  8. 20:47, Cameron Stapleton (M, 15)
  9. 21:01, Philip Sura (M, 48)
  10. 21:42, Bryan Gensits (M, 23)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Salute to Prefontaine 5K
  1. 21:34, Kat Sack (F, 27)
  2. 22:52, Genevieve Printiss (F, 18)
  3. 23:02, Alyssa Terry (F, 25)
  4. 23:07, Brittney Barnes (F, 30)
  5. 23:13, Lourena Maxwell (F, 43)
  6. 25:04, Clifton Lewis (F, 10)
  7. 25:10, Laura Reina (F, 54)
  8. 25:34, Nancy Proctor (F, 57)
  9. 25:54, Vaishali Desai (F, 31)
  10. 26:01, Vanessa McFarlane (F, 25)

Known winners of GWTC's Prefontaine Forest 5K
1976 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
25 September 197615:43, Tim Simpkins19:20, Nancy McCormac
September 197715:35, Tim Simpkins19:00, Janice Gage
23 September 1978

September 1979

20 September 198017:17, George West20:52, Donna Miller
September 198118:20, Shannon Sullivan22:27, Pam Ledbetter
September 1982

24 September 198317:17, Jeff Doherty20:36, Donna Miller
September 198417:11, Larry Abele20:43, Barbara Balzer
September 198516:51, Tim Simpkins20:40, Darien Andreu
27 September 198617:20, Tim Simpkins22:14, Laura Partin
12 September 198717:33, Tom Burr21:20, Linda Nicholson
24 September 198817:38, Tom Burr22:23, Yvonne Gsteiger
23 September 198917:25, Tim Simpkins21:30, Vikki Saga
22 September 199017:12, Bill Crooks22:23, Tina Davies
22 September 199117:54, Gary Droze24:48, Tina Davies
19 September 199218:29, Gary Droze22:05, Diane Blas
18 September 199317:58, Tim Simpkins24:16, Sissi Carroll
17 September 199417:00, Gary Droze21:16, Carrie Weyant
30 September 199517:12, Gary Droze22:56, Sissi Carroll
28 September 199619:18, Gary Droze22:56, Jane Johnson
27 September 199718:50, Bill Crooks23:07, Julie Clark
26 September 199819:26, Paul Hoover24:44, Peggy Simpson
25 September 199917:56, Gary Droze24:13, Brandi Rook
30 September 200017:49, Gary Droze22:17, Allie Hunter
29 September 200119:37, Scott Poindexter22:17, Allie Hunter154
5 October 200222:17, David Yon25:47, Yvonne Gsteiger82
27 September 200318:35, Shawn Patterson23:49, Angela Dempsey98
25 September 200417:43, Gary Droze22:46, Seeley Lovett161
24 September 200518:13, Gary Droze24:06, Jane Johnson94
23 September 200617:24, Gary Droze19:59, Stephanie Liles176
29 September 200717:29, Chris Gregory20:26, Micah Adriani122
27 September 200818:16, Daniel Lee21:10, Kati Gosnell133
26 September 200920:28, Joel Piotrowski21:20, Micah Adriani131
25 September 201018:53, Jay Wallace22:17, Kelly Stevens186
24 September 201119:08, Michael Martinez22:31, Olivia Swedberg Yinger50
22 September 201217:18, Stanley Linton20:58, Micah Adriani195
21 September 201316:27, Stanley Linton23:34, Melissa Geary75
27 September 201417:43, Chris Lake22:30, Cora Atkinson181
26 September 201518:42, Peter Van Brussel23:38, Emily Smith64
24 September 201618:38, Geb Kiros22:58, Samantha Reilly162
16 September 201718:52, Vince Molosky24:19, Kendall Ward62
15 September 201818:00, Chris O'Kelley21:34, Kat Sack117


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