Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tristan Cravello and Alondra Reyna-Lopez run to beat the band at the Marching Chiefs 5K

2018 Marching Chiefs 5KSome people just can't get enough racing.


Sunday morning, 21 October 2018, was the day of the second annual Marching Chiefs 5K. The day before that race, Tristan Cravello was out at Apalachee Regional Park, competing for the Seminole Striders in the College Men's 5K at the inaugural Eagle Invitational Cross-Country Meet. Third place in that race apparently wasn't enough for the second-year Florida State University student, because Cravello was on the Tallahassee campus of FSU 24 hours later for the Chiefs 5K. He won the latter event by nearly 400 meters, running the 3.1-mile circuit of the campus in 17:43. Florida State University cross-country runner Alondra Reyna-Lopez was the first woman in the race, placing eighth overall in 20:38.


From 1981 to 2000, FSU Campus Recreation (they may have been called the Intramural Sports Office back then) hosted the annual Reservation Run 5K. The race wandered around the calendar till the hosts decided that it was best held during the weekend of Homecoming. From there, the event became wildly successful, one of the largest road races in town. When the Rez Run died, the tradition of a Homecoming race died with it. Then in 2017, Florida State's marching band, the Marching Chiefs, brought back Homecoming racing with the inaugural Marching Chiefs 5K. That first race was held the Sunday after the Homecoming game, if for no other reason than the Chiefs are kind of busy on game day. 443 athletes finished the 5K that Sunday. So of course, the race was back for a second year, the Sunday after the day after the Florida State football team walloped Wake Forest 38 to 17 in the Seminoles' Homecoming game.


Behind Cravello, Kurt Dietrich finished runner-up for the second year in a row, this time running 19:02. Ben Ranzinger, an alumnus of the Charlotte Catholic High cross-country team, placed third in 19:29. James Novack was the top master runner in the 5K and ninth male finisher, placing tenth overall in 20:59.


Michelle Hadden edged Jodi Traster for second in the women's division, 23:05 to 23:10. Hadden was 21st overall and Traster 23rd overall. Katasha Cornwell was the first woman master and fifth female finisher, 26th overall in 23:39.


443 athletes finished the 2018 Marching Chiefs 5K, even more than completed the first race in 2017. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Marching Chiefs 5K
  1. 17:43, Tristan Cravello (M, 19)
  2. 19:02, Kurt Dietrich (M, 27)
  3. 19:29, Benjamin Ranzinger (M, 19)
  4. 19:55, Mason Goodman (M, 18)
  5. 19:56, Payson Keown (M, 13)
  6. 20:02, Philip Culver (M, 23)
  7. 20:05, Andrew Becker (M, 18)
  8. 20:46, Zach De Veau (M, 31)
  9. 20:59, James Novack (M, 42)
  10. 21:18, Jacob Cyrus (M, 19)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Marching Chiefs 5K
  1. 20:38, Alondra Reyna-Lopez (F, 18)
  2. 23:05, Michelle Hadden (F, 29)
  3. 23:10, Jodi Traster (F, 21)
  4. 23:33, Mary Jane Hayden (F, 39)
  5. 23:39, Katasha Cornwell (F, 41)
  6. 24:08, Elizabeth McSoley (F, 20)
  7. 24:41, Edie Xanders (F, 49)
  8. 25:14, Maddy Johnson (F, 18)
  9. 26:38, Christina Gomez (F, 20)
  10. 26:38, Moira Conley (F, 19)

Marching Chiefs 5K winners, 2017 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 November 201721:07, Bobby Duggleby24:22, Alyssa Terry426
21 October 201817:43, Tristan Cravello20:38, Alondra Reyna-Lopez443


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