Friday, January 25, 2019

Austin Whitelaw and Lourena Maxwell were the new champions on Old Centerville at the GWTC 30K

North of Tallahassee, Florida, Old Centerville Road is, well, old. Old Centerville and its mate, Sunny Hill Road, have been around since at least as early as the 1800s, connecting small farming communities with one another and with their markets in Tallahassee and in Thomasville, Georgia. Still unpaved, the roads haven't changed much since the introduction of the automobile more than a century ago. The land may have nurtured cotton at one time but it's home to game birds and timber now, the sole products of game plantations like Horseshoe, Cherokee, and Foshalee that line the way. Cotton wagons are gone and logging trucks are rare. You're more likely to see a school bus, a car headed to one of the remote country churches, or someone taking the road less traveled between Florida and Georgia.

Old Centerville Road

On Saturday morning, 19 January 2019, though, you would have seen some 250 athletes out for a run. They were competing in either the 42nd annual Gulf Winds Track Club 30K or its junior partner, a 15K. Austin Whitelaw was the fastest in the long race, covering 18.6 hilly miles in 1:46:53. Master runner Lourena Maxwell was the first woman in the 30K, placing eleventh overall in 2:33:55.

The races started at 8:00 AM from the Retreat at Bradley Pond, near a spot labeled on the map as Moccasin Gap. Austin Whitelaw, an intern with Florida State University's Athletic Academic Support program, hit the first mile in 5:27, already nearly 200 meters ahead of everyone else. Whitelaw's pace eased along the way, but he continued to leave the field behind, finishing 30 kilometers in 1:46:53 while the other runners were still making their way to the 28-kilometer mark. Charlie Johnson, a Tallahassee triathlete and two-time winner of the 30K, took second in 1:55:18. The top master runner in the race was Tony Guillen of Tallahassee, third overall in 2:09:36. Another Tallahassee master runner, Hong-Guo Yu, placed fourth in 2:13:08.

While the men had been widely separated, the lead women were much closer. When Lourena Maxwell crossed the finish line back at Bradley Pond, her 2:33:55 put her just 150 meters ahead of the women's runner-up, Nikky Manausa. Manausa was twelfth overall in 2:34:41. Tallahassee master runner Tsige Tadesse was third in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 2:39:31. Darcy Brinkman of Tallahassee placed fourth on the women's side and seventeenth overall in 2:40:35.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 1:46:53, Austin Whitelaw (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:55:18, Charlie Johnson (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:09:36, Tony Guillen (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:13:08, Hong-Guo Yu (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 2:14:14, Don Smith (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:15:00, Jack McDermott (M, 49) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:16:30, Elvis Maradzike (M, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 2:24:18, Carter Hay (M, 47) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 2:29:00, Zachary Grossman (M, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:29:57, Will Hanley (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K
  1. 2:33:55, Lourena Maxwell (F, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 2:34:41, Nicole Manausa (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 2:39:31, Tsige Tadesse (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 2:40:35, Darcy Brinkmann (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 2:46:28, Sarah Dugas (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 2:46:44, Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 2:50:43, April Bentley (F, 45) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 2:55:55, Joi Savery (F, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 2:56:20, Shannon McNees (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 2:57:05, Ludmila De Faria (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL

The Leon High School cross-country team often trains on Old Centerville Road, so it was just another Saturday long run when many of them entered the Gulf Winds Track Club 15K. It was a bit faster than the usual training run, though, as they hit the first mile in 6:05 as a group with only Austin Whitelaw ahead of them. The group started to fall apart a mile later, and Leon frosh Jackson Yarbrough went on to win the 9.3-mile race in 56:27. Jackson Roberts, a Leon High junior, was second in 56:42, close enough to see Yarbrough finish. Chris O'Kelley of Tallahassee took third in 57:02, while Leon junior Joseph Ashebo was fourth in 57:48.

The Leon athletes were familiar with Old Centerville Road and its hills, but Ann Centner was seeing it for the first time.

"I never ran out on Old Centerville Road and Sunny Hill Road," stated Centner, a doctoral studen at Florida State University. "Back in college at the University of Georgia we used to drive out twenty minutes and run a paved road that turned to packed clay and gravel with rolling hills. But that's been a while! I liked the course today, though, I will probably go out and run it again to get in a long run."

What wasn't to like? Centner won the women's competition by about a mile, finishing fifth overall in 60:09. Alyssa Terry of Tallahassee was the women's runner-up, placing fourteenth overall in 66:52. Tallahassee schoolteacher Laura McDermott was third in the women's standings and eighteenth overall in 69:09. Leon High sophomore Lilli Unger was the fourth woman and 23rd overall with a 70:38.

Don Autore of Tallahassee was the first master runner in the race and the seventh male finisher, eighth overall in 62:12. Dana Black of Port Saint Joe, Florida was the first woman master and fifth in the women's standings, 28th overall in 71:43.

59 athletes finished the 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K, with another 191 completing the 15K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed both races.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 56:27, Jackson Yarbrough (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 56:42, Jackson Roberts (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 57:02, Chris O'Kelley (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 57:48, Joseph Ashebo (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 60:54, Leo Kelly (M, 15) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 61:34, Bryson Gonzalez (M, 17) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 62:12, Don Autore (M, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 64:13, Chris Robinson (M, 44) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 64:48, David Knauf (M, 54) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 65:29, Aaron Guyer (M, 43) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club 15K
  1. 60:09, Ann Centner (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 66:52, Alyssa Terry (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 69:09, Laura McDermott (F, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 70:38, Lilli Unger (F, 16) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 71:43, Dana Black (F, 53) Port Saint Joe, FL
  6. 74:42, Ali Kelly (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 75:38, Monica Toth (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 76:30, Ruffian Tyner (F, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 77:14, Sherri Wise (F, 37) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 77:17, Nancy Proctor (F, 57) Tallahassee, FL

Gulf Winds Track Club 30K champions, 1978 - 2019
19 January 201930K1:46:53, Austin Whitelaw2:33:55, Lourena Maxwell59
15K56:27, Jackson Yarbrough60:09, Ann Centner191
20 January 201830K1:43:01, Christopher Haynes2:10:13, Katie Sherron81
15K57:39, Tate Wallenfelsz66:08, Megan Churchill185
14 January 201730K1:46:13, Stan Linton2:15:31, Katie Sherron56
15K54:46, Matthew Cashin65:27, Sheryl Rosen219
16 January 201630K1:54:12, Charlie Johnson2:16:21, Katie Sherron73
15K52:17, Matt Mizereck60:54, Adriana Piekarewicz192
17 January 201530K1:53:19, Nate Kaiser2:22:32, Katie Sherron107
15K50:11, Sukhi Khosla58:37, Sheryl Rosen165
11 January 201430K1:57:29, Vince Molosky2:34:23, Laura McDermott55
15K51:06, Sukhi Khosla61:27, Seeley Gutierrez169
12 January 201330K1:48:22, Stanley Linton2:16:41, Katie Showman150
15K52:57, Sukhi Khosla64:19, Kristin Sweeney200
14 January 201230K1:51:30, Charlie Johnson2:17:38, Katie Showman150
15K53:29, Stanley Linton60:42, Pasca Cheruiyot176
15 January 201130K1:51:48, Vince Molosky2:17:15, Heather Griffis103
15K53:03, Stephen Cox59:55, Lisa Johnson169
16 January 201030K1:56:14, Vince Molosky2:14:22, Sheryl Rosen90
15K51:50, Matt Mizereck63:45, Lisa Johnson101
17 January 200930K1:54:06, Vince Molosky2:11:41, Sheryl Rosen87
15K51:05, Will Stanford61:49, Lisa Johnson96
12 January 200830K2:00:29, Vince Molosky2:17:24, Sheryl Rosen77
15K54:23, Matt Mizereck63:13, Lisa Johnson126
13 January 200730K2:01:23, Justin Dickieson2:04:21, Sheryl Rosen70
15K58:18, Matthew Mizereck73:40, Anna Busby50
21 January 200630K2:03:36, Michael Douma2:09:27, Stephanie Liles65
15K58:51, Chris Holland60:30, Sarah Docter-Williams59
22 January 200530K1:56:18, Art Remillard2:13:50, Jane Johnson38
16 January 200430K1:56:00, Timothy Bolton2:09:27, Jane Johnson69
18 January 200330K2:02:28, Larry Mengelkoch2:07:46, Jane Johnson59
15 December 200130K2:09:43, Tom Ratliffe2:22:56, Carrie Weyant31
3 February 200130K2:00:29, Kevin Porter2:02:27, Jane Johnson43
5 February 200030K1:57:47, Garth Grumme1:53:04, Anne Van Schuppen77
6 February 199930K1:58:17, Doug Gorton2:11:20, Jane Johnson87
10 January 199830K1:57:45, Clarence Calloway2:04:34, Jane Johnson79
7 January 199730K1:54:26, Tracy Burch2:00:28, Jane Johnson
13 January 199630K1:46:14, John Viitanen2:12:30, Eileen Telford50
14 January 199530K1:49:45, Herb Wills2:22:18, Nancy Stuparich50
22 January 199430K1:43:50, Herb Wills2:07:27, Lisa Herman51
16 January 199330K1:43:54, Herb Wills2:12:42, Carrie Hunnicutt60
4 January 199230K1:46:36, Jessie Close2:13:46, Lynda Nilges79
12 January 199130K1:37:31, David Keen2:06:03, Paula Johnson92
13 January 199030K1:43:57, Herb Wills2:12:00, Paula Johnson87
14 January 198930K1:45:31, Jessie Close2:22:07, Mary Jean Yon98
16 January 198830K1:45:24, Tom Burr2:10:04, Mae Cleveland102
10 January 198730K1:44:45, Larry Greene2:11:59, Karen Macharg82
18 January 198630K1:38:54, Herb Wills2:10:48, Missy James92
14 January 198530K1:45:10, Herb Wills2:17:56, Mae Cleveland94
14 January 198430K1:43:32, Noel Shumann2:04:20, Barbara Balzer99
15 January 198330K1:48:18, Andrew Wills2:18:18, Christy Orthman100
16 January 198230K1:44:41, Rick Miller1:56:57, Laura Ledbetter74

12 January 198030K1:51:19, Steve Ray2:48:31, Robyn Anderson70
3 February 197930K1:42:13, Ken Misner2:12:44, Lynda Heimann124
11 March 197830K1:46:19, Tim Simpkins2:22:31, Donna Glotzbach25
  • In 1978 the race was run on Apalachicola National Forest roads, starting and finishing near
  • From 1979 to 1981 the race was run on Natural Bridge Road.
  • From 1982 to February 2001 the race was run in the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge.
  • From December 2001 to 2005 the race was run at Natural Bridge.
  • From 2006 to 2019 the GWTC 30K was run on Old Centerville Road and Sunny Hill Road,
    starting and finishing at
    Bradley's Retreat in Felkel.


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