Monday, March 11, 2019

Wyatt Townsend and Katie Sherron race to Habitat 5K wins

As far as I know, during the 1890s there was no school in the farming community of Centerville, Florida. There was, however, a one-room schoolhouse in the neighboring village of Bradfordville. Depending on where you lived in Centerville, it would have been a three- or four-mile walk, but people of that era didn't fear walking. Some child, like a young Kip Keino, might have run the whole way. Putting in several miles running to school and back each day, he or she might have even become pretty good. Did an Olympic-caliber athlete live unnoticed in Centerville a century ago?

The Centerville of 2019 has both Roberts Elementary School and Montford Middle School, as well as cars and buses to take students to more distant high schools. The Bradfordville area has Killearn Lakes Elementary School, Deerlake Middle School, Chiles High School, and its own fleet of automobiles. One of those brought Deerlake eighth-grader Wyatt Townsend to the Centerville Conservation Community on Saturday morning, 9 March 2019, where Townsend won the fifth annual Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K, running 18:17. Florida State University economics professor Dr. Katie Sherron was the first woman in the race, placing fifth overall in 21:21.

Unlike the Centerville athlete I imagined, Townsend is no undiscovered country runner. He was undefeated during the 2018 middle school cross-country season, winning the FLYRA middle school state championship in the sport. Twenty seconds behind Townsend in the Habitat 5K, Jason McClung was second in 18:37. Zach DeVeau, fourth in the 2018 Habitat 5K, finished third in the 2019 race with a 19:13. Dan Manausa was the first master runner and fifth male finisher, sixth overall in 21:40.

Just a few steps behind Manausa, Jennifer Kilinski was seventh overall in 21:43, the first woman master and second female finisher. Master runner Monica Judd the 2016 Habitat 5K women's champ, was the third woman in the 2019 race, coming in ninth overall in 21:55.

65 athletes finished the 2019 Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee, Florida chip-timed the race.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K
  1. 18:17, Wyatt Townsend (M, 14)
  2. 18:37, Jason McClung (M, 33)
  3. 19:13, Zach Deveau (M, 31)
  4. 20:25, Jason Graham (M, 39)
  5. 21:40, Dan Manausa (M, 49)
  6. 21:48, Joe Dorn (M, 38)
  7. 22:17, Angelo Cicatello (M, 32)
  8. 22:36, Chris Kuhn (M, 48)
  9. 22:51, Ben Betts (M, 49)
  10. 23:47, Mark Tombrink (M, 31)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K
  1. 21:21, Kate Sherron (F, 37)
  2. 21:43, Jennifer Kilinski (F, 40)
  3. 21:55, Monica Judd (F, 44)
  4. 23:56, Nancy Stedman (F, 57)
  5. 24:57, Belinda Wharton (F, 58)
  6. 26:55, Jensen Reinert (F, 30)
  7. 29:48, Chrissy Lee (F, 30)
  8. 30:20, Mollie Palme Palmer (F, 64)
  9. 31:57, Lindsey Thompson (F, 39)
  10. 34:06, Susan Cornwell (F, 69)

Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K winners, 2014 - 2019
15 November 201418:58, Michael Martinez21:16, Kate Harrison100
14 November 201517:59, Grady Smith23:12, Nancy Moody93
12 November 201617:58, Geb Kiros23:07, Monica Judd80
10 March 201818:44, Kurt Dietrich18:47, Sheryl Rosen77
9 March 201918:17, Wyatt Townsend21:21, Kate Sherron65


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