Saturday, March 30, 2019

32:39 for Chris Haynes and 37:10 for Ann Centner in the 44th annual Springtime 10K

Saturday morning, 30 March 2019, in Tallahassee, Florida was marked with mild temperatures, sunny skies, and a gentle breeze. You’d think no one could ask for better conditions for Gulf Winds Track Club’s 44th annual Springtime Road Race.

“It felt a lot more humid than I thought it would be,” said Chris Haynes. “The temperature was perfect, but I really noticed the humidity on the second mile.”

Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes

There's always a critic. But by the time Haynes had noticed the humidity, he had dropped the last of the competition on his way to winning the Springtime 10K for a third year in a row, running 32:39. Ann Centner snagged her first Springtime women’s title, placing ninth overall in 37:10.

Overnight cloudiness was dissipating when the runners started to assemble on South Monroe Street in front of the Leon County Courthouse for the start of the 10K and it’s sister race, the Springtime 5K. By the end of the first mile, Chris Haynes and Austin Whitelaw were out in front of everyone, 5K and 10K runner alike, racing next to one another on Franklin Boulevard.

Chris Haynes, Austin Whitelaw
Chris Haynes and Austin Whitelaw

“Austin was coming off the Tallahassee Marathon,” said Haynes. “He’s still recovering from that. The second and third mile is where we climb up, and I tried to make a break there.”

He succeeded in shaking off Whitelaw on the Myers Park hills. Halfway through the race, Haynes was half a minute ahead. That lead grew to nearly two minutes during the second half of racing, as Haynes went on to take first in 32:39. Whitelaw was runner-up in 34:36. Charlie Johnson, who had dueled with Haynes during the first half of the 2017 Springtime, was third in 35:03. Hong-Guo Yu was the fastest master runner in the 10K, thirteenth overall in 38:44.

Austin Whitelaw
Austin Whitelaw

“I had a root canal two days ago,” said Haynes. I’m on a lot of antibiotics. The race didn’t feel as easy as the last two years, but that could be the medication.”

Which isn’t the worst of it. The recent dental work prevents Haynes from biting down, keeping him from his favorite foods.

“I’ll be glad when I can eat doughnuts and whatever I like again,” said Haynes.

Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson

“I’m only on the antibiotics for five more days, and then I can get in some good training. My next race with probably be the Rose City 10K. Three good weeks of training, then Rose City.”

Haynes is the defending champion at Thomasville, Georgia's Rose City race, where Ann Centner is the defending women's champ. Centner ran her personal best for 10K at Rose City last year, but took over a minute off that at Springtime.

Ann Centner
Ann Centner

“My previous best was a 38:27 at Rose City, but I went through the first 10K at the Tallahassee Half Marathon in 38:20,’ said Centner. “The weather helped a lot today. Rose City was hot, and this race was much cooler.”

After that fast split during the half marathon, Centner entered Springtime with ambitious goals.

“The plan was to break 38:00, because I have been having really good workouts,” said Centner. “I went out way too fast for the first mile and the first 5K. I ran the first half in 18:20.”

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

18:20 fast enough to win the women’s division in more than a few weekend 5K road races, but so was the 18:50 that Centner ran for the second half of the race. Her winning time, 37:10, was the fastest women’s performance at Springtime since 2013, when Stefanie Slekis ran 36:05.

Sheryl Rosen, a two-time Springtime women's champ, took second to Centner, placing fourteenth overall in 38:50. Amanda Sava placed third in the women's standings and 28th overall in a personal best 41:42. Stephanie Liles-Weyant was the first woman master and tenth female finisher, 52nd overall in 43:49.

Amanda Sava
Amanda Sava

There’s more racing ahead in April for Springtime’s first woman.

“The Palace Saloon 5K and Rose City,” said Centner. “And I’m thinking of trying the Red Hill Triathlon. We’ll see.”

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Springtime 10K
  1. 32:39, Christopher Haynes (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 34:36, Austin Whitelaw (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 35:03, Charlie Johnson (M, 39) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 35:37, Charlie Kline (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 36:13, Tristan Cravello (M, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 36:26, Trevor Sununu (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 36:55, Nick Yaeger (M, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 37:02, Ryan Bausback (M, 20) Sarasota, FL
  9. 37:27, Chris O'Kelley (M, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 38:36, Tom Parker (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Springtime 10K
  1. 37:10, Ann Centner (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 38:50, Sheryl Rosen (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 41:42, Amanda Sava (F, 24) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 42:08, Meg Ogle (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 42:34, Melissa Thompson (F, 34) Thomasville, GA
  6. 42:42, Brittney Barnes (F, 31) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 42:43, Jamila Allen (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 43:36, Jordan Simas (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 43:47, Erika Hango (F, 29) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 43:49, Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
Jake Poore, Matt Mizereck
Matt Mizereck and Jake Poore

While Haynes and Centner were still negotiating the hills in Myers Park, the fastest runners in the 5K were crossing the finish line. Jake Poore, an alumnus of the Land O' Lakes High cross-country team, was first in 17:29. Wyatt Townsend, an eighth-grader at Deerlake and Florida's 2018 middle school cross-country state champion, took second in 17:39. Michael Niezgoda edged the early leader, Matt Mizereck, for third, 17:56 to 17:59.

Grace Koeppel placed first in the women's standings, finishing seventeenth overall in 19:57. Koeppel is a seventh-grader on the Maclay School cross-country team. Samantha Reilly was the women's runner-up, placing 25th overall in 21:01. Alyssa Terry was the third women and 28th overall in 21:06.

Grace Koeppel
Grace Koeppel

792 athletes finished the 2019 Springtime 10K, while 620 completed the 5K. Yet another 97 ran a one-mile fun run. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the races.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Springtime 5K
  1. 17:29, Jake Poore (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 17:39, Wyatt Townsend (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 17:56, Michael Niezgoda (M, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 17:59, Matthew Mizereck (M, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 18:03, Patrick Koon (M, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 18:30, Jackson Rowe (M, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 18:40, Tanner Smith (M, 13) Ocala, FL
  8. 18:45, Michael Martinez (M, 53) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 18:47, Robert Duggleby (M, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 18:48, Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina (M, 14) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Springtime 5K
  1. 19:57, Grace Koeppel (F, 13) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 21:01, Samantha Reilly (F, 27) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 21:06, Alyssa Terry (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 22:17, Stella Lewis (F, 14) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 22:45, Anna Koeppel (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 22:47, Clifton Lewis (F, 10) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 22:49, Cora Atkinson (F, 24) Crawfordville, FL
  8. 23:28, Grace Kennedy (F, 30) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 23:30, Paula O'Neill (F, 57) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 23:37, Rachel Van Poppelen (F, 25) Tallahassee, FL

Springtime 10K Champions, 1976 - 2019
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
30 March 201910K32:39, Christopher Haynes37:10, Ann Centner792
5K17:29, Jake Poore19:57, Grace Koeppel620
* The 1976 race was a four-mile run on the FSU campus.


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