Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Harriers Charlie Kline and Genevieve Printiss excel at Hops And Half Shells

Hops and Half Shells 5K Trail RaceWhen it comes to trivia questions, there's the right answer and there's the factually correct answer. Those two aren't always the same. For instance, say you're competing in a barroom trivia contest. Money is on the line. You're asked, 'when is cross-country season?' You should immediately answer, 'autumn'. That's the right answer. The factually correct answer is a bit more complicated. For the most part, cross-country season in North America is in the autumn. But in Europe, cross-country is a winter sport. The World Cross-Country Championships are always in the spring. In the Tallahassee, Florida area you can find a cross-country race to run in just about any month of the year. For instance, on Saturday morning, 6 April 2019, close to 300 athletes raced south of Tallahassee in Crawfordville, Florida at the fourth annual Hops And Half Shells 5K Cross-Country Race. The fastest in that throng was Charlie Kline of Tallahassee, who won the race in 17:24. Genevieve Printiss was the first woman in the 5K, placing thirteenth overall in 20:27.

Kline finished the Hops And Half Shells 200 meters ahead of the runner up. Less than four months earlier, he had won the 2018 RRCA Florida State Cross-Country Championship race, Gulf Winds Track Club’s eighth annual Tannenbaum Trail Cross-Country Race. Khalil Randell, a first-year distance runner on the Tallahassee Community College cross-country team, placed second behind Kline in 18:08. Scott Billings took third in the race with an 18:32. Billings had formerly run cross-country at Maclay School and at the University of Tampa. Paul Guyas was the fastest master runner in the race, placing seventh overall in 19:59.

The women's champ, Printiss, was also a seasoned cross-country runner, a harrier for Tallahassee Community College with experience racing for Franklin County High. Amanda Sava, a former cross-country runner at Florida Tech and before that Sussex Tech High, finished runner-up to Printiss in the women's standings and sixteenth overall in 20:49. Mia Wiederkehr, another TCC cross-country runner, edged Brittney Barnes for the third women's spot, 20:58 to 21:01. Wiederkehr and Barnes placed eighteenth and nineteenth overall. Stephanie Liles-Weyant was the first woman master and sixth female finisher, 21st overall in 21:42.

The race was held on the grounds of Tallahassee Community College's Wakulla Environmental Institute. The large crowd of runners may have been drawn by their love of cross-country, but the promise of post-race beer and oysters could have had something to do with it. The oysters were raised by the Institute as part of their aquaculture program.

299 athletes finished the 2019 Hops And Half Shells 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed the race.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Hops And Half Shells 5K
  1. 17:24, Charlie Kline (M, 26)
  2. 18:08, Khalil Randell (M, 22)
  3. 18:32, Scott Billings (M, 24)
  4. 18:39, Stephen Votaw (M, 18)
  5. 19:07, Ryan Truchelut (M, 33)
  6. 19:28, Filippo Aldrovandi-Reina (M, 14)
  7. 19:59, Paul Guyas (M, 41)
  8. 20:01, Matthias Laywell (M, 20)
  9. 20:02, Brandon Flagler (M, 19)
  10. 20:07, Dalton Gray (M, 18)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Hops And Half Shells 5K
  1. 20:27, Genevieve Printiss (F, 18)
  2. 20:49, Amanda Sava (F, 24)
  3. 20:58, Mia Wiederkehr (F, 21)
  4. 21:01, Brittney Barnes (F, 31)
  5. 21:28, Katie Sherron (F, 37)
  6. 21:42, Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 46)
  7. 22:54, Cora Atkinson (F, 24)
  8. 22:55, Myranda Casterline (F, 29)
  9. 23:00, Lourena Maxwell (F, 44)
  10. 23:13, Angela Dempsey (F, 50)

Hops & Half Shells 5K winners, 2016 - 2019
23 April 201617:40, Zach DeVeau21:53, Katie Sherron319
22 April 201715:52, Stan Linton24:05, Christina Linton261
14 April 201818:10, Michael Niezgoda22:59, Christina Linton215
6 April 201917:24, Charlie Kline20:27, Genevieve Printiss299


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