Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Khalil Randell gets a big win and Genevieve Printiss a close win at Nene Fest

Call it consistency.

Over four consecutive Saturdays, Khalil Randell ran four five-kilometer races, his performances never varying by more than a few seconds--18:08, 17:41, 17:42, and 17:53. All four races were in the Tallahassee, Florida area, and Randell won two of them. One of those wins was the fourth race on Saturday morning, 27 April 2019, the sixth annual Nene Fest 5K, where Randell finished half a kilometer ahead of the next runner. The women's competition at Nene Fest was much closer with Genevieve Printiss eking out a 20:23 to 20:25 win over Mia Wiederkehr.

Khalil Randell, Genevieve Printiss
2019 Nene Fest 5K winners, Khalil Randell and Genevieve Printiss

Nene Fest is run in the Indianhead Acres neighborhood of Tallahassee, on the same USATF-certified course as Gulf Winds Track Club's annual Tallahassee Women's Distance Fest 5K. Randell hadn't seen the course before, but runner-up Michael Martinez had, having run the hilly route in several Women's Distance Festival races over the years. Martinez was the first master runner in the Nene Fest, covering the course in 19:50. David Welling was third in the men's standings and fourth overall in 20:25.

Third and fifth overall belonged to Printiss and Wiederkehr. The top two women in the race both have competed for the Tallahassee Community College Eagles cross-country team. Ten-year-old Clifton Lewis took third on the women's side, coming in eleventh overall in 22:39. Stella Lewis, a seventh-grader on the Swift Creek Middle School cross-country team, edged Michell Hadden for fourth in the women's standings, placing thirteenth overall in 22:58. Hadden was fourteenth overall in 22:59. Paula O'Neill was the first woman master in the race, the seventh female finisher and sixteenth overall in 24:21.

73 athletes finished the 2019 Nene Fest 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed the race.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Nene Fest 5K
  1. 17:53, Khalil Randell (M, 22)
  2. 19:50, Mike Martinez (M, 53)
  3. 20:25, David Welling (M, 34)
  4. 20:45, Jonathan Kiros (M, 10)
  5. 20:46, Geb Kiros (M, 52)
  6. 20:51, Jack Schwenkler (M, 12)
  7. 21:44, Michael Kennett (M, 45)
  8. 22:14, William Springer (M, 12)
  9. 22:54, Nico Wienders (M, 48)
  10. 24:51, Trent Parsons (M, 10)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Nene Fest 5K
  1. 20:23, Genevieve Printiss (F, 18)
  2. 20:25, Mia Wiederkehr (F, 21)
  3. 22:39, Clifton Lewis (F, 10)
  4. 22:58, Stella Lewis (F, 14)
  5. 22:59, Michelle Hadden (F, 30)
  6. 24:10, Stephanie Mayfield (F, 26)
  7. 24:21, Paula O'Neill (F, 57)
  8. 24:59, Tara Lynch (F, 35)
  9. 25:43, Cassie McGlynn (F, 27)
  10. 28:07, Catherine Murray (F, 46)

Nene Fest 5K winners, 2014 - 2019
3 May 201418:24, Reikan Lin22:02, Paula O' Neill
9 May 201515:49, Chris Lake22:28, Paula O'Neill84
30 April 201616:26, Matt Mizereck23:36, Laura Reina86
29 April 201717:57, Jim Halley21:39, Katie Sherron88
28 April 201817:02, Vince Molosky19:16, Katie Sherron159
27 April 201917:53, Khalil Randell20:23, Genevieve Printiss73


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