Sunday, April 14, 2019

David Barney and Ricardo Estremera rocket 14:39 at one of the fastest Palace Saloon 5K races ever

"People come to the Palace Saloon 5K to run fast," declared Stan Linton.

That had certainly been his own experience. Linton had won the Tallahassee, Florida race in 2013 and 2017, running 15:46 and 15:16. Two members of the coaching staff of Florida State University's track team, David Barney and Ricardo Estremera, added their own support to Linton's position on Saturday morning, 13 April 2019. Barney and Estremera finished first and second in Gulf Winds Track Club's 45th annual Palace Saloon 5K, both clocked in 14:39. Ann Centner, a Ph.D. student in nutrition at Florida State, was the first woman in the race, placing 15th overall in 17:38.

David Barney and Ricardo Estremera

With a few exceptions over the last 45 years, the Palace Saloon 5K has been run from Messer Park to the Palace Saloon. Some athletes park at the Palace to have their vehicle convenient to the finish, others park at Messer to have their vehicle convenient to the start. At 7:30 AM on the morning of the race, you could see dozens in the park-near-the-finish camp walking or jogging west on Jackson Bluff Road toward the starting line.

Racing commenced just after 8:00 AM. By the end of the first half mile, a lead group of four had emerged--David Barney, Stan Linton, Ricardo Estremera, and Andrew Smith. The four passed the first mile of the 3.1-mile race together. After that, Barney and Estremera started pushing the pace. Smith fell back first, then Linton.

The leaders after the first mile

"We went through the first mile in 4:48," said Linton. "Right around a mile and a half I lost contact."

Linton also hit the second mile in 4:48, but Barney and Estremera were going much faster. By the two-mile mark, they had Jackson Bluff Road to themselves.

"We were competing," said Barney. "But when we saw we were ahead we just ran in together. The timing chip gave it to me."

Stan Linton

The chip also clocked them in 14:39--the fastest time run at the Palace Saloon 5K since 1986, when Paul Waldron won the race in 14:36. Less than half a minute later, Stan Linton crossed the finish line in 15:05, matching his personal best road 5K time. Andrew Smith took fourth in 15:36, sixteen seconds faster than he had run at the 2018 Palace. Bainbridge, Georgia athlete Poncherella Leonard was fifth in 16:19.

Barney has done quite a few 5000 meter runs, but not many on the roads in recent years. On the track, his personal best is 14:12.91. Two weeks before the Palace, he ran 14:22.34 at the Florida Relays in Gainesville. He plans to be back on the track in Gainesville soon.

Andrew Smith

"In two weeks I'll run the 1500 at the Tom Jones Memorial Meet," said Barney.

"I'll run the 1500, too, unless they invite someone fast for the steeple," said Estremera.

In addition to racing together, Barney and Estremera work together--Barney as a graduate student assistant coach and Estremera as a volunteer coach. And that's not the end of their association.

"We train together under Terry Long," said Barney.

Ann Centner

Barney is working toward a Ph.D. in exercise physiology at Florida State. Likewise, Ann Centner, the Palace women's champ, is in her first semester of Ph.D. study in nutrition at FSU. Centner finished nearly a minute ahead of the next finisher in the women's field at the Palace, so you could hardly say that she was pushed by the competition. Nevertheless, her winning time of 17:38 is her personal best for 5K on the road, bettering her previous mark of 17:40--run on a precipitously downhill course in Macon, Georgia. Centner made good use of the downhill finish at the Palace as well.

"I'm a pretty good downhill runner," said Centner. "I don't have any problem with it. It doesn't hurt my knees, which bothers some people."

Renee Cox

Second place in the women's division was a race between a University of West Florida graduate student and a Tallahassee lawyer, Renee Cox and Sheryl Rosen. Argonaut Cox got the nod at the finish line, running 18:37. Rosen, the 2013 Palace women's champ, went 18:40. Amanda Sava, a Florida State grad student, ran a personal best 19:39 for fourth in the women's standings. At 19:49, Tallahassee Community College cross-country runner Genevieve Printiss was the fifth woman.

"The first plan today was just to win," explained Centner, who had finished runner-up in the 2018 Palace. "You never know who's going to show up, although I knew that Renee and Sheryl would be racing. I was pretty confident I could break 18:00, so then I was seeing how close I could get to 17:30."

Sheryl Rosen

By 10:00 AM the awards had been handed out, the post-race beverages had stopped flowing, and the athletes were leaving. You could see dozens in the park-near-the-start camp walking or jogging west on Jackson Bluff Road, returning to their vehicles. Many planned to be back in 2020 on the second Saturday in April for the 46th annual Palace Saloon 5K.

864 athletes finished the 2019 Palace Saloon 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 14:39, David Barney (M, 25)
  2. 14:39, Ricardo Estremera (M, 33)
  3. 15:05, Stan Linton (M, 25)
  4. 15:36, Andrew Smith (M, 24)
  5. 16:19, Poncherella Leonard (M, 21)
  6. 16:47, Tristan Cravello (M, 19)
  7. 16:48, Charlie Kline (M, 26)
  8. 17:01, Charlie Johnson (M, 39)
  9. 17:06, Jeremy McDermet (M, 24)
  10. 17:13, Brad Busboom (M, 31)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2019 Palace Saloon 5K
  1. 17:38, Ann Centner (F, 27)
  2. 18:37, Renee Cox (F, 31)
  3. 18:40, Sheryl Rosen (F, 34)
  4. 19:39, Amanda Sava (F, 24)
  5. 19:49, Genevieve Printiss (F, 18)
  6. 20:10, Katie Sherron (F, 37)
  7. 20:14, Jamila Allen (F, 29)
  8. 20:27, Melissa Thompson (F, 34)
  9. 20:29, Mia Wiederkehr (F, 21)
  10. 20:31, Stephanie Liles-Weyant (F, 46)

45 Years of Palace Saloon 5K Champions, 1975 - 2019
13 April 201914:39, David Barney17:38, Ann Centner864
21 April 201815:15, Justin Garrard18:05, Ani Veltcheva815
15 April 201715:16, Stanley Linton17:58, Ani Veltcheva1043
16 April 201615:53, Nick Merrett18:13, Ani Veltcheva1048
11 April 201515:29, Tyler Udland17:54, Lauren Poulos1314
12 April 201415:52, Chris Lake17:45, Amy Hines1303
20 April 201315:46, Stanley Linton17:49, Sheryl Rosen1389
14 April 201216:07, Josh Myers17:20, Lindsay Zeiler1190
16 April 201115:48, Chris Lake 18:24, Lindsay Zeiler 1064
10 April 201015:45, Chris Lake 17:42, Christina Woytalewicz 1214
11 April 200916:21, John Robida 18:11, Lisa Johnson 1022
12 April 200815:25, Nick Sunseri 18:46, Lisa Johnson 782
14 April 200716:12, J. P. Cook 17:14, Breeda Willis 537
15 April 200616:04, Justin Cross 18:33, Stephanie Liles 456
16 April 200516:06, Lee Willis 16:31, Breeda Willis 318
10 April 200416:39, Shawn Patterson 18:29, Breeda Willis 299
12 April 200316:26, Martin Littlefield 19:21, Tricia Snyder 257
13 April 200217:22, Chris Stanley 21:03, Allison Eagen 189
14 April 200116:51, Art Remillard 19:05, Kate Wallace 219
15 April 200015:39, Paul Spangler 17:19, Anna Pichrtova 217
17 April 199915:45, Robert Pautienus 17:22, Sarah Docter-Williams 261
18 April 199816:18, Jason Carter 17:29, Sarah Docter-Williams 238
19 April 199715:53, Gary Droze 17:37, Sarah Docter-Williams 169
6 April 199615:55, Gary Droze 17:59, Jane Johnson 134
8 April 199516:01, Tim Simpkins 17:48, Jane Johnson 188
2 April 199414:56, Robin Rogers 17:51, Lisa Herman 252
3 April 199315:30, Andy Palmer 19:37, Carrie Hunnicutt 270
11 April 199215:48, Gary Droze 17:45, Paula Johnson ?
13 April 199115:10, Gary Droze 18:20, Vikki Saga 371
14 April 199014:57, David Keen 18:38, Vikki Saga
15 April 198915:23, Rick Miller 19:05, Yvonne Gsteiger
9 April 198815:30, Rick Miller 17:55, Karen MacHarg
11 April 198715:03, Jacob Hoesly 17:33, Karen MacHarg
12 April 198614:36, Paul Waldron 18:44, Paige Dempsey
9 March 198515:39, Rick Miller 17:52, Margaret Coomber
18 February 198415:32, Greg Doss 16:34, Kristy McDermott
16 April 198314:52, Rick Miller 16:38, Darien Andreu
20 March 1982??????????
21 March 198115:02, Dennis Lunne 18:16, Janice Gage
8 March 198014:59, George West 19:37, Marty Graham
10 March 197914:55, Tom Herron 17:37, Kathy Moore
25 February 197814:30, George West 17:45, Laura Ledbetter
15 January 1977George West?????
14 August 197614:37, George West 18:05, Janice Gage
15 November 197518:17, David Price 19:56, Janice Gage


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