Saturday, April 27, 2019

31:35 for Chris Haynes and 36:57 for Ann Centner, Rose City 10K champions

Thomasville, Georgia's 98th annual Rose Show and Festival concluded on Saturday, 27 April 2019. You could certainly see some beautiful blossoms at the Show, but you could also see many still on the bush at the Thomasville Rose Garden near Cherokee Lake. Even just strolling around town you could view blooms in yards and green spaces. If you wanted to cover more ground, you could have done your viewing while running Thomasville's 42nd annual Rose City Run, a 10K. Not everyone in the run was flower watching, though. Chris Haynes hardly had the time for it as he won the 6.2-mile race in 31.35. Nor was Ann Centner stopping to smell the roses as she raced to a women's title in 36:57, placing sixth overall.

Ann Centner, Chris Haynes
Ann Centner and Chris Haynes

"We want to get going before it warms up," declared race director Dr. Jim Story as the runners gathered on Broad Street for the 8:00 AM start of 10K. "Right now it's perfect for running."


Dr. Story wasn't exaggerating. It was bright, calm, dry, and cool, with temperatures in the 50s. The consensus was that it was a good morning for a race, a consensus shared by Chris Haynes. The Tallahassee, Florida runner had other concerns, though.

Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes

"I'm worried," admitted Haynes. "There are some fast guys here. Nathan Haskins, and maybe someone even faster."


Haynes was a two-time Rose City Run champion, with wins in 2017 and 2018. But Haskins, a Thomasville runner, also had two Rose City wins to his credit, one in 2009 and another in 2015.. Right after the start of the race, Haskins took the lead. Haynes trailed a few steps back. The two left the rest of the field far behind.

Nathan Haskins, Chris Haynes
Nathan Haskins and Chris Haynes

"Did you see the random surges he was putting in?" said Haynes. "He must have made twelve of them."


"We went through three miles in 15:00," continued Haynes. "The next two miles were slow, really slow. At five miles I could feel he was tired from setting the pace and from all the surges."

Nathan Haskins, Chris Haynes
Chris Haynes and Nathan Haskins

Racing side by side, Haynes and Haskins passed the five-mile mark in 25:33. Haynes made a move. Half a mile later, racing past MacIntyre Park, Haynes was over a hundred meters ahead of Haskins and pulling even farther away. A few minutes later Haynes was back on Broad Street crossing the finish line in a winning 31:35, the fastest of his three Rose City wins and the fastest winning time in the race since 2007, when four-time champ Alan Black went 31:21. Haskins took second in 32:50. Tallahassee triathlete Charlie Johnson was third in 35:14.

Charlie Johnson
Charlie Johnson

"For the third year in a row, from Tallahassee, our women's winner was Ann Centner," said Dr. Story at the awards presentation. "36:57. You're getting faster, Ann."


She is. In her previous Rose City outings, Centner ran 40:56 and 38:27. 36:57 isn't just her fastest mark at Rose City, it's her personal best and first time breaking 37:00.

Ann Centner
Ann Centner

"I know! I was happy!" said Centner.


In Thomasville, Centner lined up with three-time Rose City women's champ Sheryl Rosen, a Tallahassee lawyer. Rosen never mounted a challenge, though, as Centner led the women's field from start to finish. Rosen was second in the women's standings and ninth overall in 37:49. Brittney Barnes, another Tallahassee athlete, was the third woman and nineteenth overall in 40:45.

Sheryl Rosen
Sheryl Rosen

"I don't think I could PR in the mile right now, but 10K is a lot easier now," said Centner about her current state of fitness. "I remember my first 10K, after high school track season. That was awful. I'm doing a lot of quantity now. Six miles of work on the track on Tuesdays, and my long runs are even longer than in college."


Haynes is also logging a lot of mileage.


"I'm going to be trying to keep over a hundred miles a week in training," said Haynes. "I'm getting ready for the Grandma's Marathon."

Brittney Barnes
Brittney Barnes

That's the 43rd annual Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota on 22 June 2019. Haynes won't be the only Rose City Runner there; Haskins is also entered. There aren't any marathons in the near future for Centner, though, or even much racing.


"After this I'm taking a little break," said Centner. "And then the Breakfast on the Track Mile in August."


Centner can be excused an intermission from competition. Over the last four weeks she's run the Springtime 10K, the Palace Saloon 5K, and the Rose City 10K--three races, three wins, and three personal bests.

Ali Kelly, Lourena Maxwell
Ali Kelly and Lourena Maxwell

Myles Gibson of Donalsonville, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the Rose City Run, covering the 10K in 38:17. Gibson was the ninth male finisher in the race and eleventh overall. Tallahassee's Lourena Maxwell was the first woman master, placing eleventh in the women's standings and 41st overall in 45:37.


397 athletes finished the 10K at the 2019 Rose City Run and another 144 completed the kids' mile. Gulf Winds Track Club of Tallahassee chip-timed both races.


Top Ten Men, 2019 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 31:35, Christopher Haynes (M, 26)
  2. 32:50, Nathan Haskins (M, 30)
  3. 35:14, Charlie Johnson (M, 39)
  4. 36:12, Brad Busboom (M, 31)
  5. 36:49, Brian Miller (M, 21)
  6. 37:28, Ryan Truchelut (M, 33)
  7. 37:32, Leo Kelly (M, 15)
  8. 37:57, Zach Deveau (M, 31)
  9. 38:17, Myles Gibson (M, 52)
  10. 39:20, David Knauf (M, 55)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Rose City Run 10K
  1. 36:57, Ann Centner (F, 27)
  2. 37:49, Sheryl Rosen (F, 34)
  3. 40:45, Brittney Barnes (F, 31)
  4. 41:37, Katie Sherron (F, 37)
  5. 42:56, Angela Cipriani (F, 20)
  6. 43:29, Lilly Unger (F, 16)
  7. 43:29, Erika Hango (F, 29)
  8. 43:55, Samantha Murray (F, 19)
  9. 44:09, Olivia Rosener (F, 20)
  10. 45:05, Jillian Heddaeus (F, 36)

42 years of Rose City Run 10K champions, 1978 - 2019
DateMenWomenFinishers
29 April 197831:25, Gary Slayton36:45, Janice Hochstein
28 April 197931:47, Mike Rasper37:49, Janice Hochstein
26 April 198031:18, George West38:14, Colleen Joiner
25 April 198130:21, Mabry McCray40:26, Nicole Batchelder
198230:33, Ernie McKee38:31, Nicole Batchelder
198330:47, Noel Shuman34:57, Darien Andreu
198433:05, Gary Slayton37:51, Barbara Balzer
27 April 198532:36, Rick Miller37:41, Barbara Balzer
26 April 198632:05, Rick Miller37:35, Janice Hochstein
198729:57, Herb Wills37:39, Karen MacHarg
198831:55, Jessie Close37:59, Karen MacHarg
198931:39, Jessie Close36:49, Karen MacHarg
199031:56, Jessie Close37:04, Karen MacHarg
199131:15, Jessie Close38:33, Vikki Saga
199233:04, Trent Smith37:48, Vikki Saga
24 April 199331:28, Gary Droze38:24, Vikki Saga
23 April 199430:19, Robin Rogers37:37, Lisa Herman
29 April 199531:52, Jessie Close35:37, Suzanne Rigg
27 Aprl 199632:18, Jessie Close39:37, Carrie Weyant
26 April 199732:29, Brian Erb36:40, Sarah Docter-Williams
25 April 199831:58, Alan Black36:07, Sarah Docter-Williams
24 April 199932:21, Alan Black37:14, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200034:15, Sean Daniels35:20, Anna Pichrtova
28 April 200132:05, Paul Spangler36:22, Sarah Docter-Williams
27 April 200230:53, Alan Black39:35, Jane Johnson
26 April 200331:58, Matt Kalinski41:53, Julie Carico
25 April 200433:44, Jessie Close39:52, Kate Remillard
23 April 200533:44, Jessie Close37:08, Sarah Docter-Williams
29 April 200634:32, Jessie Close38:38, Barbara Jarnagin
28 April 200731:21, Alan Black39:02, Sheryl Rosen
26 April 200833:10, Malcolm Campbell37:40, Donna Garcia
25 April 200932:34, Nathaniel Haskins41:38, Mary Anne Grayson
24 April 201032:51, Chris Lake37:42, Amy Hines410
23 April 201132:46, Chris Lake38:58, Donna Garcia490
28 April 201232:51, Chris Lake36:51, Sheryl Rosen464
27 April 201332:52, Will Stanford37:08, Sheryl Rosen417
26 April 201433:21, Chris Lake38:58, Amy Hines463
25 April 201532:04, Nathan Haskins41:32, Beth Sweeny428
23 April 201634:37, Roger Schmidt38:11, Ani Veltcheva358
29 April 201732:57, Christopher Haynes40:56, Ann Centner392
28 April 201831:43, Christopher Haynes38:27, Ann Centner310
27 April 201731:35, Christopher Haynes36:57, Ann Centner397


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1 comment:

  1. See you at the 43rd annual Rose City Run on 25 April 2020?

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