Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tallahassee's top 5K road times in 2019 (through April 13)

David Barney and Ricardo Estremera are the new leaders on the men's list of Tallahassee's top road 5K times for 2019. Barney and Estremera went 14:39 at Gulf Winds Track Club's 45th annual Palace Saloon 5K on 13 April 2019, putting them nearly a minute faster than any time posted earlier in the year. Ann Centner was already leading the women's list, but after the Palace she's leading it with a new, faster time of 17:38.

David Barney and Ricardo Estremera

You have to really reach back into Tallahassee road racing history to find a faster 5K performance than 14:39, so many years back that things start getting murky. It's certain that Louis Murphy went 14:22 at the Reservation Run in 1987. If you don't like point-to-point courses with significant elevation drop, then yours truly (i.e., Herb Wills) went 14:38 at the Braun's Octoberfest 5K earlier that year. If someone ran faster than 14:39 in Tallahassee more recently, I haven't been able to document it. 14:39 is definitely the best time at the Palace since Paul Waldron ran 14:36 in 1986, the first year that the Palace was run on a USATF-certified course.

Ann Centner

A week before the Palace, athletes raced on USATF-certified courses in Tallahassee at the Conley Swarm 5K and the Wolf Dash 5K. Neither of those races had any impact on the men's top 25 or the women's top 25. Some of the performances may show up in the top 100 at the end of the year. But the Palace Saloon 5K--that had impact. The Palace had impact like the asteroid that hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. 21 of top 25 male performers are listed by their Palace times, including not only Barney and Estremera but former leader Stan Linton. Linton is now third on the strength of the 15:05 he ran at Palace. Gary Droze is the leading master runner in town after running 17:53 at Palace. The top scholastic runner on the men's list is Chiles High's Hawthorne Hay, ranked twelfth because of the 17:16 he ran at Bowlegs. But right behind him are Wyatt Townsend of Deerlake Middle School (14th at 17:29) and Patrick Koon of Fairview Middle School (21st at 17:54). Townsend and Koon ran those times at Palace Saloon. Before Palace, you needed a 19:11 to make the men's top 25. After Palace it would take an 18:08.

Stan Linton

The Palace did a complete re-write of the men's top 25, and the women's list got a massive rewrite as well. 14 of the athletes in the women's top 25 are listed by their Palace times, starting at the top with Ann Centner and her 17:38. Stephanie Liles-Weyant is still the leading woman master, but now she's fourteenth on the women's list with her Palace time of 20:31. Before Palace it took a 22:20 to be on the women's list. After Palace you have to run 21:48 or better to make the cut.

Renee Cox

These won't necessarily stand as the best times of the year. Gulf Winds Track Club is hosting the Sickle Cell 5K on 14 September 2019 and the Tallahassee Turkey Trot 5K on 28 November 2019; athletes have run fast at both races in past years. Gulf Winds Track Club's Tallahassee Women's Distance Festival 5K is another historically fast race; it's scheduled for 21 September 2019. If you don't want to wait that long, the Nene Fest 5K is on the same course at the Women's Distance Festival on 27 April 2019. And there's no reason someone couldn't run a fast time on a flat course at the Florida High 5K on 20 April 2019, or in any race that meets the criteria for being included in the rankings:
  • The race has to be in Tallahassee (anywhere in Leon County is fine)
  • The race has to be run on a USATF certified course
  • The race has to have published results
  • I have to see the results
Here are 2019's current top 25 lists for men and for women:

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Men on Certified Road Courses in 2019
(Through 13 April 2019)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 14:39David Barney252019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K1FL13028EBM
2. 14:39Ricardo Estremera332019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K2FL13028EBM
3. 15:05Stan Linton252019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K3FL13028EBM
15:29     S. Linton252019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM
4. 15:36Andrew Smith242019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K4FL13028EBM
5. 16:19Poncherella Leonard212019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K5FL13028EBM
6. 16:47Tristan Cravello192019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K6FL13028EBM
7. 16:48Charlie Kline262019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K7FL13028EBM
8. 17:01Charlie Johnson392019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K8FL13028EBM
9. 17:06Jeremy McDermet242019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K9FL13028EBM

17:13     T. Cravello192019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K1FL14006EBM
10. 17:13Brad Busboom312019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K10FL13028EBM
11. 17:14Ryan Bausback202019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K11FL13028EBM

17:16     T. Cravello192019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM
12. 17:23Hawthorne Hay162019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
13. 17:29Jake Poore232019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K1FL11045EBM
14. 17:29Wyatt Townsend142019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K12FL13028EBM
15. 17:33Nick Yaeger242019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K13FL13028EBM
17:36     B. Busboom312019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K2FL14006EBM
16. 17:36Trevor Sununu232019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K14FL13028EBM

17:39     W. Townsend142019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K2FL11045EBM
17. 17:41Khalil Randell222019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K15FL13028EBM
18. 17:45Chris O'Kelley252019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K16FL13028EBM
19. 17:48Ryan Truchelut332019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K17FL13028EBM
20. 17:53Gary Droze572019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K18FL13028EBM
21. 17:54Patrick Koon132019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K19FL13028EBM
22. 17:56Michael Niezgoda302019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K3FL11045EBM
23. 17:59Matthew Mizereck272019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K4FL11045EBM
24. 17:59Jason Teitloff372019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K20FL13028EBM

18:03     P. Koon132019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K5FL11045EBM
25. 18:08Michael Martinez532019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K21FL13028EBM
Includes performances from the Bowlegs 5K (12 Jan 2019), TMH For Life Challenge 5K (26 Jan 2019), Trent 5K (26 Jan 2019),
Run For The Cookies 5K (9 Feb 2019), Shamrock Scurry 5K (2 Mar 2019), Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K (9 Mar 2019),
Springtime 5K (30 Mar 2019), Wolf Dash 5K (6 Apr 2019), Conley Swarm 5K (6 Apr 2019), and the Palace Saloon 5K (13 Apr

Tallahassee's Top 5K Performances by Women on Certified Road Courses in 2019
(Through 13 April 2019)
RankTimeAthleteAgeDateRacePlaceCourse Number
1. 17:38Ann Centner272019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K1FL13028EBM
17:59     A. Centner272019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K1FL12001EBM
2. 18:04Sheryl Rosen342019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K2FL12001EBM
3. 18:37Renee Cox312019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K2FL13028EBM
18:40     S. Rosen342019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K3FL13028EBM
4. 18:49Ani Veltcheva142019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K1FL14006EBM
5. 18:52Katja Blunden392019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K3FL12001EBM
6. 19:39Amanda Sava242019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K4FL13028EBM
7. 19:49Genevieve Printiss182019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K5FL13028EBM

19:52     G. Printiss182019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K2FL14006EBM
8. 19:57Grace Koeppel132019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K1FL11045EBM
9. 20:10Katie Sherron372019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K6FL13028EBM
10. 20:14Jamila Allen292019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K7FL13028EBM
11. 20:19Alyssa Terry252019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K4FL12001EBM
12. 20:27Melissa Thompson342019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K8FL13028EBM
13. 20:29Mia Wiederkehr212019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K9FL13028EBM
14. 20:31Stephanie Liles-Weyant462019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K10FL13028EBM
15. 20:39Meg Ogle282019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K3FL14006EBM
20:41     K. Sherron372019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K4FL14006EBM
16. 20:47Brittney Barnes312019-01-12GWTC Bowlegs 5K5FL12001EBM

20:51     S. Liles-Weyant462019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K5FL14006EBM
20:54     A. Terry252019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K11FL13028EBM
17. 21:01Samantha Reilly272019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K2FL11045EBM

21:06     A. Terry252019-03-30GWTC Springtime 5K3FL11045EBM
21:14     S. Reilly272019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K12FL13028EBM
18. 21:17Cecilia Bouaichi232019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K13FL13028EBM

21:18     M. Wiederkehr212019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K6FL14006EBM

21:21     K. Sherron372019-03-09Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K1FL11064EBM

21:26     A. Terry252019-03-02Shamrock Scurry 5K1FL10021EBM
19. 21:32Corinne Porcher502019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K14FL13028EBM
20. 21:34Laura Reina542019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K15FL13028EBM
21. 21:43Jennifer Kilinski402019-03-09Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K2FL11064EBM
22. 21:46Taylor Brown222019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K16FL13028EBM
23. 21:48Lauren Davidson272019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K7FL14006EBM
24. 21:48Maya Tang132019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K8FL14006EBM
25. 21:48Clifton Lewis102019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K17FL13028EBM
27. 21:52Myranda Casterline292019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K18FL13028EBM
28. 21:55Monica Judd442019-03-09Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K3FL11064EBM
28. 21:59Corinne Porcher502019-03-02Shamrock Scurry 5K2FL10021EBM
28. 22:06Clifton Lewis102019-02-09Run For The Cookies 5K9FL14006EBM
29. 22:06Jenny Early352019-04-15GWTC Palace Saloon 5K19FL13028EBM
Includes performances from the Bowlegs 5K (12 Jan 2019), TMH For Life Challenge 5K (26 Jan 2019), Trent 5K (26 Jan 2019),
Run For The Cookies 5K (9 Feb 2019), Shamrock Scurry 5K (2 Mar 2019), Big Bend Habitat For Humanity 5K (9 Mar 2019),
Springtime 5K (30 Mar 2019), Wolf Dash 5K (6 Apr 2019), Conley Swarm 5K (6 Apr 2019), and the Palace Saloon 5K (13 Apr


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