Monday, August 12, 2019

Adam Wallenfelsz and Ann Centner start the day with Breakfast on the Track wins

On Saturday morning, 10 August 2019, Adam Wallenfelsz, George Escobar, and Jake Mazziotta were racing in Tallahassee, Florida.

During the spring of 2016, the three were competing for their high school track teams--Wallenfelsz at Leon High, Escobar and Mazziotta at Maclay School. Each were continuing to run track in college, with Wallenfelsz at Alabama-Huntsville, Escobar at North Florida, and Mazziotta at the Virginia Military Institute. They weren't wearing school colors, though, when they met in the Gulf Winds Track Club Mile at the 22nd annual Breakfast on the Track. The race was on the Maclay School track, familiar ground for Escobar and Mazziotta. But it was Wallenfelsz, the Leon alum, who left the track with the win, outrunning the field with a 4:43.92. Escobar and Mazziotta trailed in 4:45.74 and 4:47.80

Adam Wallenfelsz
Adam Wallenfelsz

"America's Distance" is what one organization calls the one-mile run--which goes a long way toward explaining why that organization is called "Bring Back The Mile." They would find a lot to like about the Breakfast on the Track, an athletics meet with a single event--the mile. The distance is popular enough that 187 athletes showed up to run the mile at the 2019 Breakfast on the Track. You couldn't fit them all on the track at the same time, so the race had to be run in nine different sections. The fastest was the first section, which started at 7:45.

Tristan LaNasa
Tristan LaNasa

It was a tactical race. Connor Edwards, an incoming frosh at Lincoln High, took the field through the first of four laps in 1:14. The pack stayed tucked behind Edwards for another lap, after which Trevor Sununu took over pacing duties. With just over a lap to go, Tristan LaNasa dashed to the front of the pack. Mazziotta, Escobar, and Wallenfelsz went with him. The three collegians left LaNasa behind during the final lap, arriving on the homestretch ready to decide the title. A 4:17.02 1600-meter runner in high school, Wallenfelsz strode away from his rivals, charging across the line in a winning 4:43.92. Escobar and Mazziotta followed in second and third, then LaNasa fourth in 4:52.67. Nicholas Samuel, a Lincoln High junior, was seventh in 4:58.74, just ahead of Fairview Middle School eighth-grader Patrick Koon, eighth in 4:59.74.

George Escobar
George Escobar

After the first section had cleared the track, the runners in the second section were hustled onto the starting line. Zach DeVeau was first in that section, his 4:56.38 putting him fifth overall. Ann Centner crossed the finish line just behind him in 5:04.25, the first woman in the mile.

"I couldn't go any faster," said Centner. " I lost it on the third lap. But it was still a three-second PR. I hadn't trained for the mile since 2012, so this year I did a ten-week training block."

Ann Centner
Ann Centner

Those ten weeks paid off. Centner's time was faster than she had run at either the University of Georgia or Oconee County High, and it was the fourth-fastest women's time in the Breakfast on the Track's 22-year history. Brittney Barnes, running in section four, was second in the women's standings and 29th overall with a 5:39.98. Also in section four, Alyssa Terry edged Cecilia Bouaichi for the third women's spot, 5:44.63 to 5:45.78. Terry and Bouaichi were 34th and 35th overall. Amanda Sava also cracked 6:00, taking fifth in the women's standings with a 5:48.28. Eleven-year-old Clifton Lewis was the sixth woman, running 6:09.87.

Brittney Barnes
Brittney Barnes

Master runner Mickey Moore ran 5:18.25 in section one, but the battle for fastest master runner was decided in section two. Michael Martinez took the honor, outkicking master runner Hong-Guo Yu 5:16.25 to 5:18.00. Martinez was a past Breakfast on the Track champion, winning the race in 2007. Angela Dempsey was the top woman master and twelfth female, 82nd overall at 6:37.54.

Pancakes were the breakfast portion of the Breakfast on the Track. Any hotcakes not eaten by hungry athletes were used in lieu of relay batons during the pancake mile relay, the meet's postscript. It wasn't IAAF World Track & Field Championships, but whether or not you can get decent pancakes in Qatar, they won't be running the mile.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club Mile at the Breakfast on the Track
  1. 4:43.92, Adam Wallenfelsz (M, 21)
  2. 4:45.74, George Escobar (M, 21)
  3. 4:47.80, Jake Mazziotta (M, 21)
  4. 4:52.67, Tristan A. Lanasa (M, 26)
  5. 4:56.38, Zach Deveau (M, 31)
  6. 4:56.94, Ryan Truchelut (M, 33)
  7. 4:58.74, Nicholas Samuel (M, 16)
  8. 4:59.74, Patrick Koon (M, 13)
  9. 5:00.00, Dane Barber (M, 20)
  10. 5:00.19, Trevor Sununu (M, 23)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Gulf Winds Track Club Mile at the Breakfast on the Track
  1. 5:04.25, Ann Centner (F, 27)
  2. 5:39.98, Brittney Barnes (F, 31)
  3. 5:44.63, Alyssa Terry (F, 26)
  4. 5:45.78, Cecilia Bouaichi (F, 23)
  5. 5:48.28, Amanda Sava (F, 24)
  6. 6:09.86, Clifton Lewis (F, 11)
  7. 6:09.97, Katie Sherron (F, 37)
  8. 6:17.46, Mary Rychlik (F, 32)
  9. 6:29.04, Natalie Laywell (F, 18)
  10. 6:30.80, Laura McDermott (F, 39)

“Breakfast On The Track” Mile champions, 1998 - 2019
8 August 19984:36, Robert Pautienus5:21, Jane Johnson101
14 August 19994:26, Lee Willis5:27, Jane Johnson123
26 August 20004:42.97, Gary Droze5:09.08, Sarah Docter-Williams112
18 August 20014:21.47, Ryan Deak5:08.94, Sarah Docter-Williams130
17 August 20024:35.07, Lee Willis5:10.33, Sarah Docter-Williams123
16 August 20034:45.20, David Huntzinger5:02.28, Sarah Docter-Williams122
14 August 20044:32.40, Lee Willis5:11.79, Sarah Docter-Williams162
13 August 20054:46.26, Art Remillard5:07.13, Sarah Docter-Williams157
12 August 20064:47.58, Whitney Strickland5:09.85, Sarah Docter-Williams202
18 August 20074:48.04, Michael Martinez5:12.91, Sarah Docter-Williams163
16 August 20084:31.39, Whitney Strickland5:12.79, Jana Stolting190
15 August 20094:43.40, Patrick Swain5:05.66, Jana Stolting176
21 August 20104:33.30, Trevor Touchton5:00.97, Stefanie Kurgatt191
20 August 20114:26.90, Kevin Sullivan5:05.82, Stefanie Kurgatt231
18 August 20124:40.52, Travis Covert5:01.74, Stefanie Kurgatt210
17 August 20134:34.92, Remy Tamer5:12.07, Sheryl Rosen178
16 August 20144:22.11, Matt Mizereck5:26.81, Caroline Willis213
15 August 20154:35.32, Joseph Garcia5:17.98, Katie Sherron214
13 August 20164:30.10, Stan Linton5:26.47, Caroline Willis204
12 August 20174:32, Charlie Johnson5:16, Katie Sherron185
11 August 20184:40.44, Chris O'Kelley5:15.26, Sheryl Rosen186
10 August 20194:43.92, Adam Wallenfelsz5:04.25, Ann Centner187


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