Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Mike Martinez and Mo Palmer get Trash Dash 5K wins on the classic cross-country course at ARPXC

What New York's Yankee Stadium is to baseball, Tallahassee, Florida's Apalachee Regional Park could very well be to cross-country. The Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country Course first opened in 2009, so it isn't nearly as old as the House That Ruth Built. But during those years, ARPXC has hosted two USATF National Championship Cross-Country Meets, a variety of other national championships, and several NCAA Regional Championships. The course has become the regular venue for Florida's high school state championship meet and the junior college state championship. It's the home course for the Florida State University Seminoles.

But while no one is going to let you onto the field at Yankee Stadium for a game of catch, you can head out to the Apalachee Regional Park Cross-Country Course for a run on almost any day of the year. And there are even a few days a year where there are races that anyone can run, not just the pros. One of those days was Saturday morning, 26 October 2019, and the race was the ninth annual Trash Dash 5K. Tallahassee master runner Michael Martinez won the 3.1-mile cross-country race, running 19:14. The first woman in the race and overall runner-up was Morgan "Mo" Palmer, who covered the course in 19:43.

Michael Martinez, Morgan Palmer
2019 Trash Dash 5K Overall Winners, Mike Martinez and Mo Palmer

Palmer, an alumna of Palmer High, has run faster at ARPXC, notable running 19:15 just fifteen days before the Trash Dash at the FSU Invitational. That day she was suited up for the Florida State University women's cross-country team. So was Riley Bahr, the women's runner-up at the Trash Dash, who placed third overall in 19:38. Ashley David, the third woman and sixth overall in 20:03, is also a Florida State harrier. In fact, the first seven women in the race were all Florida State Seminoles. If the Trash Dash had been a cross-country meet, the Florida State women would have scored a perfect fifteen.

Ashton Smith was second in the men's standings, placing fourth overall in 19:43. Tallahassee master runner Tony Guillen was the third male finisher and fifth overall in 19:54.

100 athletes finished the 2019 Trash Dash 5K. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the race.

[All photos used in the article were taken by Fred Deckert]

Top Ten Men, 2019 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 19:14, Mike Martinez (M, 53)
  2. 19:43, Ashton Smith (M, 18)
  3. 19:54, Tony Guillen (M, 50)
  4. 20:28, Matthias Laywell (M, 21)
  5. 20:51, Duane Evans (M, 52)
  6. 20:56, Dillon Garrett (M, 20)
  7. 21:38, Andrew Wilber (M, 29)
  8. 22:10, Jack Matthews (M, 14)
  9. 22:25, Michael Kennett (M, 46)
  10. 22:54, Jon Oxley (M, 27)

Top Ten Women, 2019 Trash Dash 5K
  1. 19:37, Mo Palmer (F, 18)
  2. 19:38, Riley Bahr (F, 19)
  3. 20:03, Ashley David (F, 18)
  4. 20:30, Sidney Oakes-Lottridge (F, 20)
  5. 20:48, Autumn Schutt (F, 20)
  6. 20:59, Kaia Stevenson (F, 19)
  7. 21:34, Emma Jane Warren (F, 19)
  8. 24:07, Natalie Laywell (F, 18)
  9. 26:32, Isabel Davis (F, 13)
  10. 28:12, Kelley Coe Elurfali (F, 55)

Trash Dash winners, 2011 - 2019
19 November 201117:53, Brian Corbin21:28, Sheryl Rosen
10 November 201217:52, Roger Schmidt20:33, Katie Showman98
16 November 201315:54, Stanley Linton19:06, Emily Ness136
8 November 201417:12, Roger Schmidt20:07, Katie Sherron80
14 November 201515:10, Ricardo Estremera19:28, Tara Rooney99
29 October 201618:13, Thomas Howell17:54, Militsa Mircheva84
28 October 201715:30, Caleb Pottorff18:34, Katie Sherron171
27 October 201816:40, Micah Kemp18:38, Fatema Jaffer85
26 October 201919:14, Mike Martinez19:37, Mo Palmer100


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