Sunday, May 29, 2022

At Swamp Forest, Jonathan Stern and Andi Vilardo lead the return of GWTC Summer Trail Races

In Tallahassee, Florida's Phipps Park on Saturday morning, 28 May 2022, Gulf Winds Track Club opened the ninth season of its Summer Trail Series of races. The debut event of the four-race circuit was the Swamp Forest Trail Race, and Jonathan Stern won that opener by more than half a minute, running the seven kilometers in 28:08. Andi Vilardo was the top athlete in the women's standings, placing 21st overall in 38:29.

Jonathan Stern
Jonathan Stern

It was 33rd Summer Trail Series race since 2013, the year Bobby York established the series. It was also the largest yet, with 141 athletes on hand for the 8:00 AM start. Among that record-sized field were several past winners of Summer Trail Series races, Leonardo Canete, Jonathan Stern, and Daniel Wurgler, each of whom posted wins during the 2021 season. Those former champs were heading the field early in the race, but Stern was in front of them all. Stern had the lead at the halfway point of the race, 15 seconds up on Canete. Wurgler was running in third, another five seconds back. Those positions held for the rest of the race, with Stern taking first in 28:08, Canete second in 28:42, and Wurgler third in 28:49. For the fifth time in a row, Canete was the first master runner in a Series race.

Likewise, Andi Vilardo was leading the women's field at the midpoint of the race. Not a stranger to the trails, Vilardo ran cross-country for Montford Middle School during 2021, her seventh-grade season. Stacie Taylor was seven seconds behind Vilardo, followed by Kendall Meikenhous and Juliana Krueger. Vilardo maintained her position and claimed the women's title in 38:29. Overtaking Taylor and Meikenous, Krueger finished runner-up for the women, placing 22nd overall in 38:44. Taylor was the third woman, 25th overall in 39:00, while Meikenhous was fourth in the women's standings and 29th overall in 39:45. Katie Clark was the first woman master and the sixth female finisher, 32nd overall in 40:39.

Andi Vilardo
Andi Vilardo

The course for the Swamp Forest Trail Race was run on the trail system of Phipps Park, mostly on single-track paths maintained by the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department. The race started and finished off Miller Landing Road near Gate A, atop the rim of the Lake Jackson basin, with much of the first half of the race spent running downhill toward the lake. Although the athletes never quite reached the water, they still had to spend the latter stages of the race climbing back up to the finish line.

After the Swamp Forest Trail Race, three events remained in Gulf Winds Track Club's 2022 Summer Trail Series--the Red Bug Trail Race at Forestmeadows Athletic Center on 18 June 2022, the Maclay Gardens Trail Race at Maclay Gardens State Park on 16 July 2022, and the Cadillac Trail Race in Tom Brown Park on 20 August 2022.

Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the 2022 Swamp Forest Trail Race.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2022 Swamp Forest Trail 7K Trail Race
  1. 28:08, Jonathan Stern (M, 26)
  2. 28:42, Leonardo Canete (M, 43)
  3. 28:49, Daniel Wurgler (M, 22)
  4. 30:17, Kyle Kraeft (M, 33)
  5. 31:16, Enijah Thomas (M, 15)
  6. 31:57, Ryan Kunz (M, 39)
  7. 32:51, Levon Hoomes (M, 33)
  8. 33:30, Andrew Steinbrink (M, 36)
  9. 33:42, Jon Nash (M, 42)
  10. 34:16, Michael Nesius (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2022 Swamp Forest Trail 7K Trail Race
  1. 38:29, Andi Vilardo (F, 13)
  2. 38:44, Juliana Krueger (F, 24)
  3. 39:00, Stacie Taylor (F, 39)
  4. 39:45, Kendall Meikenhous (F, 34)
  5. 40:31, Marcella Polanski (F, 27)
  6. 40:39, Katie Clark (F, 47)
  7. 41:48, Hillary Powell (F, 37)
  8. 41:48, Signe Ulsamer (F, 44)
  9. 41:50, Mary Jane Hayden (F, 42)
  10. 41:50, Katasha Cornwell (F, 45)

Gulf Winds Track Club's Summer Trail Series race winners, 2013 - 2022
YearDateRaceTop MaleTop FemaleFinishers
2013June 22Cadillac Trail 5½M37:38, Kevin Sullivan45:07, Stephanie Liles-Weyant121
July 13Swamp Forest Trail 4½M30:19, Kevin Sullivan34:12, Micah Adriani124
July 27Magnolia Trail 3½M21:44, Kevin Sullivan24:45, Stephanie Liles-Weyant114
August 3Red Bug Trail 4½M33:31, Bryce Van Dam43:46, Stephanie Liles-Weyant92
2014June 21Red Bug Trail 4½M38:30, Charn McAllister42:02, Brook Pace114
July 12Swamp Forest Trail 4½M29:06, Charn McAllister33:13, Brook Pace109
July 26Magnolia Trail 3½M26:03, Charn McAllister30:16, Emily Molen108
August 2Cadillac Trail 5½M41:38, Brian Molen48:25, Emily Molen88
2015May 30Cadillac Trail 5½M39:15, Zach Deveau42:51, Alyson Churchill158
June 13Oak Hammock Trail 5M32:59, Zach Deveau35:10, Alyson Churchill129
July 18Coon Bottom Trail 4M28:42, Zach Deveau29:14, Alyson Churchill112
August 1Red Bug Trail 4½M35:14, Greg Bargo35:24, Alyson Churchill112
2016May 21Magnolia Trail 3½M25:18, Dan Baur27:05, Katie Gorman133
June 4Oak Hammock Trail 5½M42:53, Eric Godin45:24, Katie Gorman123
July 9Red Bug Trail 4½M33:14, Dan Baur35:04, Katie Gorman130
July 30Cadillac Trail 5½M43:06, Paul Guyas42:29, Alyson Churchill95
2017June 10Munson Hills 6M36:45, Chris O'Kelley46:34, Emily Molen87
July 1Red Bug Trail 4½M37:34, Chris O'Kelley48:24, Emily Molen90
July 15Oak Hammock/Swamp Forest 5M33:35, Charles Biberg39:36, Kat Sack89
August 5Tom Brown Park 4½M32:40, Chris O'Kelley36:36, Jennifer Bayliss71
2018June 23Munson Hills 6M38:02, Vince Molosky45:10, Emily Molen124
July 7Phipps Park 4M30:49, Jim Schafer33:39, Kat Sack127
July 21Maclay Gardens 5M38:26, Brad Busboom44:39, Kat Sack110
August 4Tom Brown Park 4½M28:39, Brad Busboom32:29, Kat Sack109
2019June 22Red Bug Trail 4½M35:27, Zach DeVeau38:53, Rachel Durbin125
July 6Munson Hills 6M38:24, Zach DeVeau43:56, Rachel Durbin86
July 27Tom Brown Park 5M37:13, Bryan Gensits44:47, Rachel Durbin108
August 24Maclay Gardens 4½M39:00, Zach DeVeau43:00, Rachel Durbin91
2021June 12Cadillac Trail 5½M40:26, Daniel Wurgler46:21, Clifton Lewis107
July 10Swamp Forest Trail 5M29:07, Leonardo Canete34:24, Amelia Bryant104
July 24Maclay Gardens 5M37:48, Jonathan Stern44:06, Clifton Lewis111
August 28Red Bug Trail 4½M34:23, Leonardo Canete38:10, Clifton Lewis72
2022May 28Swamp Forest Trail 4½M28:08, Jonathan Stern38:29, Andi Vilardo141
June 19Red Bug Trail 4½M
July 16Maclay Gardens 4½M
August 20Cadillac Trail 5½M
Multiple wins by men: Zach DeVeau (6), Kevin Sullivan (3), Charn McAllister (3), Chris O'Kelley (3), Dan Baur (2),
      Brad Busboom (2), Leonardo Canete (2), Jonathan Stern (2)
Multiple wins by women: Alyson Churchill (5), Emily Molen (5), Kat Sack (4), Rachel Durbin (4),
      Stephanie Liles-Weyant (3), Katie Gorman (3), Clifton Lewis (3), Brook Pace (2)


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