Saturday, July 16, 2022

Leonardo Canete and Andi Vilardo each get a third Trail Series win at Maclay Gardens

If you were on the north side of Tallahassee, Florida in Maclay Gardens State Park on Saturday morning, 16 July 2022, you could have heard race director Bobby York giving starting instructions. You would have had to be on the power line easement near the Overstreet Tract trail head, because that was the race began--the Maclay Gardens 9K, the third event in Gulf Winds Track Club's Summer Trail Series. You might have been distracted from York's address by an athlete sprinting toward the runners crouching for the start. Leonardo Canete, a Tallahassee master runner, was trying to get to the line on time.

Leonardo Canete
Leonardo Canete

He didn't make it.

In spite of his late start, Canete went on to win the race, running 38:28. Thirteen-year-old Andi Vilardo, who started the race in a more timely fashion, took first in the women's division, placing 22nd overall in 52:14.

Kyle Kraeft
Kyle Kraeft

Canete didn't take long to make up the deficit from his tardy start. By the water table midway through the race he was almost 400 meters ahead of the field. He had expanded that lead to 600 meters when he crossed the finish line in a winning 38:28, over a minute faster than his time in the 2021 race. It was Canete's twelfth win of 2022 and his third win in a GWTC Trail Series race.

Kyle Kraeft was runner-up in the race, his tenth top-ten finish in a Summer Trail circuit event. Enijah Thomas held off Levon Hoomes for third, 42:14 to 42:16. Thomas was just overa a month away from starting his junior-year cross-country season at Rickards High.

Andi Vilardo
Andi Vilardo

Likewise, women's champ Andi Vilardo was just over a month away from her eighth-grade cross-country season with the Montford Middle School Mustangs. Vilardo led the women's field at Maclay Gardens from wire to wire, but late in the race master runner Mary Fran Rowe was closing the gap. The Montford harrier made it to the finish line just ahead of Rowe, 52:14 to 52:16. It was a close finish, but Vilardo was still three-for-three in the 2022 Trail Series.

Kendall Meikenhous took third in the women's standings at Maclay Gardens, placing 25th overall in 52:44. Meikenhous had finished runner-up to Vilardo in the second race of the 2022 Series, the Red Bug Trail 7K.

Mary Fran Rowe
Mary Fran Rowe

120 athletes finished the 2022 Maclay Gardens 9K Trail Race. Gulf Winds Track Club chip-timed the event.

Top Ten Men, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2022 Maclay Gardens 9K Trail Race
  1. 38:28, Leonardo Canete (M, 43)
  2. 41:18, Kyle Kraeft (M, 33)
  3. 42:14, Enijah Thomas (M, 15)
  4. 42:16, Levon Hoomes (M, 33)
  5. 44:23, Michael Nesius (M, 37)
  6. 44:23, Jon Nash (M, 42)
  7. 45:11, Andrew Steinbrink (M, 36)
  8. 46:41, Kenneth Gloeckner (M, 38)
  9. 46:57, Jeremy Floyd (M, 45)
  10. 47:08, Eric Brown (M, 50)

Top Ten Women, Gulf Winds Track Club's 2022 Maclay Gardens 9K Trail Race
  1. 52:14, Andi Vilardo (F, 13)
  2. 52:16, Mary Fran Rowe (F, 41)
  3. 52:44, Kendall Meikenhous (F, 34)
  4. 52:50, Marcella Polanski (F, 27)
  5. 53:44, Stacie Taylor (F, 39)
  6. 54:01, Katasha Cornwell (F, 45)
  7. 54:57, Katie Clark (F, 47)
  8. 55:05, Laura Sellati (F, 43)
  9. 55:09, Megan Orcutt (F, 37)
  10. 55:52, Signe Ulsamer (F, 44)

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 4½M32:19, Jonathan Stern44:01, Andi Vilardo111
July 16Maclay Gardens 4½M38:28, Leonardo Canete52:14, Andi Vilardo120
August 20Cadillac Trail 5½M
Multiple wins by men: Zach DeVeau (6), Kevin Sullivan (3), Charn McAllister (3), Chris O'Kelley (3), Jonathan Stern (3),
      Leonardo Canete (3), Dan Baur (2), Brad Busboom (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), Andi Vilardo (3), Brook Pace (2)


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