Records Fall

Herb Wills, January 15, 2011

On Saturday, 15 January 2011 Vince Molosky ran 18.6 miles through the Tallahassee red hills in 1:51:48 to win the 2011 Gulf Winds Track Club 30K, his fourth title at the annual event in four years. The runner up at 1:58:44 was Justin Dickieson, who won the 30K in 2007, the year before Molosky began his reign. Douglas Bell ran 2:01:55, the third runner across the line and the first master. Heather Griffis was the top woman in the race, placing 15th overall in 2:17:15. The women's runner-up and top woman master was Jane Johnson, 20th overall in 2:20:00.

At first it looked like Molosky would be challenged for the title this year, as he and Stephen Cox ran side by side in the early miles. But Cox was running the 15K and turned back at 7-½ kilometers, leaving Molosky to finish the remaining three-quarters of the race alone and in the lead.

In the women's division, defending champion Sheryl Rosen had won four straight titles, but she chose to run the 15K so it was already clear that her reign would be ending. Jane Johnson, a seven-time winner of the 30K, led in the early miles. At six kilometers Johnson had a 40-second lead on her nearest challengers, Heather Griffis and Kelly Stevens. Griffis left Stevens, ran Johnson down, and by 23 kilometers Griffis was in the lead, with Johnson a minute and a half back. Griffis continued to build her lead over the remaining seven kilometers, ultimately finishing nearly three minutes ahead of Johnson, 2:17:15 to 2:20:00. Behind them, Stevens hung on to the third woman's position, finishing 22nd overall in 2:22:51.

In the 15K event, the aforementioned Stephen Cox continued to lead the second half of the race, going on to a 53:03 victory, over 400m ahead of Leon High junior Ben McMahon who ran 54:47 for second place. McMahon was just ahead of Jay Wallace, the third runner across the line and the top master in the 15K at 54:55. For the fourth year in a row, Tallahassee schoolteacher Lisa Johnson won the women's division in the 15K, beating out runner-up Sheryl Rosen 59:55 to 60:38. Mary Ann Grayson of Thomasville, Georgia was the fourth woman in and top woman master in the shorter race, finishing 18th overall in 69:40.