November 22, 2014

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Molosky, Kay defend Turkey Trot titles

Runners take off from the starting line during Thursday’s 10K Turkey Trot at LCCC. Included in the picture are the four top finishers (from left) fourth-place Creighton Jensen (white Brookside T-shirt), champion Vince Molosky (orange shirt), runner-up Jim Sosinski (green shirt and shorts) and third-place Brady Jeffers (red jacket and black hat). RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

Runners take off from the starting line during Thursday’s 10K Turkey Trot at LCCC. Included in the picture are the four top finishers (from left) fourth-place Creighton Jensen (white Brookside T-shirt), champion Vince Molosky (orange shirt), runner-up Jim Sosinski (green shirt and shorts) and third-place Brady Jeffers (red jacket and black hat). RAY RIEDEL/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Vince Molosky might have underestimated the weather a bit coming into town, but there was nothing denying him from defending his title at Thursday’s 45th annual Penton Memorial 10K Turkey Trot.

The 1998 Amherst graduate — now living in Tallahassee, Fla. — had to stop by Target at Midway Mall on Wednesday night to buy a pair of black running tights to help deal with race-day wind chill temperatures in the teens.

Molosky held off former Comets teammate Jimmy Sosinski by 11 seconds on the bone-chilling, windswept layout of Lorain County Community College. Molosky, 34, won it with a time of 39 minutes, 33 seconds. Sosinski, 31, now living in Hawmarket, Va., ran 39:44.

On the women’s side, Fairview Park’s Katie Kay, 31, was also up to the task for her title defense. The mother of three won it with a time of 44:35 and was 13th overall. Avon’s Kirsten Millet, 38, was second (48:53) for her best finish at the event.

“I don’t think Vince heard me back there until about the last half mile when I had to spit,” said Sosinski, a 2001 Amherst graduate. “Then he heard me and then he sped up a little bit. The quarter mile I was getting close. It was exciting, but I didn’t have anything left.”

Molosky actually was aware of Sosinski’s presence at the turnaround.

“I started to slow down a bit the last mile,” Molosky said. “I was going a bit gingerly down the hill (Mount Washka, the man-made hill on the course). I turned around on the backstretch and saw that Jim was right behind me. I tried throwing in a kick. He came from nowhere.”

At that point, Molosky might have had brief negative visions from his 2010 loss to Zak Wilburn, who outkicked Molosky in the last 120 meters to win by seven seconds. Despite nursing a minor leg injury from a Tough Mudder race in New Jersey on Oct. 13, Molosky was determined not to cave.

“It was fun,” he said. “The course was drier than it usually is, which was nice. It was hard-packed, but it was just difficult dealing with the wind and the cold. Today is actually the first time I’ve worn tights.”

It was Molosky’s 10th appearance for the event dating back to 2002.

Sosinski finished fifth both in 2010 (39:44) and ’11 (38:09), but was eighth a year ago in 40:52.

Molosky was second in both 2010 (38:49) and ’11 (36:44). He finally won it for the first time last year (36:35) over Elyria’s Ray Armstrong, pulling away in the final 2 miles to win by 19 seconds.

“It really wasn’t too bad on the course,” Sosinski said. “The snow made it a little difficult in spots. There wasn’t any mud so it was nice we didn’t have to slog through anything like we did a couple years ago.”

Sosinski pulled into second place at about 3 miles, where he split 18:40. Molosky was about 15-20 seconds ahead at that point.

Molosky, a seven-year resident of Tallahassee, typically races longer — 10-milers, half marathons and 30Ks, along with several 50-milers. He did his first-ever 100-mile race event Nov. 9 in Pinhoti, Ala. Molosky finished 51st out of about 250 with a time of 25 hours, 17 minutes.

A 2013 Firelands graduate and LCCC freshman, Brady Jeffers, 18, of South Amherst finished third. He also broke 40 flat (39:56).
Brookside junior Creighton Jensen (40:10) and Amherst math teacher Dave Leonard, 34, (40:20) rounded out the top five.

Kay repeated her women’s championship as she held form to close out a stellar fall. The 2001 Fairview graduate was coming off a personal-record time by three minutes (3:02) Sept. 28 for the Akron Marathon, finishing fourth overall.

“I ran the Cleveland Fall Classic Half Marathon in Strongsville on Sunday in 1:25,” Kay said. “I knew I wasn’t going to be 100 percent today. It was fun. The training is going well. I’m hoping to go sub-3 for the Toledo Class City Marathon in the spring (April 27).”

Three local runners extended their race appearance streaks — Elyria’s Jim Mackert (39), Avon’s Dave Wendell (35) and Amherst’s Scott Snyder (34 straight, 41st overall).

The turnout of 246 was fourth-largest in race history. The LCCC classic is one of the most renowned Thanksgiving Day races in Northeast Ohio.

Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

Men

OVERALL — 1. Vince Molosky, 34 (Tallahassee, FL), 39:33; 2. Jimmy Sosinski, 31 (Haymarket, VA), 39:44; 3. Brady Jeffers, 18 (South Amherst), 39:56; 4. Creighton Jensen, 16 (Sheffield Lake), 40:10; 5. Dave Leonard, 34 (Lorain), 40:20.

AGE GROUP RESULTS — 13 and younger: 1. William Jenkins, 50:13; 2. Luke Griffiths, 54:54; 3. Ian Swain, 55:43. 14-18: 1. Jake Chizmar, 42:26; 2. Brennan Crawford, 43:38; 3. Luke Landis, 44:32. 19-24: 1. Jarek Beltkowski, 45:30; 2. Zak Boron, 46:36; 3. Mike Ogle, 47:50. 25-29: 1. Matt McLaughlin, 48:29; 2. Aaron Bally, 58:18; 3. Dan Lopez, 58:40. 30-34: 1. Ben Whiting, 45:01; 2. Joe Staviscak, 45:16; 3. Dave Shaw, 48:24. 35-39: 1. Aaron Henely, 42:33; 2. Josiak Poore, 45:22; 3. Greg Atkinson, 50:50. 40-44: 1. Mike Schaefer, 44:17; 2. Robert Griffiths, 45:04; 3. Robert Fickert, 45:48. 45-49: 1. Jerry Chizmar, 44:52; 2. Ray Huang, 45:37; 3. Robert Beer, 47:28. 50-54: 1. Scott Zubricky, 44:15; 2. Andy Hill, 45:31; 3. Mark Miscencik, 45:45. 55-59: 1. Scott Snyder, 43:18; 2. Jim Patton, 50:22; 3. Rick Ventura, 52:32. 60-64: 1. Dave Wendell, 46:53; 2. Randy Barkacs, 51:18; 3. Tim McGinty, 57:28. 65 and older: 1. Don Rivera, 1:09:18; 2. Ralph O’Neal, 1:19:53; 3. Jim Mackert, 1:23:07.

Women

OVERALL — 1. Katie Kay, 31 (Fairview Park), 44:35; 2. Kirsten Millet, 38 (Avon), 48:53; 3. Elizabeth Poore, 37 (Huron), 49:52; 4. Karyn Seeger, 51 (Cleveland), 49:53; 5. Cookie O’Neal, 60 (Columbus), 50:28.

AGE GROUP RESULTS — 13 and younger: 1. Sara Liszeski, 53:24; 2. Kailyn Joviak, 1:07:58; 3. Madelon Jensen, 1:20:33. 14-18: 1. Gabrielle Neubauer, 51:09; 2. Juliana Dotson, 1:07:58; 3. Julia Plumb, 1:12:58. 19-24: 1. Tealla Scrofano, 51:03; 2. Nina Hill, 51:23; 3. Jessica Armstrong, 52:47. 25-29: 1. Jillian Snyder, 50:35; 2. Calli Johnson, 51:13; 3. Erica Drost, 53:50. 30-34: 1. Natalie Barkacs, 55:07; 2. Alicia Howard, 58:32; 3. Molly Bowman, 1:03:49. 35-39: 1. Cristal Tomblin, 56:35; 2. Melissa Miller, 1:00:03; 3. Patricia Sweeney, 1:01:07. 40-44: 1. Teri Stencil, 57:07; 2. Christy Gray, 59:32; 3. Judy Hartung, 59:47. 45-49: 1. Debra Thorne, 59:12; 2. Susan Work, 1:03:18; 3. Denise Ames, 1:04:54. 50-54: 1. Michelle Mead, 56:39; 2. Joanne Collins, 59:02; 3. Athena Scrofano, 59:23. 55-59: 1. Beth Werner-Smith, 1:07:22; 2. Patricia Murphy, 1:08:59; 3. Kathy Norrod, 1:17:09. 60-64: no entries. 65 and older: 1. Marilyn Richards, 1:16:44.

SPECIAL AWARDS — Youngest Turkey: Brenden Ponezcha, age 7. Oldest Turkey: Jim Mackert, age 77. Longest migration: Vince Molosky (Tallahassee, Fla.). Last Turkey into the Barn: Norene Bohanon.