The 2015 edition of Carrboro’s annual Gallop & Gorge 8K on Thanksgiving Day seemed to some to be more of a high school reunion than an 8K road race.
Former Chapel Hill High School standouts Taylor Gilland and Sarah Jane Kerwin were the top male and female finishers, respectively, while CHHS running coach Joan Nesbit Mabe and husband Dave Mabe topped the Masters Division.
Gilland, a three-time NCHSAA cross-country champion and still the state’s record holder in the 3,200 meters, won Thursday’s 8K with a time of 25:35.52. The former University of Virginia all-American won the 2013 G&G with a time of 25:18.
Former East Chapel Hill and Kenyon College letterwinner Kaleb Keyserling, the 2012 G&G winner, was second this year in 25:49.83, while 2011 Gallop & Gorge winner and 2013 runnerup Marc Jeuland was third (25:58.08).
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Kerwin, who still has the 12th-fastest 5K for a CHHS female (19:04 in 2010), finished Thursday’s road race with a time of 30:27.09. Michelle Lutz of Winston-Salem was the second female to clock in (31:05.83), and Chapel Hill’s Meredith Hale took third place (31:10.83).
Nesbit Mabe bettered her first-place time of last year (31:26.47) with a 2015 finish Thursday of 31:28. That was more than a minute in front of master’s female runnerup Meredith Blazemore (32:24.33) and Durham’s Caren Mangarelli (32:45.07).
Dave Mabe (26:37.31) moved up from last year’s sixth place top earn fourth place overall this year. Paul Jones of Apex (27:01.57) was second in the masters’ division, while 2013 masters champion Allen Baddour was third (27:59.97).
Other East Chapel Hill athletes in the race included Gilland’s younger brother, East Chapel Hill basketball player Kevin Gilland, who finished in 29th overall in 31:37.20, and Wildcat soccer players Simone Speizer (33:16.82) and Riley Foster (33:43.07), who came in 1-2 in the G&G females’ 15-19 division.
CHHS cross-country runner Joseph Graden (30:20.07) finished first in the 15-19 boys division.
Other top finishers included:
(9 and under female) Kelly Miller, 43:21.84;
(9 and under male) Matthew Hawley, 36:29.08;
(10-14 female) Mia Hoover, 36:21.57;
(10-14 male) Jacob Meredith-Andrews, 32:08.29;
(15-19 female) Simone Speizer, 33:16.82;
(15-19 male) Joseph Graden, 30:20.07;
(20-24 female) Alexa Phillips, 32:29.33;
(20-24 male) Will Powell, 29:06.83;
(25-29 female) Mickey Davis, 31:55.09;
(25-29 male) Tyle Stelzig, 27:58.79;
(30-34 female) Jennifer Chu, 33:08.07;
(30-34 male) Malcolm White, 28:21.07;
(35-39 female) Ivy Pointer, 32:37.83;
(35-39 male) Evan Hill, 30:50.57;
(40-44 female) Layna Mosley, 34:02.83;
(40-44 male) Georg Vanberg, 30:55.37;
(45-49 female) JoAnna Younts, 34:43.32;
(45-49 male) Marc Desormeau, 30:43.88;
(50-54 female) Ilene Speizer, 37:09.57;
(50-54 male) Jim Clabuesch, 29:50.32;
(55-59 female) Kristin Allyne, 34:54.58;
(55-59 male) Gary Slade, 30:35.57;
(60-64 female) Kevin McNeilly, 44:17.58;
(60-64 male) David Couper, 33:32.32;
(65-69 female) Gailyn Menefee, 42:14.34;
(65-69 male) Roger Mitchell, 35:48.83;
75 and above female) Sharon Roggenbuck, 1:07:07.82;
(75 and above male) Jerry Surh, 46:11.48;
(70-74 female) Margaret Morris, 59:57.58;
(70-74 male) Wade Clark, 35:59.59;
(Athena) Gillian Russell, 42:38.84;
(Clydesdale) Pat Dall, 39:18.84.