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Patrick Hall, Anneli Morrison Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K
By John Hunt
Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

Patrick Hall, Anneli Morrison Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K Winners

 

By John Hunt


Patrick Hall picked out a good time to run his first road race of the year.

 

His goal was to "win and run fast" and that's exactly what he did in claiming the overall victory in the annual Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K.

 

The former Chattanooga Christian and Covenant College standout has been doing some serious training in recent weeks and he took advantage with a time of 34 minutes, 39 seconds over a challenging and scenic 6.2-mile course.

 

Andy Highlander stayed with Hall at the start, but couldn't maintain the torrid pace and slowed down.  He was still faster than most as he claimed runner-up honors in 36:51.

 

Anneli Morrison, who most recently captured overall honors in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure 5K with a time of 17:50, finished third on Saturday as she easily won the women's division in 37:50.

 

Saturday's race is one of the most challenging events on the Chattanooga Track Club's schedule and for sure the most scenic.

 

It started by the old Signal Mountain Middle School on Ault Road and headed toward the brow by way of Hampton Road. 

After crossing the W Road, the course continued on out toward Walden where it turned around and came back along the same route.

 

The two most challenging hills are in the first and last mile, but there are still plenty of ups and downs along the way to keep everyone honest.

 

Hall is now a 27-year-old TVA employee who is doing an internship with the Fossil Power group.  He was pleased with the results.

 

"That hill at the end hurt, but that was a fun race," Hall said after averaging 5:35 per mile in his winning effort.

 

"Andy and I started out together, but I dropped him after about a mile and a half.  A $10 entry fee for a race and a pie was more than I could pass up.

"It was a beautiful morning for a race, but I like unique races like this. 

 

"This is my first race of the year as I've been slacking off, but it's finally cooled off and I've been running pretty strong this past month," he added.

 

Morrison is a former standout at UTC who got married in July. 

 

She's now an assistant under Bill Gautier, but she continues to show her fitness level hasn't lost anything since her college days ended.

 

"It was a good race, but that last hill was tough," she said after averaging 6:06 per mile for the distance.

 

"It's always fun to get in the top three overall, but this was my first time to run this course.  People had told me there were two major hills, but it kept going up and down the entire way.

 

"The downhills helped, but the view was beautiful.  I was by myself the whole time, but I thoroughly enjoyed it," she added.

 

While Hall and Highlander were the top two guys, Brian Costilow, Ryan Shrum and Phillip Mansueto completed the top five with times of 39:04, 39:29 and 39:48, respectively.

 

Amanda Lynch Tate, another former UTC great, was the female runner-up in 42:21, which was 14th in the field that included 131 finishers.

 

Shanna Hutchinson, Jan Gautier and Heather Biebel rounded out the top five women with respective times of 43:33, 44:32 and 44:54.

 

Michael Leary finished 25th overall in 45:15, but he was first place in the prediction division as he was right on the money with his guess.

 

Ivey Williamson was 53rd in 49:46, which was just one second off, while Robert Gustafson missed his mark by two seconds after posting a time of 47:32, which was 41st overall.

 

Gautier and Shrum were Masters winners while Mary Preisel and John Gracy claimed overall wins in the Grand Masters division.

 

Preisel was 60th in 51:01 while Gracy posted a 41:44 for 13th overall.

 

The top 100 finishers all received an apple pie from the Bread Basket.

 

(Email John Hunt at nomarathonmoose@comcast.net)

 


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