Friday, July 17, 2015

Edmondson and Hall lower records at Tifton's Watermelon Crawl

The Watermelon Crawl 5K got a year older on Saturday, 11 July 2015. Specifically, it turned two when it returned to the Tifton, Georgia, campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for a second annual running. The race also got faster--overall winner Tony Edmondson ran 19:54 and trimmed four seconds off of Lorenzo Gomez's 2014 event record, while women's winner Heather Hall clocked 22:51, nearly two minutes under Penny Peters's 2014 standard of 24:47.


Edmondson, a master runner, needed to go under the record to stay ahead of Matthew Fisher, a rising senior on the Tift County High cross country team. Fisher finished a close second in 19:58. Frankie Williams was third in 20:39 and master runner Tim Bell placed fourth in 21:05.


Like Edmondson in the men's race, women's winner Heather Hall was also a master runner. Coming in sixth overall, Waycross athlete Hall finished more than 100 meters ahead ahead of the second woman in the race. Allison Cauthen was runner-up on the women's side, placing eighth overall in 23:22. Ashley Forbes (10th, 24:41) was the third female finisher and master runner Sarah Lukes (15th, 26:55) was the fourth.


65 athlete finished the 3.1-mile race. Proceeds from the Watermelon Crawl go to benefit the Jerry Moore Memorial Scholarship at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Tifton, Georgia, Watermelon Crawl 5K
  1. 19:53.4 ~ Tony Edmondson (M, 47)
  2. 19:57.8 ~ Matthew Fisher (M, 16)
  3. 20:38.1 ~ Frankie Williams (M, 15)
  4. 21:05.0 ~ Tim Bell (M, 56)
  5. 22:48.3 ~ Randy Carr (M, 43)
  6. 22:55.5 ~ James Hawke (M, 48)
  7. 24:40.1 ~ Ron Crosby (M, 67)
  8. 25:47.1 ~ Jordan Cofer (M, 33)
  9. 26:06.9 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 37)
  10. 26:10.0 ~ Ernest Lang (M, 68)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Tifton, Georgia, Watermelon Crawl 5K
  1. 22:50.1 ~ Heather Hall (F, 40)
  2. 23:21.1 ~ Allison Cauthen (F, 26)
  3. 24:41.0 ~ Ashley Forbes (F, 27)
  4. 26:54.6 ~ Sarah Lukes (F, 45)
  5. 26:58.3 ~ April Jowers (F, 35)
  6. 27:12.9 ~ Kaycee Goodman (F, 16)
  7. 27:33.5 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 56)
  8. 27:50.3 ~ Renata Elad (F, 50)
  9. 28:25.5 ~ Sheila Oliver (F, 51)
  10. 28:41.2 ~ Sue Palmer (F, 42)

Winners of the Tifton, Georgia, Watermelon Crawl 5K, 2014 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
12 July 201419:58, Lorenzo Gomez24:47, Penny Peters112
11 July 201519:54, Tony Edmondson22:51, Heather Hall65

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