Sunday, July 10, 2016

Whitehead and Rosen bring speed to the Crowdis 5K

Patrick WhiteheadIn 2015 Dr. Patrick Whitehead didn't finish the Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K, dropping out just short of two kilometers into the race. On Saturday morning, 9 July 2016, however, the Darton State College psychology professor returned to the streets of Blakely, Georgia. This time Whitehead not only finished the race, he won, running the five kilometers in 17:07--the fastest time since the race was revived in 2012. On the women's side, Sheryl Rosen turned in a swift winning time of 19:14, faster than any woman had run at the Crowdis 5K since 1994.


Whitehead's victory ended Myles Gibson's Crowdis 5K winning streak. A Donalsonville, Georgia master runner, Gibson had won the race in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 he settled for second place behind Whitehead, running 18:26. Dustin Reynolds, a senior on the Seminole High cross country team, was third in 18:45. Albany, Georgia's Arnoldo DeJesus, runner-up at the 2015 Crowdis, took fourth in 20:05.


The Crowdis 5K was run annually in Blakely from 1981 to 1995. After that there was a seventeen-year hiatus before the event was resumed in 2012. During the original fifteen years more often than not the women's champion posted a winning time under 20:00. This wasn't the case after the race rebooted; Paige Braswell's 2013 winning time of 21:14 was the best mark in the new century. That is, it was till the 2016 race. Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen became the first woman to run sub-20:00 at the new Crowdis 5K, placing fourth overall in 19:14. Rosen wasn't the only woman to crack 20:00, either. Blakely's Ann Centner ran 19:48, finishing second in the women's standings and fifth overall. Kaderricka Adams, a senior at Dothan Northside Methodist Academy in Alabama, was third on the women's side and tenth overall in 22:39. Alford, Florida's Jill Wofsey was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, coming in twentieth overall in 24:54.


90 athletes finished the 2016 Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. 17:06.8 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 30) Albany, GA
  2. 18:25.2 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 50) Donalsonville, GA
  3. 18:44.4 ~ Dustin Reynolds (M, 17) Brinson, GA
  4. 20:04.8 ~ Arnoldo DeJesus (M, 30) Albany, GA
  5. 20:23.2 ~ Michael Warner (M, 17) Enterprise, AL
  6. 20:45.2 ~ Gary Romesser (M, 65) Ft. Myers, FL
  7. 21:10.8 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 53) Taylor, AL
  8. 22:44.9 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 51) Grand Ridge, FL
  9. 23:09.1 ~ David Braswell (M, 45) Bainbridge, GA
  10. 23:18.8 ~ Dave Durbin (M, 56) Dothan, AL

Top Ten Women, 2016 Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. 19:13.1 ~ Sheryl Rosen (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 19:47.6 ~ Ann Centner (F, 24) Blakely, GA
  3. 22:39.0 ~ Kaderricka Adams (F, 18) Dothan, AL
  4. 24:53.1 ~ Jill Wofsey (F, 53) Alford, FL
  5. 24:59.3 ~ Annabelle Warner (F, 14) Enterprise, AL
  6. 25:06.6 ~ Margeret Winkler (F, 42) Blakely, GA
  7. 25:40.0 ~ Jadie Burrell (F, 12) Parrott, GA
  8. 25:57.9 ~ Merrie Beth Eubanks (F, 35) Arlington, GA
  9. 26:57.8 ~ Katie Sheppard (F, 13) Edison, GA
  10. 27:02.7 ~ Suzanne Angell (F, 50) Bainbridge, GA

James H. Crowdis Run 5K Champions, 1981 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
28 March 198117:14, Tony Gilbert21:09, Connie Cullifer
27 March 198217:20, Brian Doby, Connie Cullifer108
12 March 198316:19, Kirk Thomas20:10, Maurine Farley143
10 March 198415:50, Louis Floyd21:16, Ann Lee139
9 March 198515:46, Mike Mead19:54, Donna Duty179
9 March 198615:31, Mike Mead19:36, Donna Duty198
14 March 198715:20, Lee Fidler19:36, Donna Duty158
12 March 198815:53, John Devine18:59, Janice Hochstein151
11 March 198914:59, Matt Parker17:03, Kim Byrd178
10 March 199015:05, Matt Parker19:47, Donna Duty152
9 March 199115:36, Matt Parker18:29, Connie Robertson130
14 March 199214:52, Paul Waldron20:09, Janice Hochstein102
15 May 1993*16:54, Myles Gibson20:22, Donna Duty65
12 March 199416:51, Scott Hoxie18:32, Connie Robertson97
11 March 199516:54, Dale Thomas19:19, Connie Robertson105
No race held, 1996-2011
3 September 201218:27, Jonathon Davison23:13, Debra Hunter87
13 July 201317:34, Chase Harris21:14, Paige Braswell88
19 July 201418:12, Myles Gibson23:24, Margaret Winkler103
11 July 201518:10, Myles Gibson23:02, Margaret Winkler107
9 July 201617:07, Patrick Whitehead19:14, Sheryl Rosen90

* The 1993 race was originally scheduled for March 13, but was one of several
races in the region that day postponed by a severe winter storm
.

A huge "thank you" to Larry Dykes of the Dothan Runners for his help in
filling many blanks in the above history
.



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