Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Hammond and Cauthen weren't just crawling at the Watermelon Crawl

In Tifton, Georgia the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has been home to several road races. The Run For Love 5K has been their annually since 1990 and the Run For The Nurses each year since 2012. The 14th annual Tift County Invitational Cross Country Meet visited the campus last fall. The ABAC Fitness 5K was used to be run at at the college. And since 2014 the Watermelon Crawl 5K has been a July fixture at ABAC.


Bonaire, Georgia athlete Jared Hammond won the third annual Watermelon Crawl on Saturday morning, 9 July 2016, running the 3.1 miles in an event record 19:35. Matthew Fisher, a recent alumnus of the Tift County High cross country team, was runner-up for the second year in a row, running 19:58. Tim Bell and Bret Wagenhorst were in a close race for the top master runner spot, but Bell narrowly prevailed, taking third overall while Wagenhorst was fourth. Both runners were clocked in 21:10.


Allison Cauthen, another Bonaire runner, took the women's title, placing eighth overall in 24:26. Kaycee Goodman was second in the women's standings and ninth overall in 24:45. Guna Gunawan was the first woman master and third female finisher, placing tenth overall in 25:13. Master runner Gina Purvis was fourth on the women's side and eleventh overall in 25:23.


76 athletes finished Tifton, Georgia's third annual Watermelon Crawl 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Tifton, Georgia, Watermelon Crawl 5K
  1. 19:34.5 ~ Jared Hammond (M, 36) Bonaire, GA
  2. 19:57.1 ~ Matthew Fisher (M, 18)
  3. 21:09.5 ~ Tim Bell (M, 57)
  4. 21:09.9 ~ Bret Wagenhorst (M, 53)
  5. 23:20.5 ~ James Hawke (M, 49)
  6. 24:10.6 ~ Shannon McCook (M, 44)
  7. 24:16.4 ~ Jonathan Jones (M, 44)
  8. 25:25.2 ~ Berry Clay (M, 20)
  9. 27:08.3 ~ Nicholas Urquhart (M, 37)
  10. 27:08.9 ~ Monty Watson (M, 44)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Tifton, Georgia, Watermelon Crawl 5K
  1. 24:25.4 ~ Allison Cauthen (F, 27) Bonaire, GA
  2. 24:44.9 ~ Kaycee Goodman (F, 17)
  3. 25:13.0 ~ Guna Gunawan (F, 44)
  4. 25:22.9 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 57)
  5. 25:26.2 ~ Leighanna Perez (F, 14)
  6. 25:53.6 ~ Michelle Goen (F, 40)
  7. 27:20.4 ~ Courtney Thompson (F, 34)
  8. 27:49.2 ~ Sheila Oliver (F, 52)
  9. 28:57.8 ~ Renata Elad (F, 51)
  10. 29:22.8 ~ Meagan Riley-Neuman (F, 25)

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
9 July 201619:35, Jared Hammond24:26, Allison Cauthen76

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