Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Higdon and Rosen win Cairo's Marshell Wilcox 5K

Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo, GeorgiaIn August 2014 the Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club of Cairo, Georgia staged their first annual 5K in memory of Marshell Wilcox, who had passed away the previous year. In 2016 the club moved the race to May, and Nathan Higdon finished second overall. On Saturday morning, 13 May 2017, the Marshell Wilcox Memorial 5K returned to the spring racing schedule and Nathan Higdon returned to the race. This time around fourteen-year-old Higdon won it all, running 19:26. Tallahassee lawyer Sheryl Rosen took the women's title, finishing second overall in 19:38.


Zachery Bernabe, a junior on the Cairo High cross-country team, was second in the men's standings and third overall in 19:56. Bernabe was Cairo's best 1600/3200 meter runner during the 2017 track season, running 5:26.89 and 11:53.19. Cairo High's top 800 meter runner during 2017, Nijal Sanders, was the third male and fourth overall in the Wilcox Memorial 5K at 21:21. Florida A&M University philosophy professor Mike LaBossiere was the fastest master runner in the race and the fifth male finisher, placing sixth overall in 22:56.


Kelley El-Urfali of Crawfordville, Florida was the first woman master and second female finisher, coming in twelfth overall. Keshia Cooper placed third in the women's standings and thirteenth overall in 28:06.


88 athletes finished the fourth annual Marshell Wilcox Memorial 5K.


Top Ten Women, 2017 Marshell Wilcox Memorial 5K
  1. 19:26, Nathan Higdon (M, 14)
  2. 19:56, Zachery Bernabe (M, 17)
  3. 21:21, Nijal Sanders (M, 16)
  4. 22:56, Michael Davis (M, 16)
  5. 22:57, Mike LaBossiere (M, 51)
  6. 23:06, Michael Boyd (M, 14)
  7. 25:33, Ben Addleton (M, 25)
  8. 25:36, Hanson Higdon (M, 11)
  9. 25:55, Michael Brown (M, 34)
  10. 26:21, Philip Troyer (M, 59)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Marshell Wilcox Memorial 5K
  1. 19:38, Sheryl Rosen (F, 33)
  2. 26:43, Kelley El-Urfali (F, 53)
  3. 28:06, Keshia Cooper (F, 26)
  4. 30:16, Laurie Young (F, 41)
  5. 30:24, Adriana Lopez (F, 16)
  6. 32:20, Angie Harrell (F, 46)
  7. 33:18, Deirdra Troyer (F, 52)
  8. 33:58, Pam Tenewitz (F, 55)
  9. 34:37, Lucy Sanchez (F, 17)
  10. 36:42, Tamia Sherman (F, 16)

Jackie Robinson Boys & Girls Club Wilcox Memorial 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
16 August 201418:01, Charlie Johnson26:37, Jennifer Reynolds101
15 August 2015
14 May 201619:19, Alex Smythe20:45, Haleigh Martin166
13 May 201719:26, Nathan Higdon19:38, Sheryl Rosen88


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