Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Grant and Centner set records at Back The Blue

Finishing close to 90 meters ahead of defending champion Patrick Whitehead, Joshua Grant ran 16:32 to win the second annual Back The Blue 5K in Albany, Georgia on Saturday morning, 5 August 2017. Ann Centner took the women's title, placing third overall in 19:05. 67 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race.


Joshua Grant's winning time of 16:32 established a new Back The Blue 5K record, breaking the old mark of 16:57 set by Patrick Whitehead in the inaugural race in 2016. Whitehead also ran faster than the old record, finishing runner-up in 16:50. Benjamin Phillips, a sophomore on the Lee County High cross-country team, was third in the men's standings and fourth overall in 19:51, edging fifth-place finisher Arnoldo De Jesus (19:55).


Ann Centner's 19:05 was also a record-breaker, bettering the women's standard of 22:36 set by Meghan Pate in the 2016 Back The Blue 5K. Karen McNally was the first master runner in the race as well as the second female finisher, placing ninth overall in 23:19. Katie Sheppard was the third woman and twelfth overall in 24:55. Sheppard runs cross-country for Southwest Georgia High in Damascus, Georgia.


Oscar Viquez was the top male master and eighth male finisher, placing tenth overall in 23:42.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Back The Blue 5K
  1. 16:31.3, Joshua Grant (M, 20-29)
  2. 16:49.9, Patrick Whitehead (M, 30-39)
  3. 19:50.2, Benjamin Phillips (M, 15-19)
  4. 19:54.4, Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 30-39)
  5. 20:04.7, Gregory Manning (M, 15-19)
  6. 21:17.6, Jaquez Jones (M, 11-14)
  7. 21:31.5, Mason Watson (M, 15-19)
  8. 23:41.5, Oscar Viquez (M, 40-49)
  9. 24:25.0, Julian Strickland (M, 50-59)
  10. 25:37.6, Smith Pinson (M, 11-14)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Back The Blue 5K
  1. 19:04.6, Ann Centner (F, 20-29)
  2. 23:18.3, Karen McNally (F, 50-59)
  3. 24:54.1, Katie Sheppard (F, 11-14)
  4. 27:43.2, Imani McBean (F, 15-19)
  5. 27:44.5, Bri Pafford (F, 15-19)
  6. 28:13.5, Sandra Williams (F, 40-49)
  7. 29:26.3, Tabitha Boyer (F, 11-14)
  8. 29:39.9, Kevin Gaines (F, 50-59)
  9. 29:45.1, Sharri Twyman (F, 40-49)
  10. 30:46.1, Holland Lee (F, 15-19)

Albany, Georgia Back The Blue 5K winners, 2016 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
30 July 201616:57, Patrick Whitehead22:36, Meghan Pate102
5 August 201716:32, Joshua Grant19:05, Ann Centner67


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