Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scott and Smith blast by the Beachgoers in Dothan

Westgate ParkOn standard calendars the seasons, in order, are winter, spring, summer, and fall. But in athletics, the season following summer is cross-country season. And in Dothan, Alabama when the Life Is A Beach 5K Trail Race comes to Westgate Park, you know that summer is almost over and cross-country will soon be here.


Heralding the approach of another cross-country season, the Dothan Runners Club held the seventeenth annual Life Is A Beach 5K on Saturday morning, 19 August 2017. Will Scott won the race in 20:42, while Kate Smith took the women's title, placing third overall in 23:11.


Scott is heading into his sophomore year at Headland, Alabama's Headland High, where he runs on the school's cross-country team. This was his second year racing the Life Is A Beach; in 2016 he had finished runner-up to Ashlee Romani in 22:06. Twelve months later, Scott trimmed nearly a minute and a half from that time to earn his first Life Is A Beach win, finishing close to 40 meters ahead of the next runner, Dale Thomas. Thomas, the 2005 Life Is A Beach 5K champion, was the fastest master runner in the 2017 race, running 20:52. Brooks Newell edged master runner Mark McCarra for the third spot in the men's standings, 23:15 to 23:17.


Kristi Holland was the first woman master and second female finisher, placing tenth overall in 27:21. Jennifer Wade was the third woman in the 5K and eighteenth overall in 31:59.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 20:42, Will Scott (M, 15)
  2. 20:52, Dale Thomas (M, 54)
  3. 23:15, Brooks Newell (M, 31)
  4. 23:17, Mark McCarra (M, 52)
  5. 25:31, Paul Turner (M, 54)
  6. 25:42, Stan Lane (M, 60)
  7. 26:19, Roger Rocha (M, 53)
  8. 27:09, David Forrester (M, 38)
  9. 28:27, Brad Sasser (M, 36)
  10. 29:03, Paul Jernigan (M, 44)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 23:11, Kate Smith (F, 29)
  2. 27:21, Kristi Holland (F, 41)
  3. 31:59, Jennifer Wade (F, 32)
  4. 32:28, Sandy Turner (F, 54)
  5. 34:19, Susan Anderson (F, 55)
  6. 35:14, Hannah Popwell (F, 17)
  7. 35:50, Rene Jordan (F, 52)
  8. 36:17, Jocelyn Richardson (F, 39)
  9. 36:55, Sarah Herrell (F, 35)
  10. 37:11, Julia Moss (F, 32)

Dothan Runners' Life is a Beach 5K Trail Run Champions, 2001 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
11 August 200118:18, Matt Parker24:09, Piper Stockman68
18 August 200218:55, Shawn Latshaw22:05, Teresa Lafleur75
16 August 200318:04, Myles Gibson21:09, Sandy Ebanks71
14 August 200417:24, Nicholas Ireland23:18, Ali Keith74
13 August 200520:42, Dale Thomas24:40, Nancy Hein60
12 August 200618:15, Gabe Mitchell25:45, Cassie Logan72
11 August 200718:39, Myles Gibson24:18, Amelia Carter86
16 August 200817:54, Ryan Overstreet23:20, Lou Ellen Jayroe71
15 August 200920:37, Brian Hickey23:00, Kristina Bennett62
21 August 201017:52, Nicholas Ireland21:50, Katrina Bokenfohr113
27 August 201118:57, Sean Kent17:55, Casey McDermott82
25 August 201218:26, Sean Kent24:23, Val Lichner119
24 August 201320:26, Cliff Rogers22:29, Brooke Hoopert81
23 August 201418:46, Myles Gibson24:38, Val Lichner46
22 August 201518:40, Myles Gibson23:49, Kimberly Floyd54
13 August 201622:06, Will Scott20:44, Ashlee Romani44
19 August 201720:42, Will Scott23:11, Kate Smith39


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