Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A win for Watson and a fourth title for Golden at Tifton's Run For Love

2017 Run For LoveTift County cross-country hosted the 28th annual Run For Love 5K at the Tifton, Georgia campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Saturday evening, 5 August 2017. The event isn't quite 30 years old yet, and the top runners in the race are even younger. Nineteen-year-old Caleb Watson of Douglas, Georgia, an Armstrong State University cross-country runner, won the 5K in 18:31. Tift County High cross-country runner Emily Golden took the women's title for the fourth year in a row, placing tenth overall in 21:37. 110 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race.


The Run For Love 5K course starts and finishes on the ABAC campus, with the middle portion of the race taking the runners past the cattle farms next to the college. The cows got to see quite a race in 2017, as Caleb Watson, J. D. Bengston, and Cameron Watson battled up front for the win. It was still close at the finish line, but Caleb Watson, a runner on the Armstrong State University cross-country team, grabbed the win in 18:31. A few steps back, Bengston edged Cameron Watson for second, 18:33 to 18:34. Bengston and Cameron Watson are both frosh cross-country runners, Bengston at Tift County High and Watson at Coffee High. Tifton's Bret Wagenhorst was the fastest master runner in the race, placing seventh overall in 20:56.


Including the women's winner, sophomore Emily Golden, most of the top ten women were Tift County cross-country runners. Second in the women's standings, however, went to a Coffee High harrier, sophomore Abbey Arnett. Arnett was sixteenth overall in 23:21. Tift County senior Ashlee Golden, women's champ of the 2013 Run For Love 5K, was the third woman and eighteenth overall in 23:38. Tift Middle Schools eighth-grader Ainsley Toews was the fourth woman and twentieth overall in 23:52. Penny Peters of Tifton was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, 27th overall in 25:32.


Proceeds of the Run For Love benefit Tift County cross-country. Tift County's harriers open their 2017 season with the Winnersville Cross-Country Meet in Valdosta, Georiga on Saturday morning, 19 August 2017.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Run For Love 5K
  1. 18:30.92, Caleb Watson (M, 19) Douglas, GA
  2. 18:32.77, J D Bengston (M, 14) Tifton, GA
  3. 18:33.53, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  4. 19:53.20, Christopher Beil (M, 27) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:53.43, Beau Bengston (M, 14) Tifton, GA
  6. 20:43.90, Dan Hobby (M, 33) Tifton, GA
  7. 20:55.33, Bret Wagenhorst (M, 51) Tifton, GA
  8. 21:20.91, Bryce Stephens (M, 14) Tifton, GA
  9. 21:32.74, Joseph Knoll (M, 39) Tifton, GA
  10. 21:41.23, Mitchell Sinyard (M, 56) Hawkinsville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Run For Love 5K
  1. 21:36.10, Emily Golden (F, 15) Tifton, GA
  2. 23:20.74, Abbey Arnett (F, 15) Douglas, GA
  3. 23:37.74, Ashlee Golden (F, 17) Tifton, GA
  4. 23:51.43, Ainsley Toews (F, 13) Tifton, GA
  5. 25:31.84, Penny Peters (F, 50) Tifton, GA
  6. 25:38.39, Harley Stephens (F, 18) Tifton, GA
  7. 25:43.31, Katie Kaiser (F, 17) Tifton, GA
  8. 25:45.29, Ellie Perkins (F, 15) Ambrose, GA
  9. 25:51.06, Rebekah Larger (F, 14) Tifton, GA
  10. 25:58.41, Katie McMillan (F, 13) Omega, GA

Recent Run For Love 5K Champions, 2001 - 2017
DateMenWomen
4 August 200116:57, Buddy Clark22:19, Angie P. Brandenburg
3 August 200217:00, Buddy Clark23:32, Jana Murkerson
9 August 200314:56, Alan Black19:53, Angela Cobb
14 August 200416:43, Prichard Kelly19:03, Angela Cobb
13 August 200517:21, Roberto Bonilla19:36, Angela Cobb
12 August 200617:22, Derek Storbeck17:45, Michelle Lafleur
11 August 2007William AndersonKristen Ray
9 August 200816:48, Buddy Clark20:59, Alice Smoot
8 August 200917:54, Jacob Kennedy22:48, Katie Utley
7 August 201016:29, Hunter Honeycutt21:29, Katie Utley
6 August 201117:53, Adam Ross22:28, Melissa Tronolone
4 August 201216:19, Hunter Honeycutt21:44, Madison Honeycutt
10 August 201320:07, Joshua Curry22:46, Ashlee Golden
2 August 201416:49, Hunter Honeycutt23:03, Emily Golden
1 August 201517:58, Dayton Cannon22:07, Emily Golden
13 August 201619:31, Eliud Mendoza21:29, Emily Golden
5 August 201718:31, Caleb Watson21:37, Emily Golden
Please contact me if you have results for 1990-2000 or 2007!


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