Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ASU athletes Smith and Duncan achieve ant honors at Ashburn

At some point villages in Georgia started running low on festival themes. Agricultural products (peaches, peanuts, mayhaws, watermelons) had been exhausted, as had farm animals (swine, mules, honeybees), wildlife (buzzards, rattlesnakes), and flowers (azaleas, roses). So they turned to insect pests. Camilla has Gnat Days, and Ashburn has the Fire Ant Festival. And of course you can't have a festival without a parade, a queen, and a road race. Especially not without a road race!


So Ashburn hosted another annual edition of the Fire Ant Festival 5K road race on Saturday morning, 26 March 2011. Albany State University athletes Robert Smith and Sherrard Thomas grabbed the top two places in the race, Smith winning in 17:52 and Thomas picking up second with an 18:13. Kurt Heninger of Fitzgerald, Georgia was the next runner in after the pair from ASU, running 18:55. Heninger was followed by Mitchell Sinyard of Hawkinsville, who edged out Leesburg's Bruce Austin for top master runner honors, 19:22 to 19:36.


Another Albany State track team member helped herself to honors in the women's division. Ashley-Marie Duncan, a freshman distance runner at ASU, was the fastest female in the Fire Ant 5K, placing eighth overall in 20:46. Cordele's Heidi Taylor (14th, 22:35) and Penelope Williams (19th, 24:18) of TyTy were the next two women in, followed by the first woman master, Tifton's Gina Purvis (22nd, 25:16).


Nearly 100 runners finished the race, proceeds of which went to benefit the local Child Abuse Council.


Results of the 2011 Fire Ant Festival 5K, Ashburn, Georgia
  1. 17:51.31, Robert Smith (M, 21) Albany, GA
  2. 18:12.03, Sherrard Thomas (M, 20) Albany, GA
  3. 18:54.51, Kurt Heninger (M, 25) Fitzgerald, GA
  4. 19:21.09, Mitchell Sinyard (M, 50) Hawkinsville, GA
  5. 19:35.28, Bruce Austin (M, 41) Leesburg, GA
  6. 19:37.14, Chris Floyd (M, 30) Ashburn, GA
  7. 20:17.04, Shelton Ansley (M, 58) Cairo, GA
  8. 20:45.75, Ashley Duncan (F, 18) Albany, GA
  9. 21:29.91, James Pitts (M, 24) Ashburn, GA
  10. 21:32.58, Chase Hobby (M, 19) Powder Springs, GA
  11. 22:16.15, Deandre Pierce (M, 13) Ashburn, GA
  12. 22:32.89, Mike Whitehurst (M, 48) Cordele, GA
  13. 22:33.65, Robert Whitehurst (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  14. 22:34.91, Heidi Taylor (F, 29) Cordele, GA
  15. 22:43.00, Russell Clinton (M, 40) Tifton, GA
  16. 23:04.71, Francisco Arias (M, 17) Arabi, GA
  17. 23:52.72, Chris McCard (M, 42) Ashburn, GA
  18. 24:12.94, Josh Reynolds (M, 27) Tifton, GA
  19. 24:17.12, Penelope Williams (F, 29) TyTy, GA
  20. 24:34.06, William Arnold (M, 43) Tifton, GA
  21. 25:10.55, Jim Scarr (M, 59) Powder Springs, GA
  22. 25:15.87, Gina Purvis (F, 52) Tifton, GA
  23. 25:22.96, Wayne Kountis (M, 52) Tifton, GA
  24. 25:29.47, Adrienne Worley (F, 30) Cordele, GA
  25. 25:31.75, Billy Griner (M, 41) Albany, GA
  26. 25:35.73, Deborah Ansley (F, 54) Cairo, GA
  27. 25:54.10, Stan Branch (M, 51) Tifton, GA
  28. 25:58.51, Heather Jones (F, 37) Tifton, GA
  29. 26:09.36, Billie Medders (F, 60) Sylvester, GA
  30. 26:11.14, Candace McRee (F, 33) Smithville, GA
  31. 26:35.22, Jerry Parker (M, 62) Ashburn, GA
  32. 26:44.47, Susan Hutchison (F, 59) Poulan, GA
  33. 26:45.48, Lance Haynie (M, 20) Cordele, GA
  34. 27:02.56, Pam Stephens (F, 54) Sylvester, GA
  35. 27:19.87, Becky Katz (F, 35) Ashburn, GA
  36. 27:21.13, Madison Smith (F, 14) Ashburn, GA
  37. 27:24.93, Wingate Whitley (M, 35) Tifton, GA
  38. 27:27.03, Bethany Lindsey (F, 19) Sylvester, GA
  39. 27:37.28, Desmond Phillips (M, 29) Alpharetta, GA
  40. 27:40.18, Sheila Oliver (F, 47) Adel, GA
  41. 27:44.85, Judy Lindsey (F, 46) Sylvester, GA
  42. 28:01.13, Rebecca Harper (F, 32) Tifton, GA
  43. 28:33.00, Theresa Kuhlmann (F, 55) Dunlap, Ill
  44. 29:00.16, Blake Carter (M, 31) Ashburn, GA
  45. 29:03.94, Connie Burgess (F, 44) Fitzgerald, GA
  46. 29:35.06, Jonathan Kingry (M, 20) Athens, GA
  47. 29:53.46, Mike Newborn (M, 41) Ashburn, GA
  48. 30:09.55, Evan Boutwell (M, 29) Ashburn, GA
  49. 30:14.68, Benjie Gandy (M, 51) Ashburn, GA
  50. 30:33.87, Zane Marshall (M, 12) Ashburn, GA
  51. 31:04.05, Danielle Youngs (F, 22) Statesboro, GA
  52. 31:17.05, Amanda Wimberly (F, 29) Tifton, GA
  53. 31:23.63, Danny Wall (M, 67) Leesburg, GA
  54. 31:58.98, Tom Dawson (M, 53) Hawkinsville, GA
  55. 32:04.07, Allison Haynie (F, 26) Cordele, GA
  56. 32:04.65, Josh Morey (M, 26) Cordele, GA
  57. 32:06.01, Clayton Denton (M, 32) Alpharetta, GA
  58. 32:42.72, Misty Bass (F, 35) Adams, TN
  59. 32:45.43, Lori Dismuke (F, 32) Albany, GA
  60. 32:49.46, Lisa Gibbs (F, 55) Tifton, GA
  61. 33:04.47, Jackie Tipper (F, 38) Sylvester, GA
  62. 33:05.15, Lisa Janelle (F, 49) Tifton, GA
  63. 33:14.25, Christine Hayes (F, 31) Fitzgerald, GA
  64. 33:15.20, Ricki Newell (F, 24) Fitzgerald, GA
  65. 33:16.19, Brittany Brown (F, 25) Tifton, GA
  66. 34:25.36, Greg Fowler (M, 40) Tifton, GA
  67. 34:59.50, Kerri Gregory (F, 14) Ashburn, GA
  68. 35:00.17, Bess Hasty (F, 28) Tifton, GA
  69. 35:08.24, Aubrey Brown (M, 10) Ashburn, GA
  70. 35:15.87, James Baldwin (M, 65) Macon, GA
  71. 35:36.59, Chris Brown (M, 44) Ashburn, GA
  72. 35:37.23, Macy Brown (F, 9) Ashburn, GA
  73. 35:49.40, MacKenzie Brown (M, 12) Ashburn, GA
  74. 36:14.25, Amy Whitley (F, 35) Tifton, GA
  75. 36:41.38, Kerri Wade (F, 38) Sycamore, GA
  76. 36:47.17, Terri McElveen (F, 50) Cochran, GA
  77. 37:78.00, Sandy Brown (F, 39) Ashburn, GA
  78. 37:05.60, Greta Austin (F, 35) Leesburg, GA
  79. 37:29.96, Emily Plaggemars (F, 21) Tallahassee, FL
  80. 37:30.70, Meagan McCurdy (F, 18) Ashburn, GA
  81. 37:31.90, Lydia Kingry (F, 17) Sycamore, GA
  82. 38:05.80, Amanda McGee (F, 38) Ashburn, GA
  83. 38:06.54, Kelli Fowler (F, 34) Tifton, GA
  84. 38:20.24, Hillary King (F, 20) Bonair, GA
  85. 38:54.23, Anthony Rawls (M, 20) Centerville, GA
  86. 38:54.81, Rosalyn Forsyth (F, 68) Albany, GA
  87. 39:03.58, Quenika Rogers (F, 12) Ashburn, GA
  88. 39:16.86, Angie Kuhlmann (F, 24) Americus, GA
  89. 40:33.77, NO CARD
  90. 41:18.90, Cameron King (M, 12) Leesburg, GA
  91. 41:31.19, Tonii King (F, 33) Leesburg, GA
  92. 41:31.98, Kerigan Fowler (F, 13) Tifton, GA
  93. 41:40.59, Antonio Rogers (M, 10) Ashburn, GA
  94. 42:12.36, Bub Way (M, 80) Hawkinsville, GA
  95. 42:30.37, Brenda Wall (F, 59) Leesburg, GA
  96. 44:35.04, Quanda Smith (F, 20) Albany, GA
  97. 51:29.68, Shasha Steave (F, 18) Albany, GA

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