The men's race was dominated by youth, with high school runners taking the top three places: Linton of Wakulla High, Robbins of Brookwood School, and Dewey Reynolds of Bainbridge High. Only half of the top ten were old enough to vote. Linton grabbed the lead in the first mile and held on till the finish. Robbins trailed Reynolds in the early stages of the race, but eventually took over the second position. Left behind, Reynolds held off a late charge by Jasen Fulghum to hang on to third, 18:28 to 18:31.
Tallahassee's Paula O'Neill was not an early leader in the women's competition. 700 meters into the race she was still in fourth place, challenging Lilly Rockwell for third, while Cora Atkinson hung back in fifth. But the race was 5,000 meters long, and the fast starters faded out of contention. O'Neill moved past Rockwell into the lead, then Atkinson passed Rockwell to move into second. O'Neill (22:02) and Atkinson (22:38) grabbed the first two spots, and Rockwell (23:04) the third. Sarah Dugas finished fourth, only a hairbreadth ahead of a surging Julie Harris; both runners were clocked in 23:37.
84 athletes finished the race, a fund-raiser for Bainbridge High School cross country. The event was under new direction this year after four years with Mandi O'Mara at the helm.
Top Ten Men, 2011 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race
- 17:06 Stanley Linton (M, 17) Crawfordville, FL
- 17:43 Stephen Robbins (M, 14) Cairo, GA
- 18:28 Dewey Reynolds (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
- 18:31 Jasen Fulghum (M, 27)
- 19:11 Richie Hughes (M, 20)
- 19:14 Bryan Ordonez (M, 17)
- 19:17 Greg Waddell (M, 45)
- 19:53 Phillip Wilbourn (M, 31)
- 20:32 Caleb Harris (M, 10) Bainbridge, GA
- 21:28 Javonte Ross (M, 19)
Top Ten Women, 2011 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race
- 22:02 Paula O'Neill (F, 49) Tallahassee, FL
- 22:38 Cora Atkinson (F, 16) Wakulla, FL
- 23:04 Lilly Rockwell (F, 27)
- 23:37 Sarah Dugas (F, 32) Tallahassee, FL
- 23:37 Julie Harris (F, 45) Bainbridge, GA
- 23:43 Lori Westphal (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
- 25:07 Tara Strickland (F, 46)
- 25:09 Raychel Gray (F, 16)
- 25:37 Gina Crowley (F, 31)
- 26:08 Jessica Miranda (F, 13)
- Complete results of the 2011 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race at gulfwinds.org
- More photos of the 2011 Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Race
- 2010 story, "Leitz and Harrell rule the night in Bainbridge"
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