Friday, December 2, 2011

Kent and Romani catch titles at Pilgrim Chase 5K

Northview High's Sean Kent ended his junior year cross-country season on 12 November 2011 with a 27th place finish at the Alabama state championships. Two weeks later, though, on 26 November 2011, he was running another cross-country race--the Dothan Runners Club's Pilgrim Chase 5K on the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail in Westgate Park. You'd think Kent would be taking a break after the long season, but that's what cross-country runners do--they run cross-country.


At the Pilgrim Chase 5K Kent ran cross-country particularly well, winning by over 300 meters in 17:47, an improvement on both his time (18:21) and his place (2nd) in the 2010 Pilgrim Chase. Maj. Sean Keefe of Fort Rucker was runner-up in 19:02, while the top master spot and third place went to Theron Carter of Brundidge, Alabama in 19:22. Finishing immediately after Carter was the top woman in the race, Ashlee Romani. Ft. Rucker's Romani clocked 20:02 for the 5K tour of Westgate Park. The women's runner-up and top woman master in the race was Melissa Unrath (10th, 21:11) of Enterprise, Alabama.


112 athletes completed the 2011 Pilgrim Chase 5K, significantly more than the 73 who finished the race in 2010. Cross-country running lovers will get one more chance this year to race on the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail; on 31 December 2011 the Last Gasp 5K Trail Run starts at 9:00am CT in Westgate Park.


Top Ten Men, 2011 Pilgrim Chase 5K
  1. 17:47 ~ Sean Kent (M, 16) Dothan, AL
  2. 19:02 ~ Sean Keefe (M, 33) Ft. Rucker, AL
  3. 19:22 ~ Theron Carter (M, 51) Brundidge, AL
  4. 20:31 ~ Michael Houston (M, 12) Dothan, AL
  5. 20:45 ~ Carson Warren (M, 20) Mt. Pleasant, SC
  6. 21:03 ~ Xavier Clayton (M, 20) Newton, AL
  7. 21:04 ~ Ric Hamic (M, 27) Dothan, AL
  8. 21:08 ~ Michael Brennan (M, 26) Dothan, AL
  9. 21:15 ~ William DeSchepper (M, 28) Ft. Rucker, AL
  10. 21:23 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 48) Dothan, AL

Top Ten Women, 2011 Pilgrim Chase 5K
  1. 20:02 ~ Ashlee Romani (F, 24) Ft. Rucker, AL
  2. 21:11 ~ Melissa Unrath (F, 43) Enterprise, AL
  3. 22:06 ~ Christen Luther (F, 27) Newville, AL
  4. 22:22 ~ Clarissa Coe (F, 27) Vestavia, AL
  5. 22:29 ~ Victoria Taylor (F, 17) Dothan, AL
  6. 24:40 ~ Jill Wofsey (F, 48) Alford, FL
  7. 25:09 ~ Lori Westphal (F, 41) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 25:24 ~ Val Lichner (F, 52) Bonifay, FL
  9. 25:39 ~ Lynn Masimore (F, 33) Dothan, AL
  10. 25:54 ~ Marty Kirkland (F, 59) Southport, FL

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