Saturday, December 10, 2011

No Rudolph here; Robbins and Horne win Red Nose 5K

Stephen RobbinsBrookwood School cross-country runner Stephen Robbins outpaced a field of nearly 300 athletes on Saturday morning, 10 December 2011, winning the Red Nose Run 5K in Thomasville, Georgia. Robbins' time for the 5K race was 17:08, putting him over half a kilometer ahead of the runner-up and top master, Shelton Ansley of Cairo, Georgia. Pelham's Angelina Horne took the women's title, placing fifth overall in 19:56. The fastest woman master in the race was Wendy Hester of Dawson, Georgia, 38th overall in 24:28.

Angelina HorneIt was cool and overcast when the runners left Thomas University at 8:00am, heading north on Millpond Road. Almost no sooner than they had left the starting line, Stephen Robbins was leading the field and pulling away. Cairo master runner Shelton Ansley paced the pursuit, closely trailed by Angelina Horne, an alumna of the Valdosta State cross-country program. Duane Evans, a master runner out of Crawfordville, Florida, followed. Robbins continued to widen his gap on the field. By the end of three kilometers Evans took had taken Horne's place shadowing Ansley. With a kilometer to go, no one was taking bets against Robbins. Evans and Ansley were still fighting for second. While Robbins returned to Thomas University and dashed across the finish line with a 17:08 win, back on the course Ansley was breaking away from Evans, securing second place and the master's title. Ansley ran home in 19:36. Evans was left behind to fight off a late charge from Thomasville master runner Chad Johnson, 19:45 to 19:48. Horne finished fifth in 19:56 with the women's title, a good 300 meters ahead of women's runner-up Melissa Thompson (10th, 21:12).
Shelton Ansley

272 runners finished the first-year event, a turnout that would make many established races jealous. The Red Nose Run 5K was hosted by the Thomasville Junior Service League as a fundraiser for children's charities in Thomas County. A Course/Line, LLC of Valdosta, Georgia handled timing and finish line services.

Top Ten Men
  1. 17:08 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 15) Cairo, GA
  2. Chad Johnson19:36 ~ Shelton Ansley (M, 59) Cairo, GA
  3. 19:45 ~ Duane Evans (M, 44) Crawfordville, FL
  4. 19:48 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 41) Thomasville, GA
  5. 20:22 ~ Jason Myatt (M, 36) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 20:47 ~ Josh Heseltine (M, 18) Thomasville, GA
  7. 20:55 ~ Prince Delyons (M, 18) Thomasville, GA
  8. 21:09 ~ Ali Whatley (M, 41) Cairo, GA
  9. 21:19 ~ Rafael Pavel (M, 19) Thomasville, GA
  10. 21:20 ~ Luke Smith (M, 48) Meigs, GA

Top Ten Women
  1. Melissa Thompson19:56 ~ Angelina Horne (F, 27) Pelham, GA
  2. 21:12 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 27) Thomasville, GA
  3. 21:20 ~ Tracy Morrison (F, 39) Cairo, GA
  4. 21:46 ~ Lauren Tosky (F, 17) Leesburg, GA
  5. 22:43 ~ Leigh Stauffer (F, 17) Thomasville, GA
  6. 24:03 ~ Samantha Clark (F, 17) Thomasville, GA
  7. 24:16 ~ Stephanie Deal (F, 27) Thomasville, GA
  8. 24:28 ~ Wendy Hester (F, 47) Dawson, GA
  9. 24:30 ~ Tracy Davis (F, 44) Pavo, GA
  10. 24:41 ~ Mollie Vick (F, 10) Thomasville, GA


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