Monday, May 28, 2012

Linton and Roddenberry beat Beryl in Bainbridge

Stanley LintonTropical depression Beryl was bearing down on the Big Bend on Monday, 28 May 2012, the day of the sixth annual Memorial Day 5K Night Run in Bainbridge, Georgia. But Washington’s army hadn’t abandoned Valley Forge because of the weather, nor had the allies postponed the Battle of the Bulge on account of snow. On Memorial Day, with those historical examples to emulate, athletes could hardly be expected to give up a run due to the threat of a little wind and rain.

2012 Bainbridge, Georgia Memorial Day 5K Night RunSo the race went on, and by the 7:00 PM starting time the only tropical conditions were a few puddles in the streets. Before the runners reached the end of the first mile of the 3.1-mile race, Crawfordville’s Stanley Linton was out front, with Stephen Robbins of Cairo not far behind. It was looking like a renewal of their duel in the 2011 race, where Linton and Robbins had taken first and second. By the halfway point of this year’s race, though, the duel was all but over, with Linton having a commanding lead. He went on to win in 16:17, with Robbins finishing runner-up in 17:08. Donalsonville’s Myles Gibson was the third finisher and the first master, running 18:21.

Tiffany RoddenberryThe women’s defending champion, Paula O’Neill of Tallahassee, was trailing after a mile of racing, but during the middle of the race she passed her rivals one by one until she was leading the women’s field. While O’Neill was moving up, though, so was Tiffany Roddenberry. With less than a quarter mile to go, O’Neill and Roddenberry were running side by side going around the last turn on the course. Roddenberry prevailed in the end, 21:46 to 21:52, and the Memorial Day race had a new women’s champion plus a new women’s record. O’Neill was still the fastest woman master in the race, finishing 16 seconds ahead of third woman and second master Debbie Wittmer.

70 athletes finished the 2012 5K Night Run. Expect it back on the calendar on Memorial Day 2013. Beryl won't be there next time, though.

Top Ten Men, 2012 Memorial Day 5K Night Run
  1. Myles Gibson16:16.18 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 18) Crawfordville, FL
  2. 17:07.25 ~ Stephen Robbins (M, 15) Cairo, GA
  3. 18:20.73 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 45) Donalsonville, GA
  4. 18:40.48 ~ Tae Ross (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 18:53.71 ~ Michael Kennett (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 19:12.95 ~ Travis Parks (M, 16)
  7. 19:13.55 ~ Phillip Wilbourn (M, 32) Blakely, GA
  8. 19:28.41 ~ Adam Carr (M, 22) Crawfordville, FL
  9. 19:36.92 ~ Duane Evans (M, 44) Crawfordville, FL
  10. 19:44.30 ~ Bennett Enfinger (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA

Top Ten Women, 2012 Memorial Day 5K Night Run
  1. Debbie Wittmer21:45.19 ~ Tiffany Roddenberry (F, 27)
  2. 21:51.03 ~ Paula O'Neill (F, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 22:07.22 ~ Debbie Wittmer (F, 49)
  4. 23:42.14 ~ Julia Rose Travis (F, 14)
  5. 23:58.96 ~ Paige Braswell (F, 16)
  6. 26:04.88 ~ Emma Travis (F, 14)

Bainbridge Memorial Day 5K Night Run
Champions, 2007-2012
28 May 2007

26 May 2008
18:36, Caleb Bergon
23:05, Rachel Willis
25 May 2009
16:11, Tyler Price
23:16, Erica Pemberton
31 May 2010
17:35, Gabriel Leitz
23:12, Perra Harrell
30 May 2011
17:06, Stanley Linton
22:02, Paula O'Neill
28 May 2012
16:17, Stanley Linton
21:46, Tiffany Roddenberry


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