Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Early County harrier Jonathon Davison leads 87 runners in resurrecting the Crowdis 5K

Just like humans and other mortal beings, athletic events are born, live, and die. Ted Turner created the Goodwill Games in 1986, but they only lasted till 2001, dead at age 15. Unlike mere mortals, though, events can come back from the dead. The Olympic Games were banned by a Roman emperor in AD 393, but returned in 1896, revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin.


Jonathon DavisonIn Blakely, Georgia, the James H. Crowdis 5K may not have been the ancient Olympics, but it was held annually 15 times from 1981 to 1995. The Olympics had to wait over a thousand years to be restored, but the Crowdis 5K slumbered for less than two decades. On Labor Day, 3 September 2012, the James H. Crowdis 5K returned to the streets of Blakely. Early County High School senior Jonathon Davison led the 87 runners competing in the resurrected event, scoring a narrow 18:27 to 18:31 win over the runner-up, Donalsonville master runner Myles Gibson. Bainbridge High cross-country runner Tae Ross was third in 19:27.
Val Lichner

Debra Hunter of Suwanee, Georgia ran 23:13 to take the women's title, placing 14th overall. Just 50 meters back, Bonifay's Val Lichner was the women's runner-up and top woman master, finishing 15th overall in 23:26. Alford, Florida master runner Jill Wofsey (21st, 23:49) was the third female finisher.


Top Ten Males, 2012 James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. 18:27 ~ Jonathon Davison (M, 18) Fort Gaines, GA
  2. Myles Gibson18:31 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 46) Donalsonville GA
  3. 19:27 ~ Joe Ross (M, 17) Bainbridge, GA
  4. 19:45 ~ Phillip Wilbourn (M, 32) Blakely, GA
  5. 19:57 ~ Bennett Enfinger (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA
  6. 19:59 ~ Davy Helms (M, 28) Headland, AL
  7. 20:22 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 49) Taylor, AL
  8. 20:29 ~ Michael Houston (M, 13) Dothan, AL
  9. 20:40 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 46) Grand Ridge, FL
  10. 20:43 ~ Dale Nash (M, 62) Dothan, AL

Top Ten Females, 2012 James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. Jill Wofsey23:13 ~ Debra Hunter (F, 39) Suwanee, GA
  2. 23:26 ~ Val Lichner (F, 53) Bonifay, FL
  3. 23:49 ~ Jill Wofsey (F, 49) Alford, FL
  4. 24:10 ~ Carolyn Houston (F, 40) Dothan, AL
  5. 24:53 ~ Amy Graves (F, 30) Dothan, AL
  6. 25:07 ~ Nancy Hein (F, 56) Dothan, AL
  7. 26:09 ~ Nina Korges (F, 53) Enterprise, AL
  8. 26:30 ~ Michelle Collins (F, 31) Leesburg, GA
  9. 27:01 ~ Dorian Usry (F, 12) Albany, GA
  10. 29:04 ~ Shannon Metcalf (F, 33) Dothan, AL

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