Sunday, December 30, 2012

Kent and Davis are good to the Last Gasp

Westgate Park Trail, Dothan, AlabamaIn Dothan, Alabama, runners get many chances throughout the year to race on the Larry and Rona Dykes Trail in Westgate Park. Among other chances, there is the Mardi Gras 5K Trail Run in the winter, the Bryan Dowling Memorial 5K Run in the spring, the Life Is A Beach 5K Trail Run in the summer, and the Pilgrim Chase 5K Trail Run in the fall. But as the year winds down, the opportunities run out, and in late December only the last chance of all is left--the annual Last Gasp 5K Trail Run.


In 2012 the Last Gasp came on Saturday morning, December 29. 65 runners took advantage of Dothan's last racing date of the year. After finishing runner-up to Cairo's Stephen Robbins in the 2011 Last Gasp, Northview High senior Sean Kent was victorious in 2012, finishing over 400 meters ahead of the next runner in 17:59. Midland City master runner Jeff Dasinger ran 19:38 to place second, significantly faster than his seventh-place 20:18 that he ran at the previous year's Last Gasp.


Jeanne Davis was the first woman finisher, placing fifth overall in 22:17. A tight race developed for the women's runner-up spot, with Dothan's Jacqueline Sullins edging out Bonifay master runner Val Lichner
24:48 to 24:50. The two runners finished 12th and 13th overall.


After Dothan's last race in 2012, it's natural to wonder about the city's first race in 2013. That will be the 31st annual Hog Wild Run on Saturday afternoon, 26 January 2013, at 2:00 PM CT. After being contested at five miles from 1983 to 2009, the event is now a 15K and a 5K, both staged from the Depot Off Main near downtown Dothan. The course record in the 15K is 58:41, set in the 2012 Hog Wild by Cedric Gillette.


Top Ten Males
  1. 17:59 ~ Sean Kent (M, 17)
  2. 19:38 ~ Jeff Dasinger (M, 40)
  3. 21:45 ~ Brian Hickey (M, 44)
  4. 22:00 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 49)
  5. 22:45 ~ Kurt Sansom (M, 26)
  6. 22:54 ~ Danner Drake (M, 41)
  7. 24:04 ~ Randy Jordan (M, 52)
  8. 24:13 ~ Paul King (M, 39)
  9. 24:31 ~ Neil Guess (M, 39)
  10. 24:38 ~ Bobby Jesswein (M, 42)

Top Ten Females
  1. 22:17 ~ Jeanne Davis (F, 34)
  2. 24:48 ~ Jacqueline Sullins (F, 25)
  3. 24:50 ~ Val Lichner (F, 53)
  4. 26:16 ~ Nancy Hein (F, 56)
  5. 26:20 ~ April Stewart (F, 41)
  6. 26:27 ~ Nicki Short (F, 34)
  7. 27:16 ~ Hope Kirkland (F, 31)
  8. 27:48 ~ Debbie Geiger (F, 40)
  9. 28:33 ~ Autumn Dozier (F, 19)
  10. 29:15 ~ Rebecca Drake (F, 23)

Some past winners of Dothan's Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
DateMenWomen
18 DEC 199916:23, Matt Tillman19:57, Jennifer Hanley



20 DEC 2003
18 DEC 200419:40, Brian Hickey24:13, Nancy Hein
17 DEC 2005Gabe MitchellLou Ellen Jayroe
23 DEC 200617:35, Aubrey Darnell22:23, Sara Jackson
22 DEC 2007
27 DEC 200820:17, Terrion Williams23:59, Daphne Cook
26 DEC 2009
11 DEC 201020:28, Michael Brennan24:51, Julie Harris
31 DEC 201117:40, Stephen Robbins20:26, Dana Cody
29 DEC 201217:59, Sean Kent22:17, Jeanne Davis

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