Monday, March 25, 2013

Linton and Grayson take half marathon honors in Bainbridge

Bainbridge Half MarathonFlorida State freshman Stanley Linton is no stranger to athletic victory in Bainbridge, Georgia. The NROTC midshipman is the current defending champion of Bainbridge's Memorial Day 5K, having won that race two years in a row. On Saturday morning, 23 March 2013, though, he was tackling a longer event--the second annual Bainbridge Half Marathon.


Under threatening skies, the race started at 7:00 AM ET from Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge. Just hours earlier, Stanley Linton had been mixing it up in the 5,000-meter run in the FSU Relays on Friday evening in Tallahassee, running a personal best 15:32.50 and placing 12th in a crowded field of 47 runners.  After a night's rest Linton was on the starting line in Bainbridge, one of 147 athletes who would finish the half marathon. He would be the fastest of those, turning in a winning time of 77:28 and finishing 1200 meters ahead of the runner-up, Tallahassee's "Marathon Jack" McDermott. McDermott was the fastest master runner in the field, completing the course in 82:45. Not quite a minute behind McDermott, Bainbridge's Pauncho Hufstetler, the 2012 runner-up, took third with a 83:44.


Thomasville master runner Mary Anne Grayson took the women's title, placing eighth overall in a new women's course record time of 93:34. Laura McDermott of Tallahassee finished second for the women, placing 18th overall in 1:40:20. Last year's women's runner-up, master runner Debbie Wittmer, improved her 2012 time by almost a minute to 1:40:38, finishing 19th overall and third in the women's competition.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Bainbridge (Georgia) Half Marathon
  1. Stanley Linton1:17:27.2 ~ Stanley Linton (M, 19) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 1:22:44.7 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 44)
  3. 1:23:43.1 ~ Pauncho Hufstetler (M, 38)
  4. 1:26:36.2 ~ Erick Juarez (M, 20)
  5. 1:27:52.5 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 47)
  6. 1:30:53.7 ~ Sam Dreilinger (M, 25)
  7. 1:32:13.4 ~ Mark Maddox (M, 25)
  8. 1:34:48.1 ~ Al Whatley (M, 42)
  9. 1:35:48.6 ~ Michael Mac Mullin (M, 52)
  10. 1:36:12.2 ~ Rodriquez Williams (M, 39)

Top Ten Females, 2013 Bainbridge (Georgia) Half Marathon
  1. Mary Anne Grayson1:33:33.5 ~ Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47) Thomasville, GA
  2. 1:40:19.9 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 33)
  3. 1:40:37.4 ~ Debbie Wittmer (F, 49)
  4. 1:40:56.1 ~ Teresa Haltom (F, 26)
  5. 1:44:35.1 ~ Sheri Poskanzer (F, 24)
  6. 1:44:44.6 ~ Kristy Willheim (F, 42)
  7. 1:46:19.9 ~ Shannon Colavecchio (F, 35)
  8. 1:46:59.4 ~ Urska Dobersek (F, 30)
  9. 1:50:28.7 ~ Kelsey Kilinski (F, 26)
  10. 1:50:58.5 ~ Dana Chafin (F, 33)

Bainbridge Half Marathon champions, 2012-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 April 201272:43, Chris Lake1:41:01, Melissa Thompson193
23 March 201377:28, Stanley Linton93:34, Mary Anne Grayson147


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