Friday, May 24, 2013

Cagle and Houston add Brian Dowling 5K wins to their running resumés

Brian Dowling Memorial 5K RunI couldn't say where you would find the best cross-country venue in the entire state of Alabama. If you limit yourself to the southeast portion of the state, though, the best course would have to be the Larry and Ronna Dykes Trail in Dothan's Westgate Park. Which is probably why the 3.4-mile loop is the site for so many races, including high school cross-country meets, Dothan Runners Club events, 5K charity runs, and even an ultramarathon.


Justin Cagle is no stranger to the trail in Westgate, having competed their several times during the years he ran cross country on the Northview High team. Cagle put that familiarity to good use on Saturday morning, 18 May 2013, by winning the Dothan Runner Club's Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run. Finishing half a minute ahead of runner-up Nicholas Lewis, Cagle covered the 3.1 mile on the Dykes Trail in 21:00. Lewis came in at 21:33, just ahead of the 21:37 clocked by third-place finisher Ryan Brooks. Al Goudzwaard was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fourth in 21:49.


At the 2012 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K, Carolyn Houston lost the women's title by a fraction of a second to Abby Rogers, both runners clocked at 24:40. Houston had to be content with a runner-up finish and top woman master honors. But Houston wasn't going to settle for second best in 2013. Taking 19 seconds off of her time from the previous year, Houston finished as the women's champion, 15th overall in 24:21. The next two women's spots also went to master runners, with Jill Wofsey finishing 19th in 25:21 and Chris Fox placing 22nd in 26:10.


77 athletes finished the race. The event is an annual production of the Dothan Runners Club in memory of the late Brian Dowling, a runner and animal lover. Proceeds from the run benefit the Wiregrass Humane Society.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run
    Justin Cagle
  1. 21:00 ~ Justin Cagle (M, 19)
  2. 21:33 ~ Nicholas Lewis (M, 28)
  3. 21:37 ~ Ryan Brooks (M, 25)
  4. 21:49 ~ Al Goudzwaard (M, 57)
  5. 22:25 ~ Raleigh Price (M, 27)
  6. 22:33 ~ Dale Nash (M, 62)
  7. 23:02 ~ Chad Harrison (M, 31)
  8. 23:02 ~ Clayton Suell (M, 14)
  9. 23:28 ~ Jon Mueller (M, 47)
  10. 23:31 ~ Zach Buchanan (M, 16)

Carolyn HoustonTop Ten Females, 2013 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run
  1. 24:21 ~ Carolyn Houston (F, 40)
  2. 25:21 ~ Jill Wofsey (F, 49)
  3. 26:20 ~ Kellie Andrasko (F, 28)
  4. 26:23 ~ Robin Merkle (F, 24)
  5. 27:14 ~ Alexa Suell (F, 37)
  6. 29:22 ~ Nichole Hand (F, 42)
  7. 29:28 ~ Sandy Turner (F, 50)
  8. 30:48 ~ Tara Whaley (F, 38)
  9. 31:27 ~ Lindsey Baldwin (F, 17)
  10. 31:54 ~ Haidie Tutor (F, 48)

Some past winners of the Brian Dowling Memorial 5K
DateMenWomen
18 MAY 201321:00, Justin Cagle24:21, Carolyn Houston
7 APR 201220:05, Jeff Dasinger24:40, Abby Rogers
23 APR 201118:50, Sean Kent20:46, Megan Howell
22 MAY 201019:10, Theron Carter24:35, Amber Hodor
25 APR 2009
17 MAY 2008
28 APR 2007
6 MAY 2006
1 MAY 200418:59, Douglas Holt24:19, Amy Padgett
12 APR 200318:58, Shane Gingrich24:04, Chris Fox
I would deeply appreciate any leads as to the winners and their 
times  from past Brian Dowling Memorial 5K races (as well as 
its predecessor, the Woofstock 5K).


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