Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sweeny takes one for Florida and Hudelson one for Georgia at Bainbridge Half

Bainbridge Half MarathonFlorida runners seem to appreciate the annual half marathon in Bainbridge, Georgia. So much so that a Floridian has won the race in each of the three years it has been run. The Florida athlete that won the 22 March 2014 edition of the race was St. Augustine master runner Kevin Sweeny. Sweeny covered the winding 13.1-mile course through the Port City in 79:25, finishing more than a mile ahead of the next runner. Second place went to Bainbridge master runner Greg Waddell, who has run all three Bainbridge Half Marathons. His time for the 2014 race was 87:25, his fastest Bainbridge Half Marathon yet. Eric Bernard of Dothan, Alabama, finished third in the race, running 90:51.


Florida men may have dominated the three-year history of the Bainbridge Half Marathon, but the women's title has always belonged to Georgia. 2014 was no exception, with Alicia Hudelson of Marietta, Georgia, finishing on top of the women's standings. Hudelson placed fourth overall in 91:42, a new women's course record. The previous record was 93:34, set by Thomasville, Georgia, master runner Mary Anne Grayson in 2013.


The women's runner up in the 2014 Bainbridge Half Marathon was Jill Haglund of Tallahassee, who placed 11th overall in 99:43. Laura McDermott of Tallahassee was third on the women's side. McDermott has run all three Bainbridge Half Marathons; this year she finished the race 12th overall in 1:41:44. Another Tallahassee runner, April Bentley, was the fourth woman finisher and first woman master. Bentley came in 17th overall in 1:44:17.


Top Ten Males, 2014 Bainbridge (Georgia) Half Marathon
  1. 1:19:24.6 ~ Kevin Sweeny (M, 44) St. Augustine, FLKevin Sweeny
  2. 1:27:24.9 ~ Greg Waddell (M, 48) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 1:30:50.3 ~ Eric Bernard (M, 34) Dothan, AL
  4. 1:32:32.5 ~ Ridge Harper (M, 36) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 1:33:59.6 ~ Philip Sura (M, 43) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 1:37:52.2 ~ Mark Tombrink (M, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  7. 1:38:06.8 ~ Adam Sniffen (M, 32) Enterprise, AL
  8. 1:39:14.6 ~ Colby Nix (M, 14) Bainbridge, GA
  9. 1:39:19.4 ~ Scott Lindeman (M, 38) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 1:41:46.7 ~ Jack McDermott (M, 45) Tallahassee, FL

Top Ten Females, 2014 Bainbridge (Georgia) Half MarathonJill Haglund
  1. 1:31:41.4 ~ Alicia Hudelson (F, 29) Marietta, GA
  2. 1:39:42.2 ~ Jill Haglund (F, 28) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 1:41:43.7 ~ Laura McDermott (F, 34) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 1:44:16.6 ~ April Bentley (F, 40) Tallahassee, FL
  5. 1:45:37.9 ~ Jennifer Shafer (F, 46) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 1:50:48.4 ~ Michelle St Onge (F, 33) Monticello, FL
  7. 1:51:30.6 ~ Birgit Maier-Katkin (F, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 1:53:58.4 ~ Sandra Canada (F, 51) Woodville, FL
  9. 1:54:34.5 ~ Carly Bass (F, 22) Valdosta, GA
  10. 1:55:17.4 ~ Julia Sura (F, 42) Tallahassee, FL


Bainbridge Half Marathon champions, 2012-2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 April 201272:43, Chris Lake1:41:01, Melissa Thompson193
23 March 201377:28, Stanley Linton93:34, Mary Anne Grayson147
22 March 201479:25, Kevin Sweeny91:42, Alicia Hudelson95


Ten Fastest Men's Performances in the Bainbridge Half Marathon, 2012-2014
  1. 1:12:43 ~ [2012] Chris Lake (M, 24)
  2. 1:17:28 ~ [2013] Stanley Linton (M, 19)
  3. 1:19:25 ~ [2014] Kevin Sweeny (M, 44)
  4. 1:21:51 ~ [2012] Pauncho Hufstetler (M, 37)
  5. 1:22:45 ~ [2013] Jack McDermott (M, 44)
  6. 1:23:44 ~ [2013] Pauncho Hufstetler (M, 38)
  7. 1:25:44 ~ [2012] Kyle Harris (M, 17)
  8. 1:26:37 ~ [2013] Erick Juarez (M, 20)
  9. 1:27:25 ~ [2014] Greg Waddell (M, 48)
  10. 1:27:53 ~ [2013] Greg Waddell (M, 47)

Ten Fastest Women's Performances in the Bainbridge Half Marathon, 2012-2014
  1. 1:31:42 ~ [2014] Alicia Hudelson (F, 29)
  2. 1:33:34 ~ [2013] Mary Anne Grayson (F, 47)
  3. 1:39:43 ~ [2014] Jill Haglund (F, 28)
  4. 1:40:20 ~ [2013] Laura McDermott (F, 33)
  5. 1:40:38 ~ [2013] Debbie Wittmer (F, 49)
  6. 1:40:57 ~ [2013] Teresa Haltom (F, 26)
  7. 1:41:01 ~ [2012] Melissa Thompson (F, 27)
  8. 1:41:24 ~ [2012] Deborah Wittmer (F, 48)
  9. 1:41:44 ~ [2014] Laura McDermott (F, 34)
  10. 1:41:45 ~ [2012] Laura McDermott (F, 32)

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