Monday, March 16, 2015

Garcia and Johnson win south Alabama's second oldest 10K

2015 Winston Howell Road Race2015 hasn't been a good year for Winston Howell.


At the Dothan, Alabama, High Noon 5K Trail Run in January, Howell took a spill on the course, suffering injuries including a cut to the head, concussion, and a fractured vertebra. After that he was on his way to the hospital rather than the finish line, and it looked like the 73-year-old running icon would be missing finish lines for some time to come. It seemed especially likely that Howell would miss his namesake race, the 37th annual Winston Howell 10K on 14 March 2015. However, the Hartford, Alabama, race did go on, and as a measure of Howell's determination, he made it through a new 5K race that was added to the event this year.


The main event, though, was the original race, the second oldest 10K in south Alabama. Taylor, Alabama, athlete Julio Garcia won that 6.2-mile run through the countryside around Hartford, running 44:14. At 47:13, the next finisher was the first master runner in the race, Mark McCarra. Placing third overall in 50:45, Kristi Johnson was the first woman in the race. Karen Wilson was the first woman master runner in the race and the third woman finisher, placing ninth overall in 55:51.


23 athletes finished the 10K at the 2015 Winston Howell Road Race, and another 51 completed the 5K. Bonifay, Florida, master runner Val Lichner was the fastest in the shorter event, covering the 3.1 miles in 24:14. Hartford's Joshua Bedsole, 14, was the runner-up and first overall male finisher, running 24:59. Winston Howell himself placed 51st, crossing the finish line in 50:25.


The Winston Howell Road Races are sponsored by the Hartford Civic Club; all proceeds benefit Hartford Boy Scout Troop 32.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Winston Howell 10K
  1. 44:14.00 ~ Julio Garcia (M, 36) Taylor, AL
  2. 47:12.19 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 49)
  3. 51:33.63 ~ Chris Moody (M, 26)
  4. 52:26.90 ~ Dale Nash (M, 64)
  5. 53:25.47 ~ Ben McDuffie (M, 16)
  6. 54:31.91 ~ Andy Hovey (M, 45)
  7. 59:08.46 ~ Eric Walding (M, 21)
  8. 59:26.34 ~ Danny Bowling (M, 61)
  9. 59:28.05 ~ F. D. Coleman (M, 58)
  10. 59:40.88 ~ Tony Gilbert (M, 60)

Top Six Women, 2015 Winston Howell 10K
  1. 50:44.20 ~ Kristi Johnson (F, 37) Marianna, FL
  2. 52:35.67 ~ Amy Schutz (F, 38)
  3. 55:50.80 ~ Karen Wilson (F, 47)
  4. 62:38.58 ~ Jamie McDuffie (F, 20)
  5. 66:35.45 ~ Ashton Brawner (F, 26)
  6. 84:18.33 ~ Bailey Pitman (F, 19)

Known winners of the Winston Howell 10K, 1979 - 2015
DateMenWomen
29 March 198031:14, Ed Palmer44:29, Elizabeth Rickel
28 March 198131:35, Ed Palmer42:37, Elizabeth Rickel
27 March 198233:53, Mark Thomas40:14, Elizabeth Rickel
3 March 198431:51, Tom Graves40:02, Donna Duty
2 March 198532:28, Mike Plumb39:54, Janice Hochstein
1 March 198633:52, James Nells41:30, Donna Duty
7 March 198734:00, Allan Babcock38:53, Patti Shull
4 March 1989
17 March 1990
2 March 1991
7 March 1992
6 March 1993
5 March 1994
4 March 1995
2 March 1996
1 March 1997
7 March 1998
6 March 1999
11 March 200036:24, Tim Unger36:43, Anna Pictrova
3 March 200136:14, Brian Goddin48:43, Piper Stockman
9 March 200239:40, Al Goudzwaard44:50, Teresa LaFleur
1 March 200331:38, Scott Strand50:09, Chris Fox
6 March 200441:26, Jerry Armstong47:47, Patty Oelschlager
5 March 200539:02, Dave Robinson44:40, Elizabeth Riess
11 March 200639:38, Gabe Mitchell44:16, Sarah Joehl
10 March 200736:51, Myles Gibson47:05, Lou Ellen Jayroe
8 March 200840:54, Gabe Mitchell41:04, Penny Proctor
14 March 2009~ Kevin Sweeny~ Victoria Graf
13 March 201037:45, Kevin Sweeny45:56, Masle Stormenger
12 March 201135:01, Matt Dobson44:44, Melissa Unrath
10 March 201237:40, Sean Kent42:57, Dana Cody
9 March 201332:35, Michael Green49:49, Carolyn Houston
8 March 201443:20, Rick Kimberlin52:44, Jill Wofsey
14 March 201544:14, Julio Garcia50:45, Kristi Johnson


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