Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gibson and Parrish keep on winning at the Brian Dowling 5K

Myles GibsonTwo weeks after a road win in the Dothan, Alabama, Fit To Fight 10K, Myles Gibson was back in town for a test on the South Alabama trails. The occasion was 16 May 2015 running of the Dothan Runners' annual Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Race in Westgate Park. When the Saturday morning race was over, Gibson had another Dothan championship to his credit, having run the 3.1-mile course in 18:26. 2014 women's champ CJ Parrish successfully defended her Brian Dowling 5K title, placing eighth overall in 24:25.


Soon after the start the run became a race between two athletes, Gibson, the Donalsonville master runner, and William Pearson, a Campbellsville University cross-country runner. Racing close, Gibson and Pearson left the rest of the field far behind, finishing the five-kilometer run nearly a kilometer ahead of the next runner. In the end Gibson prevailed over Pearson, 18:26 to 18:36. Master runner Bo Thurman was a distant third in 23:05. Master runner Tony Gilbert was fourth in 23:34, and Austin Long edged John Knopp 23:47 to 23:51 for fifth.


Gibson and Pearson may have been a kilometer ahead of the rest of the men's field, but CJ Parrish didn't have nearly that big a lead in the women's competition. Still, Parrish's 24:25 was good enough for a repeat win while putting her 100 meters ahead of the women's runner-up. Behind Parrish, Kimberly Floyd and master runner Val Lichner were in a fight for the second women's spot. Lichner got the nod at the finish line, placing ninth overall in 24:50 while Floyd came in tenth overall in 24:52. Master runner Tara Whaley was fourth in the women's standings, 19th overall in 28:40. The fifth female finisher was Kristi Holland, 20th overall in 28:47.


50 athletes finished the 2015 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run
  1. 18:26 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 48)
  2. 18:36 ~ William Pearson (M, 21)
  3. 23:05 ~ Bo Thurman (M, 42)
  4. 23:34 ~ Tony Gilbert (M, 60)
  5. 23:47 ~ Austin Long (M, 17)
  6. 23:51 ~ John Knopp (M, 49)
  7. 24:19 ~ Will Scott (M, 12)
  8. 24:55 ~ David Forrester (M, 36)
  9. 25:17 ~ James Edmondson (M, 24)
  10. 25:52 ~ Chad Tyson (M, 49)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Brian Dowling Memorial 5K Trail Run
  1. 24:25 ~ CJ Parish (F, 35)
  2. 24:50 ~ Val Lichner (F, 56)
  3. 24:52 ~ Kimberly Floyd (F, 36)
  4. 28:40 ~ Tara Whaley (F, 40)
  5. 28:47 ~ Kristi Holland (F, 38)
  6. 29:32 ~ Cassie Logan (F, 52)
  7. 29:37 ~ Jessica Bures (F, 34)
  8. 30:11 ~ Carole Thompson (F, 68)
  9. 31:13 ~ Rachel Austin-Hickey (F, 37)
  10. 31:35 ~ Katie Barrentine (F, 30)

Past winners of the Brian Dowling Memorial 5K, 2001 - 2015
DateMenWomen
7 April 200120:05, Jerry Armstrong24:08, Piper Stockman
13 April 200219:12, Jonathan Braun21:57, Piper Stockman
12 April 200318:58, Shane Gingrich24:04, Chris Fox
1 May 200418:59, Douglas Holt24:19, Amy Padgett
7 May 200519:12, Brian Hickey22:21, Teresa Lafleur
6 May 200618:39, Matt Fechan23:24, Lou Ellen Jayroe
28 April 200718:13, Gabe Mitchell23:08, In-Mi Matsunaga
17 May 200818:44, Zalin Smith23:20, Lou Ellen Jayroe
25 April 200919:08, Nick Vance26:06, Kristina Bennett
22 May 201019:10, Theron Carter24:35, Amber Hodor
23 April 201118:50, Sean Kent20:46, Megan Howell
7 April 201220:05, Jeff Dasinger24:40, Abby Rogers
18 May 201321:00, Justin Cagle24:21, Carolyn Houston
10 May 201420:32, Dale Thomas24:45, CJ Parrish
16 May 201518:26, Myles Gibson24:25, CJ Parish
In 2000 Dothan Runners Club member Brian Dowling was killed
during a training run, struck by a hit-and-run driver. The
Woofstock 5K was started in his memory in 2001. In 2002 DRC
officially renamed the race the Brian Dowling Memorial 5K.

Kudos and a big thank you to Larry Dykes for much of the
information in this table!


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