Monday, June 29, 2015

Anthony and Saba fastest at Thomasville's first Encounter 316 5K

A lap and a half around your local high school's track is 600 meters. That's how far ahead of the next runner Daniel Anthony was when he was first across the finish line of the Encounter 316 5K in Thomasville, Georgia, on Saturday morning, 27 June 2015. Anthony ran the 3.1-mile race in 18:35.


Anthony may have won the race by a ton, but the competition for second was much tighter. Conley Wilhelm, a rising senior on the cross country team at Thomas County Central High, took the runner-up spot in 21:06, just a few steps ahead of Thomasville master runner Chad Johnson. Johnson, in turn, just edged out Rich Phipps for third place, 21:11 to 21:15.


Ashley Saba won the women's title, finishing fifth overall in 21:26. McKenna Phipps, soon to be a cross country runner at Asbury University, was the second female finisher, coming in 14th overall in 23:26. Beverly Hamilton was (20th, 24:21) was third in the women's standings and Thomas County Central's Angela Cipriani (25th, 26:21) was fourth. Kirsten Wetherbee was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, 26th overall in 26:33.


130 athletes finished the first year race, with another 42 completing a one-mile fun run. Proceeds of the race benefited the Backpack Buddies of Thomas County.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Encounter 316 5K
  1. 18:34.34 ~ Daniel Anthony (M, 22)
  2. 21:05.30 ~ Conley Wilhelm (M, 17)
  3. 21:10.26 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 44)
  4. 21:14.66 ~ Rich Phipps (M, 49)
  5. 21:39.25 ~ Ai Whatley (M, 45)
  6. 21:41.18 ~ Perry Waddell (M, 17)
  7. 22:14.16 ~ Duane Joiner (M, 39)
  8. 22:40.05 ~ Niklas Von Hellens (M, 13)
  9. 22:56.81 ~ William Carter (M, 50)
  10. 23:15.97 ~ Chris Holt (M, 33)

Top Ten Women, 2015 Encounter 316 5K
  1. 21:25.22 ~ Ashley Saba (F, 23)
  2. 23:25.01 ~ McKenna Phipps (F, 18)
  3. 24:20.78 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37)
  4. 26:20.77 ~ Angela Cipriani (F, 16)
  5. 26:32.76 ~ Kirsten Wetherbee (F, 56)
  6. 26:41.36 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 60)
  7. 28:22.68 ~ Jennifer Hatchell (F, 37)
  8. 29:39.35 ~ Suzanne Angell (F, 49)
  9. 29:52.93 ~ Abigail Moore (F, 20)
  10. 30:18.53 ~ Sonia Vick (F, 47)

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