Monday, October 19, 2015

Reynolds and Williams lead the youth brigade at Joyce's Jog

Joyce's JogOn Saturday morning, 17 October 2015, in the streets of Donalsonville, Georgia, Seminole County High junior Dustin Reynolds outkicked Donalsonville master runner Myles Gibson 17:51 to 17:54 to win the ninth annual Joyce's Jog 5K. Seminole Middle School eighth-grader Macy Williams was the first female finisher, placing twelfth overall in 21:20. The top woman master was Margaret Winkler of Blakely, Georgia, the Joyce's Jog women's champ in 2013 and 2014. 152 athletes completed the 3.1-mile race, the most ever in the nine-year history of the race.


Many of those 152 were high school cross country runners, or at least many of the fastest. Dustin Reynolds competes for the Seminole County cross country team; he outran two-time Joyce's Jog champion Myles Gibson to win the 2015 race. Reynolds' teammate at Seminole County, junior Nicholas Batchelor took third at Joyce's Jog, running 18:37. Early County frosh Tanner Norman was fourth in 18:59, and Seminole County frosh Aubrey Johnson was fifth in 19:23. In fact, Early County and Seminole County each brought a full team to Joyce's Jog. You could have scored it as a dual meet, Seminole County 21, Early County 36.


Maybe they did score it as a dual meet.


The prep runners were not nearly as dominant in the women's competition. Macy Williams did take a break from Seminole County Middle School's cross country schedule to finish as first overall female at Joyce's Jog, but the runner-up spot went to 38-year-old Kristi Johnson of Marianna, Florida. Johnson was 16th overall in 21:59. Master runner Margaret Winkler was third in the women's standings, 20th overall in 22:40. Early County senior cross country runner Jasmine Brown was the fourth female finisher, 21st overall in 22:56.


Donalsonville's Joyce's Jog 5K has been run each October since 2007 in memory of Joyce Payne Henley. Proceeds of the race benefit breast cancer research.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Joyce's Jog 5K
  1. 17:50.54 ~ Dustin Reynolds (M, 16) Brinson, GA
  2. 17:53.20 ~ Myles Gibson (M, 49) Donalsonville, GA
  3. 18:36.25 ~ Nicholas Batchelor (M, 16) Donalsonville, GA
  4. 18:58.95 ~ Tanner Norman (M, 15) Blakely, GA
  5. 19:22.39 ~ Aubrey Johnson (M, 15) Donalsonville, GA
  6. 20:16.89 ~ Davey Reynolds (M, 21) Brinson, GA
  7. 20:19.03 ~ Garrett Taylor (M, 13) Donalsonville, GA
  8. 20:36.26 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 50) Grand Ridge, FL
  9. 20:55.41 ~ Will Winkler (M, 17) Blakely, GA
  10. 21:00.64 ~ Michael Turner (M, 15) Donalsonville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Joyce's Jog 5K
  1. 21:19.42 ~ Macy Williams (F, 13) Iron City, GA
  2. 21:58.28 ~ Kristi Johnson (F, 38) Marianna, FL
  3. 22:39.83 ~ Margaret Winkler (F, 41) Blakely, GA
  4. 22:55.55 ~ Jasmine Brown (F, 17) Blakely, GA
  5. 23:12.81 ~ Julie Genovar (F, 30) Bainbridge, GA
  6. 23:13.13 ~ Meghan Higgins (F, 22) Marietta, GA
  7. 23:15.30 ~ Tara Still (F, 39) Blakely, GA
  8. 23:21.12 ~ Mary Hunt (F, 35) Iron City, GA
  9. 23:42.84 ~ Debra Hunter (F, 42) Jakin, GA
  10. 24:39.26 ~ Lauren Brown (F, 16) Blakely, GA

Joyce's Jog 5K Champions, 2007 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
20 October 200718:50 Myles Gibson26:18 Deborah Ansley33
18 October 200816:33 Jessie Close23:15 Erika Pemberton52
17 October 200918:20 Alex Close22:20 Debbie Wittmer59
16 October 201016:53 Jessie Close22:14 Debbie Wittmer59
15 October 201118:10 Myles Gibson25:10 Ashley Merritt67
20 October 201220:03, Mark McCarra21:49, Debbie Witmer110
19 October 201318:51, Davey Reynolds22:21, Margaret Winkler132
18 October 201416:53, Ben Pleak22:16, Margaret Winkler129
17 October 201517:51, Dustin Reynolds21:20, Macy Williams152


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