Sunday, December 27, 2015

Fox and Dauphin take one more Last Gasp

Westgate ParkAs the old year was starting to sputter out on Saturday morning, 26 December 2015, The Dothan Runners held their annual Last Gasp 5K Trail Run in Dothan, Alabama's Westgate Park. And although the athletes may have been looking forward to a new year, it was the same old winners as in 2014. Austin Fox won the overall title for the second year in a row, running 17:19, and Kayla Dauphin was a repeat winner on the women's side, placing seventh overall in 21:45. 67 athletes finished the 3.1-mile trek over the Larry and Ronna Dykes Trail.


The race took place on an unseasonably warm December morning. How warm was it? Temperatures reached a record 82 degrees later that day. The air was also humid, and the trail was wet. How wet was it?


"Three people fell at the start and one more within a quarter mile," reported master runner Mark McCarra, ninth overall in 22:16. "The trail was okay but very slick in spots."


It was wet enough that Austin Fox was spattered with mud when he crossed the finish line in a winning 17:19. Charles Asouzu, a senior on the Northview High cross country team, was second in 18:47. Michael Martinez of the Tallahassee, Florida Gulf Winds Track Club was the top master on the trails, finishing third overall in 18:53.


Winfield Tan dogged Kayla Dauphin during much of the first kilometer of the race, but after that the women's competition was all Dauphin, as she defended her 2014 title with a 21:45. Tan was runner-up in the women's standings, thirteenth overall in 24:36. Macy Benton, an eighth-grader on the Dothan High cross country squad, was the third female finisher, fifteenth overall in 25:57. Beverly Lovelady was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, seventeenth overall in 26:36.


Top Ten Men, Dothan Runners' 2015 Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
  1. 17:19 ~ Austin Fox (M, 27)
  2. 18:47 ~ Charles Asouzu (M, 18)
  3. 18:53 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 49)
  4. 19:57 ~ David Seymour (M, 28)
  5. 20:44 ~ Devon Dye (M, 18)
  6. 21:00 ~ Bob Walker (M, 44)
  7. 21:56 ~ Dale Thomas (M, 52)
  8. 22:16 ~ Mark McCarra (M, 50)
  9. 23:20 ~ Kurt Sansom (M, 29)
  10. 23:54 ~ Noah Kirkland (M, 17)

Top Ten Women, Dothan Runners' 2015 Last Gasp 5K Trail Run
  1. 21:45 ~ Kayla Dauphin (F, 27)
  2. 24:36 ~ Winfield Tan (F, 27)
  3. 25:57 ~ Macy Benton (F, 14)
  4. 26:36 ~ Beverly Lovelady (F, 44)
  5. 27:26 ~ Jessica Holbert (F, 36)
  6. 28:40 ~ Chris Fox (F, 58)
  7. 29:02 ~ Cassie Logan (F, 52)
  8. 29:06 ~ Donna Hovey (F, 49)
  9. 29:49 ~ Andre McGinity (F, 37)
  10. 31:06 ~ Tamara Hudson (F, 44)

Dothan, Alabama, Last Gasp 5K Trail Race winners, 1999 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
18 December 199916:23, Matt Tillman19:57, Jennifer Hanley75
23 December 200018:16, Matt Parker24:56, Sherry Creel69
22 December 200119:55, Brian Hickey22:21, Piper Stockman69
21 December 200219:23, Brian Hickey24:15, Chris Fox75
20 December 200318:32, Brian Hickey23:53, Piper Stockman68
18 December 200419:40, Brian Hickey24:13, Nancy Hein51
17 December 200519:21, Gabe Mitchell23:10, Lou Ellen Jayroe42
23 December 200617:35, Aubrey Darnell22:23, Sara Jackson92
22 December 200718:08, Nick Vance23:56, Lou Ellen Jayroe86
27 December 200820:17, Terrion Williams23:59, Daphne Cook85
26 December 200918:07, Austin Fox25:29, Cameron Irwin63
11 December 201020:28, Michael Brennan24:51, Julie Harris59
31 December 201117:40, Stephen Robbins20:26, Dana Cody145
29 December 201217:59, Sean Kent22:17, Jeanne Davis65
28 December 201316:56, Kyle Harris23:01, Missy Sexton68
27 December 201417:33, Austin Fox21:41, Kayla Fox62
26 December 201517:19, Austin Fox21:45, Kayla Dauphin (nee Fox)67


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