Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jennifer Perkins goes a few laps with the leprechauns in Albany

Saint Patrick's Episcopal ChurchEach January for quite a few years, Saint Teresa's Church in Albany, Georgia has invited runners to try to "beat the running nun" at the Nun Run 5K. Similarly, each March since 2014, Albany's Saint Patrick's Church has hosted the Lap A Leprechaun races. I understand that the nun is always a ringer. I don't know if anyone has ever seen the Leprechaun, but Leprechauns are supernatural creatures after all--one of the sidhe. It would be hard to tell if you had lapped one of the wee folk, or if any of them are even there.


At the third annual Lap A Leprechaun on Saturday morning, 19 March 2016, if anyone lapped a leprechaun it was Jennifer Perkins. Perkins won the 6.2-mile race in 39:00, a new women's record for the event. In fact, it was the fastest Lap A Leprechaun 10K ever for either men or women. Master runner Oscar Viquez was the men's champ and overall runner-up, clocking 45:32. Kricia Morris was the second woman and third overall, running 46:37. Karen McNally was the top woman master and third female finisher, placing fourth overall in 48:12.


Top Five Women, 2016 Lap A Leprechaun 10K
  1. 38:59.2 ~ Jennifer Perkins (F, 35)
  2. 46:36.7 ~ Kricia Morris (F, 31)
  3. 48:11.8 ~ Karen McNally (F, 52)
  4. 48:15.1 ~ Sheila Ratliff (F)
  5. 48:55.5 ~ Kathryn Daniels (F, 38)

Top Five Men, 2016 Lap A Leprechaun 10K
  1. 45:31.9 ~ Oscar Viquez (M, 46)
  2. 48:21.7 ~ John Newton (M, 41)
  3. 52:27.8 ~ Jay Weldon (M, 38)
  4. 53:07.6 ~ Casey Perkins (M, 27)
  5. 55:41.5 ~ John Estur (M, 46)

Lee County Middle School cross country runners swept the titles in the third annual Lap A Leprechaun 5K. Eighth-grader Ben Phillips took the men's title in 20:14, and eighth-grader Victoria Natoli was the women's champ and sixth overall in 23:45.

Lee County high sophomore Jacob Blakey finished runner-up in 21:19. The fastest master runner in the 3.1-mile race was Thomas Talley, fourth overall in 22:07. Helen Bland was the top woman master and second female finisher, ninth overall in 25:59.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Lap A Leprechaun 5K
  1. 20:14.0 ~ Benjamin Phillips (M, 13)
  2. 21:18.2 ~ Jacob Blakey (M, 16)
  3. 21:18.8 ~ Jason Bland (M, 29)
  4. 22:06.2 ~ Thomas Talley (M, 55)
  5. 23:25.9 ~ Tracy Taunton (M, 45)
  6. 24:47.8 ~ Monty Watson (M, 45)
  7. 25:15.5 ~ William Bland (M, 55)
  8. 26:08.7 ~ Tom Connelly (M, 61)
  9. 26:38.0 ~ Anthony Cerrone (M, 40)
  10. 28:03.3 ~ Brent Driggers (M, 51)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Lap A Leprechaun 5K
  1. 23:44.6 ~ Victoria Natoli (F, 14)
  2. 25:58.5 ~ Helen Bland (F, 54)
  3. 27:35.6 ~ Maria Cerrone (F, 12)
  4. 28:04.1 ~ Charlene Stokes (F, 44)
  5. 28:37.5 ~ Melissa Ellis (F, 30)
  6. 28.20.0 ~ Debbie Powell (F, 62)
  7. 29:01.5 ~ Kaylee Gattie (F, 8)
  8. 29:19.1 ~ Angela Gattie (F, 35)
  9. 29:25.2 ~ Janet Kirksey (F, 46)
  10. 29:47.0 ~ Davis Jones (F, 14)

St Patrick's Episcopal Church "Lap A Leprechaun" winners, 2014 - 2016
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
15 March 20145K19:09, Jamie Kiep23:52, Elizabeth Campbell87
14 March 201510K48:20, Casey Price49:20, Kathryn Daniels10
5K23:20, Ben Phillips25:06, Hannah Gilmore53
19 March 201610K45:32, Oscar Viquez39:00, Jennifer Perkins10
5K20:14, Benjamin Phillips23:45, Natoli Victoria51

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