Friday, March 11, 2016

Chris Zablocki does it again in Albany

Albany MarathonChris Zablocki, medical student and man of many marathons, returned to Albany, Georgia on Saturday morning, 5 March 2016, to score his second win in a row at the annual Snickers® Marathon. It was Zablocki's third appearance, second win, and fastest time yet at the 26.2-mile Albany race. 20-year-old Kenyan athlete Cynthia Jerop took the women's title, placing ninth overall in 2:50:34. 586 marathoners finished the race.


Behind Zablocki, a pair of athletes from the notorious Hebron, Kentucky training colony grabbed the next two places--Sergey Zrianov was third in 2:19:13 and Kennedy Kemei third in 1:22:48. Albany's Patrick Whitehead was the top hometown finisher; the Darton College professor placed eleventh overall in 2:52:47. Igor Kulchytskyy of Suwanee, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the marathon, finishing 15th overall in 2:56:56.


Natasha Yaremczuk-Baskin of Orlando, Florida's Cat One Fitness was the women's runner-up, placing tenth overall in 2:52:37. Erika Shaughnessy from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina was third in the women's standings, coming in 31st overall in 3:08:19. John Creek, Georgia athlete Gail Rich Nestor was the top woman master and fifteenth female finisher, 112th overall in 3:30:01.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Albany Marathon
  1. 2:18:49.14 ~ Christopher Zablocki (M, 27) Essex, CT
  2. 2:19:12.50 ~ Sergey Zyrianov (M, 31) Hebron, KY
  3. 2:22:47.85 ~ Kennedy Kemei (M, 37) Hebron, KY
  4. 2:25:55.67 ~ David Marley (M, 29) Columbus, GA
  5. 2:41:58.27 ~ Zachary Sollie (M, 21) Opelika, AL
  6. 2:44:18.52 ~ Jeffrey Oliver (M, 34) Pensacola, FL
  7. 2:48:06.04 ~ Juan Soto (M, 30) Gainesville, GA
  8. 2:50:24.81 ~ Robert Cook (M, 22) West Point, NY
  9. 2:52:46.47 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 30) Albany, GA
  10. 2:52:59.62 ~ Jeffrey Ford (M, 27) Bluffton, SC

Top Ten Women, 2016 Albany Marathon
  1. 2:50:33.15 ~ Cynthia Jerop (F, 20) Grand Prairie, TX
  2. 2:52:36.22 ~ Natasha Yaremczuk-Baskin (F, 35) Montverde, FL
  3. 3:08:18.24 ~ Erika Shaughnessy (F, 38) Hilton Head Island, SC
  4. 3:11:22.87 ~ Veronica Amele (F, 35) Kennesaw, GA
  5. 3:15:21.08 ~ Jennifer Stocks (F, 25) Chattanooga, TN
  6. 3:16:48.80 ~ Kristy Maxwell (F, 38) Pensacola, FL
  7. 3:19:05.81 ~ Maurya Lacey (F, 33) Alpharetta, GA
  8. 3:24:12.97 ~ Madeline Blizzard (F, 26) Lakeland, FL
  9. 3:24:51.76 ~ Meredith Zinke (F, 25) Chattanooga, TN
  10. 3:27:08.14 ~ Maggie Hallgren (F, 31) Nashville, TN

Clermont, Georgia's Quintin Miles (one of the better names for a distance runner) won the half marathon event, covering the 13.1-mile course in 1:14:02. Miles is a 2015 alumnus of the North Hall High cross country team. Lucas Stocks took second in the less-lengthy event, running 1:18:44. Atlanta's Peter Kotchen was the fastest master runner in the half, placing third overall in 1:19:38.


Former Georgia Tech cross country runner Kelly Meyer won the women's title in the half marathon, coming in third overall in 1:18:52. Albany's own Jennifer Perkins was the second woman in the 13.1-mile race, finishing ninth overall in 1:26:13. Blakely, Georgia's Ann Centner was third in the women's standings, placing twelfth overall in 1:26:36. Porterdale's Tracy Ashall took top master honors in the women's division, finishing as the fifth female and nineteenth overall in 1:31:25.


728 athletes completed the half marathon. Event Technical Services of Sylvester, Georgia provided timing for the 2016 Snickers® Marathon and Half Marathon.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Albany Half Marathon
  1. 1:14:01.73 ~ Quintin Miles (M, 19) Clermont, GA
  2. 1:18:43.37 ~ Lucas Stocks (M, 25) Chattanooga, TN
  3. 1:19:37.74 ~ Peter Kotchen (M, 47) Atlanta, GA
  4. 1:20:35.36 ~ Connor Roche (M, 23) Fort Benning, GA
  5. 1:24:03.01 ~ Stephen Moss (M, 41) Dunwoody, GA
  6. 1:25:18.76 ~ Michael Anderson (M, 58) Tucker, GA
  7. 1:25:31.14 ~ Mark Graves (M, 51) Marietta, GA
  8. 1:26:31.61 ~ Xuan Zheng (M, 40) Cumming, GA
  9. 1:26:33.32 ~ Eddie Nesmith (M, 50) Winter Haven, FL
  10. 1:26:54.92 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 30) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Albany Half Marathon
  1. 1:18:51.67 ~ Kelly Meyer (F, 23) Roswell, GA
  2. 1:26:12.20 ~ Jennifer Perkins (F, 35) Albany, GA
  3. 1:26:35.66 ~ Ann Centner (F, 24) Blakely, GA
  4. 1:27:12.84 ~ Tara Mooney (F, 32) Atlanta, GA
  5. 1:31:24.01 ~ Tracey E Ashall (F, 42) Porterdale, GA
  6. 1:31:34.38 ~ Krystina Stoner (F, 28) Athens, GA
  7. 1:34:02.28 ~ Christina Proctor (F, 29) Athens, GA
  8. 1:35:09.55 ~ Wendy Donnan (F, 52) Atlanta, GA
  9. 1:36:46.81 ~ Anna Gomes (F, 31) Duncan, SC
  10. 1:37:33.12 ~ Emily Portnoy (F, 31) Smyrna, GA

Albany Marathon Champions, 2007 - 2016
DateMenWomen
3 March 20072:30:56, Jared Nyamboki3:32:41, Wendy Donnan
1 March 20082:27:44, Simon Sawe2:37:26, Janet Cherobon
7 March 20092:19:01, James Boitt2:52:55, Kelly Williamson
6 March 20102:20:55, Jynocel Basweti2:37:57, Janet Cherobon
5 March 20112:17:10, Tesfaye Alemayehu2:43:15, Ludmila Stepanova
3 March 20122:23:50, Mutuku P Muas2:54:32, Mackenzie Howe
2 March 20132:21:04, Edward Tabut2:58:14, Taylor G. Stephens
1 March 20142:34:34, Abraham Kogo2:38:45, Liudmila Stepanova
7 March 20152:18:57, Christopher Zablocki2:44:39, Sara Howe
5 March 20162:18:50, Christopher Zablocki2:50:34, Cynthia Jerop


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