Friday, March 18, 2016

Roche and Miller were rolling in clover at the Shamrock Jog and Jam

On Saturday evening, 12 March 2016, Just seven days after Lt. Connor Roche had been in Albany, Georgia for the half marathon, he was in Americus for a shorter race--the sixth annual Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K. Roche scampered across the finish line of the night run nearly half a kilometer ahead of the next runner finishing first in 18:13. Ramsay Miller, a sophomore on the Lee County High cross country team, won the women's title, placing twelfth overall in 23:18.


Matthew Ledger was the overall runner-up in 20:02, and Lee County middle school student Ben Phillips was third in 20:13. Ed Shattles was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in fourth overall in 20:22.


It was a close finish for the top two woman masters, with Charlene Pennymon edging Trina Shattles 24:06 to 24:09. Pennymon, the 2015 Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K women's champion, was the second female finisher and seventeenth overall in the 2016 race. Trina Shattles was third in the women's standings and eighteenth overall.


154 athletes finished the sixth annual Shamrock Jog and Jam. The race benefits the Scott Law Foundation, which provides direct financial assistance to Sumter and surrounding county residents suffering from cancer or other medical ailments.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K
  1. 18:12.7 ~ Connor Roche (M, 23)
  2. 20:01.2 ~ Matthew Ledger (M, 20)
  3. 20:12.3 ~ Ben Phillips (M, 14)
  4. 20:21.2 ~ Ed Shattles (M, 52)
  5. 20:59.0 ~ Austin Anthony (M, 15)
  6. 22:25.4 ~ Chris Phillips (M, 36)
  7. 22:53.4 ~ John Lightner (M, 13)
  8. 22:58.8 ~ John Fennessy (M, 37)
  9. 23:03.9 ~ Kevin Richmond (M, 13)
  10. 23:04.3 ~ Bucky Thompson (M, 33)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K
  1. 23:17.2 ~ Ramsay Miller (F, 16)
  2. 24:05.1 ~ Charlene Pennymon (F, 51)
  3. 24:08.2 ~ Trina Shattles (F, 46)
  4. 25:13.4 ~ Deann Reid (F, 49)
  5. 26:14.5 ~ Carmen Boehme (F, 38)
  6. 26:21.3 ~ Marybeth Forwood (F, 52)
  7. 26:45.5 ~ Deanna Beamon (F, 35)
  8. 27:32.9 ~ Mollie McGowan (F, 24)
  9. 27:37.1 ~ Emmy Reid (F, 31)
  10. 27:39.1 ~ Jessica Childers (F, 30)

Shamrock Jog and Jam 5K winners, 2011 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
19 March 201117:56, Nathan Norton19:34, Angie Slappey165
10 March 201218:06, Cyrus Weigand19:15, Angie Slappey169
9 March 201317:26, Wright Calhoun21:35, Chris Shattles153
15 March 201417:05, Wright Calhoun22:31, Jessica Childers122
21 March 201517:06, Wright Calhoun22:54, Charlene Pennymon162
12 March 201618:13, Connor Roche23:18, Ramsay Miller154


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