Monday, June 20, 2016

McCoy and Mixon master the Melon Run

If there is an official fruit of summer, it is the watermelon. Tomatoes have their fans, and there is nothing wrong with plums or a good peach, but none of these can match the popularity of watermelons. This popularity is reflected in the large number of Watermelon Runs you'll find on America's roads throughout the summer. I'm not saying that you won't find races dedicated to pumpkins, grapes, or apples. It's just that you'll find many, many more events that celebrate watermelon. Such races are scheduled in multiple towns in each state. Cordele, Georgia is one such town.


On Saturday morning, 18 June 2016, Hinesville, Georgia master runner Robert McCoy won Cordele's 2016 Watermelon Race by nearly 600 meters, covering the five kilometer course in 19:44. Rand McDonald, an eighth-grader on the Early County Middle School cross-country team, was second overall in 22:23. Bucky Thompson of Byromville, Georgia placed third in 23:02.


Vienna, Georgia distance runner Caitlin Mixon was the women's champ, finishing fourth overall in 24:02. Atlanta, Georgia's Whitney Conner was runner-up on the women's side and eighth overall in 27:02. Cordele's own Adrienne Worley was the third woman and ninth overall in 27:14. Dale Lawson of Cordele was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, tenth overall in 27:33.


59 athletes finished Cordele's 2016 Watermelon 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Cordele Watermelon 5K
  1. 19:43.81 ~ Robert McCoy (M, 50) Hinesville, GA
  2. 22:22.05 ~ Rand McDonald (M, 13) Blakely, GA
  3. 23:01.75 ~ Bucky Thompson (M, 33) Byromville, GA
  4. 25:02.33 ~ Garan Daw (M, 15) Unadilla, GA
  5. 25:20.25 ~ Will Lanneau (M, 16) Cordele, GA
  6. 26:33.60 ~ Angel Valdes (M, 25) Cordele, GA
  7. 29:22.14 ~ Jud Lanneau (M, 46) Cordele, GA
  8. 29:48.82 ~ Rick Lawson (M, 53) Cordele, GA
  9. 30:28.98 ~ Ben Carey (M, 37) Cobb, GA
  10. 30:43.61 ~ Dagan Kennedy (M, 17) Cordele, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Cordele Watermelon 5K
  1. 24:01.08 ~ Caitlin Mixon (F, 27) Vienna, GA
  2. 27:01.25 ~ Whitney Conner (F, 27) Atlanta, GA
  3. 27:13.58 ~ Adrienne Worley (F, 35) Cordele, GA
  4. 27:32.33 ~ Dale Lawson (F, 49) Cordele, GA
  5. 30:10.90 ~ Stacey McGarr (F, 44) Cordele, GA
  6. 30:54.08 ~ Rebecca Walker (F, 37) Cordele, GA
  7. 31:36.51 ~ Erica Rickerson (F, 17) Hawkinsville, GA
  8. 34:27.60 ~ Andrea Wade (F, 47) Cordele, GA
  9. 34:58.23 ~ Toni Lanneau (F, 46) Cordele, GA
  10. 35:03.04 ~ Jennifer Edalgo (F, 36) Cordele, GA

Cordele Watermelon 5K
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
14 June 200810K33:46, David Marley51:34, Elizabeth Lambert45
5K20:37, Patrick Calcutt22:25, Neeli Fortson70
13 June 200912K43:34, Austin McDonald60:35, Cheryl Vail63
5K17:47, Nathan Norton24:35, Katherine McGarr84
12 June 201012K54:24, Bret Campbell62:39, Emily Parker59
5K19:00, Nathan Norton22:12, Molly Smith95
10 June 201110.5K45:54, Sean McConnell51:16, Leah Ellis25
5K18:47, Masked Avenger24:50, Heidi Taylor64
9 June 201210.2K
5K
8 June 20135K18:54, Robert Bledsoe21:18, Katherine McGarr103
7 June 20145K18:45, Hunter Kimball24:41, Lauren Pollock78
27 June 20155K21:21, Robert McCoy25:49, Charlene Pennymon67
18 June 20165K19:44, Robert McCoy24:02, Caitlin Mixon59


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