Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ashlee Romani takes the whole pile of sand at the Life Is A Beach 5K

Westgate ParkIn August the sultry climate of South Alabama might lead you to believe that life is a beach. At least that was the conclusion of Dothan, Alabama's Dothan Runners Club back in 2001 when they named their August cross-country race through Westgate Park the Life Is A Beach 5K.


On Saturday morning, 13 August 2016, Ashlee Romani was not only the top woman at the Life Is A Beach 5K, she was the overall winner of the 16th annual race. Finishing more than 300 meters ahead of the next runner, Romani covered the 5K loop around Westgate Park in 20:44, the second fastest time posted by a female athlete in the sixteen-year history of the Life Is A Beach race. The only woman to run faster at the Life Is A Beach 5K was Casey McDermott, who won the race with a 17:55 in 2011.


Will Scott, just weeks away from starting his frosh year cross-country season at Headland High, was the first male runner in the race, placing second overall in 22:06. Tony Spicer was the fastest master runner in the race and second in the men's standings, fourth overall in 22:57. Master runner Mark McCarra was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 23:18.


Ella Richards, a seventh-grader on the Headland High cross-country team, was second in the women's standings and fifth overall in 24:15. At 25:59 Kimberly Floyd was the third woman and eleventh overall. Southwest Georgia Academy eighth-grade cross-country runner Katie Sheppard took the fourth woman's spot, finishing sixteenth overall in 27:56. Cassie Logan was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, running 28:03 for seventeenth overall.


44 athletes finished the Dothan Runners Club's 2016 Life Is A Beach 5K cross-country race.


Top Ten Women, 2016 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 20:44, Ashlee Romani (F, 29)
  2. 24:15, Ella Richards (F, 12)
  3. 25:59, Kimberly Floyd (F, 38)
  4. 27:56, Katie Sheppard (F, 13)
  5. 28:03, Casssie Logan (F, 53)
  6. 28:27, Chris Fox-Flowers (F, 58)
  7. 28:51, Michele Chesnut (F, 37)
  8. 30:08, Kristi Holland (F, 40)
  9. 32:07, Emma Richards (F, 13)
  10. 32:43, Amanda Robinson (F, 35)

Top Ten Men, 2016 Life Is A Beach 5K
  1. 22:06, Will Scott (M, 14)
  2. 22:57, Tony Spicer (M, 49)
  3. 23:18, Mark McCarra (M, 51)
  4. 24:28, Dave Durbin (M, 56)
  5. 25:27, Sonny Chesnut (M, 14)
  6. 25:37, David Butler (M, 51)
  7. 25:42, Sean Costello (M, 36)
  8. 25:58, Xavier Clayton (M, 25)
  9. 26:03, David Forrester (M, 37)
  10. 26:30, Bruce Hall (M, 48)

Dothan Runners' Life is a Beach 5K Trail Run Champions, 2001 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
11 August 200118:18, Matt Parker24:09, Piper Stockman68
18 August 200218:55, Shawn Latshaw22:05, Teresa Lafleur75
16 August 200318:04, Myles Gibson21:09, Sandy Ebanks71
14 August 200417:24, Nicholas Ireland23:18, Ali Keith74
13 August 200520:42, Dale Thomas24:40, Nancy Hein60
12 August 200618:15, Gabe Mitchell25:45, Cassie Logan72
11 August 200718:39, Myles Gibson24:18, Amelia Carter86
16 August 200817:54, Ryan Overstreet23:20, Lou Ellen Jayroe71
15 August 200920:37, Brian Hickey23:00, Kristina Bennett62
21 August 201017:52, Nicholas Ireland21:50, Katrina Bokenfohr113
27 August 201118:57, Sean Kent17:55, Casey McDermott82
25 August 201218:26, Sean Kent24:23, Val Lichner119
24 August 201320:26, Cliff Rogers22:29, Brooke Hoopert81
23 August 201418:46, Myles Gibson24:38, Val Lichner46
22 August 201518:40, Myles Gibson23:49, Kimberly Floyd54
13 August 201622:06, Will Scott20:44, Ashlee Romani44


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