Saturday, January 21, 2017

Whitehead and Sheppard win the first 10K at the 21st Crowdis Run

2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis Run 10K and 5KA lot changed about the Dr. James H. Crowdis Run in 2017. After being contested twenty times over 37 years as a five-kilometer race, the main event changed to a 10K. After four years of running in July, the date of the Crowdis moved to the other end of the calendar, changing to 21 January 2017. The course changed. The starting line and the finish line changed.


It was still a Blakely, Georgia race, though. The run still started and finished at the First United Methodist Church. And the winner was still Patrick Whitehead. The Darton State College professor shrugged off the change from 5K to 10K and claimed his second straight Crowdis title, covering the 6.2-mile course in a winning 36:24. Katie Sheppard, a frosh on the Southwest Georgia Academy cross-country team, claimed the women's title, placing ninth overall in 54:43.


Enterprise (Alabama) High cross-country runner Michael Warner finished runner-up in 41:23. Bainbridge High junior Haydn Griffin took third in 44:03, and Baconton County sophmore Gregory Manning was fourth in 45:07. Dylan Hrncik was the fastest master runner in the 10K, placing sixth overall in 48:30.


Stephanie Odom of Colquitt, Georgia was the fastest woman master and second female finisher, eleventh overall in 55:29. Bainbridge, Georgia master runner Suzanne Angell was third in the women's standings and sixteenth overall in 57:56.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis 10K
  1. 36:23.9, Patrick Whitehead (M, 30)
  2. 41:22.9, Michael Warner (M, 17)
  3. 44:02.6, Haydn Griffin (M, 17)
  4. 45:06.6, Gregory Manning (M, 16)
  5. 46:02.1, Scott Davis (M, 24)
  6. 48:30.0, Dylan Hrncik (M, 42)
  7. 51:06.4, Mason Watson (M, 16)
  8. 51:09.2, David Braswell (M, 45)
  9. 55:00.9, Andy Wall (M, 72)
  10. 55:43.2, David Forrester (M, 37)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis 10K
  1. 54:42.9, Katie Sheppard (F, 14)
  2. 55:28.6, Stephanie Odom (F, 44)
  3. 57:55.4, Suzanne Angell (F, 51)
  4. 60:59, Tara Whaley (F, 41)
  5. 62:04, Andrea Alexander (F, 39)
  6. 63:07, Chandra Hanson (F, 49)
  7. 69:49, Adrian Parker (F, 28)
  8. 70:57, Patty Potter (F, 43)
  9. 73:50, Denease Harrison (F, 53)
  10. 76:52, Julia Moss (F, 32)

The 5K wasn't dropped from the program of the Dr. James H. Crowdis Run, though; it only lost top billing. Trevor Cleveland won the shorter event by nearly 400 meters. A junior on the Lee County High cross-country team, Cleveland completed the 3.1-mile course in 19:23. Alli Hay, a senior-year cross-country runner at Pataula Academy, was the top women and overall runner-up in 20:23. Dale Thomas was the fastest master runner in the 5K and fourth overall in 21:01. Debra Hunter-McCoy was the first woman master and sixth female finisher, 21st overall in 24:51. Hunter-McCoy had been the women's champ at the 2012 Crowdis 5K.


33 athletes finished the 2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis 10K, with another 58 completing the 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. 19:23.0, Trevor Cleveland (M, 16)
  2. 20:57.3, Alexander Coleman (M, 17)
  3. 21:00.2, Dale Thomas (M, 53)
  4. 21:09.6, Harold Allen (M, 35)
  5. 22:03.3, Mark McCarra (M, 51)
  6. 22:04.6, Jonathon Warner (M, 16)
  7. 22:17.0, Julian Whaley (M, 13)
  8. 22:28.7, Eli Butler (M, 9)
  9. 23:24.1, Brian Hickey (M, 48)
  10. 23:32.4, Dave Durbin (M, 57)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Dr. James H. Crowdis 5K
  1. 20:23.0, Alli Hay (F, 17)
  2. 22:40.7, Ramsay Miller (F, 17)
  3. 23:06.2, Ella Richards (F, 12)
  4. 23:15.1, Natalie Warner (F, 13)
  5. 24:33.6, Annabelle Warner (F, 14)
  6. 24:50.8, Debra Hunter-McCoy (F, 43)
  7. 27:55.4, Caitlin Finney (F, 11)
  8. 28:17.1, Emma Richards (F, 13)
  9. 30:17.7, Cassie Logan (F, 53)
  10. 30:32.3, Amanda Moulton (F, 43)

Dr. James H. Crowdis Run champions, 1981 - 2017
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
28 March 19815K17:14, Tony Gilbert21:09, Connie Cullifer
27 March 19825K17:20, Brian Doby, Connie Cullifer108
12 March 19835K16:19, Kirk Thomas20:10, Maurine Farley143
10 March 19845K15:50, Louis Floyd21:16, Ann Lee139
9 March 19855K15:46, Mike Mead19:54, Donna Duty179
9 March 19865K15:31, Mike Mead19:36, Donna Duty198
14 March 19875K15:20, Lee Fidler19:36, Donna Duty158
12 March 19885K15:53, John Devine18:59, Janice Hochstein151
11 March 19895K14:59, Matt Parker17:03, Kim Byrd178
10 March 19905K15:05, Matt Parker19:47, Donna Duty152
9 March 19915K15:36, Matt Parker18:29, Connie Robertson130
14 March 19925K14:52, Paul Waldron20:09, Janice Hochstein102
15 May 1993*5K16:54, Myles Gibson20:22, Donna Duty65
12 March 19945K16:51, Scott Hoxie18:32, Connie Robertson97
11 March 19955K16:54, Dale Thomas19:19, Connie Robertson105
No race held, 1996-2011
3 September 20125K18:27, Jonathon Davison23:13, Debra Hunter87
13 July 20135K17:34, Chase Harris21:14, Paige Braswell88
19 July 20145K18:12, Myles Gibson23:24, Margaret Winkler103
11 July 20155K18:10, Myles Gibson23:02, Margaret Winkler107
9 July 20165K17:07, Patrick Whitehead19:14, Sheryl Rosen90
21 January 201710K36:24, Patrick Whitehead54:43, Katie Sheppard33
5K19:23, Trevor Cleveland20:23, Alli Hay58

* The 1993 race was originally scheduled for March 13, but was one of several
races in the region that day postponed by a severe winter storm
.

A huge "thank you" to Larry Dykes of the Dothan Runners for his help in
filling many blanks in the above history
.



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