Sunday, February 5, 2017

McGhin and Thornhill notch wins in the 10K at Jog With The Generals

5th annual Jog With The GeneralsOn Saturday morning, 4 February 2017, it was the fifth annual Jog With The Generals, and it was the third time that the 10K had been contested at the Dasher, Georgia event. Rob McGhin of Valddosta, Georgia won that 6.2-mile race on the roads around Dasher, running 42:17. Another Valdosta athlete, Ali Thornhill, won the women's title, placing fourth overall in 48:36. 26 athletes finished the 10K.


Valdosta's Steve Plymale was the top master runner in the 10K, placing second overall in 44:07. Sam Warren of Valdosta was third in the race with a 45:28.


Gina Purvis of Tifton, Georgia was the first woman master and second female finisher, placing tenth overall in 53:25. Valdosta's Brooke Byrd was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 56:39.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 42:16.7, Rob McGhin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 44:06.4, Steve Plymale (M, 67) Valdosta, GA
  3. 45:27.2, Sam Warren (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  4. 48:36.9, Wesley Heruska (M, 40) Hahira, GA
  5. 50:37.2, Karl Brown (M, 41) Alapaha, GA
  6. 50:50.4, Andrew Marzen (M, 46) Tifton, GA
  7. 51:00.1, Chad Smith (M, 29) Valdosta, GA
  8. 51:04.7, Wayne Kountis (M, 57) Tifton, GA
  9. 53:24.8, Darren McCall (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  10. 54:12.7, Bob Moon (M, 62) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 48:35.8, Ali Thornhill (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  2. 53:24.3, Gina Purvis (F, 57) Tifton, GA
  3. 56:38.2, Brooke Byrd (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  4. 57:21.5, Amy Reese (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  5. 59:07.3, Traci Ferris (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  6. 66:56, Sandra Di Pietro (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  7. 69:54, Amber Drew (F, 13) Quitman, GA
  8. 70:04, Shannon Fernandez (F, 46) Valdosta, GA
  9. 71:32, Holly Browning (F, 36) Lakeland, GA
  10. 75:04, Deborah McDonald (F, 54) Valdosta, GA

26 athletes finished the 10K at the 2017 Jog With The Generals, while another 83 completed a 5K race. First among those in the shorter race was Jonathan Miller of Quitman, Georgia. Seventeen-year-old Miller ran 19:53 in the 5K, winning the race by almost 300 meters. Bryce Jackson, a sophomore on the Valdosta High cross-country team, took second in 21:06. Parker Jackson, the ace of the Valdosta Middle School cross-country squad, placed third in 21:33.


Alicia Parker of Valdosta took the women's title in the 5K, placing thirteenth overall in 27:13. Tessa Carder of Dasher was second in the women's standings and eighteenth overall in 27:55. Hahira, Georgia's Emily Heruska was the third female finisher and nineteenth overall in 28:05.


A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the races and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 19:53.0, Jonathan Miller (M, 17) Quitman, GA
  2. 21:05.3, Bryce Jackson (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  3. 21:33.0, Parker Jackson (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:08.3, Lukas Smidtas (M, 16) Naylor, GA
  5. 23:36.7, Justin Naylor (M, 43) Hahira, GA
  6. 23:53.4, Renaldas Smidtas (M, 52) Naylor, GA
  7. 24:50.6, Rowan Lawson (M, 9) Valdosta, GA
  8. 25:49.3, Reagan Lawson (M, 11) Valdosta, GA
  9. 26:20.6, Gene Murphy (M, 35) Hahira, GA
  10. 26:29.3, Andy Griffin (M, 25) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 27:12.3, Alicia Parker (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 27:31.9, Melissa Norris (F, 33) Hahira, GA
  3. 27:54.8, Tessa Carder (F, 35) Dasher, GA
  4. 28:04.8, Emily Heruska (F, 38) Hahira, GA
  5. 28:13.1, Jocelyn Zhuno (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  6. 28:17.9, Ashley Greene (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  7. 28:45.0, Elizabeth Greene (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:55.8, Lina Smidt (F, 52) Naylor, GA
  9. 30:48.9, Jamie Brown (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  10. 31:22.8, Katya Jackson (F, 10) Valdosta, GA

Jog With The Generals champions, 2013 - 2017
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
9 February 20135K17:48, Steven Cary22:57, Makenzee Page161
8 February 20145K18:51, Scott Gordon21:02, Makenzee Page126
7 February 201510K36:53, Ryan Kelly51:43, Lauren Bewley24
5K18:42, Brian Rohrbach26:13, Sonja Reed91
6 February 201610K38:37, Ryan Kelly49:06, Lauren Bewley23
5K20:39, Parker Reid Jackson25:43, Alison Thornhill68
4 February 201710K42:17, Rob McGhin48:36, Alison Thornhill26
5K19:53, Jonathan Miller27:13, Alicia Parker83
No 10K race was contested at the Jog With The Generals until 2015.


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