Sunday, March 12, 2017

Nicholas Shipley laps everyone at the Lap-A-Leprechaun 5K

Lap-A-Leprechaun 5KIf there was a competition for authenticity among Georgia road races with Saint Patrick's Day themes, Albany's Lap-A-Leprechaun 5K would have some strong rivals. There is Dublin, Georgia's Leprechaun Road Race for instance. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and Dublin was named for the capital and largest city of Ireland. However, since Albany's event started in 2014, the race has been hosted by Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church. Could you ask for a stronger connection to Patrick himself?

The fourth annual Lap-A-Leprechaun 5K was run from Saint Patrick's Church on Saturday morning, 11 March 2017. It was not reported whether or not Albany's Nicholas Shipley lapped any leprechauns that day, but if the race had been run on a 400-meter track instead of the road then Shipley would have come close to lapping everyone in the field twice. He won the race in 20:44, finishing almost 800 meters ahead of the next runner. Kathryn Daniels of Albany was the first woman in the race, placing third overall in 24:58.

Chirstopher Mann of Albany was the fastest master runner in the race, finishing as the overall runner-up in 24:41. Albany's James Clements was third in the men's standings and fourth overall in 25:19.

Leesburg, Georgia's Victoria Natoli was second in the women's standings and seventh overall in 27:15. Natoli, a frosh on the Lee County High cross-country team, had been the Lap-A-Leprechaun 5K women's champ in 2016. Sandra Williams of Albany was the first woman master and third female finisher, eighth overall in 27:20.

40 athletes finished the 2017 Lap-A-Leprechaun 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Albany, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Lap A Leprechaun 5K
  1. 20:43.3, Nicholas Shipley (M, 34) Albany, GA
  2. 24:40.5, Christopher Mann (M, 59) Albany, GA
  3. 25:18.3, James Clements (M, 35) Albany, GA
  4. 26:01.6, Anthony Cerrone (M, 41) Leesburg, GA
  5. 26:41.2, Cyler Perkins (M, 12) Albany, GA
  6. 28:06.0, Demetrious Curry (M, 27) Albany, GA
  7. 28:06.9, Alex Hart (M, 48) Albany, GA
  8. 28:55.2, Brent Driggers (M, 52) Albany, GA
  9. 31:05.0, Donald Mirate (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  10. 31:17.2, Todd Deariso (M, 48) Sylvester, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Lap A Leprechaun 5K
  1. 24:57.4, Kathryn Daniels (F, 39) Albany, GA
  2. 27:14.4, Victoria Natoli (F, 15) Leesburg, GA
  3. 27:19.4, Sandra Williams (F, 42) Albany, GA
  4. 29:40.4, Kricia Morris (F, 32) Leesburg, GA
  5. 29:45.3, Debbie Powell (F, 63) Cordele, GA
  6. 29:47.2, Charlene Stokes (F, 45) Leesburg, GA
  7. 31:24.7, Mel Almond (F, 32) Albany, GA
  8. 33:22.6, Darlene Cowart (F, 49) Bronwood, GA
  9. 39:40.8, Sangita Doad (F, 52) Albany, GA
  10. 39:41.2, Nancy Sadler (F, 62) Albany, GA

St Patrick's Episcopal Church "Lap A Leprechaun" winners, 2014 - 2017
15 March 20145K19:09, Jamie Kiep23:52, Elizabeth Campbell87
14 March 201510K48:20, Casey Price49:20, Kathryn Daniels10
5K23:20, Ben Phillips25:06, Hannah Gilmore53
19 March 201610K45:32, Oscar Viquez39:00, Jennifer Perkins10
5K20:14, Benjamin Phillips23:45, Natoli Victoria51
11 March 20175K20:44, Nicholas Shipley24:58, Kathryn Daniels52