Saturday, May 6, 2017

Watson and Price gallop to victory at the Julep Jog

Julep Jog 5KThe past and the future of Coffee High cross-country were on display in Hahira, Georgia at the third annual Julep Jog 5K on Saturday morning, 6 May 2017. Representing the past was Coffee alumnus Caleb Watson, now on the cross-country team at Armstong State University. Representing the future was Coffee Middle School eighth-grader Cameron Watson, who will be a frosh at Coffee High this fall. The future prevailed over the past, as Cameron Watson won the Julep Jog, running 18:23 on the five-kilometer cross-country course on the Valwood School campus. The past didn't do so badly, though; Caleb Watson was second in 18:45.

Deshon Taylor, a junior on the Valdosta High cross-country squad, was third in 18:46. David Burnett of Valdosta, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fourth overall in 20:38.

Cameron Watson's 18:23 was a new Julep Jog record, eclipsing the mark of 18:49 set by Ryan Kelly in the 2016 race. In the women's competition Valdosta's Anne Price also set a new record, winning the women's title in 22:07 and placing fifth overall. The previous best for a woman at the Julep Jog was the 22:44 posted by Amy Sharon in 2016.

Abby Arnett, a frosh on the Coffee High girls' cross-country team, was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 22:34. Coffee Middle eighth-grader Gracie Woods was the third female and ninth overall in 24:07. Valwood eighth-graders Brenna Clark and Madeline Castor took the next two spots on the women's side, finishing tenth overall in 25:09 and eleventh overall in 25:27. Castor had been the Julep Jog women's champ in 2015. Kelly Yates of Valdosta was the first woman master and seventh female finisher, sixteenth overall in 26:11.

43 athletes finished the 2017 Julep Jog 5K Cross-Country Race. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 18:22.9, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  2. 18:44.4, Caleb Watson (M, 19) Douglas, GA
  3. 18:45.6, DeShon Taylor (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  4. 20:37.2, David Burnett (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:09.4, Cole Woods (M, 9) Broxton, GA
  6. 22:24.6, Connor Watson (M, 17) Douglas, GA
  7. 25:21.0, Christian Sellers (M, 10) Baxley, GA
  8. 25:27.1, Rodney Elam (M, 53) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:40.2, Jacob DeMersseman (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:34.7, Swin Shaw (M, 11) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Julep Jog 5K
  1. 22:06.3, Anne Price (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:33.7, Abbey Arnett (F, 15) Douglas, GA
  3. 24:06.9, Gracie Woods (F, 14) Broxton, GA
  4. 25:08.8, Brenna Clark (F, 14) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:26.6, Madeline Castor (F, 14) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:00.1, Kristin Cleveland (F, 38) Hahira, GA
  7. 26:10.7, Kelly Yates (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:32.5, Ellie Perkins (F, 15) Ambrose, GA
  9. 28:39.1, Emma Burnett (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:56.5, Samantha DeMersseman (F, 38) Valdosta, GA

Julep Jog 5K winners, 2015 - 2017
2 May 201519:33, James Marino24:17, Madeline Castor36
7 May 201618:49, Ryan Kelly22:44, Amy Sharon51
6 May 201718:23, Cameron Watson22:07, Anne Price43