Monday, October 23, 2017

High school cross-country standouts Norman and Tabb win Joyce's Jog

Joyce's JogAt the annual Joyce's Jog 5K, it's no longer unusual for high school cross-country runners to sweep the top places. In fact, it's getting to be routine. In 2015 Dustin Reynolds of Seminole County High won the men's title in the Donalsonville, Georgia road race, while Macy Williams of Seminole County was first in the women's standings. In 2016 Reynolds repeated as men's champ and Seminole County's Masey Tabb took the women's title. So it couldn't have been surprising that on Saturday morning, 21 October 2017, high school athletes once again came up winners at the eleventh annual Joyce's Jog. Early County High senior Tanner Norman was the first overall male, running 18:40 on the streets of Donalsonville. Seminole County sophomore Masey Tabb successfully defended her women's title, placing seventeenth overall in 22:48.


Norman had finished second in the race in 2016. He and Tabb weren't the only preps at the top of the results in 2017. Garrett Taylor, a Seminole County High sophomore, placed second overall in 18:53. Payton Price, another Seminole County sophomore, was third in 19:51. Early County frosh Rand McDonald was fourth in 20:07, and Seminole County junior Aubrey Johnson was fifth in 20:31. There were some more seasoned athletes in the race, though. Mark McCarra was the top master runner in the 5K, placing eighth overall in 21:38.


Close behind Masey Tabb, Southwest Georgia Academy frosh Katie Sheppard was second in the women's standings and nineteenth overall in 22:54. Mary Hunt was the third woman and 26th overall in 24:30. Margaret Winkler of Blakely, Georgia was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, 28th overall in 25:05. Winkler had been the women's champ of the Joyce's Jog in 2013 and 2014 and the top woman master in 2015.


97 athletes finished the 2017 Joyce's Jog 5K. The race is always held on the third Saturday in October, so expect the twelfth annual Joyce's Jog on 20 October 2018.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Joyce's Jog 5K
  1. 18:39.52, Tanner Norman (M, 17)
  2. 18:52.63, Garrett Taylor (M, 15)
  3. 19:50.77, Payton Price (M, 15)
  4. 20:06.27, Rand McDonald (M, 15)
  5. 20:30.88, Aubrey Johnson (M, 17)
  6. 20:40.69, Bryan Jones (M, 23)
  7. 21:28.37, Mark Beyer (M, 22)
  8. 21:37.91, Mark McCarra (M, 52)
  9. 21:41.67, Baylor Williams (M, 13)
  10. 21:43.27, Hank Jackson (M, 56)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Joyce's Jog 5K
  1. 22:47.15, Masey Tabb (F, 15)
  2. 22:53.53, Katie Sheppard (F, 14)
  3. 24:29.31, Mary Hunt (F, 37)
  4. 25:04.81, Margaret Winkler (F, 43)
  5. 25:27.18, Stephanie Odom (F, 45)
  6. 25:42.12, Meghan Higgins (F, 24)
  7. 25:50.74, Macy Batchelor (F, 14)
  8. 26:01.89, Lane Hoover (F, 34)
  9. 26:33.08, Kyndall Brownlee (F, 14)
  10. 25:55.68, Erin Lenz (F, 38)

Ten years of Joyce's Jog 5K champions, 2007 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
20 October 200718:50 Myles Gibson26:18 Deborah Ansley33
18 October 200816:33 Jessie Close23:15 Erika Pemberton52
17 October 200918:20 Alex Close22:20 Debbie Wittmer59
16 October 201016:53 Jessie Close22:14 Debbie Wittmer59
15 October 201118:10 Myles Gibson25:10 Ashley Merritt67
20 October 201220:03, Mark McCarra21:49, Debbie Witmer110
19 October 201318:51, Davey Reynolds22:21, Margaret Winkler132
18 October 201416:53, Ben Pleak22:16, Margaret Winkler129
17 October 201517:51, Dustin Reynolds21:20, Macy Williams152
15 October 201616:57, Dustin Reynolds22:54, Masey Tabb143
21 October 201718:40, Tanner Norman22:48, Masey Tabb97


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