Friday, February 23, 2018

Linenfelser and Smith were triumphant Trailblazers in Dothan

Mad dogs and Englishman go out in the midday sun.” --Noel Coward


South Alabama doesn't have much recognizably winter weather, but things usually cool off in February. It certainly isn't like July, when going out for a run at noon just might get you in trouble with the mental health authorities. So on Saturday, 17 February 2018, it was reasonable to expect quite reasonable conditions for the 12:00 PM running of the fourth annual High Noon Trailblazer 5K. Certainly, no one expected temperatures of nearly 80 degrees when the race started.


There were temperatures of nearly 80 degrees when the race started.


Fortunately, it was also cloudy with a breeze, and the race was on the relative coolth of Dothan's Westgate Park Trail. The conditions agreed with Mike Linenfelser, who won the race in 20:28. Kate Smith, a frosh on the Dothan High cross-country team, won the women's title in 26:33, placing eleventh overall.


Kyle Bracklin was runner-up in the 5K in 21:03. Jerland Mack, a senior year cross-country runner at Dothan High, took third in 22:11. Dave Durbin was the fastest master runner in the race, placing eighth overall in 23:58.


Rachel Gothard, another frosh member of the Dothan High cross-country squad, was second in the women's standings and twelfth overall in 27:01. Nina Korges was the top woman master and third female finisher, thirteenth overall in 27:22.


54 athletes finished the 2018 High Noon Trailblazer 5K. The race was a fundraiser for the Dothan High track and field program.


Top Ten Men, 2018 High Noon Trailblazer 5K Trail Race
  1. 20:28, Mike Linenfelser (M, 37)
  2. 21:03, Kyle Brackin (M, 34)
  3. 22:11, Jerland Mack (M, 18)
  4. 22:36, Trevor Shaw (M, 16)
  5. 23:20, Chris Mathews (M, 18)
  6. 23:31, Yamil J Rivas (M, 32)
  7. 23:39, Eli Butler (M, 10)
  8. 23:58, Dave Durbin (M, 58)
  9. 24:27, Joey Harvey (M, 56)
  10. 25:41, Mike Houston (M, 45)

Top Ten Women, 2018 High Noon Trailblazer 5K Trail Race
  1. 26:33, Kate Smith (F, 14)
  2. 27:01, Rachel Gothard (F, 14)
  3. 27:22, Nina Korges (F, 58)
  4. 27:54, Jen Cawley (F, 54)
  5. 30:17, Elizabeth Herndon (F, 15)
  6. 33:13, Sara Beth Beals (F, 30)
  7. 34:32, Stephanie Jetton (F, 29)
  8. 35:03, Susan Anderson (F, 55)
  9. 35:56, Leann Fraka (F, 56)
  10. 36:05, Sandra Binford (F, 59)

High Noon Trailblazer 5K winners, 2015 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
31 January 201517:45, Jesse Espinoza23:59, Debbie Robison80
23 January 201618:29, Myles Gibson22:27, Kaderricka Adams75
18 February 201719:58, Tanner Lotz23:43, Kate Smith82
17 February 201820:28, Mike Linenfelser26:33, Kate Smith54


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