The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 16, 2014

Connect Run: Yarbrough, York, Huff overall winners in 5K, 10K, 1M

Brunton, Morris, Smith top female finishers in trio of races

By Kim West
kwest@athensnews-courier.com

— A pack of teenaged jackrabbits finished strong in the Chick-fil-A Connect Run, but Blake Yarbrough zipped across the finish line in 18 minutes, 4 seconds to claim the 5K championship in downtown Athens.

Yarbrough, competing in the 25-29 age division and setting a 5:49 pace on the inclined 3.1-mile course, fended off teens Ryan Ford (18:32), Andrew Snider (19:04) and David Brashier (20:05) on a bright and slightly breezy Saturday morning.

Tammy Brunton, also competing in the 25-29 division, clocked in as the female overall winner (21:58), while Lauren Boyd (22:36) placed second and Kristi Newton (23:55) third in a race with 297 finishers.

In the age 80-and-over division, Tommie Warner finished in the top 15 with a time of 24:14, while Dalton Davis placed first in the 10-14 age group with a time of 25:07 for 19th place overall.

As an age 25-29 runner, Brandon York won the overall 10K in 32 minutes, 27 seconds, while Nathan Huff (38:41) and Daniel Saint (39:17) rounded out the men’s top three among 83 in the 6.1-mile race.

Caitlin Morris topped the women’s field in 39 minutes, 20 seconds as the fourth overall runner, followed by Farmega Innocent (46:56) and Cindy Butler (49:57).

Micah Huff nabbed the first-place prize in the 1-mile race (7:34), with Cole Terry in second (7:50) and Blake Smith (7:55) third. Elizabeth Smith was the top female (8:32) and sixth overall among 21 competitors.

Based on official race results released Tuesday on http://www.connectrun.net, 401 racers were listed as official finishers after 452 had registered for the 5K, 10K and 1-mile races.

All together, this year’s runners and walkers combined to cover nearly 1,459 miles of pavement along the course beginning at the Limestone County Courthouse.

5K Top 25

1. Blake Yarbrough, 18:04

2. Ryan Ford, 18:32

3. Andrew Snider, 19:04

4. David Brashier, 20:05

5. David Helms, 20:46

6. Tammy Brunton, 21:58

7. Jamie Crouch, 22:18

8. Lauren Boyd, 22:36

9. Jack Missildine, 23:05

10. Joni Mast, 23:33

11. Matt Lewis, 23:35

12. Milton Sledge Jr., 23:44

13. Kristi Newton, 23:55

14. Brianne Kobeck, 24:02

15. Tommie Warner, 24:14

16. Joseph Cannon, 24:17

17. Nicole Jolley, 24:38

18. Wes Miller, 25:02

19. Dalton Davis, 25:07

20. Chase Day, 25:24

21. Lindsay Martin, 25:28

22. Seth Willis, 25:31

23. Whitney Skipworth, 25:34

24. Matthew Potter, 25:40

25. Jamie Bragwell, 25:52

*297 finishers

10K Top 10

1. Brandon York, 32:27

2. Nathan Huff, 38:41

3. Daniel Saint, 39:17

4. Caitlin Morris, 39:20

5. Mike McCoy, 42:17

6. Jordan Johnson, 43:43

7. Thomas Peek, 43:56

8. Gene Stone, 44:05

9. Farmega Innocent, 46:56

10. Anthony Dantonio, 46:59

*83 finishers

1-Mile Top 5

1, Micah Huff, 7:34

2. Cole Terry, 7:50

3. Blake Smith, 7:55

4. Joshua Pollard, 7:59

5. Cal Pasho, 8:13

*21 finishers