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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Parkins, Teeple repeat as champions

Monday, April 29, 2013

By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

When the runners in Saturday's annual Chug for the Jug 5K road race took their starting marks Saturday morning, the smart money was on Salem's Andrew Parkins and local long-distance prep standout Melissa Teeple to repeat as champions.

Needless to say, the smart money paid off.

Parkins won the men's crown for the second year in a row, and Teeple captured her third straight women's overall championships in the seventh-annual event, which saw an increase in participation this year according to race director Marsha Cramblitt of the Franklin County Department of Parks and Recreation.

According to final race statistics, 290 runners/walkers were registered for the 3.1-mile events, sponsored by Franklin Community Bank and Carillon Franklin Memorial Hospital (CFMH), that are contested in conjunction with one another. Of those, 270 posted finishing times.

Participation in the 1-mile Kids Fun Run, which is sponsored by the recreation department, took the total number to more than 300, Cramblitt said.

The race was run in memory of former competitor and local banker Larry Heaton, who was killed a traffic accident in Patrick County in December 2009.

Heaton's two sons, Matt and Daniel, raced in the 5K and finished sixth and ninth in the men's 23 to 29 age division. His wife, Betty, was part of the Franklin Community Bank team that won the health walk.

The family received several gifts and memorabilia during the race's award ceremony, including the bib number Heaton wore in last year's Chug for the Jug which had framed as a keepsake.

Also, a several members of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church in Collinsville, of which Heaton was a member, raced in this year's 5K or competed in the walk.

Parkins, 28, has captured the men's overall championship four of the past five years and has claimed multiple titles in two other local road races, the Heritage Classic, which is staged on Memorial Day, and the Johnny CASA 5-Miler, which is staged in September.

The lone year Parkins did not win the title was 2011 when he finished second. That year, he was five days removed from racing in the Boston Marathon.

Saturday, Parkins crossed the finish line in 16:42.2, which was slower than his winning time of a year ago by almost four seconds.

But he had some stout competition in Sam Lev, age 27, who finished second second in 16:49.3.

Lev had Parkins in his sights as the two descended South Main Street and turned onto the finish past CFMH en route to the Rocky Mount Farmers' Market at Citizen's Square.

Placing third was 29-year-old Josiah Ruhl (18:47) who past Teeple as he made his way to the finish.

Teeple, a senior at Franklin County, established a mark that will live in perpetuity during last fall's high school cross country season when she became the first and only runner to win four consecutive Western Valley District individual championship.

Teeple's accomplishment will not be broken because the Virginia High School League (VHSL) begins reclassification in August and the WVD will dissolve because of it at the end of the current spring sports campaign.

Teeple, a three-time Group AAA state qualifier in cross country finished the race in 18:50.4. Pam Rickard of Rocky Mount was second in 21:35.1 and Jennifer DeForest was third in 21:40.1.

Teeple's finishing time, she average a mile pace of 6:05, was the best of her three championship efforts.

Here is overview of the top three finishers in each age division in the 5K run.


•Female 12 and Younger: Courtney Bryant (28:44.4), Addie Shorter (28:44.7), Jasmine Young (29:00.3).

•Male 12 and Younger: Garrett Garman (20:52.3), Jedaiah Ruhl (21:21.2), Gideon Ruhl (22:30.5).

•Female 13 to 17: Emily Sigmon (21:44.2), Hannah Jent (25:05.6), Danielle Graham (25:09.1).

•Male 13 to 17: Luke Erickson (21:03.5), Grant Grindstaff (21:33.7), Asher Bryant (22:10.4).

•Female 18 to 22: Baylee Mabe (22:58.5), Tabby Poindexter (25:15.8), Amber Brooks (33:21.6).

•Male 18 to 22: Garrett Cooper (20:19.5), Dylan McAllister (22:09.3), Patrick Martin (24:19.3).

•Female 23 to 29: Jordan Johnson (22:52.3), Amanda Rucker (23:42.5), Megan Chilton (24:13.2).

•Male 23 to 29: Rowan Chantal (19:20.0), Zach France (20:44.3), Matt Dunbar (22:12.1).

•Female 30 to 34: Alice Smith (25:16.9), Jennifer Fitzgerald (25:30.8), Melanie Dormon (28:03.2).

•Male 30 to 34: Michael Gray (20:03.4), Nat Hodges (22:07.1).

•Female 35 to 39: Nicki Alexander (22:59.8), Lindsay Montgomery (23:31.3), Tara Holley (23:43.1).

Male 35 to 39: Matthew Sherrard (19:26.3), Eric Anderson (22:12.5), Sakeeta Chantal (22:16.0).

Female 40 to 44: Cheri Jones (24:52.5), Christy Ploch (26:49.1), Theresa Bechtel (27:16.8).

Male 40 to 44: J.J. Keith (22:11.1), John Thomas Grider II (25:43.6), Dave Meyer (36:35.4).

Female 45 to 49: Wendy Grider (25:43.2), Sheila Lynch (30:22.3), Lisa McDonald (31:10.6).

Male 45 to 49: Gary Young (24:32.0), Rob Shorter (24:47.3), George Lyle (25:38.3).

Female 50 to 54: Mary O'Donoghue (24:37.0), Susan Thacker (29:12.8), Leigh Prom (30:14.0).

Male 50 to 54: Brent Lynch (20:30.2), Jason Dove (22:42.7), Peter DeForest (23:34.4).

Female 55 to 59: Kristi Banks (25:07.4), Ann Adkins (38:01.3), Dianne Pace (49:58.1).

Male 55 to 59: Mark Jones (23:01.6), Tommy Rakes (25:10.3), Ronnie Doss (25:14.1).

Female 60 to 64: Jean Mistele (29:44.1), Emily Smith (40:00.9).

Male 60 to 64: Wayne Treadway (22:34.8), Danny Bird (27:22.5).

Female 65 to 69: Emma Parcell (30:34.9)

Male 70 and older: Harold Ingram (23:03.7), Bill Scott (34:31.6), Ray Gilbarte (45:58.4).

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