Richard Goldman
Richard Goldman
You might say Richard Goldman can claim dynasty status as far as the Dickie Nowell Memorial Award is concerned.

Goldman claimed his 12th Dickie Nowell award Saturday during the 39th Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon. He finished 12th overall and was the first person from Neshoba County to cross the finish line with a time of 2:11:52.

Each year, the award is given to the first competitor from Neshoba County who finishes the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon. Nowell was a former competitor and friend to the Philadelphia Sertoma, Club, which sponsors the race. Following his death to cancer in the late 1980s, his family established the award in his honor. The club later voted to continue it.

The club established a female Nowell award in 2016. Shannon Morrow won the award Saturday for the second time.

Goldman has now won the award a record 12 times. He was the top local finisher in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Last year, he finished in 2:11.49 and placed sixth overall.

“I haven’t been able to train this year like I have in the past, but life happens,” Goldman said. “It wasn’t as hot as it has been. I enjoy this race and always want to do my best.”

Tyson Pompelia won his third straight Heart O’ Dixie championship with a winning time of 1:54:36. This was 10 minutes better than runner-up Adam Leister of Meridian, who finished with a time of 2:04:58.

No one has won the Heart O’ Dixie three times in a row since Vick Kelly did so by winning the first, second and third races beginning in 1980.

Anna Wile of Meridian won the women’s championship with a time of 2:16:41.

Afterward, the Sertoma Club hosted its awards ceremony.