For Valdosta State cross-country runner Josh Hall, though, the Cumulative 5K is exactly the stuff that dreams are made of, good dreams. On Saturday morning, 26 July 2014, Hall won the third annual Cumulative 5K in Hahira, Georgia, covering 5000 meters of running on the Valwood School track in 16:50.2. Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was the best master runner in the Cumulative, placing fourth in the overall standings with a 19:34.0 total. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta was the top woman in the event, coming in seventh overall with a 21:03.1. Alice Smoot, the women's champ at the 2012 Cumulative, was this year's top woman master, tenth overall in 21:44.6.
Josh Hall wasted no time getting out front in the 2014 Cumulative. During the opening race he lapped the entire field, posting 11:01.9 for the 3200--the fastest 3200 leg in the history of the Cumulative. Hall followed up with the fastest 200 meters of the morning, a 29.6, and concluded his efforts with a 5:18.7 1600, the fastest 1600 ever run at the Cumulative. It all went to add up to a Cumulative 5K record of 16:50.2.
Behind Hall, Valdosta High cross-country coach Ryan Kelly ended the 3200 in second place at 12:39.4, 12 seconds up on Rick Mazurkiewicz (12:51.6), and 17 seconds ahead of DeShon Taylor (12:56.3). Kelly logged a 35.4 200, losing ground to Mazurkiewicz (32.1) and Taylor (31.9), but holding on to second. Taylor concluded the Cumulative with the second best 1600 of the day, 5:55.2, overtaking Marzurkiewicz in the standings. Taylor's time wasn't fast enough to catch Kelly, though; the coach's 6:02.5 gave him a second-place sum of 19:17.3. Taylor was third in 19:23.4 and Mazurkiewicz fourth in 19:34.0.
Elizabeth Smith had the fastest women's times in each of the three races--13:44.5, 38.1, and 6:40.5--clearly giving her a winning total of 21:03.1. In the battle for second place in the women's standings, Debbie Green edged Alice Smoot in the 3200, 14:14.1 to 14:16.7, then again in the 200, 36.5 to 41.2. It came down to the 1600, where Smoot made up the 7.3-second deficit and more, outrunning Green 6:46.7 to 7:03.7. At 21:44.6 Smoot was the second woman and first woman master; Green was third woman and second woman master at 21:54.3.
28 athletes completed the 2014 Cumulative 5K.
Third annual Cumulative 5K
Valwood School Track, Hahira, Georgia
Saturday, 26 July 2014
|Cumulative 5K winners, 2012-2014|
|28 July 2012||17:38.4, Tyler Thurman||20:18.3, Alice Smoot||19|
|27 July 2013||17:25.8, Tyler Thurman||19:53.3, Alison Peters||31|
|26 July 2014||16:50.2, Josh Hall||21:03.1, Elizabeth Smith||28|
- 2013 story, "Lowndes High Vikings Thurman and Peters accumulate wins at the Cumulative 5K"
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