Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Rain can't spoil Valdosta's Labor Day picnic on the roads

Masked AvengerSome people spend Labor Day weekend on the beach, others go to the mountains. Some go fishing, some camp, some have a Labor Day picnic.


Valdosta's Masked Avenger spent his Labor Day weekend winning races.


After picking up a victory at the Lakeland, Georgia Dawg-Gone Good 5K Road Race on Saturday, 3 September 2011, the Avenger was back home in Valdosta on Monday for the third annual Labor Day 5K. The runner in the mask was first again, clocking 17:55 to finish 50 meters ahead of the runner-up, Juan Castanon (2nd, 18:06) of Hahira, Georgia. South Georgia College cross-country runner Joshua Holcombe was third in 18:22. The fastest master of the morning was Valdosta's Tom Phillips, tenth overall in 20:15.


Valwood School cross-country runner Mary Alice Smoot ran away with the women's division, winning by over 300 meters with a time of 20:59. Lowndes High sophomore distance runner Alison Peters was second in 22:26, and South Georgia College's Jennifer Cumbus was the third woman in at 23:31. Lowndes High junior Emily Singletary outkicked her senior teammate, Alejandra Francis, for fourth, both clocked in 23:41. Hahira's Janis Lee ran 25:55 to finish as the top woman master and ninth woman overall.


108 runners finished the third annual Valdosta Labor Day 5K. All who came out enjoyed relatively pleasant weather for September, in spite of a rain threat from the fringes of dying tropical system Lee that the Weather Channel insisted on describing as the meteorological equivalent of the Apocalypse.


Top Ten Men
  1. 17:55 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:06 ~ Juan Castanon (M, 18) Hahira, GA
  3. 18:22 ~ Joshua Holcombe (M, 20) Douglas, GA
  4. 18:26 ~ David Burnett (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  5. 18:42 ~ Caleb Coil (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:11 ~ Austin Wallace (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:33 ~ David Jones (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 19:43 ~ Eli Gilmore (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  9. 20:07 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  10. 20:15 ~ Tom Phillips (M, 47) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women
  1. 20:59 ~ Mary Alice Smoot (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:26 ~ Alison Peters (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:31 ~ Jennifer Cumbus (F, 19) Douglas, GA
  4. 23:41 ~ Emily Singletary (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:41 ~ Alejandra Francis (F, 17) Valdosta, GA
  6. 24:40 ~ Jody Penney (F, 37) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:59 ~ Brianna Johnson (F, 16) Hahira, GA
  8. 25:03 ~ Josie Mazurkiewicz (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:22 ~ Amanda Merck (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:24 ~ Joi Jones (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  11. 25:55 ~ Janis Lee (F, 56) Hahira, GA
  12. 26:19 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta Labor Day 5K winners, 2009-2011
DateMenWomen
7 September 2009
18:19 Drew Dunbar
20:28 Ashley McGee
6 September 2010
16:18 Chris Rice
20:27 Jordanne Helton
5 September 2011
17:55 Masked Avenger
20:59 Mary Alice Smoot

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