Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wolfenden and Prinsloo triumph at Valdosta's Independence Day 5K

USA FlagsAt the Valdosta, Georgia Independence Day 5K on 4 July 2015, Kaleb Wolfenden got outkicked for third place by Chance Roe, his teammate on the Lowndes High cross-country squad. At the same race on 4 July 2016, no one was outkicking Wolfeneden. The Lowndes High senior won the 5K by over 400 meters, running 16:28--the second-fastest time in the eight-year history of the race. Hahira, Georgia athlete Brianna Prinsloo won the women's title in 22:37, coming in twentieth overall.


Valdosta's Jackson Green was second in 18:10, just ahead of the 18:15 posted for third place by Valdosta High cross-country runner Matthew Baun. Dan Butzin took fourth in 18:50, and Valdosta High cross-country coach Ryan Kelly was fifth in 19:06. David Burnett of Valdosta was the fastest master runner in the race and sixth overall in 19:28.


Debbie Green was the first woman master and second female finisher, 22nd overall in 22:52. A Valdosta athlete, Green had been the women's champ in the 2015 Independence Day 5K. Lauren Bewley of Valdosta placed third in the women's standings, finishing 26th overall in 24:23.


119 athletes finished the 2016 Valdosta Independence Day 5K. The race was produced, timed, and scored by A Course / Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 16:27.1 ~ Kaleb Wolfenden (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:09.3 ~ Jackson Green (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:14.9 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  4. 18:49.3 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:06.0 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Lake Park, GA
  6. 19:27.5 ~ David Burnett (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:58.0 ~ Tyler Thorne (M, 19) Moody AFB, GA
  8. 20:05.8 ~ Nick Rosatti (M, 19) Hahira, GA
  9. 20:06.1 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 30) Hahira, GA
  10. 20:17.2 ~ David Jones (M, 21) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 22:36.3 ~ Brianna Prinsloo (F, 29) Hahira, GA
  2. 22:51.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:22.9 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:58.6 ~ Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  5. 25:04.9 ~ Elizabeth Flail (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:05.4 ~ Kelly Davis (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  7. 25:19.6 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 61) Thomasville, GA
  8. 25:28.0 ~ Lauren Pate (F, 35) Tifton, GA
  9. 26:07.3 ~ Meshea Hardeman (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:10.4 ~ Katie Lancaster (F, 14) Valdosta, GA

Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 July 2006*32:33, Dave Bernacki35:28, Susan Fischer144
4 July 2007*28:16, John Seppala37:47, Beth DeLoach181
4 July 2008*28:42, John Seppala33:15, Kelly Fleming193
4 July 200916:38, Alan McGough20:32, Ashley McGee228
4 July 201016:32, Chris Rice20:26, Angelina Horne215
4 July 201116:15, Jeff Powers20:16, Jordanne Helton123
4 July 201216:57, Chris Rice20:18, Christine Shattles192
4 July 201317:28, Wright Calhoun20:13, Mary Alice Smoot163
4 July 201417:38, Chance Roe21:04, Makenzee Page124
4 July 201516:36, Roberto Bonilla, Jr22:26, Debbie Green128
4 July 201616:28, Kaleb Wolfenden22:37, Brianna Prinsloo119
* The predecessor of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K was the
Baytree 8K, run in the streets of Valdosta on Independence Day
from 2006 to 2008.


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