Saturday, December 24, 2016

Watson and Woods are faster than fashion faux pas at the Ugly Sweater 5K

VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5KThe latest holiday gimmick seems to be the ugly sweater event. Ugly sweater contests, ugly sweater parties, and even ugly sweater runs. The Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority joined that movement on Saturday morning, 24 December 2016, by hosting VLPRA's first Ugly Sweater 5K in Valdosta, Georgia's Freedom Park. Douglas, Georgia athletes swept the race, winning both the overall male and overall female titles. Caleb Watson, a Coffee County High alum currently in his first year of running for the Armstrong State Pirates, won the race in 18:17. Gracie Woods, an eighth-grader on the Coffee County Middle School cross-country team, took the women's title in 21:46, placing fourth overall.


Cameron Watson, another Coffee County Middle School harrier, was the overall runner-up, running 20:10. Milo Mirate of Valdosta, Georgia was third overall in 21:41.


Valdosta's Kelly Davis was second in the women's standings, placing sixth overall in 23:40. Victoria Harlow was the third woman in the race and fourteenth overall in 27:08.


The fastest master runner in the Ugly Sweater 5K was Wayne Kountis of Tifton, Georgia. Kountis was tenth overall in 24:59. Douglas, Georgia's Trish Watson was the top woman master and fifth female finisher, seventeenth overall in 27:27.


50 athletes finishes VLPRA's 2016 Ugly Sweater 5K. A Course/Line, LLC of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2016 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 18:16.6, Caleb Watson (M, 18) Douglas, GA
  2. 20:09.4, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  3. 21:40.5, Milo Mirate (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:46.9, Connor Watson (M, 16) Douglas, GA
  5. 23:39.8, Kevin Lunceford (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:53.1, Holden Hendricks (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:33.8, Cole Woods (M, 9) Broxton, GA
  8. 24:58.2, Wayne Kountis (M, 57) Tifton, GA
  9. 25:16.4, Rodney Elam (M, 53) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:26.3, Robbie Woods (M, 10) Broxton, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 21:45.5, Gracie Woods (F, 14) Broxton, GA
  2. 23:39.5, Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:07.8, Victoria Harlow (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  4. 27:25.3, Jessica Carter (F, 34) Hahira, GA
  5. 27:26.2, Trish Watson (F, 48) Douglas, GA
  6. 30:28.4, Gracie DeFelice (F, 10) Hahira, GA
  7. 32:21.7, Lisa Graves (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  8. 33:00.3, Eileen Priest (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  9. 33:26.8, Sandra DiPetro (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  10. 34:08.8, Sarah Thomas (F, 29) Hahira, GA

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