Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Watson and Davis win at the James Eunice Legacy 5K

It's close to sixty miles from Douglas, Georgia to Valdosta, Georgia, but Cameron Watson made that trip in order to race the sixth annual James Eunice Legacy 5K on Saturday morning, 8 April 2017. It was a productive trip, because the Coffee Middle School eighth-grader won the race in 18:46, finishing just over 40 meters ahead of the next runner. Valdosta's Kelly Davis, racing closer to home, took the women's title in 22:30, placing fourth overall.


Three weeks before the James Eunice 5K, Watson had wrapped up his middle school track season, running a 5:05.29 1600 and a 2:22.84 800 in Tifton, Georgia. Before track season he had appeared on the Valdosta roads in December at the Ugly Sweater 5K, where he finished runner-up in 20:10.


2016 James Eunice 5K champion Dan Butzin of Valdosta was second in the 2017 race, running 18:56. Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was the top master in the 5K, placing third overall in 21:37.


Vanessa Spry of Valdosta finished second in the women's standings behind Davis, coming in sixth overall in 22:50. Pavo, Georgia athlete Pollyanna Bass was the top woman master and third female finisher, seventh overall in 22:56.


60 athletes finished the sixth annual James Eunice Legacy 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 18:45.8, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  2. 18:56.0, Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  3. 21:36.4, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 50) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:30.3, Kevin Lunceford (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:11.3, Karl Brown (M, 41) Alapaha, GA
  6. 23:29.4, Billy Taylor (M, 68) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:48.3, Alan Harris (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:04.3, Rodney Elam (M, 53) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:10.2, Lee McArthur (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:50.3, Wes Anderson (M, 32) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 22:30.0, Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:49.1, Vanessa Spry (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:55.8, Pollyanna Bass (F, 45) Pavo, GA
  4. 23:23.0, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  5. 24:55.2, Kristin Cleveland (F, 38) Hahira, GA
  6. 26:41.9, Cynthia Kearley (F, 41) Hahira, GA
  7. 28:12.4, Lisa Graves (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  8. 29:26.3, Teresa Williams (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  9. 29:30.8, Karina Amundson (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:48.8, Jacinta Howell (F, 32) Valdosta, GA

James Eunice Legacy 5K winners, 2012 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 April 201216:04, Parker Childree20:30, Gretchen Bielmyer92
13 April 201321:25, Josh Perry23:33, Angie Bruhl93
12 April 201417:40, Andrew Elam21:41, Makenzee Page51
11 April 201517:54, Nathan Crews21:23, Kelsey Morse64
9 April 201618:43, Dan Butzin21:23, Alison Thornhill77
8 April 201718:46, Cameron Watson22:30, Kelly Davis60
There was also a Jogging For James 5K race on 25 June 2011. Stephen
Robbins (17:55) and Mary Alice Smoot (21:55) were the winners of that
earlier event, which had 145 finishers.


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