Friday, July 28, 2017

Salgado siblings sweep the Flat Rock 5K

Entrance of Flat Rock Park, Columbus, GeorgiaIt was an All-Salgado show at Flat Rock Park in Columbus, Georgia on Monday evening, 24 July 2017. First, Columbus High senior Alex Salgado won the sixth annual Flat Rock 5K by half a kilometer, running 17:33. Then, in the same race, Columbus High alumna Alina Salgado took the women's title, placing eighth overall in 21:22.


For Alex Salgado, it was a stunning improvement on his previous outings in the Flat Rock Park race. In 2015 he had placed ninth in 20:53, while in 2016 he was fourth in 20:10. His winning time of 17:33 left those old marks behind; it was more in line with the times Salgado ran during the autumn of 2016 when he won seven races for the Columbus High cross-country team, including the GHSA Region 1-4A championship. Steve Darwin was second in the Flat Rock, running 19:31. Jake Eishen, a senior on the Harris County High cross-country team, edged Eduardo Valdivia for third, 19:37 to 19:39. Valdivia was the fastest master runner in the race.


Not far behind Alina Salgado at 21:31, Devin Helms was second in the women's standings and ninth overall. Helms is a junior at Harris County High where she runs for the school's cross-country team. Katie May was the third woman and eleventh overall in 21:47. Melissa House was the first woman master and fifteenth female finisher, 53rd overall in 27:47.


Lightning Sports Racing, Inc., timed the Columbus Road Runners' 2017 Flat Rock Park 5K. 145 athletes finished the race.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Flat Rock 5K
  1. 17:32.36, Alex Salgado (M, 16)
  2. 19:30.99, Steve Darwin (M, 23)
  3. 19:36.33, Jake Eishen (M, 17)
  4. 19:38.10, Eduardo Valdivia (M, 43)
  5. 20:01.70, Lee L'Oste-Brown (M, 37)
  6. 21:01.29, Doug Saylor Jr. (M, 33)
  7. 21:13.89, Gregory Schollmeier (M, 25)
  8. 21:43.27, Scott Gilpatrick (M, 47)
  9. 21:57.93, Brian Szanny (M, 27)
  10. 22:03.56, Dan Lyon (M, 39)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Flat Rock 5K
  1. 21:21.88, Alina Salgado (F, 19)
  2. 21:30.35, Devin Helms (F, 16)
  3. 21:46.19, Katie May (F, 28)
  4. 22:53.03, Ariela Mansilla (F, 29)
  5. 23:27.06, Tori Thompson (F, 32)
  6. 24:03.70, Kristin Sellers (F, 28)
  7. 25:03.28, Brittany Dino (F, 26)
  8. 25:22.28, Samantha Warner (F, 9)
  9. 25:27.52, Chaille Sullivan (F, 34)
  10. 26:17.63, Nikki Thomas (F, 39)

Winners of the Flat Rock 5K, 2012 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
25 July 201217:09, Preston Groves21:04, Brittney Skiles216
24 July 201317:44, Russell Jones21:41, Emily Miller267
21 July 201417:02, Mike Kurvach21:17, Hope Skypek240
27 July 201518:28, Planet Popper22:30, Morgan Ryffe211
25 July 201617:30, Aaron Totten-Lancaster22:49, Katie Kilgallen205
24 July 201717:33, Alex Salgado21:22, Alina Salgado145


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