Thursday, July 6, 2017

In Valdosta, House and Prinsloo lead the Independence Day 5K fireworks

USA FlagsTuesday, 4 July 2016, was the 240th anniversary of the United States as an independent nation, the ninth annual running of Valdosta, Georgia's Independence Day 5K, and the second year in a row that a Lowndes High cross-country runner had won that 5K road race. Rising senior Brishen House took the title for the Vikings, running 17:49. Brianna Prinsloo of Hahira, Georgia won the women's title for the second year in a row, placing sixteenth overall in 21:46. 126 athletes finished the race.


Lowndes standout Kaleb Wolfenden had won the Valdosta 5K in 2016. With Wolfenden graduated and moving on to Columbus State, it was up to the Vikings' Brishen House to keep the title at Lowndes. Ladarius Dumas didn't make it easy for House, though. A rising sophomore at cross-town rival Valdosta High, Dumas finished just a few strides behind House, second in 17:53. Right behind the battle for first, 2014 Independence Day 5K champion Chance Roe was third in 18:00.


Competition in the women's division was even tighter, with the top three athletes finishing within six seconds. Brianna Prinsloo's 21:46 was just good enough to edge Valdosta master runner Sandra Griffin's 21:49. Seventeenth overall, Griffin was not only the women's runner-up but the first master runner in the race. A few steps further back, Gracie Woods was third in the women's standings and eighteenth overall in 21:52. From Broxton, Georgia, Woods is a rising frosh on the Coffee High cross-country team.


Ryan Coyne of Belleville, Georgia was the first male master and eighteenth in the men's standings, 22nd overall in 22:41.


Valdosta's 2017 Independence Day 5K was produced, timed, and scored by A Course / Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 17:48.8, Brishen House (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  2. 17:52.2, Ladarius Dumas (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  3. 17:59.8, Chance Roe (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  4. 18:34.8, Colin Prinsloo (M, 31) Hahira, GA
  5. 18:51.9, Morgan Bolmer (M, 15) Nashville, GA
  6. 18:56.1, Ryan Kelly (M, 38) Lake Park, GA
  7. 18:57.3, Daniel Swilley (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  8. 19:15.3, Nick Rosatti (M, 20) Hahira, GA
  9. 19:15.7, Yotzen Bruna (M, 25) Norman Park, GA
  10. 19:49.2, Dan Butzin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Females, 2017 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 21:45.3, Brianna Prinsloo (F, 30) Hahira, GA
  2. 21:48.4, Sandra Griffin (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  3. 21:51.6, Gracie Woods (F, 14) Broxton, GA
  4. 22:22.2, Vanessa Spry (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:00.7, Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:07.6, Susan Breeding (F, 62) Marietta, GA
  7. 23:45.1, Chevy Newham (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:35.2, Kristine Lutton (F, 37) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:55.5, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:17.7, Stacey Duvall (F, 37) Valdosta, GA


Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009 - 2017
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
4 July 201717:49, Brishen House21:46, Brianna Prinsloo126
* 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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