That may not be a sure bet, but just as Rice and McDonald led the field at the Valdosta Memorial Day 5K, the two VSU cross-country runners were leading 215 athletes through the streets in Valdosta's second annual Independence Day 5K on Sunday. Rice was again the victor, 16:32 to 16:56, finishing over 100 meters ahead of McDonald. Rice's time broke Alan McGough's event record of 16:38. The VSU Blazer cross-country team was well represented in the race, taking four of the top five places as Steve Cary finished third (17:05) and Cory Stejback took fifth (17:10). John Ewing of Lakeside High School stopped the Blazer sweep of the top spot, finishing fourth in 17:08.
VSU mathematician John Seppala was the top master, running 17:17 to finish sixth overall. Seppala's crossed the line 120 meters ahead of his nearest rival in the masters' division, Scott Gardner of Naylor. Gardner was eighth overall in 17:43. Seppala had also finished as top master just over two weeks earlier at the Monticello Melon Run 5K on 19 June 2010.
The women's competition was also dominated by Blazer cross-country runners. VSU's Angelina Horne outkicked her teammate, Jordanne Helton, for the win, 20:26 to 20:28. Both runners finished under Ashley McGee's race record of 20:32. Alice Smoot was the third woman in and top woman master, finishing 30th overall in 21:11.
Peachtree? What Peachtree? Who needs Atlanta?
Second annual Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 4 July 2010
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- Tom Durham's photos of the 2010 Valdosta Independence Day 5K