At Valdosta's Memorial Day 5K, Rice and McDonald took the first two places, with Rice running 16:50 and McDonald 17:40. At the Valdosta Independence Day 5K Rice and McDonald again went one-two, but with times of 16:32 and 16:56--Rice's margin had been halved. The VSU Community 5K repeated the story of Rice first, McDonald second, but at 16:40 to 16:58 the race was closer still.
Last Saturday the two met on the roads again at the Valdosta Labor Day 5K. Rice grabbed the win in 16:18, but this time McDonald was only a step back in 16:20. Steve Cary was a distant third in 17:08, with Bremen (Georgia) High alum Sam Caldwell fourth in 17:12. Parker Childree (5th, 17:18) and Corey Stejback (6th, 17:23) followed. Scot Gardner from Naylor, Georgia was the top master runner in the field, placing seventh overall in 17:24.
Valdosta State cross-country runner Jordanne Helton raced to the women's title, clocking 20:27 and finishing 32nd overall. 50 meters behind Helton, Ware County High School distance runner Katelyn Chancey (34th, 20:40). Valdosta's Alice Smoot (40th, 21:04) was the top woman master and third woman overall. Behind Smoot, VSU Blazer Sarah Turner outkicked Valdosta High distance runner Chelsea Walker for fifth, 21:12 to 21:13.
290 athletes finished the Valdosta Labor Day 5K, which was partially sponsored by Brooks Running Shoes. The second annual race was run on the streets of the Five Points area of Valdosta; i.e., near Get Active Running & More.
Second annual Valdosta Labor Day 5K