Friday, October 14, 2011

Avenger and Smoot lead the swarm at Honeybee 5K

Behold, the Masked AvengerOn Saturday morning, Ocotber 8, Valdosta's Masked Avenger turned a 17:49 5K in the streets of Hahira, Georgia to win the 2011 Honeybee 5K, the featured footrace in that village's annual celebration of Apis mellifera. Valdosta State University cross-country runner Marc Kaiser fought off David Burnett of Valdosta for the runner-up spot, 18:04 to 18:08. Valwood School's Craig Smoot took fourth in 19:33, while another VSU harrier, Stephen King, was sixth in 19:48. King finished just ahead of a real battle for the master title--Lynn Burnett of Livingston, Tennessee finished a step ahead of Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz to take seventh, 19:48 to 19:50, while master runners Sean McConnell (9th, 19:56) and Tom Phillips (10th, 19:59) were right on their heels.


Also just ahead of the struggle to be first master, Valwood School cross-country runner Mary Alice Smoot was the first female finisher, placing fifth overall in 19:46, the fastest winning time in the women's division at the Honeybee 5K since 2007. Smoot crossed the finish line over half a kilometer ahead of the next woman finisher, VSU biologist Dr. Gretchen Bielmyer (16th, 22:10). Heather Barfield of Hahira out-leaned Valdosta's Elizabeth Smith for the third women's spot, both runners clocked in 23:10. Right on their heels Valdosta's Julia Baun (25th, 23:15) was the fifth woman finisher and top woman master.


Top Ten Men, 2011 Honeybee 5K
  1. 17:49 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:04 ~ Marc Kaiser (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:08 ~ David Burnett (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  4. 19:33 ~ Craig Smoot (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:48 ~ Stephen King (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:48 ~ Lynn Burnett (M, 55) Livingston, TN
  7. 19:50 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 44) Valdosta, GA
  8. 19:56 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  9. 19:59 ~ Tom Phillips (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
  10. 20:24 ~ Chance Roe (M, 13) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2011 Honeybee 5K
  1. 19:46 ~ Mary Alice Smoot (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:10 ~ Gretchen Bielmyer (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:10 ~ Heather Barfield (F, 34) Hahira, GA
  4. 23:10 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:15 ~ Julia Baun (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:17 ~ Amrie Lisse (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:22 ~ Christina Reichert (F, 35) Clayton, IL
  8. 23:27 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:35 ~ Jennifer Hummel (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  10. 23:36 ~ Shannon Hall (F, 41) Moultrie, GA

Nine years of Honeybee 5K Champions, 2003-2011
DateMenWomen
2 October 1999
6 October 2001Rich Sumrall (17:21)
4 October 2003John Seppala (16:31.0)Amy Mark (23:13.3)
2 October 2004John Seppala (16:29.9)Sundonia Williams (22:12.3)
8 October 2005John Seppala (16:46.4)Susan Fischer (20:40.4)
7 October 2006John Seppala (16:53.2)Susan Fischer (20:42.7)
6 October 2007John Seppala (16:54.0)Jana Grygarova (18:56.4)
4 October 2008John Seppala (17:02)Heidi Gonzalez (21:13)
3 October 2009John Seppala (16:51)Ashley Powell (20:12)
9 October 2010Scott Gardner (16:46)Ashley Powell (20:08)
8 October 2011Masked Avenger (17:49)Mary Alice Smoot (19:46)


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