Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wallace takes a time out from trails to win St John 5K

Austin WallaceSeven days before the GHSA state cross-country championships, you'd think that Valdosta High cross-country runner Austin Wallace would be conserving his energy, getting ready for the big race. Especially when it was only two days after Wallace placed fifth in the GHSA Region 1-5A race. But unfortunately for nearly 300 runners in the eighth annual St John School 5K road race, Wallace stepped out to race with them through the streets of Valdosta, Georgia on October 29. The Valdosta High junior won the race, edging out Valdosta's Masked Avenger 17:44 to 17:47. Lowndes High student Kevin Ramos was third, half a kilometer back in 19:45. Fourth place went to Valdosta State University sophomore cross-country runner Stephen King in 19:56, while St John School cross-country runner Matthew Baun placed fifth in 20:03. A week earlier Baun had placed 15th in the Georgia Middle School State Cross-Country Championships. Sixth place and the top master spot belonged to Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta, who ran 20:07.


Amy Sharon of Valdosta was the fastest woman in the field, running 21:27 to finish eleventh overall. Valdosta's Stella Barrutia was the female runner-up, narrowly beating Angela Bruhl of Quitman for that spot, 22:22 to 22:25.


The race started and finished at St John The Evangelist Catholic School in Valdosta, Georgia. Proceeds of the race went to benefit the school.


Top Ten Men, 8th annual St John 5K
  1. 17:44 ~ Austin Wallace (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  2. 17:47 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 32) Hahira, GA
  3. 19:45 ~ Kevin Ramos (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  4. 19:56 ~ Stephen King (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  5. 20:03 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:07 ~ Richard Mazurkiewiz (M, 44) Valdosta, GA
  7. 20:16 ~ Roger Horton (M, 51) Lake Park, GA
  8. 20:34 ~ Doug Nix (M, 42) Nashville, GA
  9. 21:15 ~ Dylan Guilmette (M, 15) Lake Park, GA
  10. 21:20 ~ Cory Alden (M, 19) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 8th annual St John 5K
  1. 21:27 ~ Amy Sharon (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:22 ~ Stella Barrutia (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:25 ~ Angela Bruhl (F, 28) Quitman, GA
  4. 22:32 ~ Meagan Sackenheim (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:58 ~ Abby Thurmond (F, 22) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:05 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:26 ~ Christina Reichert (F, 35) Clayton, IL
  8. 23:39 ~ Julia Baun (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:55 ~ Sarah Van Kuiken (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:07 ~ Jennifer Hummel (F, 37) Valdosta, GA

Winners of the St. John School 5K Road Race, 2004-2011
DateMenWomen
30 OCT 2004
16:17 John Seppala
20:26 Susan Fischer
29 OCT 2005
16:10 Andy Minnicks
18:32 Melissa Daugherty
28 OCT 2006
16:26 Brandon Young
19:27 Melissa Daugherty
27 OCT 2007
16:38 D. J. Smith
19:06 Jana Grygarova
25 OCT 2008
17:23 Corey Stejback
19:57 Ashley Rall-McGee
31 OCT 2009
17:55 Marc Kaiser
19:42 Ashley McGee
30 OCT 2010
16:09 Chris Rice
21:03 Brandi Faircloth
29 OCT 2011
17:44 Austin Wallace
21:27 Amy Sharon


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