Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Avenger and Peters mark Memorial Day with wins

Memorial DayFrom 2009 to 2011, Chris Rice won Valdosta's first three Memorial Day 5K road races. If anyone could be said to own that race it was Rice. But one sure way to not win a race is to not show up, and Rice was not on the starting line of the Memorial Day 5K on 28 May 2012, ensuring that there would be a new champion. That champion was Valdosta's Masked Avenger, who had been among the many runners finishing behind Rice the previous three years. The Avenger edged out Valdosta's David Burnett for the title, 18:33 to 18:42. Jose Castanon of Hahira took third in 19:51, and O'Renthal Kinsey of Ludowici was fourth in 20:33. The fifth runner and top master was Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz in 20:35. The first female finisher was Alison Peters, a cross-country runner and distance specialist on the track at Lowndes High School, where she will be a junior this fall. Peters finished seventh overall, running the 3.1-mile race in 21:38. At 22:59, the women's runner-up and top woman master was Valdosta's Libby Smith.


Rice was not the only runner absent from the fourth annual Memorial Day run. Tropical depression Beryl was blundering through the region, and some runners were perhaps convinced by Goretex-wearing fear-mongers on the Weather Channel to stay home and hide under the bed.


Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2012 Memorial Day 5K
  1. Masked Avenger18:33 ~ Masked Avenger (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:42 ~ David Burnett (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:51 ~ Jose Castanon (M, 19) Hahira, GA
  4. 20:33 ~ O'Renthal Kinsey (M, 36) Ludowici, GA
  5. 20:35 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:51 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:43 ~ Joel Harper (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  8. 22:23 ~ Tom Grant (M, 35) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:47 ~ Cody Pezent (M, 11) Adel, GA
  10. 23:34 ~ Dylan Rogers (M, 13) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2012 Memorial Day 5K
  1. Alison Peters21:38 ~ Alison Peters (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:59 ~ Libby Smith (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:29 ~ Sylvia Ellis (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:54 ~ Melissa Grant (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:06 ~ Billie Washburn (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:30 ~ Rebecca Meindl (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:40 ~ Julie Umberger (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:53 ~ Abbey Lippert (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:06 ~ Angela Pezent (F, 38) Adel, GA
  10. 27:38 ~ Sariah Fisher (F, 31) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta Memorial Day 5K Champions, 2009-2012
Date
Men
Women
25 May 2009
16:34, Chris Rice
20:47, Ashley McGee
31 May 2010
16:50, Chris Rice
21:38, Jordan Helton
30 May 2011
17:10, Chris Rice
21:06, Alice Smoot
28 May 2012
18:33, Masked Avenger
21:38, Alison Peters


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