Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Runaway wins for Kuhns, Weldon at Race Of The South 10K

The YMatt Kuhns cracked 40 minutes in Moultrie, Georgia's Race of the South 10K on Saturday morning, 15 September 2012, clocking a winning performance of 39:44 for the 6.2-mile distance. Tallahassee's Chuck Davis, the runner-up and top master finisher, was over 800 meters behind Kuhns with a 43:35. Not far behind Davis, Moultrie's Joey Bozeman outkicked Donnell Pitts of Tifton for third place, 43:52 to 43:53. Laura Weldon of Moultrie was the fastest female finisher, placing fifth overall in 46:24. Karlie Brown, an alumna of the Colquitt County High School cross-country team, placed second among the women, finishing 12th overall in 48:37.


Athletes who didn't feel up to a full 10K could pass up the main event for a 5K, which also started at 8:00 AM. Colquitt County High cross-country runners Jorge Villalobos and Jonathon Florencio dueled for the top spot in the shorter race, with Villalobos prevailing 17:22 to 17:23. The front of the race looked a lot like a high school cross-country meet, with six of the top eight places going to harriers from Colquitt County, and Tiftarea Academy. Michael Gavre of Leesburg, Georgia was one of the runners to break the high school monopoly on the top ten, placing seventh overall in 20:14 to finish as the fastest master runner in the 3.1-mile race. In the female competition, though, it was the middle school athletes who shone. Colquitt County Middle School cross-country runner Elizabeth Funderburk took the top female spot with a 22:35. The next three spots in the female standing went to Funderburk's teammates Bella Underwood (23:13), Yasmin Moctezuma (24:33), and Tiffany Smith (24:34). Seara Johnson (24:45) of Colquitt County High prevented CCMS from taking the first five female places, as did the top woman master in the 5K, Moultrie's Shannon Hall (24:52).


It was the tenth year in a row that the Moultrie YMCA has hosted the Race of the South since reviving the event in 2003. 210 athletes completed a run at this year's event, with 58 in the 10K, 121 in the 5K, and 31 in a one-mile fun run.


Top Ten Men, 2012 Race of the South 10K
  1. 39:44 ~ Matt Kuhns (M, 23) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 43:35 ~ Chuck Davis (M, 51) Tallahassee, FL
  3. 43:52 ~ Joey Bozeman (M, 33) Moultrie, GA
  4. 43:53 ~ Donnell Pitts (M, 25) Tifton, GA
  5. 46:29 ~ Lauren Butler (M, 43) St. Simons Island, GA
  6. 46:53 ~ Mark Niday (M, 28) Moultrie, GA
  7. 46:54 ~ Jimmy Allegood (M, 60) Moultrie, GA
  8. 47:17 ~ James Tracy (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  9. 47:25 ~ Morgan Hayes (M, 20) Moultrie, GA
  10. 48:15 ~ Bolen Holman (M, 53) Moultrie, GA

Top Ten Women, 2012 Race of the South 10K
  1. 46:24 ~ Laura Lofton Weldon (F, 34) Moultrie, GA
  2. 48:37 ~ Karlie Brown (F, 19) Moultrie, GA
  3. 50:25 ~ Teri Grant (F, 34) Barwick, GA
  4. 50:36 ~ Carly Banks (F, 20) Moultrie, GA
  5. 52:11 ~ Hope Moore (F, 26) Moultrie, GA
  6. 52:30 ~ Dawn Montooth (F, 61) Moultrie, GA
  7. 53:54 ~ Ruth Ellen McCook (F, 53) Dublin, GA
  8. 54:44 ~ Kayla Jones (F, 30) Moultrie, GA
  9. 56:15 ~ Angela Pezent (F, 38) Adel, GA
  10. 56:25 ~ Anna Sparrow (F, 23) Tifton, GA

Top Ten Men, 2012 Race of the South 5K
  1. 17:22 ~ Jorge Villalobos (M, 17) Moultrie, GA
  2. 17:23 ~ Jonathon Florencio (M, 17) Moultrie, GA
  3. 19:04 ~ Alberto Drogue (M, 17) Moultrie, GA
  4. 19:25 ~ Jose Castanon (M, 19) Douglas, GA
  5. 19:41 ~ Shane VanDevelde (M, 17) Omega, GA
  6. 19:44 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 16) Norman Park, GA
  7. 20:14 ~ Michael Gavre (M, 46) Leesburg, GA
  8. 20:23 ~ Charlie Florencio (M, 18) Moultrie, GA
  9. 20:52 ~ Orenthal Kinsey (M, 36) Norman Park, GA
  10. 21:09 ~ Cason Wells (M, 16) Moultrie, GA

Top Ten Women, 2012 Race of the South 5K
  1. 22:35 ~ Elizabeth Funderburk (F, 12) Moultrie, GA
  2. 23:13 ~ Bella Underwood (F, 12) Moultrie, GA
  3. 24:33 ~ Yasmin Moctezuma (F, 14) Moultrie, GA
  4. 24:34 ~ Tiffany Smith (F, 14) Norman Park, GA
  5. 24:45 ~ Searra Johnson (F, 17) Norman Park, GA
  6. 24:52 ~ Shannon Hall (F, 42) Moultrie, GA
  7. 26:06 ~ Lauren Coop (F, 14) Moultrie, GA
  8. 27:06 ~ Candice Thornton (F, 26) Norman Park, GA
  9. 27:09 ~ Britney Mobley (F, 29) Moultrie, GA
  10. 27:00 ~ Lia Martinez (F, 14) Moultrie, GA

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