Monday, October 29, 2012

Jesse Prince is the first to break 16:00 at the St. John 5K

St. John Road RaceJust seven days after competing in the Gulf South Conference cross-country championships, Valdosta State University Blazer distance runners Jesse Prince and Nate Wondimu were tearing up the streets of Valdosta in the ninth annual St. John Road Race on Saturday morning, 27 October 2012. Prince took the title in the 5K race, setting a new course record of 15:54, while Wondimu was runner-up, 60 meters back in 16:06. Wondimu was also under the old course record of 16:09, set two years ago by Chris Rice. Rice himself finished third in 16:09 behind Prince and Wondimu. As a student assistant cross-country coach for VSU, Rice works with both Prince and Wondimu.  Another Blazer distance man D. J. Smith was fourth in 17:19, and Lowndes High cross-country runner Tyler Thurman finished fifth in 18:20. The top master in the race was Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz, 13th overall in 20:28.


Nine-year-old Kelsey Morse of the Vikings Runners Club was the first female finisher in the St John Road Race, recording a 21:29 on the 3.1-mile course and coming in 19th overall. Lowndes High swimming coach Angie Bruhl was the second female, placing 21st overall in 22:00. Melissa Rowe (26th, 22:24) placed third in the women's competition. The fourth female finisher, Libby Smith, narrowly beat out Heidi Gonzalez for the top woman master spot, 22:43 to 22:46.


288 athletes finished the 2012 St. John Road Race 5K, slightly down from last year's total of 296, but still one of the largest road races in Valdosta. 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, 2012 St. John Road Race
    Jesse Prince
  1. 15:53.2 ~ Jesse Prince (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  2. 16:05.9 ~ Nathinael Wondimu (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  3. 16:44.8 ~ Christopher Rice (M, 23) Valdosta, GA
  4. 17:18.1 ~ DJ Smith (M, 24) Valdosta, GA
  5. 18:19.2 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  6. 18:30.0 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  7. 18:40.3 ~ Carlos Ponce (M, 18)
  8. 19:34.8 ~ Colin Prinsloo (M, 26)
  9. 19:50.9 ~ Jeffrey Roland (M, 30)
  10. 19:59.4 ~ David Amiot (M, 21)

Top Ten Women, 2012 St. John Road Race
  1. 21:28.2 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 9)
  2. 21:59.6 ~ Angie Bruhl (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:24.0 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 34)
  4. 22:42.8 ~ Libby Smith (F, 41)
  5. 22:45.8 ~ Heidi Gonzalez (F, 40)
  6. 22:46.5 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 34)
  7. 23:00.2 ~ Jessie Usry (F, 22)
  8. 23:07.0 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 9)
  9. 23:09.4 ~ Joi Jones (F, 17)
  10. 23:19.8 ~ Destiny Roe (F, 12)

Winners of the St. John School 5K Road Race, 2004-2012
DateMenWomen
30 OCT 200416:17 John Seppala20:26 Susan Fischer
29 OCT 200516:10 Andy Minnicks18:32 Melissa Daugherty
28 OCT 200616:26 Brandon Young19:27 Melissa Daugherty
27 OCT 200716:38 D. J. Smith19:06 Jana Grygarova
25 OCT 200817:23 Corey Stejback19:57 Ashley Rall-McGee
31 OCT 200917:55 Marc Kaiser19:42 Ashley McGee
30 OCT 201016:09 Chris Rice21:03 Brandi Faircloth
29 OCT 201117:44 Austin Wallace21:27 Amy Sharon
27 OCT 201215:54 Jesse Prince21:29 Kelsey Morse


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