Thursday, May 30, 2013

Kelly and Green lead the charge at Valdosta's Memorial Day 5K

Memorial DayRyan Kelly ran 18:05 to finish first in a field of 87 athletes at Valdosta, Georgia's fifth annual Memorial Day 5K on 27 May 2013. It was just two days after Kelly's win in the Thank A Farmworker 5K, and his fourth road win since 11 May 2013. Behind Kelly, St John School distance runner Matthew Baun finished runner-up in 19:12. Lowndes High runner Chance Roe edged out Liam Bickerstaff for third, 19:47 to 19:51. Tom Phillips was the fastest master runner in the Memorial Day race, finishing fifth overall in 20:45.


Debbie Green of Valdosta, Georgia was the first female finisher as well as the first female master runner, coming in 18th overall in 23:21. In contrast to Kelly's big lead in the male competition, though, the next three women finished within half a minute of Green--'Dosta Dash 10K champion Melissa Roe (19th, 23:37), Valdosta master runner Angel Godwin (20th, 23:44), and Road Kill 5K winner Eryn Wilkey (21st, 23:51).


Unlike the previous year when tropical system Beryl was threatening the region, runners were greeted with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s. Improved weather no doubt helped lead to improved participation, as 87 runners finished this year's edition of the race.


Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2013 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 18:04.3 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34)
  2. Ryan Kelly19:12.0 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 13)
  3. 19:46.8 ~ Chance Roe (M, 15)
  4. 19:50.1 ~ Liam Bickerstaff (M, 17)
  5. 20:09.8 ~ OJ Kinsey (M, 37)
  6. 20:44.3 ~ Tom Phillips (M, 49)
  7. 21:01.9 ~ Derek Cummings (M, 34)
  8. 21:06.5 ~ Tom Grant (M, 36)
  9. 21:44.0 ~ Ernest Smith Jr. (M, 26)
  10. 21:52.7 ~ Keegan Boyd (M, 25)

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2013 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 23:20.7 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47)
  2. Debbie Green23:36.3 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 35)
  3. 23:43.9 ~ Angel Godwin (F, 40)
  4. 23:50.6 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 10)
  5. 23:56.6 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 45)
  6. 24:01.2 ~ Mackenzie Rogers (F, 9)
  7. 24:12.7 ~ Alison Thornhill (F, 33)
  8. 25:01.4 ~ Sylvia Ellis (F, 43)
  9. 25:40.0 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 34)
  10. 26:19.3 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 13)

Valdosta Memorial Day 5K Champions, 2009-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
25 May 200916:34, Chris Rice20:47, Ashley McGee86
31 May 201016:50, Chris Rice21:38, Jordan Helton79
30 May 201117:10, Chris Rice21:06, Alice Smoot102
28 May 201218:33, Masked Avenger21:38, Alison Peters53
27 May 201318:05, Ryan Kelly23:21, Debbie Green87


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