Friday, July 5, 2013

Calhoun wins and Smoot sets record on Independence Day in Valdosta

Patterson StreetWright Calhoun may be looking forward to his sophomore year high school cross-country season this fall, but he isn't waiting till fall to race. On Thursday, 4 July 2013, the Americus, Georgia distance runner outraced a field of 163 to win Valdosta's fifth annual Independence Day 5K. Calhoun clocked 17:28 for the 3.1-mile run on Patterson Street from Five Points to downtown, a four-second improvement on his 17:32 runner-up performance in the 2012 Independence Day 5K. Devin Long followed Calhoun across the finish line, runner up in 18:06. Long, an alumnus of Texas's Schertz Steele High School and its cross-country team, is a cadet at the United States Military Academy. Valdosta Middle School cross-country coach Ryan Kelly took third, clocking 18:26. Adel, Georgia athlete Sean McConnell was the fastest master runner in the race, finishing eighth overall in 19:26.

Patterson Street
Mary Alice Smoot, a rising senior at Valwood School, trimmed three seconds from Jordanne Helton's 2011 women's course record, establishing a new female standard of 20:13 for the Independence Day race. Smoot finished over 300 meters ahead of the runner-up in the female competition, Kelsey Morse of Valdosta. Morse was 22nd overall in 21:44. Alison Peters was third in the female standings, placing 23rd overall in 22:04. For the fourth straight year, Valdosta's Mary Smoot was the first master woman across the finish line at the Independence Day 5K. Smoot's 22:21 was good for 25th overall.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 17:27.4 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 15) Americus, GA
  2. 18:05.4 ~ Devin Long (M, 19) West Point, NY
  3. 18:25.3 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34) Lake Park, GA
  4. 18:37.8 ~ Jadon Long (M, 17) Hahira, GA
  5. 18:49.9 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:02.7 ~ Chris Stover (M, 27) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:11.4 ~ Ryan Sealy (M, 29) Valdosta, GA
  8. 19:25.8 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 42) Adel, GA
  9. 19:32.5 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  10. 19:33.0 ~ David Burnett (M, 37) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Females, 2013 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 20:12.2 ~ Mary Alice Smoot (F, 17) Valdosta, GA
  2. 21:44.0 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:03.2 ~ Alison Peters (F, 17) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:20.7 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 56) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:44.1 ~ Sarah Stover (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:09.0 ~ Jacki Pinkerton (F, 17) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:14.6 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 13) Ray City, GA
  8. 23:20.0 ~ Mackenzie Morse (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:22.7 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  10. 23:42.0 ~ Beth DeLoach (F, 40) Valdosta, GA

Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009-2013
DateMenWomenFinishers
4 July 200916:38, Alan McGough20:32, Ashley McGee228
4 July 201016:32, Chris Rice20:26, Angelina Horne215
4 July 201116:15, Jeff Powers20:16, Jordanne Helton123
4 July 201216:57, Chris Rice20:18, Christine Shattles192
4 July 201317:28, Wright Calhoun20:13, Mary Alice Smoot163
The predecessor of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K was the
Baytree 8K, run in the streets of Valdosta on Independence Day
from 2006 to 2008.


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