Monday, August 19, 2013

Kelly and Morse race the roads because "Cross Country is Fun"

Valdosta State CollegeThe "Cross Country is Fun" 5K in Valdosta on Saturday morning, 17 August 2013 was actually a road race. It seems a bit odd to have a race on pavement that celebrates racing on good green earth. But more importantly than a celebration of cross country, though, the race was a fundraiser for Valdosta State University cross country. And it is entirely appropriate to hold a distance run to raise support for distance running. Certainly it's more appropriate than holding a distance run to raise support for volleyball, tennis, or some other sport.


Ryan Kelly, coach of the Valdosta Middle School cross-country team, won the 3.1-mile race in 18:47. Finishing runner up behind Kelly, Matthew Baun, a freshman on the Valdosta High School cross-country team, ran 19:23. Kerry Underwood of Ty Ty, Georgia beat out Valdosta's Tom Phillips for the top master spot, finishing third in 20:45 to Phillips's fourth-place 21:06.


Ten-year-old Kelsey Morse of the Viking Runners Club was the first female finisher, coming in fifth overall in 22:22, just ahead of Lowndes High cross-country runner Mackenzie Morse (6th, 22:25). Makenzee Page (7th, 22:34) and Elizabeth Smith (22:47) were the next two female finishers. Valdosta's Debbie Green (12th, 23:13) was the fifth female finisher and the first master woman.


30 athletes finished the race.


Top Ten Males, 2013 Cross Country Is Fun 5K
  1. Ryan Kelly18:46.6 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 34) Lake Park, GA
  2. 19:22.1 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  3. 20:44.7 ~ Kerry Underwood (M, 50) TyTy, GA
  4. 21:06.0 ~ Tom Phillips (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:50.2 ~ Michael Baun (M, 56) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:55.1 ~ Alan Sanderson (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  7. 22:59.7 ~ Jerrod Morse (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:36.2 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 46) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:49.5 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:30.3 ~ Kyle Baxter (M, 28) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Females, 2013 Cross Country Is Fun 5K
  1. 22:21.5 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:24.6 ~ Mackenzie Morse (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:34.0 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 13) Ray City, GA
  4. 22:46.8 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:12.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:35.7 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:24.8 ~ Ali Thornhill (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:24.6 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 35) Lake Park, GA
  9. 26:50.1 ~ Krissy Singley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:56.8 ~ Brianna Prinsloo (F, 26) Hahira, GA

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