Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cruz and Marto headline the Moultrie YMCA's 11th annual Race Of The South 10K

The YOn Saturday morning, 21 September 2013, Moultrie, Georgia, runner Paulino Cruz ran 40:45 for 6.2 miles on the streets of his hometown to win the Race Of The South 10K. Cruz crossed the finish line just 12 seconds ahead master runner Sean McConnell of Adel, Georgia; McConnell was second in 40:57. Noah Harrison, a member of the cross-country team at Colquitt County High School,  finished third in 41:56. The first female finisher in the 10K was master runner Nancy Marto of Lake City, Florida. Marto placed tenth overall in 50:00. There were 50 finishers in the 10K.


The Race Of The South had been an annual fixture on the south Georgia racing scene from 1980 to 1996, but the event vanished from 1997 to 2002. The race was taken up again in 2003 by the Moultrie YMCA, and one of the changes that the "Y" made was the addition of a 5K. This was the 11th year of the revival, and Colquitt County HS senior Steven Johnson ran in the 11th annual Race Of The South 5K. Johnson had tried his hand in the 10K at the 2010 Race Of The South, coming in fourth in 42:48. In 2011 he dropped to the 5K and came away with a win, running 18:59. At the 2012 Race Of The South, though, Johnson was foiled in his attempt to defend his title. That year Colquitt County High's Jorge Villalobos ran 17:22 for the win, while Johnson finished sixth in 19:44. Nevertheless, Johnson was back in 2013, and he was first to the finish line of the 5K with a winning 19:07. Luke Brinson, another Colquitt County HS cross-country runner, was second in 19:23. Ten-year-old Baylen Young was third in 19:28. The first female finisher in the 5K was Tiffany Smith, a sophomore cross-country runner at Colquitt County High. Smith came in 15th overall in 25:19. The second female finisher and first female master was Moultrie athlete Shannon Hall, 20th overall in 26:31. 78 athletes finished the 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2013 Race of the South 10K
  1. 40:45 ~ Paulino Cruz (M, 24) Moultrie, GA
  2. 40:57 ~ Sean McConnell (M, 42) Adel, GA
  3. 41:56 ~ Noah Harrison (M, 16) Moultrie, GA
  4. 47:09 ~ Mark Niday (M, 29) Moultrie, GA
  5. 47:17 ~ Jimmy Allegood (M, 61) Moultrie, GA
  6. 48:17 ~ Patrick Bius (M, 39) Moultrie, GA
  7. 48:34 ~ Holman Bolen (M, 54) Moultrie, GA
  8. 48:55 ~ Charlie Florencio (M, 19) Moultrie, GA
  9. 49:51 ~ Jerry Yates (M, 57) Moultrie, GA
  10. 50:32 ~ Judd Lasseter (M, 36) Moultrie, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Race of the South 10K
  1. 50:00 ~ Nancy Marto (F, 40) Lake City, FL
  2. 53:01 ~ Mariela Gonzalez (F, 24) Moultrie, GA
  3. 54:03 ~ Lisa DeMott (F, 51) Moultrie, GA
  4. 56:35 ~ Kellie Smith (F, 44) Moultrie, GA
  5. 61:05 ~ Carrie Lasseter (F, 34) Moultrie, GA
  6. 62:22 ~ Maura Bryant (F, 49) Moultrie, GA
  7. 62:42 ~ Kay Powell (F, 56) Moultrie, GA
  8. 63:42 ~ Angela Castellow (F, 54) Moultrie, GA
  9. 63:50 ~ Susan Gibbs (F, 57) Moultrie, GA
  10. 66:28 ~ Crystal McGhin (F, 31) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Men, 2013 Race of the South 5K
  1. 19:07 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 17) Norman Park, GA
  2. 19:23 ~ Luke Brinson (M, 15) Moultrie, GA
  3. 19:28 ~ Baylen Young (M, 10) Moultrie, GA
  4. 22:01 ~ Ishmael Moreno (M, 19) Moultrie, GA
  5. 22:06 ~ Brad Ruis (M, 34) Norman Park, GA
  6. 22:43 ~ Elijah Gomez (M, 18) Moultrie, GA
  7. 22:56 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 36) Norman Park, GA
  8. 22:58 ~ Morgan Hart (M, 16) Moultrie, GA
  9. 23:13 ~ Zack Ulakovitz (M, 18) Moultrie, GA
  10. 24:03 ~ P.B. Henry (M, 15) Doerun, GA

Top Ten Women, 2013 Race of the South 5K
  1. 25:19 ~ Tiffany Smith (F, 15) Norman Park, GA
  2. 26:31 ~ Shannon Hall (F, 43) Moultrie, GA
  3. 26:35 ~ Yonaris Turro (F, 34) Moultrie, GA
  4. 27:06 ~ Yasmin Moctezuma (F, 15) Moultrie, GA
  5. 27:08 ~ Donna Conger (F, 45) Moultrie, GA
  6. 27:35 ~ Adrianna Drusko (F, 17) Moultrie, GA
  7. 28:20 ~ Brittany Bennett (F, 25) Moultrie, GA
  8. 28:39 ~ Beth Rosales (F, 37) Moultrie, GA
  9. 29:30 ~ Hannah Smith (F, 14) Meigs, GA
  10. 29:30 ~ Beth Bates (F, 31) Moultrie, GA

Known winners of Moultrie's Race of the South
DateRaceMenWomenFinishers
22 March 198010K32:33, Gary Slayton45:25, Becky Grubbs200+
198110K
20 March 198210K34:58, Rusty Jones
16 April 198310K31:32, Adam Pinkston41:37, Diane Rivering
14 April 198410K31:33, Rick Miller
13 April 198510K31:59, Jeff Milliman
19 April 198610K33:39, Danny Daniels38:16, Janice Hochstein
11 April 198710K31:26, Greg Thompson38:39, Janice Hochstein
16 April 198810KJessie Close
15 April 198910K
21 April 199010KLouis Floyd
20 April 199110KLouis Floyd
18 April 199210K35:08, Paul Wilder
10 April 199310K
16 April 199410K
22 April 199510KJames Lee
199610KJames Lee
No race held, 1997-2002
6 September 200310K39:42, Imie Mark45:26, Cindy Barkley73
5K
200410K40:31, Imie Mark44:23, Amy Sharon45
5K
17 September 200510K39:37, Ian Cooper50:08, Tracy McClure37
5K20
16 September 200610K37:58, Todd Smoot48:37, Shelby Levy57
5K
15 September 200710K37:33, Todd Smoot47:02, Judy Alexander39
5K23:51, Donald Fairbanks26:04, Charmaine Johnson23
20 September 200810K38:28, Heath Lamb45:21, Kristen Kinsley
5K19:24, Craig Dabdoub18:29, Amy Paine
19 September 200910KJohn SeppalaAmy Hines
5KJason Ewing22:04, Allison Peters
18 September 201010K41:29, Ben Hoover50:07, Dawn Montooth32
5K20:18, Landon Rehberg23:12, Kim Luque57
17 September 201110K40:00, Mark McLeod50:03, Thesdee Randon
5K18:59, Steven Johnson22:31, Searra Johnson
15 September 201210K39:44, Matt Kuhns46:24, Laura Lofton Weldon58
5K17:22, Jorge Villalobos22:35, Elizabeth Funderburk121
21 September 201310K40:45, Paulino Cruz50:00, Nancy Marto50
5K19:07, Steven Johnson25:19, Tiffany Smith78
Prior to its revival in 2003, the Race of the South was held annually from 1980
to 1996.


I'd deeply appreciate results from any of the years missing from the above table!


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