Monday, January 20, 2014

Kelly and Morse take four

2014 Valdosta State University Baptist Campus Ministry Run 4 MissionsYou can complain all you like (and many do) about the preponderance of five-kilometer road races in the running world. The Baptist Campus Ministry of Valdosta State University is doing something about it, though. On Saturday morning, 18 Jaunary 2014, for the third year in a row the BCM hosted their Run 4 Missions Four Mile on the streets of Valdosta, Georgia. For the second year in a row Lake Park, Georgia runner Ryan Kelly won the event. Kelly ran 23:32 for the four-miles; a distance that may not be unique but at least it isn't the usual 3.1-mile stroll through the streets. Behind Kelly, Nathan Crews finished runner-up in 24:31. Two months earlier Crews had finished his junior year cross-country season competing for Valdosta's Lowndes High School. Two more Lowndes High harriers took the next two places, with senior Tyler Thurman placing third in 17:08 and junior Jackson Green fourth in 28:02. Valdosta's Greg Morris (11th, 30:35) was the first male master across the finish line.


A Lowndes High cross-country runner also topped the women's standings. Just over two months after competing in her first GHSA State Cross-Country Championship, Mackenzie Morse won the women's division at the Run 4 Missions four miler, coming in sixth overall in 28:49. The women's runner-up, Valdosta's Debbie Green, was also the fastest master runner in the race, placing seventh overall in 29:28. Valdosta's Ali Thornhill (8th, 29:43) was third for the women and Kelsey Morse (10th, 30:35) of Valdosta's Viking Runners was fourth.


86 athletes finished the race.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Run 4 Missions
  1. 23:31.2 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 35) Lake Park, GARyan Kelly
  2. 24:30.3 ~ Nathan Crews (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:08.0 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:01.3 ~ Jackson Green (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 28:44.6 ~ Hoke Morrow (M, 19) Perry, GA
  6. 30:07.9 ~ Toby Wilkey (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  7. 30:34.7 ~ Greg Morris (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  8. 31:35.3 ~ Hunter Lewis (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  9. 31:48.3 ~ Mark Stalvey (M, 45) Hahira, GA
  10. 32:00.1 ~ Rob Hummel (M, 44) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Run 4 Missions
  1. 28:48.3 ~ Mackenzie Morse (F, 14) Valdosta, GA
  2. 29:27.5 ~ Debbie Green (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  3. 29:42.3 ~ Ali Thornhill (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  4. 30:34.4 ~ Kelsey Morse (F, 11) Valdosta, GA
  5. 31:46.9 ~ Jennifer Hummel (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  6. 31:54.9 ~ Heather Addington (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  7. 32:34.6 ~ Kim Munger (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  8. 33:30.3 ~ Angel Godwin (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  9. 34:19.2 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 35) Lake Park, GA
  10. 35:21.4 ~ Eryn Wilkey (F, 11) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta BCM Run 4 Mission champions, 2012-2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
21 January 201222:50, Parker Childree28:10, Alice Smoot140
19 January 201323:48, Ryan Kelly31:08, Audrey Williams100
18 January 201423:32, Ryan Kelly28:49, Mackenzie Morse86


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