Monday, May 26, 2014

Rogers and Page rule the roads in Valdosta on Memorial Day

FlagsYouth led the way at Valdosta's sixth annual Memorial Day 5K on Monday morning, 26 May 2014. One specific youth, Lowndes High rising sophomore Dylan Rogers, led everyone, winning the 3.1-mile race in 17:26. Not far behind him, two other Lowndes High cross-country runners battled for second--graduating senior Jadon Long and rising junior Andrew Elam. Long slid in ahead of Elam, 17:35 to 17:37. Valdosta High rising sophomore Matthew Baun followed them across the finish line, placing fourth in 17:44. Ryan Kelly was the first finisher to have voted in a presidential election, coming in fifth in 17:58. The race's fastest master runner was Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta, ninth in 20:24.


Incoming freshman Makenzee Page kept the youth theme going on the women's side. Running 22:01, more than four minutes faster than she clocked in the 2013 Memorial Day 5K, Page was the first female in the race, placing 16th overall. Ali Thornhill was runner-up in the women's standings, placing 17th overall in 22:14. Melanie Ellis of Valdosta was the third woman finisher and top woman master, 21st overall in 23:13.


92 athletes finished the 2014 Valdosta Memorial Day 5K. The runners also donated 113 pounds of food to Second Harvest of South Georgia.


Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2014 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 17:25.4 ~ Dylan Rogers (M, 15) Valdosta, GAColor guard
  2. 17:34.3 ~ Jadon Long (M, 18) Hahira, GA
  3. 17:36.2 ~ Andrew Elam (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  4. 17:43.8 ~ Matthew Baun (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  5. 17:58.0 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 35) Lake Park, GA
  6. 18:14.3 ~ Chance Roe (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:27.9 ~ Elijah Boyd (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  8. 20:04.7 ~ Liam Bickerstaff (M, 18) Hahira, GA
  9. 20:24.0 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  10. 20:27.4 ~ Brandon Smith (M, 24) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2014 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 22:00.2 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 14) Ray City, GAFlags
  2. 22:13.3 ~ Ali Thornhill (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:12.2 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:30.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  5. 24:08.6 ~ Brianna Prinsloo (F, 27) Hahira, GA
  6. 24:27.5 ~ Melissa Roe (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  7. 25:00.5 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  8. 25:25.6 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 46) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:31.4 ~ Melanie Hall (F, 40) Tifton, GA
  10. 25:34.3 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 55) Tifton, GA

Valdosta Memorial Day 5K Champions, 2009-2014
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
26 May 201417:26, Dylan Rogers22:01, Makenzee Page92


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