Saturday, June 14, 2014

Southland sluggers score big at the Home Run 5K

2013 was a landmark year for the Southland Academy cross country program. The boys team captured the Raiders' first GISA state cross-country title, while the girls placed seventh. On 14 June 2014, the Raiders showed that they're poised for another highwater season this fall, putting four runners in the top seven at the Americus First United Methodist Church's second annual Home Run 5K.


Raider GISA All-State athlete Wright Calhoun won the race by nearly 200 meters. Calhoun's 16:55 shattered the event record of 19:45, set by Southland's Billy Calcutt in 2013. Hunter Kimball, a rising sophomore at Jones County High, finished second in 17:32. Billy Calcutt, the 2013 Home Run 5K champion and a rising sophomore at Southland, took third with an 18:14. Harrison Myers, a cross-country runner for Young Harris College, was fourth in 18:58. Southland rising junior Brian Miller placed fifth in 19:41. Gray, Georgia, master runner Buddy Davis was sixth in 20:02.


Jessica Childers of Leslie, Georgia, was the top woman in the field, finishing ninth overall in 22:12. Americus athlete Charlene Pennymon was the women's runner-up and the first woman master, running 23:06 for tenth overall. Southland freshman Alex Exum was third in the women's standings, 16th overall in 27:07.


46 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race, which started and finished near Americus First United Methodist Church. Proceeds of the Home Run 5K benefit the Americus Campus of the Methodist Home. The race was held in memory of a friend of the home, Jay Williams.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Home Run 5K
  1. 16:54.02 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 16) Americus, GA
  2. 17:31.93 ~ Hunter Kimball (M, 16) Gray, GA
  3. 18:13.79 ~ Billy Calcutt (M, 15) Americus, GA
  4. 18:57.26 ~ Harrison Myers (M, 21) Byron, GA
  5. 19:40.62 ~ Brian Miller (M, 16) Americus, GA
  6. 20:01.47 ~ Buddy Davis (M, 51) Gray, GA
  7. 20:51.41 ~ Ellis Ivey (M, 16) Richland, GA
  8. 20:52.22 ~ Patrick Calcutt (M, 49) Americus, GA
  9. 23:21.70 ~ Braden Miller (M, 40) Leesburg, GA
  10. 24:26.12 ~ Ian Pierson (M, 26) Americus, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Home Run 5K
  1. 22:11.07 ~ Jessica Childers (F, 28) Leslie, GA
  2. 23:05.18 ~ Charlene Pennymon (F, 49) Americus, GA
  3. 27:07.00 ~ Alex Exum (F, 14) Plains, GA
  4. 28:50.06 ~ Brittany McCumber (F, 38) Albany, GA
  5. 28:56.85 ~ Julie Bonner (F, 35) Ellaville, GA
  6. 31:47.73 ~ Laura Bell (F, 22) Americus, GA
  7. 33:04.72 ~ Maggie Tu (F, 15) Smithville, GA
  8. 33:07.69 ~ Ivey Franklin (F, 13) Americus, GA
  9. 35:04.52 ~ Rosemary Duprey (F, 45) Americus, GA
  10. 39:01.59 ~ Debra Mitchell (F, 50) Eastman, GA

Home Run 5K winners, 2013-2014
DateMenWomenFinishers
22 June 201319:45, Billy Calcutt21:48, Amber Hodor61
14 June 201416:55, Wright Calhoun22:12, Jessica Childers46


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