Monday, August 25, 2014

Moore and Pastirik are the fastest Blazer Dashers in 2014

When the 2014 fall semester opened at Valdosta State University, it was heralded by the usual events. Valdosta traffic became worse. Parking on campus disappeared. Some 100 student-athletes started preparing to play their odd ball games in Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. And the VSU Community 5K, the Blazer Dash, was run once again.


Shaundon Moore won the ninth annual race, contested on the streets around VSU on Saturday morning, 23 August 2014. Moore, a biology student at Valdosta State, had placed sixth in the race in 2013, but a year later he ran the 3.1 miles in 20:13, over a minute faster than his time the previous year. Douglas Hemmer of Valdosta finished runner-up to Moore, posting a 20:30. Matthew Morbey of Valdosta took third in 21:36. Waycross, Georgia, athlete Charles Lagoueyte was the fastest master runner in the field, coming in fourth overall in 21:55. Lagoueyte was coming off a 21:06 5K performance the previous week at the 14th annual Peanut Run in Brooklet, Georgia.


Unlike Shaundon Moore, Carsen Pastirik didn't race the Blazer Dash in 2013. At that time she was in Atlanta, starting her senior year cross-country season at Lakeside High. As a Valdosta State frosh, though, Pastirik was at the 2014 Blazer Dash where she won the women's title, placing seventh overall in 22:33. Valdosta master runner Melanie Ellis was second in the women's standings, finishing ninth overall in 22:54.


121 athletes crossed the finish line at the 2014 Blazer Dash 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Blazer Dash 5K
  1. 20:12.4 ~ Shaundon Moore (M, 20) Ellenwood, GA
  2. 20:29.4 ~ Douglas Hemmer (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  3. 21:35.9 ~ Matthew Morbey (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:54.8 ~ Charles Lagoueyte (M, 51) Waycross, GA
  5. 22:14.7 ~ Dorian Ford (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:20.7 ~ Johnny Daniel (M, 22) Valdosta, GA
  7. 22:36.5 ~ Derrick Jones (M, 37) Jennings, FL
  8. 23:16.3 ~ Andrew Hutton (M, 18) Woodstock, GA
  9. 23:54.4 ~ Billy Taylor (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:16.6 ~ Matt Monroe (M, 35) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Blazer Dash 5K
  1. 22:32.4 ~ Carsen Pastirik (F, 18) Atlanta, GA
  2. 22:53.3 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  3. 25:34.5 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 36) Lake Park, GA
  4. 25:59.2 ~ Karisa Zickos (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:12.9 ~ Amanda Parks (F, 39) Jennings, FL
  6. 26:13.3 ~ Stephanie Gonzalez Guittar (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:14.8 ~ Samantha Demersseman (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:43.6 ~ Heidi Gonzalez (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:14.1 ~ Kristina Stites (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  10. 27:45.1 ~ Megan Lightfoot (F, 33) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta State University Community 5K champions, 2006-2014
DateMenWomen
19 August 200616:54, Derek Storbeck20:06, Melissa Daugherty
18 August 200716:58, John Seppala20:12, Jana Grygarova
23 August 200817:17, Austin McDonald20:12, Jordanne Helton
22 August 200916:15, Christopher Rice20:03, Ashley McGee
21 August 201016:40, Christopher Rice20:13, Sarah Turner
20 August 201117:03, Christopher Rice20:23, Jordanne Helton
25 August 201216:33, Christopher Rice20:22, Jessie Usry
24 August 201320:04, Colin Prinsloo21:55, Alice Smoot
23 August 201420:13, Shaundon Moore22:33, Carsen Pastirik


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