Sunday, October 5, 2014

Harriers Rosatti and Smoot win Hahira's Honeybee 5K

Hahira Honeybee FestivalHahira, Georgia, is a source of historical mysteries. The first is the source of its name. Brief research will turn up three or more stories, equally preposterous, for why a town on the north side of Lowndes County should be called "Hahira." The year of Hahira's first Honeybee Festival 5K is also a mystery, as well as the winner of that race. But whatever year the race was added, it is known that the Hahira Honeybee Festival started in 1982, and has continued annually on the first weekend of October.


It's also know that on Saturday morning, 4 October 2014, Cook High junior-year cross-country runner Nick Rosatti ran 19:26 to win the latest edition of the Hahira, Georgia, Honeybee 5K. University of Tampa cross-country runner Mary Alice Smoot took the women's title, finishing second overall in 19:51. Smoot also won the race in 2011 as a Valwood School sophomore. Valdosta athlete Steve Plymale was the fastest master runner in the race, placing eight overall in 20:59. Debbie Green of Valdosta was the top woman master, coming in 14th overall in 22:17.


Rosatti and Smoot weren't the only cross country runners on the street of Hahira that morning. Smoot was joined by fellow University of Tampa Spartans Aimee Epps (3rd, 20:11), Brianna Jackson (6th, 20:53), and Jane Ojasu (7th, 20:59). On the male side, Cook Middle School harrier Cody Pezent was ninth overall in 21:20, and Cook High sophomore Fabian Hesse was twelfth overall in 22:09.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Hahira Honeybee 5K
  1. 19:25.3 ~ Nick Rosatti (M, 17) Hahira, GA
  2. 20:19.4 ~ Dallon Kerby (M, 22) Hahira, GA
  3. 20:58.9 ~ Steve Plymale (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:19.5 ~ Cody Pezent (M, 13) Adel, GA
  5. 21:33.2 ~ Jake Jackson (M, 15) Hahira, GA
  6. 22:00.0 ~ Hayden Bills (M, 14) Hahira, GA
  7. 22:08.3 ~ Fabian Hesse (M, 15) Adel, GA
  8. 22:11.5 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 37) Norman Park, GA
  9. 22:30.1 ~ Coby Kent (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  10. 22:31.9 ~ B Beverly (M, 34) Adel, GA

Top Ten Women, 2014 Hahira Honeybee 5K
  1. 19:50.8 ~ Mary Alice Smoot (F, 18) Valdosta, GA
  2. 20:10.4 ~ Aimee Epps (F, 21) Tampa, FL
  3. 20:22.0 ~ Elena Gully (F, 35) Hahira, GA
  4. 20:52.3 ~ Brianna Jackson (F, 19) Lithia, FL
  5. 20:58.6 ~ Jane Ojasu (F, 21) Tampa, FL
  6. 22:16.2 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:28.4 ~ Karen Cauthen (F, 45) Murfreesboro, TN
  8. 24:39.9 ~ Gracie White (F, 12) Moultrie, GA
  9. 24:46.5 ~ Brittany Folsom (F, 29) Hahira, GA
  10. 25:02.4 ~ Jazz Garmon (F, 22) Tifton, GA

Known Honeybee 5K Champions, 2001-2014
DateMenWomen
2 October 1999
6 October 200117:21, Rich Sumrall
4 October 200316:31, John Seppala23:14, Amy Mark
2 October 200416:30, John Seppala22:13, Sundonia Williams
8 October 200516:47, John Seppala20:41, Susan Fischer
7 October 200616:54, John Seppala20:43, Susan Fischer
6 October 200716:54, John Seppala18:57, Jana Grygarova
4 October 200817:02, John Seppala21:13, Heidi Gonzalez
3 October 200916:51, John Seppala20:12, Ashley Powell
9 October 201016:46, Scott Gardner20:08, Ashley Powell
8 October 201117:49, Masked Avenger19:46, Mary Alice Smoot
6 October 201218:37, Ryan Kelly21:52, Gretchen Bielmyer
5 October 201318:39, Ryan Kelly22:27, Debbie Allen
4 October 201419:26, Nick Rosatti19:51, Mary Alice Smoot


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