Sunday, January 25, 2015

A third win for Kelly and record run for Page at Run 4 Missions

Run 4 MissionsFor the fourth year in a row, the Baptist Campus Ministry of Valdosta State University continued to buck the trend of metric races in general and five kilometer road races in particular. Their expression of non-conformity came in the form of the fourth annual Run 4 Missions four miler, staged on the streets of Valdosta, Georgia, on Saturday morning, 24 January 2015. And for the third year in a row, Ryan Kelly of Lake Park, Georgia, showed his support for the BCM's departure from convention by winning the four-mile race.


Kelly's time in his "three-peat" win was 23:19, putting him over half a minute ahead of the 23:58 posted by the runner-up, Lowndes High senior Nathan Crews. Crews had also finished second to Kelly in the 2014 Run 4 Missions. Peter Akiti, runner-up in the 2013 Run 4 Missions, placed third in 25:16. Rick Mazurkiewicz had been in that 2013 race with Akiti, taking the top master spot. He was the top master again in 2015, placing fourth overall in 25:50.


Makenzee Page placed sixth overall in 26:48, finishing atop the women's standings and setting a new women's Run 4 Missions record of 26:48. Page's time was over a minute under the previous record of 28:10, set by Valdosta master runner Alice Smoot at the first Run 4 Missions in 2012. Smoot herself was in the 2015 race, part of a close three-way battle for the top woman's master spot among Smoot, Debbie Green, and Melanie Ellis. Ellis came out on top in that struggle, the second woman and 14th overall in 28:38. Green took the third woman's spot, finishing 15th overall in 28:43. Smoot was the fourth woman finisher, coming in 16th overall in 28:58.


116 athletes finished the fourth annual Run 4 Missions Four-Mile Run. Timing and finish line services were provided by A Course / Line, LLC of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Run 4 Missions
  1. 23:18.9 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 36) Lake Park, GA
  2. 23:57.8 ~ Nathan Crews (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  3. 25:15.1 ~ Peter Akiti (M, 20) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:49.1 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:46.9 ~ Tyler Thurman (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:57.5 ~ Randy Maples (M, 46) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:07.8 ~ Patrick Muller (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:17.3 ~ Steve Plymale (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:00.8 ~ Caleb Harlon (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:02.2 ~ Garrett Stout (M, 21) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Run 4 Missions
  1. 26:47.3 ~ Makenzee Page (F, 15) Ray City, GA
  2. 28:37.2 ~ Melanie Ellis (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  3. 28:42.5 ~ Debbie Green (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:57.5 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 57) Valdosta, GA
  5. 29:23.9 ~ Amrie Lissie (F, 18) Valdosta, GA
  6. 31:02.1 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  7. 32:15.7 ~ Nancy Elam (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  8. 32:31.0 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  9. 33:34.0 ~ Misty Watkins (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  10. 33:52.4 ~ Heather Kelly (F, 36) Lake Park, 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
24 January 201523:19, Ryan Kelly26:48, Makenzee Page116


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