Monday, August 31, 2015

George and Price celebrate in a hurry at the Blazer Dash's tenth anniversary

Childred go through a lot of changes in their first ten years of life, learning to feed themselves, walk, use language, and use the toilet. If you think that's dramatic, just wait for the next ten years.


Valdosta State University's Blazer Dash 5K has also had its share of changes in the last five years--different names, different runners, different courses. But it's still a 3.1-mile race on the school's Valdosta, Georgia, campus. 123 athletes showed up to finish the tenth running of the race on Saturday morning, 29 August 2015. The fastest was Greg George, who scooted over the finish line in 18:22, some 40 meters ahead of runner-up Dan Butzin. Butzin's time was 18:32. Former Lakeside High cross country runner Max Steele was third in 18:51. Pine Grove middle school eighth-grader Carson Locke was fourth in 20:16 and Valdosta's Matthew White was fifth in 20:19. Valdosta runner Randy Maples was the top master runner in the Blazer Dash, placing sixth overall in 21:21.


The men's race may have been close, but the women's was closer. Anne Price narrowly outkicked Alice Smoot for the women's title, 22:04 to 22:05. The two Valdosta athlete placed eighth and ninth overall. Smoot, the top female master in the race, had won the Blazer Dash women's title in 2013. Sugar Hill, Georgia, runner Abbi Edwards outkicked Jessica Locke of Valdosta for the third spot in the women's standings, both runners clocked in 24:34. Edwards and Locke were 14th and 15th overall.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Blazer Dash 5K
  1. 18:21.8 ~ Greg George (M, 27) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:31.9 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:51.0 ~ Max Steele (M, 18) Decatur, GA
  4. 20:16.0 ~ Carson Locke (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  5. 20:18.1 ~ Matthew White (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  6. 21:20.8 ~ Randy Maples (M, 46) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:25.2 ~ Shaundon Moore (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:31.8 ~ Tim Knodel (M, 33) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:02.8 ~ Darren McCall (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:17.9 ~ Mason Griffin (M, 13) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Blazer Dash 5K
  1. 22:03.3 ~ Anne Price (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:04.2 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 58) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:33.2 ~ Abbi Edwards (F, 22) Sugar Hill, GA
  4. 24:33.5 ~ Jessica Locke (F, 11) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:04.3 ~ Donielle White (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:48.7 ~ Natasha Horn (F, 17) Hahira, GA
  7. 26:42.7 ~ Jennifer Beal-Alvarez (F, 37) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:57.8 ~ Jorelyn Zhuino (F, 23) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:05.4 ~ Ansley Haskin (F, 26) Hahira, GA
  10. 27:05.9 ~ Beth Knodel (F, 35) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta State University Community 5K champions, 2006 - 2015
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
29 August 201518:22, Greg George22:04, Anne Price


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