Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kelly and Green win one for Viking cross country

Lowndes High School VikingsAsk anyone who has directed a road race, and they'll probably tell you that it's very near the bottom of the list of effective ways to raise money. Nevertheless, just about every weekend someone is holding a race--usually a 5K--to get money for their favorite cause. Whether it's corrective lenses for cross-eyed kittens, missions to Bolivia for the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or helmet stickers for the Hazzard County High football team, there has probably been a benefit 5K for it. Sometimes, though, there's actually a race held by people who love running where the proceeds go to support the sport of running. Such an event was the Lowndes High School Cross Country's Fundraiser 5K, held Saturday morning, 12 December 2015, at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia.

Valdosta High cross country coach Ryan Kelly won the 3.1-mile race, covering the two-loop course around the Lowndes High campus in 18:39. Valdosta distance runner Jeremy Storey was the fastest master runner in the 5K, finishing second overall in 20:08. Nathan Storey, a sophomore on the Lowndes High cross country team, was third in 20:46.

Valdosta master runner Debbie Green took the women's title in the race, placing sixth overall in 22:28. Pavo master runner Polly Anna Bass was second in the women's standings, coming in sixteenth overall in 25:41. The third female finisher was Valdosta master runner Lisa Graves, eighteenth overall in 27:38.

40 athletes finished Lowndes High School Cross Country's 2015 Fundraiser 5K. Timing and finish line services were provided by A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.

Top Ten Men, 2015 Lowndes High School Cross Country Fundraiser 5K
  1. 18:38.5 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Valdosta, GA
  2. 20:07.9 ~ Jeremy Storey (M, 42) Valdosta, GA
  3. 20:45.6 ~ Nathan Storey (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:06.0 ~ Leland Kent (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  5. 21:28.5 ~ Milo Mirate (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:41.1 ~ Mark Bassford (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:53.6 ~ Taylor Storey (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:04.5 ~ Ben Amiot (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:08.1 ~ Adam Gatzemeier (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:15.7 ~ Alan Johnson (M, 55) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Lowndes High School Cross Country Fundraiser 5K
  1. 22:27.6 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  2. 25:40.9 ~ PollyAnna Bass (F, 43) Pavo, GA
  3. 27:37.6 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  4. 30:06.8 ~ Linda Wood (F, 59) Valdosta, GA
  5. 30:19.6 ~ Bianca Anderson (F, 11) Valdosta, GA
  6. 30:36.2 ~ Amy Reese (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  7. 32:10.7 ~ Maya Storey (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  8. 32:21.3 ~ Kim Lewis (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  9. 33:10.6 ~ Kendall Snellgrove (F, 15) Hahira, GA
  10. 34:23.4 ~ Sarah Allison (F, 22) Denver, GA


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