Friday, January 1, 2016

One last win in 2015 for Martinez and Green

Michael MartinezMaster runners Michael Martinez and Debbie Green wrapped up the old year with wins at the New Year's Eve 5K in Valdosta, Georgia, on Thursday evening, 31 December 2015. Tallahassee's Martinez was the overall winner in 18:01 while Valdosta's Green took the women's title, placing seventh overall in 22:59.


The fourth annual race took place at Lowndes High School, two laps around a loop of the campus. After the first lap Michael Martinez trailed Andrew Elam and Quin McGlamery. Elam was the 2014 champion of the race and the course record holder. McGlamery, a sophomore on the Valdosta High cross country team, had also run the New Year's Eve 5K the previous year, placing ninth. Martinez was running the race for the first time, but his lack of experience didn't show. On the second lap Martinez left Elam and McGlamery behind--almost 200 meters behind. Martinez won the race in 18:01, and Elam edged McGlamery 18:38 to 18:41 for second. Valdosta Master runner Rick Mazurkiewicz was fourth in 20:49.


Debbie Green has run all four of Valdosta's New Year's Eve 5K races, collecting a second place in the women's standings in 2012, a third place in 2013, and a fourth place in 2014. In 2015 she completed the set, finishing first on the women's side in 22:59. Lauren Bewley of Valdosta was the women's runner-up, placing twelfth overall in 23:47. Valdosta master runner Martha Mazurkiewicz was the third woman finisher, thirteenth overall in 24:40.


61 athletes finished the fourth annual New Year's Eve 5K, a production of A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia.


Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2015 New Year's Eve 5K
  1. 18:00.8 ~ Michael Martinez (M, 50) Tallahassee, FL
  2. 18:37.7 ~ Andrew Elam (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  3. 18:40.7 ~ Quin McGlamery (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  4. 20:48.5 ~ Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
  5. 21:51.2 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 36) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:32.8 ~ Rob Sheridan (M, 55) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:06.3 ~ Darren McCall (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:08.3 ~ Dusty Dorminey (M, 41) Lake Park, GA
  9. 23:13.9 ~ John T Hall (M, 45) Tifton, GA
  10. 23:36.4 ~ Nathan Storey (M, 16) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2015 New Year's Eve 5K
  1. 22:58.6 ~ Debbie Green (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:46.3 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:39.8 ~ Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:24.5 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 43) Pavo, GA
  5. 25:46.0 ~ Traci Newton (F, 39) Saint Simons Island, GA
  6. 26:37.3 ~ Gabrielle Sparks (F, 12) Easton, PA
  7. 27:52.6 ~ Shannon Emanuel (F, 28) Ray City, GA
  8. 28:10.2 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  9. 29:36.2 ~ Lexi Metts (F, 12) Hahira, GA
  10. 29:36.5 ~ Heather Williams (F, 24) Hahira, GA

Valdosta, Georgia, New Year's Eve 5K winners, 2012 - 2015
DateMenWomenFinishers
31 December 201217:58, Mark McLeod24:56, Martha Mazurkiewicz50
31 December 201318:04, Ryan Kelly22:30, Makenzee Page75
31 December 201416:59, Andrew Elam20:52, Makenzee Page69
31 December 201518:01, Michael Martinez22:59, Debbie Green61


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