Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kelly and Bewley each add a second star at Jog With The Generals

The featured race belonged to the defending champions at the fourth annual Jog With The Generals in Dasher, Georgia, on Saturday morning, 6 February 2016. Valdosta High cross-country coach Ryan Kelly won the 10K for the second year in a row, covering the 6.2-mile course in 38:37 and finishing more than a mile ahead of the next runner. Lauren Bewley, the women's winner, did Kelly one better, though. Bewley not only successfully defended her 2015 Jog With The Generals women's title, but she also set a women's course record of 49:06, placing fourth overall. Bewley had set the previous record, 51:43, during her 2015 win.


Valdosta, Georgia's John Brinkley was the fastest master runner in the race, finishing second to Kelly in 46:23. Naylor, Georgia master runner Renaldas Smidtas was third overall in the 10K with a 47:29.


Coming in fifth overall, Heather Hall of Waycross, Georgia ran the race in 50:09, faster than Lauren Bewley's 2015 course record. However, Bewley beat Hall to the finish line, so Hall had to settle for the runner-up spot in the women's standings and the woman master's title. Hahira, Georgia master runner Penny Bell was the third female finisher, seventh overall in 53:26.


Top Nine Men, 2016 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 38:36.3 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37) Lake Park, GA
  2. 46:22.8 ~ John Brinkley (M, 49) Valdosta, GA
  3. 47:28.1 ~ Renaldas Smidtas (M, 51) Naylor, GA
  4. 51:26.4 ~ Ashley Tye (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  5. 54:15.3 ~ Jim Hall (M, 65) Valdosta, GA
  6. 1:03:17 ~ Jammie Metts (M, 39) Hahira, GA
  7. 1:04:10 ~ Rodney Elam (M, 52) Valdosta, GA
  8. 1:07:18 ~ Ronnie Metts (M, 71) Hahira, GA
  9. 1:10:21 ~ Calvin Barrett (M, 14) Lake Park, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 49:05.7 ~ Lauren Bewley (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  2. 50:08.5 ~ Heather Hall (F, 40) Waycross, GA
  3. 53:25.2 ~ Penny Bell (F, 42) Hahira, GA
  4. 55:12.3 ~ Amy Cozart (F, 39) Valdosta, GA
  5. 55:31.8 ~ Gina Colson (F, 54) Valdosta, GA
  6. 57:48.2 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  7. 58:11.4 ~ Melissa Norris (F, 32) Hahira, GA
  8. 58:21.5 ~ Rhonda Barrett (F, 44) Valdosta, GA
  9. 1:03:14 ~ Robin Cobb (F, 57) Valdosta, GA
  10. 1:03:41 ~ Lina Smidt (F, 51) Naylor, GA

Parker Jackson, a sixth-grader and member of the cross country team at Valdosta Middle School, won the Jog With The Generals 5K in 20:39. Another cross country runner, Valdosta High sophomore Bryce Jackson, was second in 21:43. John Hall of Tifton, Georgia, was the top master runner in the 3.1-mile race, finishing third overall in 22:58.


Alison Thornhill of Valdosta, Georgia took the women's title in the Jog With The Generals 5K; Thornhill was fifth overall in 25:43. Valdosta's Michelle Iturralde was the first woman master, seventh overall in 27:14. Eleven-year-old Valdosta runner Katie Moss was third in the women's standings, tenth overall in 28:20.


23 athletes finished the 2016 Jog With The Generals 10K, with another 68 completing the 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta provided timing and finish line services for the races.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 20:38.1 ~ Parker Reid Jackson (M, 11) Valdosta, GA
  2. 21:42.1 ~ Bryce Jackson (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  3. 22:57.6 ~ John Hall (M, 45) Tifton, GA
  4. 24:32.2 ~ Adam Gatzemeier (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:49.0 ~ Russ Henry (M, 45) Valdosta, GA
  6. 28:11.0 ~ Landon Jackson (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:13.3 ~ Mac Bowling (M, 8) Lake Park, GA
  8. 28:19.8 ~ Jett Guilliams (M, 9) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:28.3 ~ Westley Hazel (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  10. 30:01.2 ~ Dennis Gatchell (M, 64) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 25:42.4 ~ Alison Thornhill (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  2. 27:13.8 ~ Michelle Iturralde (F, 41) Valdosta, Ga
  3. 28:19.4 ~ Katie Moss (F, 11) Valdosta, GA
  4. 29:05.4 ~ Shelley Hazel (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  5. 29:47.9 ~ Elizabeth Greene (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  6. 29:59.4 ~ Amy Reese (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  7. 30:19.9 ~ Ieva Smidt (F, 26) Tallahassee, FL
  8. 30:27.2 ~ Lina Smidt (F, 51) Naylor, GA
  9. 31:25.1 ~ Summer Gernatt (F, 35) Woodstock, GA
  10. 31:44.8 ~ Christina Russell (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Jog With The Generals champions, 2013 - 2016
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
9 February 20135K17:48, Steven Cary22:57, Makenzee Page161
8 February 20145K18:51, Scott Gordon21:02, Makenzee Page126
7 February 201510K36:53, Ryan Kelly51:43, Lauren Bewley24
5K18:42, Brian Rohrbach26:13, Sonja Reed91
6 February 201610K38:37, Ryan Kelly49:06, Lauren Bewley23
5K20:39, Parker Reid Jackson25:43, Alison Thornhill68
No 10K race was contested at the Jog With The Generals until 2015.


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