Monday, March 21, 2016

With scissors or without, Kelly and Smoot keep running

With wins in four of the last five years, no one has more victories in the Don't Run With Scissors 5K than Valdosta High cross country coach Ryan Kelly. It would be mathematically impossible--the annual Valdosta, Georgia race has been held only seven times since its inaugural running in 2010. Kelly took first in the event in 2012, 2013, 2015, and most recently on Saturday morning, 19 March 2016. In that latest outing he ran 18:23, finishing at the front of a field of 139 athletes. Valdosta master runner Alice Smoot, no stranger to victory herself, took the women's title in 21:48, placing seventh overall. Smoot had also been the first woman in the 2012 Don't Run With Scissors 5K.


Seconds after Kelly crossed the finish line, LaDarius DuMas edged Dan Butzin for second, 18:35 to 18:38. Dumas is an eighth-grader at Valdosta Middle School, where he ran cross country for the Wildcats this past fall. Another Valdosta Middle cross country runner, sixth-grader Parker Jackson, finished fourth in 21:22.


Trailing Alice Smoot by less than ten seconds, Elizabeth Smith took second in the women's standings, placing eighth overall in 21:57. Valdosta Middle School eighth-grader Katelyn Lancaster was third on the women's side, tenth overall in 23:53, while eleven-year-old Emily Phillips was the fourth female finisher, twelfth overall in 25:16.


139 athletes finished the seventh annual Don't Run With Scissors 5K. The race is a fundraiser for the art department of Sallas Malone Elementary School. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Don't Run With Scissors 5K
  1. 18:22.3 ~ Ryan Kelly (M, 37)
  2. 18:34.8 ~ LaDarius DuMas (M, 15)
  3. 18:37.3 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 30)
  4. 21:21.6 ~ Parker Jackson (M, 11)
  5. 21:39.2 ~ Rob McGhin (M, 36)
  6. 21:41.9 ~ Chris Phillips (M, 36)
  7. 22:22.8 ~ Bryce Jackson (M, 15)
  8. 24:58.0 ~ Adam Gatzemeier (M, 39)
  9. 25:23.0 ~ Darren McCall (M, 33)
  10. 26:24.8 ~ Derrick Hollingshed (M, 43)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Don't Run With Scissors 5K
  1. 21:47.4 ~ Alice Smoot (F, 58)
  2. 21:56.5 ~ Elizabeth Smith (F, 37)
  3. 23:52.3 ~ Katelyn Lancaster (F, 13)
  4. 25:15.7 ~ Emily Phillips (F, 11)
  5. 25:57.4 ~ Stephanie Guitar (F, 34)
  6. 26:32.0 ~ Jill Walls (F, 31)
  7. 27:57.3 ~ Eve Distelzweig (F, 38)
  8. 28:15.2 ~ Bridget Rourk (F, 26)
  9. 28:24.4 ~ Teresa Hamilton (F, 12)
  10. 28:47.1 ~ Amy Reese (F, 41)

Don't Run With Scissors 5K champions, 2010 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
20 March 201017:33, Scott Gardner20:56, Ashley Powell247
12 March 201118:03, Masked Avenger23:23, Angel Godwin250
17 March 201218:29, Ryan Kelly21:24, Alice Smoot285
16 March 201318:09, Ryan Kelly22:19, Kelsey Morse279
15 March 201419:00, David Burnett21:36, Makenzee Page235
14 February 201518:24, Ryan Kelly21:10, Sandra Griffin219
19 March 201618:23, Ryan Kelly21:48, Alice Smoot139


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