Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bueno and Escalera triumph at the Colin P. Kelly 5K

2016 Colin P. Kelly 5KMadison, Florida is justly proud of its heroic son, Colin Purvis Kelly. North of town the Colin Kelly Highway is named in his honor. On the North Florida Community College Campus the Colin P. Kelly Fitness Center bears his name. Finally, each year athletes race through the street of Madison in the Colin P. Kelly 5K Fitness Run. In the past it was known as the Colin P. Kelly Freedom Run, but the army aviator's name has always been on the race.


Echols County High cross country runner Joe Bueno won the 16 April 2016 installment of the Colin P. Kelly 5K, finishing the Saturday morning race in 19:54. Tommy Langford, the winner of the 2014 Colin P. Kelly 5K, took second in 20:18. Madison County High sophomore Marvin Alexander edged William Carter for third, 21:36 to 21:41. Carter, the defending champion of the race, finished as the top master runner in this year's event.


Jackie Escalera was the first female finisher in the 5K; sixteen-year-old Escalera was thirteenth overall in 25:53. Maria Smith was runner-up on the women's side, coming in fourteenth overall in 26:15. Mary Carter was the top woman master and third female finisher, placing fifteenth overall in 27:20.


53 athletes finished the 3.1-mile race. The 2016 Colin P. Kelly 5K Fitness Run was part of Madison County's annual Down Home Days Festival.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Colin Kelly 5K
  1. 19:53.5 ~ Joe Bueno (M, 16)
  2. 20:17.5 ~ Tommy Langford (M, 21)
  3. 21:35.6 ~ Marvin Alexander (M, 15)
  4. 21:40.2 ~ William Carter (M, 51)
  5. 22:16.9 ~ Dylan Guilmette (M, 19)
  6. 23:24.4 ~ Rajan Ananthan (M, 27)
  7. 23:51.1 ~ Cesar Araiza (M, 28)
  8. 24:06.7 ~ Seth Molnar (M, 19)
  9. 24:11.1 ~ Bill Gibson (M, 30)
  10. 24:45.7 ~ Mike Guilmette (M, 53)

Top Ten Women, 2016 Colin Kelly 5K
  1. 25:52.6 ~ Jackie Escalera (F, 16)
  2. 26:14.9 ~ Maria Smith (F, 35)
  3. 27:19.4 ~ Mary Carter (F, 43)
  4. 28:43.0 ~ Jaime Moffses (F, 40)
  5. 29:26.1 ~ Stefanie Thomas (F, 32)
  6. 29:26.5 ~ Jo Ragans (F, 57)
  7. 29:53.5 ~ Clarissa Rosales (F, 24)
  8. 30:37.8 ~ Jennifer Kervin (F, 40)
  9. 31:01.7 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 48)
  10. 31:34.9 ~ Tammy Hatton (F, 43)

Some winners of the Colin P. Kelly 5K, 2009 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
22 April 2006
28 April 2007
26 April 2008
18 April 2009Jordan HarmonConnie Clarke30
17 April 2010Stephen Clark, Jr.Brooke Hackle34
16 April 2011James HolbenCathy Rogers
21 April 201220:58, Wade Harris23:50, Alesha Waller
20 April 2013Kyle CrewsAlesha Waller
19 April 2014Tommy LangfordAli Carter
18 April 201521:34, William Carter27:34, Tania Williams53
16 April 201619:54, Joe Bueno25:53, Jackie Escalera53


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