Sunday, June 26, 2016

Butzin and Presler win the battle at the Georgia Military College 5K

Bulldog MascotYou may not know how many road races Dan Butzin has won in 2016, but it's a good number. If you are keeping track, add one more to the total--Butzin picked up another victory on Saturday morning, 25 June 2016, at the third annual Georgia Military College 5K in Valdosta, Georgia. The Valdosta distance runner ran a course record 18:38, winning the five kilometer race by more than a kilometer. Katie Presler of Valdosta was the first woman in the race, placing eighth overall in 26:02. 73 athletes finished the 3.1-mile event.


Carson Locke, an incoming frosh at Lowndes High, finished runner-up in 23:58. Andrew Caruana of the Viking Runners Club took third in 24:06.

Valdosta's Susan Riordan-Smith was the top master runner and the second female finisher in the race, placing ninth overall in 26:09. Not far behind Riordan-Smith, Jen Kuakel, another Valdosta master runner, was third in the women's standings and tenth overall in 26:13.


Proceeds of the third annual Georgia Military College 5K benefit the school's scholarship fund. A Course Line, LLC, of Valdosta provided timing and finish line services to the race.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K
  1. 18:37.5 ~ Dan Butzin (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:57.3 ~ Carson Locke (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  3. 24:06.0 ~ Andrew Caruana (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:18.5 ~ Morgan Bolmer (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  5. 24:42.5 ~ Anthony Tovar (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  6. 25:43.3 ~ Bryan Presler (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  7. 25:52.0 ~ Garrett Locke (M, 8) Valdosta, GA
  8. 26:34.5 ~ Matthew North (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:00.4 ~ Charles Wright (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  10. 27:32.7 ~ Tim Sirmans (M, 47) Lakeland, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K
  1. 26:01.9 ~ Katie Presler (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  2. 26:09.0 ~ Susan Riordan-Smith (F, 44) Valdosta, GA
  3. 26:12.8 ~ Jen Kuakel (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  4. 26:52.1 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Valdosta, GA
  5. 27:12.6 ~ Erin Locke (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:20.6 ~ Shannon Emanuel (F, 28) Ray City, GA
  7. 28:35.5 ~ Lisa Graves (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:56.1 ~ Leslie Ray (F, 34) Murray, KY
  9. 29:39.8 ~ Amy Reese (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  10. 30:05.5 ~ Jennifer Caruana (F, 38) Valdosta, GA

Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K winners, 2014 - 2016
DateMenWomenFinishers
28 June 201418:50, Ryan Kelly22:25, Danielle Jarnagin60
27 June 201522:26, Billy Taylor22:17, Anne Price56
25 June 201618:38, Dan Butzin26:02, Katie Presler73


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