Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cody Pezent and Ashley Coleman win Moultrie's Race of the South

The YSaturday, 17 September 2016, was the morning of the Moultrie, Georgia YMCA's fourteenth annual Race Of The South. The numbering is a little bit tricky. The event has been held each year from 2003 onward, so that makes fourteen races. Of course, that's only if you don't count the seventeen races from 1980 to 1996, Moultrie's original Race Of The South series. The YMCA, though, decided that a seven-year hiatus was a good enough reason to start counting over, so the 31st Race Of The South was the fourteenth annual.


Go ahead and check the arithmetic. I'll wait.


No one needed higher math to determine that Cody Pezent won the 2016 Race Of The South 10K, though. Crossing the finish line with a lead of more than 200 meters, Pezent ran the 6.2-mile course in 43:15. Paulino Cruz of Moultrie, the 2013 Race Of The South champion, was runner-up in 44:13, and Moultrie's Julio Perez was third in 45:11. Another Moultrie athlete, Patrick Bius, was the fastest master runner in the 10K, placing sixth overall in 49:56.


Ashley Coleman of Decatur, Georgia took the women's title, placing tenth overall in 51:00. Tifton, Georgia's Traci Newton was the first woman master and second female finisher, coming in twelfth overall in 52:02. Another Tifton master runner, Gina Purvis, was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 53:13.


47 athletes finished the 2016 Race Of The South 10K.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Race of the South 10K
  1. 43:15 ~ Cody Pezent (M, 15) Adel, GA
  2. 44:13 ~ Paulino Cruz (M, 28) Moultrie, GA
  3. 45:11 ~ Julio Perez (M, 25) Moultrie, GA
  4. 45:15 ~ Mark Niday (M, 32) Moultrie, GA
  5. 46:47 ~ Joey Bozeman (M, 37) Moultrie, GA
  6. 49:56 ~ Patrick Bius (M, 42) Moultrie, GA
  7. 50:02 ~ Justin Baker (M, 37) Moultrie, GA
  8. 50:16 ~ John Coleman (M, 34) Decatur, GA
  9. 50:30 ~ John Hall (M, 46) Tifton, GA
  10. 51:06 ~ Steven Johnson (M, 39) Norman Park, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Race of the South 10K
  1. 51:00 ~ Ashley Coleman (F, 31) Decatur, GA
  2. 52:02 ~ Traci Newton (F, 40) Tifton, GA
  3. 53:13 ~ Gina Purvis (F, 57) Tifton, GA
  4. 54:19 ~ Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
  5. 55:10 ~ Angela Pezent (F, 42) Adel, GA
  6. 56:06 ~ Melanie Hall (F, 43) Tifton, GA
  7. 56:28 ~ Nena Chancy (F, 43) Tifton, GA
  8. 56:55 ~ Cindy Marzen (F, 46) Tifton, GA
  9. 57:21 ~ Whitney Pilgram (F, 28) Moultrie, GA
  10. 57:55 ~ Mary Gonzalez (F, 27) Moultrie, GA

Thomasville, Georgia master runner Chad Johnson won the 5K at the Race Of The South, running the 3.1 miles through the Moultrie streets in 20:21. Moultrie runner Kat Posey was second in 21:12, and Matt Marston of Moultrie was third in 21:24.


On the women's side, Beverly Johnson of Thomasville had won the 5K in 2014 and 2015. However, Moultrie's Rebecca Toman foiled Johnson's attempt at a third straight title, outkicking the Thomasville runner 24:57 to 24 Toman and Johnson were eleventh and twelfth overall, while the thirteenth spot went to Colquitt County Cross Country alumna Yasmin Moctezuma, third in the women's standings in 25:55. Moultrie's Judi Burnette was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, fourteenth overall in 26:09.


44 athletes finished the 2016 Race Of The South 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2016 Race of the South 5K
  1. 20:21 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 45) Thomasville, GA
  2. 21:12 ~ Kat Posey (M, 37) Moultrie, GA
  3. 21:24 ~ Matt Marston (M, 32) Moultrie, GA
  4. 21:31 ~ Chris Stroh (M, 46) Thomasville, GA
  5. 21:47 ~ Daniel DeMott (M, 15) Moultrie, GA
  6. 23:17 ~ Sam Marion (M, 31) Moultrie, GA
  7. 23:47 ~ Rolando Rosales (M, 38) Moultrie, GA
  8. 23:54 ~ Bill Harrison (M, 35) Moultrie, GA
  9. 23:56 ~ Bryce Mathis (M, 16) Moultrie, GA
  10. 24:30 ~ Bret Owens (M, 47) Boston, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Race of the South 5K
  1. 24:57 ~ Rebecca Toman (F, 34) Moultrie, GA
  2. 24:58 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 38) Thomasville, GA
  3. 25:55 ~ Yasmin Moctezuma (F, 18) Moultrie, GA
  4. 26:09 ~ Judi Burnette (F, 46) Moultrie, GA
  5. 27:27 ~ Heather Grantham (F, 29) Moultrie, GA
  6. 28:02 ~ Nicki Underwood (F, 36) Norman Park, GA
  7. 30:31 ~ Chloe Tillman (F, 10) Moultrie, GA
  8. 30:33 ~ Celeste Owens (F, 8) Boston, GA
  9. 30:34 ~ Wendy Owens (F, 45) Boston, GA
  10. 31:39 ~ Stella Wingate (F, 34) Moultrie, GA

Known winners of Moultrie's Race of the South
DateRaceMenWomenFinishers
22 March 198010K32:33, Gary Slayton45:25, Becky Grubbs200+
198110K
20 March 198210K34:58, Rusty Jones
16 April 198310K31:32, Adam Pinkston41:37, Diane Rivering
14 April 198410K31:33, Rick Miller
13 April 198510K31:59, Jeff Milliman
19 April 198610K33:39, Danny Daniels38:16, Janice Hochstein
11 April 198710K31:26, Greg Thompson38:39, Janice Hochstein
16 April 198810KJessie Close
15 April 198910K
21 April 199010KLouis Floyd
20 April 199110KLouis Floyd
18 April 199210K35:08, Paul Wilder
10 April 199310K
16 April 199410K
22 April 199510KJames Lee
199610KJames Lee
No race held, 1997-2002
6 September 200310K39:42, Imie Mark45:26, Cindy Barkley73
5K
200410K40:31, Imie Mark44:23, Amy Sharon45
5K
17 September 200510K39:37, Ian Cooper50:08, Tracy McClure37
5K20
16 September 200610K37:58, Todd Smoot48:37, Shelby Levy57
5K21:45, Travis Walker
15 September 200710K37:33, Todd Smoot47:02, Judy Alexander39
5K23:51, Donald Fairbanks26:04, Charmaine Johnson23
20 September 200810K38:28, Heath Lamb45:21, Kristen Kinsley
5K19:24, Craig Dabdoub18:29, Amy Paine
19 September 200910KJohn SeppalaAmy Hines
5KJason Ewing22:04, Allison Peters
18 September 201010K41:29, Ben Hoover50:07, Dawn Montooth32
5K20:18, Landon Rehberg23:12, Kim Luque57
17 September 201110K40:00, Mark McLeod50:03, Thesdee Randon
5K18:59, Steven Johnson22:31, Searra Johnson
15 September 201210K39:44, Matt Kuhns46:24, Laura Lofton Weldon58
5K17:22, Jorge Villalobos22:35, Elizabeth Funderburk121
21 September 201310K40:45, Paulino Cruz50:00, Nancy Marto50
5K19:07, Steven Johnson25:19, Tiffany Smith78
20 September 201410K43:36, Paulino Cruz42:48, Amy Hines38
5K20:28, Steven Johnson23:36, Beverly Hamilton56
19 September 201510K39:01, Daniel Butzin52:52, Mary Galambos32
5K18:40, Steven Johnson22:44, Beverly Hamilton49
17 September 201610K43:15, Cody Pezent51:00, Ashley Coleman47
5K20:21, Chad Johnson24:57, Rebecca Toman44
Prior to its revival in 2003, the Race of the South was held annually from 1980
to 1996.


I'd deeply appreciate results from any of the years missing from the above table!


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