Sunday, January 22, 2017

Four fast for Lewis and Ellis at Miles For Missions

VSU BCM Run For Missions Four-Mile Road RaceKeeping a tradition of four-mile races alive in an era when the competitive calendar is choked with five-kilometer events, 128 athletes finished the sixth annual Run For Missions Four Mile in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday morning, 21 January 2017. Naylor, Georgia athlete John Lewis won the 6,437-meter race, posting a time of 26:46. Valdosta master runner Melanie Ellis was the women's champion, placing fifth overall in 29:32.


Rob McGhin of Valdosta took the runner-up spot in 27:37, just ahead of third-place finisher Parker Reid Jackson. Jackson, a seventh-grader on the Valdosta Middle School cross-country team, ran 27:46. Valdosta High sophomore cross-country runner Bryce Jackson placed fourth in 28:31.


Valdosta's Vanessa Spry was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 30:52. Pavo, Georgia master runner Pollyanna Bass was the third female finisher and twelfth overall in 31:15.


A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia provided timing and finish line services for the 2017 Run For Missions Four Mile.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Run 4 Missions
  1. 26:45.9, John Lewis (M, 36) Naylor, GA
  2. 27:36.3, Rob McGhin (M, 37) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:45.1, Parker Reid Jackson (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:30.3, Bryce Jackson (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  5. 30:09.2, Billy Taylor (M, 68) Valdosta, GA
  6. 30:42.7, Joseph Miles (M, 41) Valdosta, GA
  7. 30:57.0, Wesley Heruska (M, 40) Hahira, GA
  8. 31:00.1, Steve Taylor (M, 52) Valdosta, GA
  9. 31:02.5, Greg Morris (M, 48)
  10. 31:38.8, Karl Brown (M, 41) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Run 4 Missions
  1. 29:31.4, Melanie Ellis (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
  2. 30:51.5, Vanessa Spry (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  3. 31:15.0, Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA
  4. 31:25.7, Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  5. 32:40.9, Lauren Bewley (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  6. 34:53.5, Gina Purvis (F, 57) Tifton, GA
  7. 36:22.4, Megan Morris (F, 38)
  8. 36:32.1, Amy Reese (F, 42) Valdosta, GA
  9. 37:16.9, Traci Ferris (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  10. 37:34.1, Chelsea Holcombe (F, 27) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta BCM Run 4 Missions Four-Mile Road Race champions, 2012 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
21 January 201222:50, Parker Childree28:10, Alice Smoot140
19 January 201323:48, Ryan Kelly31:08, Audrey Williams100
18 January 201423:32, Ryan Kelly28:49, Mackenzie Morse86
24 January 201523:19, Ryan Kelly26:48, Makenzee Page116
23 January 201625:43, Rick Mazurkiewicz28:44, Debbie Green109
21 January 201726:46, John Lewis29:32, Melanie Ellis128


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