Sunday, February 12, 2017

Morning's 15:53 and Holloway's 18:47 heat up the roads at the Blazin' Love 5K

VSC Cross Country 1975With just a few meters between them, Jaison Morning and Gavin Childers flashed over the finish line line of the Blazin' Love 5K in 15:53 and 15:56, the first two runners in the 3.1-mile race on the streets of Valdosta, Georgia. Tyra Holloway was the first woman finisher that Saturday morning, 11 February 2017, placing tenth overall in 18:47. 134 athletes finished the second annual race.

The race was a fundraiser for the Valdosta State University cross-country program, and the race was dominated by Blazer cross-country runners. Both Morning and Childers run for the Blazers, as do third-place finisher Mikey Perona and fourth-place finisher Connor Dalrymple. Perona's time was 16:04 while Dalrymple, the 2016 winner of the race, ran 16:32. In all, six of the top ten finishers were Valdosta State harriers.

The sixth of those was Tyra Holloway, repeating as the top woman in the race. Holloway ran even faster than she did in 2016, lowering the women's record at the Blazin' Love 5K from 19:36 to 18:47. Valdosta State cross-country runner Meghan McShea was second in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 19:06. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta, Georgia was the third woman and sixteenth overall in 20:42. Valdosta's Anne Price (18th, 21:18) and Coffee County middle school cross-country runner Gracie Woods (19th, 21:31) were fourth and fifth on the women's side.

Hahira, Georgia athlete Wesley Heruska was the first master runner across the finish line and twentieth overall in 21:40. Debbie Green of Valdosta was the top woman master and sixth female finisher, 21st overall in 21:43.

A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the second annual Blazin' Love 5K.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Blazin' Love 5K
  1. 15:52.2, Jaison Morning (M, 19) Cartersville, GA
  2. 15:55.5, Gavin Childers (M, 18) Hoschton, GA
  3. 16:03.5, Mikey Perona (M, 20) Woodstock, GA
  4. 16:31.8, Connor Dalrymple (M, 20) Stockbridge, GA
  5. 17:42.8, Jesse Prince (M, 25) Athens, GA
  6. 17:51.8, Casey Claborn (M, 29) Winchester, VA
  7. 18:04.5, Andrew Elam (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  8. 18:05.9, Tyler Temples (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  9. 18:41.7, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  10. 19:35.5, John Lewis (M, 36) Naylor, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Blazin' Love Cross Country 5K
  1. 18:47.0, Tyra Holloway (F, 20) Kennesaw, GA
  2. 19:05.4, Meghan McShea (F, 19) Lisle, IL
  3. 20:41.9, Elizabeth Smith (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:17.2, Anne Price (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  5. 21:30.3, Gracie Woods (F, 14) Broxton, GA
  6. 21:42.9, Debbie Green (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  7. 21:59.2, Jacinda Miller (F, 20) Washington, DC
  8. 22:07.7, Laney Tomberlin (F, 19) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:29.1, Brandy Van Jura (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  10. 22:38.1, Pollyanna Bass (F, 44) Pavo, GA

Blazin' Love 5K winners, 2016 - 2017
13 February 201615:39, Connor Dalrymple19:36, Tyra Holloway123
11 February 201715:53, Jaison Morning18:47, Tyra Holloway134