Thursday, March 23, 2017

Victories at the Viking Glow Run for Fineout and Lesho

Fourth annual Viking Glow RunCross-country runner Brandon Fineout, a Pine Grove Middle School eighth-grader, won the fourth annual Viking Glow Run 5K on Friday evening, 17 March 2017. Fineout covered the course through the Kinderlou Forest community of Valdosta, Georgia in 23:19. A few steps behind Fineout, Mitch Lesho, an eight-year-old from Warner Robins, Georgia, outkicked Mark Henderson for the runner-up spot, 23:25 to 23:26. Henderson, a Valdosta athlete, was the first master runner in the race.


Meara Lesho of Tuscon, Arizona was the first woman in the 5K, placing eleventh overall in 25:51. Valdosta's Samantha DeMersseman was the second woman and thirteenth overall in 26:01. Ten-year-old Fiora Shen of Valdosta was third in the women's standings and fifteenth overall in 27:09. Another Valdosta resident, Ginger Taylor, was the first woman master and tenth female finisher, placing 26th overall in 29:25.


138 athletes finished the 5K, with another 274 completing a one-mile run. The event was held by the Westside Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization as a fundraiser. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the races and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Viking Glow Run
  1. 23:18.9, Brandon Fineout (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:24.9, Mitch Lesho (M, 8) Warner Robins, GA
  3. 23:25.2, Mark Henderson (M, 42) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:03.0, Adrian Sefa (M, 10) Valdosta, GA
  5. 24:05.2, Parks McCranie (M, 12) Nashville, GA
  6. 24:12.1, Jesse Reed (M, 38) Hahira, GA
  7. 24:20.2, Gavin Kovsky (M, 16) Hahira, GA
  8. 24:20.5, Avorin Kovsky (M, 17) Hahira, GA
  9. 24:47.2, Jeremy Martin (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:56.8, Jay Prince (M, 45) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Viking Glow Run
  1. 25:50.5, Meara Lesho (F, 35) Tucson, AZ
  2. 26:00.8, Samantha DeMersseman (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:08.7, Fiora Shen (F, 10) Valdosta, GA
  4. 27:35.3, Catherine Moody (F, 12) Valdosta, GA
  5. 27:36.5, Maggie Kovsky (F, 15) Hahira, GA
  6. 27:45.2, Alyssa Pate (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:45.5, Ella Safe (F, 12) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:49.7, Jensen Best (F, 11) Valdosta, GA
  9. 29:22.4, Analee Reames (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:24.3, Ginger Taylor (F, 42) Valdosta, GA

Viking Glow Run 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
DateMenWomenFinishers
7 March 201421:31, Jackson Green25:21, Ashlee Thompson345
6 March 201519:38, Jackson Green26:19, Leah Walker163
18 March 201621:54, Noah Hart26:20, Samantha DeMersseman189
17 March 201723:19, Brandon Fineout25:51, Meara Lesho138


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