Sunday, April 9, 2017

Abraham Lincoln Middle School athletes Veltcheva and Matchev conquer the Run For Peace

Saturday, 8 April 2017, was a good day in Saint Augustine, Florida for Abraham Lincoln Middle School. Ani Veltcheva--a student at the Gainesville, Florida school--was the first female and overall winner of the Betty Griffin Center's fourth annual Run For Peace 5K, running 17:43. A few steps behind Veltcheva, Anton Matchev--another Abraham Lincoln student--posted a 17:46 to finish as the first male and overall runner-up.

Matchev was the defending champion in the race, having run the 2016 event in 18:39. Veltcheva had her own history in the event. At the 2016 Betty Griffin race, she had run 18:47, setting a new road 5K single-age world record for nine-year old girls. That record had since been broken, but on in Clermont, Florida on 18 March 2017 Veltcheva had run a 17:17 road 5K, setting a new single-age world record for twelve-year-olds.

Dylan Glass of Saint Augustine was second in the men's standings and third overall, running 18:38. Saint Augustine's Andy Nicol edged Randy Mudd of Mechanicsville, Virginia 19:11 to 19:13 for top master runner honors. Nicol and Mudd were fifth and sixth overall.

Rachel Mudd, an eighth-grader on the Atlee High cross-country team in Mechanicsville, was second on the women's side and twelfth overall in 21:11. Saint Augustine's Michelle Fredette was the first woman master and third female finisher, 24th overall in 22:20.

400 athletes finished the 2017 Run For Peace 5K. RaceSmith, Inc., chip-timed the race. Jacob Smith of RaceSmith did the measurements and filed the paperwork to get the course USATF certified.

Top Ten Women, Betty Griffin Center's 2017 Run For Peace 5K
  1. 17:43, Ani Veltcheva (F, 12) Gainesville, FL
  2. 21:11, Rachel Mudd (F, 14) Mechanicsville, VA
  3. 22:20, Michelle Fredette (F, 59) St. Augustine, FL
  4. 22:45, Pamela Hanson-Peterson (F, 57) Port Orange, FL
  5. 23:10, Gina Levesque (F, 30) Plantsville, CT
  6. 23:53, Mindi Iannarelli (F, 32) St. Augustine, FL
  7. 23:52, Tessa Manton (F, 29) St. Augustine, FL
  8. 24:04, Courtney Mudd (F, 12) Mechanicsville, VA
  9. 24:03, Stacey Bailey (F, 39) St. Augustine, FL
  10. 24:19, Elizabeth Carpenter (F, 36) Indian Rocks Beach, FL

Top Ten Men, Betty Griffin Center's 2017 Run For Peace 5K
  1. 17:46, Anton Matchev (M, 13) Gainesville, FL
  2. 18:41, Dylan Glass (M, 25) St. Augustine, FL
  3. 19:11, Andy Nicol (M, 57) St. Augustine, FL
  4. 19:15, Randy Mudd (M, 44) Mechanicsville, VA
  5. 19:17, Eric Lee (M, 27) Shijiahuang, CHN
  6. 19:33, Philip Matchev (M, 10) Gainesville, FL
  7. 19:42, Matthew Bonin (M, 47) St. Augustine, FL
  8. 20:07, David Boyle (M, 49) St. Augustine, FL
  9. 20:17, Andrew Mudd (M, 15) Mechanicsville, VA
  10. 20:59, Daniel Kipp (M, 29) Edgewater, FL

Betty Griffin Center Run For Peace 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
12 April 201416:33, Justin Taylor18:47, Ani Veltcheva492
18 April 201515:52, Clay Burnett18:13, Lisa Burnett484
16 April 201618:39, Anton Matchev23:42, Mindi Iannarelli339
8 April 201717:46, Anton Matchev17:43, Ani Veltcheva400


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