Sunday, April 2, 2017

Valdosta athletes venture Where The Wild Things Run

Where The Wild Things RunGo west of Valdosta, Georgia, past the ghosts of Troupville, across both the Withlacoochee River and the Little River, to a corner of Brooks County where little but miles of open highway lay between you and the distant town of Moultrie, and that's where you'll find the studios of WAFT radio. That's where the wild things run. Or at least it's where WAFT hosted their cross-country race, the "Where The Wild Things Run" 5K, on Saturday morning, 1 April 2017.

It was a new race on a new course, and Valdosta's Masked Avenger won it by more than half a kilometer, running 19:47. Rob McGhin of Valdosta took the runner-up spot with a 22:16. Quitman, Georgia's Kevin Faucette was the fastest master runner in the race, placing third overall in 23:34.

Valdosta master runner Sandra Griffin was the first woman and fourth overall, finishing close behind McGhin in 23:34. Kristin Cleveland of Hahira, Georgia was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 27:40. Ansley Harrison of Valdosta was the third female finisher and twelfth overall in 31:22.

33 athletes finished WAFT's inaugural "Where The Wild Things Run" 5K cross-country race. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2017 "Where The Wild Things Run" 5K
  1. 19:46.3, Masked Avenger (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:15.8, Rob McGhin (M, 37) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:33.5, Kevin Faucette (M, 56) Quitman, GA
  4. 24:11.1, Carl Brown (M, 41) Alapaha, GA
  5. 26:58.2, Bryan Hinson (M, 13) Lee, FL
  6. 27:13.8, Rodney Elam (M, 53) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:41.5, Jonathan Asbell (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  8. 30:32.2, Bill Snyder (M, 66) Tallahassee, FL
  9. 31:32.2, Shane Amundson (M, 47) Valdosta, GA
  10. 33:45.2, Steve Shaw (M, 60) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 "Where The Wild Things Run" 5K
  1. 23:33.8, Sandra Griffin (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  2. 27:39.1, Kristin Cleveland (F, 38) Hahira, GA
  3. 29:55.3, Ariele D'Emidio (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  4. 31:21.5, Ansley Harrison (F, 22) Valdosta, GA
  5. 32:22.8, Karina Amundson (F, 47) Valdosta, GA
  6. 33:07.6, Sarah Mathews (F, 24) Douglas, GA
  7. 37:23.0, Sarah North (F, 21) Hahira, GA
  8. 37:59.2, Markaysa Robinson (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  9. 38:13.1, Debby Harrison (F, 56) Valdosta, GA
  10. 38:56.3, Gaylene Elaban (F, 55) Valdosta, GA


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