Sunday, June 25, 2017

No substitute for victory needed by either Bolmer or Spry at the Georgia Military College 5K

Bulldog MascotOn Saturday morning, 24 June 2017, Dan Butzin was among the athletes on the starting line of the fourth annual Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K. Butzin was both the defending champion and record holder of the Valdosta, Georgia race, having run a winning 18:38 in 2016. But when the 2017 run was over, Morgan Bolmer was the new GMCV 5K champion, placing first in 19:10. Vanessa Spry won the women's title, placing sixth overall in 22:08.

Bolmer is a rising sophomore at Berrien County High, where he competes for the school's cross-country team. Wesley Nicholson took second, trailing Bolmer by 70 meters. A month earlier Nicholson had graduated from Chestatee High in Gainesville, Georgia. Valdosta's Dan Butzin placed third in 19:55.

Rebecca Chandler, a rising sophomore on the Berrien County High cross-country team, was second in the women's standings, placing seventh overall in 22:34. Kelly Davis of Valdosta was the third woman and ninth overall in 23:22.

Rob Lane of Jacksboro, Texas was the fastest master runner in the 5K and the seventh male finisher, tenth overall in 23:45. Coming in twelfth overall in 24:46, Pavo, Georgia's Pollyanna Bass was the first woman master and fourth female finisher.

78 athletes finished the fourth annual Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K
  1. 19:10.0, Morgan Bolmer (M, 15) Nashville, GA
  2. 19:26.1, Wesley Nicholson (M, 18) Gainesville, GA
  3. 19:54.7, Dan Butzin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  4. 20:18.2, James Marino (M, 38) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:01.9, John Lewis (M, 37) Naylor, GA
  6. 23:21.5, Kevin Lunceford (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  7. 23:44.3, Rob Lane (M, 51) Jacksboro, TX
  8. 23:54.1, Jim Tully (M, 70) Lamont, FL
  9. 24:22.2, Justin Naylor (M, 44) Hahira, GA
  10. 25:18.9, Brian Gonzales (M, 41) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K
  1. 22:07.8, Vanessa Spry (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:33.5, Rebecca Chandler (F, 16) Nashville, GA
  3. 23:21.8, Kelly Davis (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:45.2, Pollyanna Bass (F, 45) Pavo, GA
  5. 25:50.0, Sarah Lane (F, 46) Jacksboro, TX
  6. 26:04.9, Jodi Stuckey (F, 32) Moultrie, GA
  7. 26:13.4, Mary Sue Thompson (F, 34) Moultrie, GA
  8. 27:06.9, Susan Riordan (F, 45) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:12.7, Cathy Jones (F, 57) Thomasville, GA
  10. 27:37.8, Jen Kunkel (F, 46) Valdosta, GA

Georgia Military College Valdosta 5K winners, 2014 - 2017
28 June 201418:50, Ryan Kelly22:25, Danielle Jarnagin60
27 June 201522:26, Billy Taylor22:17, Anne Price56
25 June 201618:38, Dan Butzin26:02, Katie Presler73
24 June 201719:10, Morgan Bolmer22:08, Vanessa Spry78