Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kelly and Spry light up the course at Blaze The Day

The first day of class for the 2017 fall semester at Valdosta State University was 14 August 2017. With classes underway, the Blaze the Day 5K couldn't be far off. Sure enough, on Saturday morning, 26 August 2017, the twelfth annual Blaze the Day 5K came to VSU's Valdosta, Georgia campus. Valdosta High cross-country coach Ryan Kelly won the 3.1-mile race, running 19:00. Vanessa Spry of Valdosta was the women's champ, placing seventh overall in 20:22.


Valdosta athlete Dan Butzin took the runner-up spot with a 19:19. Cameron Watson--a frosh on the Coffee High cross-country team in Douglas, Georgia--took third in 19:31.


Abbey Arnett, a sophomore on that same Coffee High team, was second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 22:41. Pavo, Georgia's Pollyanna Bass was the first master runner in the race and the third female finisher, ninth overall in 22:45.


Karl Brown of Alapaha, Georgia was the first male master and seventh on the men's side, placing tenth overall in 23:01.


43 athletes finished the twelfth annual Blaze the Day 5K, each of whom had a chance to meet the VSU cross-country teams at the event. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2017 Blaze the Day 5K
  1. 18:59.7, Ryan Kelly (M, 38) Lake Park, GA
  2. 19:18.1, Dan Butzin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:30.9, Cameron Watson (M, 14) Douglas, GA
  4. 19:53.6, Yotzen Helo (M, 25) Norman Park, GA
  5. 21:17.3, Jonathan Miller (M, 30) Valdosta, GA
  6. 21:31.9, Connor Watson (M, 17) Douglas, GA
  7. 23:01.0, Karl Brown (M, 41) Alapaha, GA
  8. 23:08.2, Justin Naylor (M, 44) Hahira, GA
  9. 23:27.5, Lukas Smidtas (M, 17) Naylor, GA
  10. 23:40.3, Billy Taylor (M, 68) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 Blaze the Day 5K
  1. 22:22.0, Vanessa Spry (F, 32) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:40.8, Abbey Arnett (F, 15) Douglas, GA
  3. 22:44.8, Pollyanna Bass (F, 45) Pavo, GA
  4. 25:36.9, Lauren Bewley (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:44.7, Gina Purvis (F, 58) Tifton, GA
  6. 25:58.7, Tiffany Mulligan (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:41.4, Lina Smidt (F, 53) Naylor, GA
  8. 29:00.4, Traci Ferris (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  9. 30:01.8, Carrie Naylor (F, 37) Hahira, GA
  10. 31:37.8, Meredith Nuckols (F, 29) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta State University Community 5K champions, 2006 - 2017
DateMenWomen
19 August 200616:54, Derek Storbeck20:06, Melissa Daugherty
18 August 200716:58, John Seppala20:12, Jana Grygarova
23 August 200817:17, Austin McDonald20:12, Jordanne Helton
22 August 200916:15, Christopher Rice20:03, Ashley McGee
21 August 201016:40, Christopher Rice20:13, Sarah Turner
20 August 201117:03, Christopher Rice20:23, Jordanne Helton
25 August 201216:33, Christopher Rice20:22, Jessie Usry
24 August 201320:04, Colin Prinsloo21:55, Alice Smoot
23 August 201420:13, Shaundon Moore22:33, Carsen Pastirik
29 August 201518:22, Greg George22:04, Anne Price
27 August 201618:00, Jackson Green21:47, Alice Smoot
26 August 201719:00, Ryan Kelly22:22, Vanessa Spry


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