Saturday, December 23, 2017

Elam and McFarland run pretty races at the Ugly Sweater 5K

VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5KClark Wild looked thoughtful when I told him there was going to be an Ugly Sweater 5K in Valdosta, Georgia on Saturday morning, 23 December 2017.

"If I ran three miles in South Georgia wearing a sweater, I would die," concluded Clark. "Even in December."

The race didn't actually have a dress code requiring unattractive knitwear, so Valdosta State cross-country runner Andrew Elam probably was wearing something more conventional when he won the 2017 Ugly Sweater 5K in 17:49. Likewise for Tara McFarland, the first woman in the race, who placed sixth overall in 22:27.

Nick Rosatti, a member of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College men's tennis team, took second in 18:27. Kevius Shaw, having just finished his first cross-country season at Fort Valley State College, finished third in 20:21. Wayne Kountis of Tifton, Georgia was the first master runner in the 5K, placing seventh overall in 24:06.

Hiram, Georgia athlete Jill Clark was second in the women's standings and ninth overall in 24:51. Tifton's Gina Purvis was the top woman master and third female finisher, tenth overall in 25:04.

96 athletes finishes VLPRA's 2017 Ugly Sweater 5K. A Course/Line, LLC of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2017 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 17:48.9, Andrew Elam (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:27.0, Nick Rosatti (M, 21) Hahira, GA
  3. 20:20.8, Kevius Shaw (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:19.9, Gerardo Olivera (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:03.4, Tim Melone (M, 28) Hahira, GA
  6. 24:05.1, Wayne Kountis (M, 58) Tifton, GA
  7. 24:26.9, Rodney Elam (M, 54) Valdosta, GA
  8. 25:05.4, Carson Purvis (M, 13) Talking Rock, GA
  9. 25:10.7, William Garcia (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:37.5, Steven Purvis (M, 42) Talking Rock, GA

Top Ten Women, 2017 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 22:26.3, Tara McFarland (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  2. 24:50.2, Jill Clark (F, 33) Hiram, GA
  3. 25:03.3, Gina Purvis (F, 58) Tifton, GA
  4. 25:14.2, Penny Peters (F, 50) Tifton, GA
  5. 26:13.4, Courtney Thompson (F, 35) Fort Knox, KY
  6. 26:34.6, Traci Ferris (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:45.3, Lauren Pate (F, 36) Tifton, GA
  8. 28:12.7, Chelsea Holcombe (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:13.6, Amy Bradshaw (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:39.4, Victoria Garcia (F, 13) Valdosta, GA

VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K winners, 2016 - 2017
24 December 201618:17, Caleb Watson21:46, Gracie Woods50
23 December 201717:49, Andrew Elam22:27, Tara McFarland96


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