Thursday, January 25, 2018

Alec Munger and Alice Smoot were at the fore in the Run For Missions Four

Baptist Campus Ministries of Valdosta State University brought their annual Run For Mission Four-Mile to the streets of Valdosta, Georgia for the seventh time on Saturday morning, 20 January 2018. Alec Munger led the field of 93 finishers, winning the race by more than 130 meters in 24:35. Alice Smoot was the first woman in the race, placing eleventh overall in 28:46.

Alec Munger, the race winner, is a frosh at Lowndes High in Valdosta, where he races for the school's cross-country team. Taylor Doss of Valdosta placed second behind Munger in 25:06. The next two places belonged to seniors on the Lowndes High cross-country squad--David Shrier was third in 25:28 and Brishen House was fourth in 24:45. Rick Mazurkiewicz was the fastest master runner in the four mile, placing fifth overall in 26:02. Mazurkiewicz had been the overall winner of the fifth annual Run For Missions in 2016.

For Alice Smoot it was the second women's title in the race; the Valdosta master runner had also logged a win at the inaugural Run For Missions in 2012. Sixteen-year-old Emma Campbell of Hahira, Georgia was second in the women's standings and 21st overall in 31:51. Campbell was coming off a 24:58 5K performance seven days earlier in Jacksonville, Florida's Best Damn Race. A few steps behind Campbell, Tifton, Georgia master runner Penny Peters was the third woman and 24th overall in 31:54. Another Tifton master runner, Gina Purvis, was the fourth woman and 27th overall in 33:11.

A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the 2018 Run For Missions Four Mile and provided finish-line services.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Run 4 Missions
  1. 24:34.1, Alec Munger (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  2. 25:06.0, Taylor Doss (M, 25) Valdosta, GA
  3. 25:27.4, David Shrier (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:44.1, Brishen House (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:01.3, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 50) Valdosta, GA
  6. 26:52.0, Bryce Jackson (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:56.8, Gerardo Olivera (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:14.5, Samuel Trimble (M, 16) Lake Park, GA
  9. 28:20.8, Colton Baldwin (M, 14) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:34.7, Parker Jackson (M, 13) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Run 4 Missions
  1. 28:45.1, Alice Smoot (F, 60) Valdosta, GA
  2. 31:50.1, Emma Campbell (F, 16) Hahira, GA
  3. 31:53.8, Penny Peters (F, 50) Tifton, GA
  4. 33:11.0, Gina Purvis (F, 58) Tifton, GA
  5. 35:01.1, Jan Vieyra (F, 63) Fairview, PA
  6. 35:08.4, Kristina Stites (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  7. 35:09.5, Chelsea Holcombe (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  8. 36:29.7, Megan Morris (F, 39) Valdosta, GA
  9. 36:41.6, Robin Cartright (F, 40) Thomasville, GA
  10. 37:28.4, Nanci Scheetz (F, 69) Madison, FL

Valdosta BCM Run 4 Missions Four-Mile Road Race champions, 2012 - 2018
21 January 201222:50, Parker Childree28:10, Alice Smoot140
19 January 201323:48, Ryan Kelly31:08, Audrey Williams100
18 January 201423:32, Ryan Kelly28:49, Mackenzie Morse86
24 January 201523:19, Ryan Kelly26:48, Makenzee Page116
23 January 201625:43, Rick Mazurkiewicz28:44, Debbie Green109
21 January 201726:46, John Lewis29:32, Melanie Ellis128
20 January 201824:35, Alec Munger28:46, Alice Smoot93


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