Thursday, February 8, 2018

Kelly and Purvis win the Jog With The Generals

2018 Jog With The GeneralsSome 900 people live in Dasher, Georgia--fewer than a thousand. Somehow, that tiny city hosts four races each year, a pair of 5K runs, a 10K, and a half marathon. Measured either my miles or by events, that's a lot of racing per capita. But if you drive past Dasher on US 41, you might notice that the center of town is marked by a two-lane running track. Running seems to be in the soul of Dasher.


Two of those races, a 10K and a 5K, took place on Saturday morning, 3 February 2018, during Georgia Christian School's sixth annual Jog With The Generals. Lake Park, Georgia's Ryan Kelly won the 10K for the third time in four years, covering the 6.2 miles in 38:41. Tifton, Georgia master runner Gina Purvis won the women's title, placing ninth overall in 55:05.


Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the 10K as well as the overall runner-up, running 41:31. Alan Sanderson, another Valdosta master runner, took third in 46:52.


Before winning the women's division in the 2018 race, Purvis had been second in the women's standings in 2017. Naylor, Georgia master runner Lina Smidt had been the eighth woman in the Jog With The Generals 5K in 2017; in 2018 she moved up to the 10K where she was the second woman and eleventh overall in 58:04. Julia Florack of Valdosta was the third woman and twelfth overall in 58:15.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 38:40.4, Ryan Kelly (M, 39) Lake Park, GA
  2. 41:30.2, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 50) Valdosta, GA
  3. 46:51.4, Alan Sanderson (M, 43) Valdosta, GA
  4. 49:24.9, Jim Tully (M, 71) Lamont, FL
  5. 50:09.9, Johnathan Miller (M, 18) Quitman, GA
  6. 50:58.2, Renaldas Smidtas (M, 53) Naylor, GA
  7. 52:13.4, Lukas Smidtas (M, 17) Naylor, GA
  8. 54:51.9, Carl Brown (M, 42) Alapha, GA
  9. 56:21.6, Edward Florack (M, 34) Valdosta, GA
  10. 58:32.6, Daniel Badillo (M, 28) Tifton, GA

Top Four Women, 2018 Jog With The Generals 10K
  1. 55:04.4, Gina Purvis (F, 58) Tifton, GA
  2. 58:03.7, Lina Smidt (F, 53) Naylor, GA
  3. 58:15.0, Julia Florack (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  4. 62:25.0, Tammy Curran (F, 45) Tifton, GA

As an eleven-year-old, Parker Jackson had won the Jog With the Generals 5K in 2016. He finished third in the 2017 race, but in 2018 Jackson won again. An eighth-grader on the Valdosta Middle School cross-country team, this time Jackson ran 19:41, his best mark at the Jog With The Generals in four years. Bryce Jackson, a sophomore on the Valdosta High cross-country team, was just a few steps behind Parker Jackson, placing second in 19:44. Colton Baldwin, a frosh cross-country runner at Valdosta High, took third in 20:19.


Fourteen-year old Jacey Gaiss of Valdosta was the women's champ in the 5K, coming in twelfth overall in 27:37. Valdosta master runner Michelle Itturalde was the second woman and thirteenth overall in 27:53. Valdosta's thirteen-year-old Victoria Garcia was third in the women's division and fifteenth overall in 28:49.


Seventeen athletes finished the 2018 Jog With The Generals 10K and 64 finished the 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the races and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 19:40.3, Parker Jackson (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  2. 19:43.2, Bryce Jackson (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  3. 20:19.0, Colton Baldwin (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:37.7, Landon Jackson (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:57.4, Mac Bowling (M, 10) Lake Park, GA
  6. 24:31.0, Rowan Lawson (M, 10) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:40.0, Jett Guilliams (M, 11) Valdosta, GA
  8. 25:45.6, William Garcia (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  9. 25:55.7, Reagan Lawson (M, 12) Valdosta, GA
  10. 26:19.1, Miles Grimes (M, 16) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Jog With The Generals 5K
  1. 27:37.0, Jacey Gaiss (F, 14) Valdosta, GA
  2. 27:52.5, Michelle Itturalde (F, 43) Valdosta, GA
  3. 28:48.4, Victoria Garcia (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 29:06.6, Kyla Watson (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  5. 31:29.0, Sharon Anderson (F, 60) Valdosta, GA
  6. 33:29.0, Teresa Greene (F, 56) Valdosta, GA
  7. 34:16.6, Brenda McCurdy (F, 54) Lake Park, GA
  8. 35:24.0, Katie Moss (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  9. 35:24.4, Amber Drew (F, 14) Quitman, GA
  10. 36:03.1, Maureen Gunsolus (F, 62) Lake Park, GA

Georgia Christian School Jog With The Generals champions, 2013 - 2018
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
9 February 20135K17:48, Steven Cary22:57, Makenzee Page161
8 February 20145K18:51, Scott Gordon21:02, Makenzee Page126
7 February 201510K36:53, Ryan Kelly51:43, Lauren Bewley24
5K18:42, Brian Rohrbach26:13, Sonja Reed91
6 February 201610K38:37, Ryan Kelly49:06, Lauren Bewley23
5K20:39, Parker Reid Jackson25:43, Alison Thornhill68
4 February 201710K42:17, Rob McGhin48:36, Alison Thornhill26
5K19:53, Jonathan Miller27:13, Alicia Parker83
3 February 201810K38:41, Ryan Kelly55:05, Gina Purvis17
5K19:41, Parker Jackson27:37, Jacey Gaiss64
No 10K race was contested at the Jog With The Generals until 2015.


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