Sunday, February 11, 2018

You gotta love Jaison Morning's blazin' 15:47 at the Blazin' Love 5K

VSC Cross Country 1975The Blazin' Love 5K benefits the Valdosta State University Blazers cross-country program, but that's not the only thing blazin' about it. Take for instance the 2017 race, where Jaison Morning blazed a winning time of 15:53. Well, at the third annual Blazin' Love 5K on Saturday morning, 10 February 2018, Morning ran even faster, putting up a winning time of 15:47 on the Valdosta, Georgia course.


An alumnus of Cass High in Cartersville, Georgia, Morning runs for the Valdosta State cross-country team. He wasn't the only Blazer cross-country runner in the race that morning. First-year VSU student Nick Flatt, a Spalding High graduate from Griffin, Georgia, was second in the 5K at 16:04. Hoschton, Georgia's Gavin Childers, a Mill Creek High graduate and VSU sophomore, took third in 16:52. Morgan Bolmer was the first non-Blazer in the field, fourth in 18:41. Bolmer is a sophomore on the Berrien County High cross-country team.


Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta was the fastest master runner in the race, placing seventh overall in 19:53.


Valdosta athlete Kelly Lunceford was the first woman in the Blazin' Love 5K, finishing thirteenth overall in 23:23. Char Davidson of Nashville, Georgia was the top woman master and second female finisher, sixteenth overall in 24:50. Valdosta's Katie Presler was third in the women's standings and seventeenth overall in 24:58.


48 athletes finished the 2018 Blazin' Love 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Blazin' Love 5K
  1. 15:46.6, Jaison Morning (M, 20) Cartersville, GA
  2. 16:03.7, Nick Flatt (M, 19) Griffin, GA
  3. 16:52.0, Gavin Childers (M, 20) Hoschton, GA
  4. 18:40.9, Morgan Bolmer (M, 15) Nashville, GA
  5. 18:53.5, Parker Childree (M, 28) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:36.6, Gerardo Olivera (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  7. 19:52.5, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 50) Valdosta, GA
  8. 20:28.4, Dan Butzin (M, 32) Valdosta, GA
  9. 20:51.8, Kevius Shaw (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  10. 22:09.6, Tim Melone (M, 28) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Blazin' Love 5K
  1. 23:22.1, Kelly Lunceford (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  2. 24:49.2, Char Davidson (F, 64) Nashville, GA
  3. 24:57.4, Katie Presler (F, 26) Valdosta, GA
  4. 27:22.5, Pollyanna Bass (F, 45) Pavo, GA
  5. 28:11.3, Victoria Garcia (F, 13) Valdosta, GA
  6. 29:17.6, Bianca Yanez (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  7. 29:18.0, Ariele D'Emidio (F, 27) Valdosta, GA
  8. 29:22.7, Katina Petroff (F, 45) Lake Park, GA
  9. 30:55.9, Kim Souther (F, 57) Hahira, GA
  10. 31:53.1, Galen Mirate (F, 62) Valdosta, GA

Blazin' Love 5K winners, 2016 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
13 February 201615:39, Connor Dalrymple19:36, Tyra Holloway123
11 February 201715:53, Jaison Morning18:47, Tyra Holloway134
10 February 201815:47, Jaison Morning23:23, Kelly Lunceford48


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