Monday, March 19, 2018

Tracy and Smith were a cut above the rest at the "Don't Run With Scissors!" 5K

On Saturday morning, 17 March 2018, Ryan Kelly and Dan Butzin were on the starting line of the ninth annual "Don't Run With Scissors!" 5K. Butzin was the defending champion of the race, having won in 2017. Kelly was a four-time champion of the Scissors 5K, with wins in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016. But neither Butzin nor Kelly was first across the finish line in 2018. Justin Tracy had that honor, winning the race in 18:07. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta took the Scissors 5K women's title for the second year in a row, placing eighth overall in 21:46.


Until recently Justin Tracy was a Maine athlete, running cross-country and track first at Mount Blue High School and then at the University of Maine. He is definitely already making his mark on Valdosta distance running--Tracy's 18:07 is the fastest Scissors 5K winning time since 2011.


80 meters behind Tracy, Ryan Kelly was second in 18:25. Parker Childree was third in 19:06, and Parker Jackson, an eighth-grader on the Valdosta Middle School cross-country team, took fourth in 19:11. Rick Mazurkiewicz was the fastest master runner in the race, placing sixth overall in 19:56. Scissors 5K defending champion Dan Butzin was seventh in 20:48.


Kelly Lunceford was the second woman and tenth overall in in the women's standings, Valdosta High sophomore cross-country runner Katelyn Lancaster was the third woman and tenth overall in 22:25. Valdosta High sophomore cross-country runner Katelyn Lancaster was third in the women's standings and thirteenth overall in 22:35.


195 athletes finished the 2018 "Don't Run With Scissors!" 5K. The race is an annual fundraiser for the art department of Sallas Malone Elementary School.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Don't Run With Scissors 5K
  1. 18:06.47, Justin Tracy (M, 23)
  2. 18:24.06, Ryan Kelly (M, 39)
  3. 19:05.26, Parker Childree (M, 28)
  4. 19:10.12, Parker Jackson (M, 13)
  5. 19:37.12, Kasey Taylor (M, 32)
  6. 19:55.59, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 51)
  7. 20:47.31, Dan Butzin (M, 32)
  8. 21:46.21, Alan Sanderson (M, 43)
  9. 22:25.37, Adi Jovovic (M, 32)
  10. 22:32.53, Dalton Smith (M, 12)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Don't Run With Scissors 5K
  1. 21:45.38, Elizabeth Smith (F, 39)
  2. 22:24.34, Kelly Lunceford (F, 28)
  3. 22:34.12, Katie Lancaster (F, 15)
  4. 23:49.88, Tara McFarland (F, 31)
  5. 24:40.59, Morgan Long (F, 23)
  6. 25:32.44, Jill Clark (F, 33)
  7. 25:39.00, Cheryl Vail (F, 72)
  8. 25:55.50, June Richards (F, 28)
  9. 25:59.15, Penny Bell (F, 44)
  10. 26:00.96, Mary Sue Thompson (F, 35)

Don't Run With Scissors 5K champions, 2010 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
20 March 201017:33, Scott Gardner20:56, Ashley Powell247
12 March 201118:03, Masked Avenger23:23, Angel Godwin250
17 March 201218:29, Ryan Kelly21:24, Alice Smoot285
16 March 201318:09, Ryan Kelly22:19, Kelsey Morse279
15 March 201419:00, David Burnett21:36, Makenzee Page235
14 February 201518:24, Ryan Kelly21:10, Sandra Griffin219
19 March 201618:23, Ryan Kelly21:48, Alice Smoot139
18 March 201719:31, Dan Butzin21:39, Elizabeth Smith136
17 March 201818:07, Justin Tracy21:46, Elizabeth Smith195


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