Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dever and Bitz grab wins at the James Eunice Legacy 5K

Terre Haute, Indiana isn't a vast metropolis of the midwest, but it is the home of the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross-Country Course, the frequent site of the NCAA cross-country championships. Terre Haute is also the home of master runner Thomas Dever. Dever wasn't home on Saturday morning, 14 April 2018, though. Dever was in Valdosta, Georgia where he won the seventh annual James Eunice Legacy 5K, running 18:47. Erica Bitz of Valdosta was the first woman in the race, placing overall in 23:20.


Gerardo Olivera, a senior on the cross-country team at Lowndes High, placed runner-up in 19:25. Lake Park, Georgia's Ryan Kelly, the coach of the Valdosta High cross-country team, was third overall in 19:34.


Morgan Long of Valdosta took second in the women's standings and eighth overall in 24:03. Another hometown athlete, Valdosta's Daun Caruana, was the third woman and eighteenth overall in 27:37. Delleese Collins of Valdosta was the first woman master and sixth female finisher, 22nd overall in 29:49.


78 athletes finished the 2018 James Eunice Legacy 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2018 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 18:46.5, Thomas Dever (M, 60) Terre Haute, IN
  2. 19:24.2, Gerardo Olivera (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:33.7, Ryan Kelly (M, 39) Lake Park, GA
  4. 20:15.0, Nathan Storey (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  5. 20:39.2, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 51) Valdosta, GA
  6. 22:43.5, Cavan Fulp (M, 15) Hahira, GA
  7. 23:13.0, Cayden Reynolds (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 23:36.3, Andrew Caruana (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:41.9, Billy Taylor (M, 69) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:37.4, Micah Bitz (M, 26) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 23:19.2, Ericka Bitz (F, 25) Valdosta, GA
  2. 24:02.7, Morgan Long (F, 23) Valdosta, GA
  3. 27:36.8, Daun Caruana (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:53.8, Brittany Gibbs (F, 26) Moultrie, GA
  5. 29:20.8, Heather Kelly (F, 39) Lake Park, GA
  6. 29:48.9, Delleese Collins (F, 41) Valdosta, GA
  7. 30:11.5, Debbie Nijem (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  8. 30:50.5, Courtney Wilcox (F, 31) Valdosta, GA
  9. 31:35.5, Jamie Brown (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  10. 31:54.3, Kim Souther (F, 57) Hahira, GA

James Eunice Legacy 5K winners, 2012 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
14 April 201216:04, Parker Childree20:30, Gretchen Bielmyer92
13 April 201321:25, Josh Perry23:33, Angie Bruhl93
12 April 201417:40, Andrew Elam21:41, Makenzee Page51
11 April 201517:54, Nathan Crews21:23, Kelsey Morse64
9 April 201618:43, Dan Butzin21:23, Alison Thornhill77
8 April 201718:46, Cameron Watson22:30, Kelly Davis60
14 April 201818:47, Thomas Dever23:20, Ericka Bitz78
There was also a Jogging For James 5K race on 25 June 2011. Stephen
Robbins (17:55) and Mary Alice Smoot (21:55) were the winners of that
earlier event, which had 145 finishers.


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