Monday, May 28, 2018

Munger and Griffin each make a happy return to Valdosta's Memorial Day 5K

At Valdosta, Georgia's 2017 Memorial Day 5K, neither Alec Munger nor Sandra Griffin cracked the top twenty. Griffin finished the race 22nd and third in the women's standings with a 22:09, while Munger was 24th in 22:28. But at Valdosta's tenth annual Memorial Day 5K on Saturday morning, 28 May 2018, Munger and Griffin were through with middle-of-the-pack running. Munger won the race by well over a hundred meters, running 18:11, and Griffin took the women's title, placing eleventh overall in 21:51.

Munger is a rising sophomore on the Lowndes High cross-country team, with personal bests on the track of 4:51.54 in the 1600 and 10:29.81 in the 3200. Another high school cross-country runner, Berrien County rising junior Morgan Bolmer, took second in the Memorial Day 5K at 18:35.03. Hahira, Georgia athlete Nick Rosatti was third in 18:43. The next four places belonged to Lowndes High cross-country runners, with Gerardo Olivera fourth in 19:12, David Shrier fifth in 19:49, Andrew Caruana sixth in 20:27, and Caleb Starling seventh in 20:33. Rick Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta was the top master runner in the race, placing eighth overall in 20:38.

Sandra Griffin was not only the top woman in the race, the Valdosta runner was also the first woman master in the 5K for a second year in a row. Ali Thornhill of Valdosta was second in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 22:55. Tallahassee, Florida master runner Paula O'Neill was the third woman and sixteenth overall in 23:50. O'Neill had been the fifth woman finisher in the 2017 Memorial Day 5K. Valdosta master runner Martha Mazurkiewicz was the fourth woman and 23rd overall in 25:11, while Tallahassee master runner Debbie Peters was the fifth woman and 27th overall in 25:58.

To the southwest, subtropical storm Alberto was churning in the Gulf of Mexico, but no rain fell on the runners. The race had a new title sponsor in 2018, United Country Real Estate, and a new race director, Rob McGhin. 83 athletes finished the 5K.

Top Ten Men, Valdosta's 2018 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 18:10:47, Alec Munger (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:35:03, Morgan Bolmer (M, 16) Nashville, GA
  3. 18:42:56, Nick Rosatti (M, 21) Hahira, GA
  4. 19:11:59, Gerardo Olivera (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:48:06, David Shrier (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:26:50, Andrew Caruana (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  7. 20:32:12, Caleb Starling (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 20:37:03, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 51) Valdosta, GA
  9. 20:49:31, Cavan Fulp (M, 16) Hahira, GA
  10. 20:54:15, Daniel Carver (M, 33) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, Valdosta's 2018 Memorial Day 5K
  1. 21:50:59, Sandra Griffin (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:54:59, Ali Thornhill (F, 38) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:49:56, Paula O'Neill (F, 56) Tallahassee, FL
  4. 25:10:59, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:57:50, Debbie Peters (F, 57) Tallahassee, FL
  6. 26:03:50, Daun Caruana (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:15:25, Carragen Young (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:28:00, Lina Smidt (F, 54) Naylor, GA
  9. 27:42:59, Terry Cooper (F, 60) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:40:59, Karina Amundson (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Valdosta Memorial Day 5K Champions, 2009 - 2018
25 May 200916:34, Chris Rice20:47, Ashley McGee86
31 May 201016:50, Chris Rice21:38, Jordan Helton79
30 May 201117:10, Chris Rice21:06, Alice Smoot102
28 May 201218:33, Masked Avenger21:38, Alison Peters53
27 May 201318:05, Ryan Kelly23:21, Debbie Green87
26 May 201417:26, Dylan Rogers22:01, Makenzee Page92
25 May 201517:54, Ryan Kelly22:44, Debbie Green73
30 May 201618:05, Matthew Baun22:25, Debbie Green99
29 May 201717:31, Andrew Elam20:23, Rebecca Chandler136
28 May 201818:11, Alec Munger21:51, Sandra Griffin83


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