Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ryan Kelly and Kelly Lunceford take first in the tenth Barnes 5K

Barnes Healthcare ServicesWhen Charles W. Barnes opened his drug store in 1909, I don't know if his vision for the business included the dream that it would one day host an annual road race. If it did, his successors realized that dream in 2009 when they staged the first Barnes Healthcare 5K in Valdosta. Nine years later, on Saturday morning, 14 July 2018, Barnes Healthcare was hosting the race for the tenth time. Ryan Kelly picked up his third Barnes 5K title that morning, running a winning 18:21. Kelly Lunceford, the women's champ ten days earlier at the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, won the Barnes 5K women's title in 21:30, placing fifth overall.

Ryan Kelly, the Valdosta High cross-country coach, had been first in the Barnes 5K twice before. Coach Kelly had won the 2013 race by only eight seconds and the 2016 race by less than four seconds. The 2018 event was similarly close, with Kelly finishing not quite 30 meters ahead of runner-up Nick Rosatti, 18:21 to 18:28. Myles Gibson of Donalsonville, Georgia was the top master runner in the race, third overall in 19:07.

Behind Kelly Lunceford, Brenna Clark was second in the women's standings. Clark, a rising sophomore on the Valwood High cross-country team, placed eighth overall in 23:29. Another Valwood High cross-country runner, rising sophomore Jolie Green, took third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 25:33. Debbie Green of Valdosta was the first woman master and fifth female finisher, nineteenth overall in 26:59.

115 athletes finished the 2018 Barnes Healthcare 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Barnes 100 Years 5K
  1. 18:20.8, Ryan Kelly (M, 39) Lake Park, GA
  2. 18:27.1, Nick Rosatti (M, 21) Valdosta, GA
  3. 19:06.4, Myles Gibson (M, 52) Donalsonville, GA
  4. 20:15.2, Kevius Shaw (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:22.7, Deon Prinsloo (M, 54) Loudon County, VA
  6. 23:23.5, Colin Prinsloo (M, 32) Hahira, GA
  7. 24:07.7, Gareth Pyle (M, 39) Thomasville, GA
  8. 24:30.8, Clayton Hattunen (M, 35) Roswell, GA
  9. 24:54.3, Joseph Astello (M, 28) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:12.8, Alan Johnson (M, 58) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Barnes 100 Years 5K
  1. 21:30.0, Kelly Lunceford (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:28.2, Brenna Clark (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  3. 25:33.0, Jolie Green (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  4. 26:11.9, Sarah Lashley (F, 32) Hahira, GA
  5. 26:58.6, Debbie Green (F, 52) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:15.6, Traci Ferris (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:28.2, Jordan Green (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:02.8, Karina Amundson (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:25.3, Cassie O'Neal (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:42.4, Lauren Hattunen (F, 32) Roswell, GA

Barnes 100 Years 5K Champions, 2009 - 2018
18 July 200919:05, Masked Avenger20:18, Angelina Horne96
17 July 201016:45, Daniel Broadhead20:31, Angelina Horne119
16 July 201118:02, Masked Avenger20:54, Alice Smoot67
14 July 201218:29, Nathan Norton23:23, Lauren Tosky80
13 July 201318:13, Ryan Kelly20:12, Mary Alice Smoot72
19 July 201418:04, Andrew Elam20:12, Mackenzie Morse74
18 July 201518:12, Dan Butzin21:54, Alice Smoot88
16 July 201618:29, Ryan Kelly23:04, Debbie Green96
15 July 201719:44, Courtland Buntin21:44, Vanessa Spry65
14 July 201818:21, Ryan Kelly21:30, Kelly Lunceford115


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