Sunday, July 22, 2018

Alec Munger and Brenna Clark were on a roll at the Break Bread Bun Run

Bun RunIn 2017, fourteen-year-old Alec Munger had placed eighth in Valdosta, Georgia's Break Bread Bun Run 5K, running 20:37. Based on that performance, you might not have picked him for a contender in the ninth annual Bun Run on Saturday morning, 21 July 2018. But in the months following the 2017 race, Munger had put in a season on the Lowndes High cross-country team during his frosh year at the school. And just over two weeks before the Bun Run, Munger had won the Valdosta Independence Day 5K. Knowing that, you couldn't say it was a surprise that Munger won the 2018 Bun Run by close to 60 meters, going 18:45. Another high school cross-country runner, Valwood High rising sophmore Brenna Clark, took the women's title, placing fourteenth overall in 23:39.

Munger was the fourth in a string of Bun Run champs less than twenty years old. Brishen House of Lowndes High had won the race in 2017, Jackson Green of Valosta State had won in 2016, and Matthew Baun of Valdosta High had won in 2015. Ryan Kelly had been the Bun Run's last over-twenty winner, with victories in 2013 and 2014. In the 2018 race, Kelly came up second-best against Munger, finishing runner-up in 18:58. Behind Kelly, Myles Gibson of Donalsonville, Georgia was the top master runner in the Bun Run; Gibson was third overall in 19:33.

Alexandra Sayre was runner-up to Brenna Clark in the women's standings, placing seventeenth overall in 24:39. Sayre is a rising junior on the Lowndes High cross-country team. Martha Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta was the first woman master and third female finisher in the Bun Run, coming in eighteenth overall in 25:21.

88 athletes finished the 2018 Break Bread Bun Run 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Break Bread Bun Run 5K
  1. 18:44.7, Alec Munger (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:57.9, Ryan Kelly (M, 39) Lake Park, GA
  3. 19:32.2, Myles Gibson (M, 52) Donalsonville, GA
  4. 20:19.2, Kevius Shaw (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  5. 20:31.3, David Burnett (M, 42) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:36.7, Samuel Trimble (M, 16) Lake Park, GA
  7. 21:01.3, Caleb Starling (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  8. 21:15.5, Wayne Reynolds (M, 42) Valdosta, GA
  9. 21:35.7, Rick Mazurkiewicz (M, 51) Valdosta, GA
  10. 21:54.1, Cavan Fulp (M, 16) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Break Bread Bun Run 5K
  1. 23:38.3, Brenna Clark (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 24:38.4, Alexandra Sayre (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  3. 25:20.1, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 50) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:31.3, Jolie Green (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:55.0, Jordan Green (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:16.1, Debbie Green (F, 52) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:08.4, Kali Carter (F, 18) Valdosta, GA
  8. 28:17.2, Madeline Castor (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:36.0, Traci Ferris (F, 35) Valdosta, GA
  10. 28:39.8, Karina Amundson (F, 48) Valdosta, GA

Break Bread Bun Run 5K champions, 2010 - 2018
24 July 201018:28, Scott Gardner24:16, Nicole Kump49
23 July 201118:47, Masked Avenger23:07, Minerva Arreguin78
21 July 201218:21, Mark McLeod21:11, Alice Smoot56
20 July 201318:54, Ryan Kelly22:30, Alison Peters71
12 July 201418:19, Ryan Kelly21:20, Makenzee Page49
11 July 201517:49, Matthew Baun21:10, Erica Schloemer38
23 July 201618:58, Jackson Green23:10, Debbie Green65
22 July 201718:55, Brishen House22:58, Vanessa Spry87
21 July 201818:45, Alec Munger23:39, Brenna Clark88


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