Thursday, July 5, 2018

Alec Munger and Kelly Lunceford were first on the Fourth in Valdosta

USA FlagsThere was a time when you could show up in Atlanta, Georgia on the morning of Independence Day, pay your entry fee, and run the Peachtree Road Race. You could probably even find a spot on the front of the starting line. Atlanta Track Club would have handed out trophies to the age group and overall winners no more than an hour after you finished, and everyone would be on the way home.

Sometime since then, the race added entry lotteries, starting waves, and record numbers of participants. Oh, and record numbers of portable toilets as well. It takes most runners a long time to cross the starting line at Peachtree, but it takes every runner a long time to get to the front of the toilet line.

In South Georgia, though, you can dispense with all that by staying at your own end of Interstate 75 and racing Valdosta's Independence Day 5K.

The fastest runner at Valdosta's 2018 Independence Day 5K was Alec Munger. A rising sophomore on the Lowndes High cross-country team, Munger ran 18:00 to win the tenth annual race. Nick Rosatti of Hahira, Georgia took second in 18:08. Another Hahira athlete, Colin Prinsloo, was third in 19:39.

The men's race was decided by a margin of less than 40 meters, but the women's race was even closer. Kelly Lunceford of Valdosta took the women's title in 21:25, finishing less than 20 meters ahead of runner-up Brianna Prinsloo of Hahira. Ms. Prinsloo, the 2017 women's champion in the race, ran 21:29. Lunceford and Prinsloo were eighth and ninth overall. Alexandra Sayre, a rising junior on the Lowndes High cross-country team, was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 24:21.

Valdosta's Brian Sayre was the top master runner in the race, finishing eighth in the men's standings and tenth overall in 21:36. Gunawati Gunawan of Tifton, Georgia was the first woman master and fifth female finisher, 23rd overall in 25:47.

91 athletes finished the 2018 Valdosta, Georgia Independence Day 5K.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 17:59.18, Alec Munger (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:07.59, Nick Rosatti (M, 21) Hahira, GA
  3. 19:38.41, Colin Prinsloo (M, 32) Hahira, GA
  4. 19:47.06, Kevius Shaw (M, 19) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:52.22, Quinn McGlamery (M, 18) Valdosta, GA
  6. 20:12.15, Gerardo Olivera (M, 17) Valdosta, GA
  7. 20:29.18, Daniel Carver (M, 33) Hahira, GA
  8. 21:35.59, Brian Sayre (M, 48) Valdosta, GA
  9. 22:10.03, Chad Northcutt (M, 34) Quitman, GA
  10. 22:43.03, Daniel Zenobia (M, 35) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Females, 2018 Valdosta Independence Day 5K
  1. 21:24.53, Kelly Lunceford (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  2. 21:29.00, Brianna Prinsloo (F, 31) Hahira, GA
  3. 24:20.59, Alexandra Sayre (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  4. 25:40.57, Katie Jensrud (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  5. 25:46.38, Gunawati Gunawan (F, 46) Tifton, GA
  6. 28:04.53, Amy Bradshaw (F, 28) Valdosta, GA
  7. 28:19.09, Constance Thomas (F, 49) Nashville, GA
  8. 29:07.15, Karina Amundson (F, 48) Valdosta, GA
  9. 29:27.56, Rachel King (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:29.15, Nanci Scheetz (F, 69) Valdosta, GA

Champions of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K, 2009 - 2018
4 July 2006*32:33, Dave Bernacki35:28, Susan Fischer144
4 July 2007*28:16, John Seppala37:47, Beth DeLoach181
4 July 2008*28:42, John Seppala33:15, Kelly Fleming193
4 July 200916:38, Alan McGough20:32, Ashley McGee228
4 July 201016:32, Chris Rice20:26, Angelina Horne215
4 July 201116:15, Jeff Powers20:16, Jordanne Helton123
4 July 201216:57, Chris Rice20:18, Christine Shattles192
4 July 201317:28, Wright Calhoun20:13, Mary Alice Smoot163
4 July 201417:38, Chance Roe21:04, Makenzee Page124
4 July 201516:36, Roberto Bonilla, Jr22:26, Debbie Green128
4 July 201616:28, Kaleb Wolfenden22:37, Brianna Prinsloo119
4 July 201717:49, Brishen House21:46, Brianna Prinsloo126
4 July 201818:00, Alec Munger21:24.53, Kelly Lunceford91
* The predecessor of the Valdosta Independence Day 5K was the
Baytree 8K, run in the streets of Valdosta on Independence Day
from 2006 to 2008.


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