Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Alec Munger and Kelly Lunceford take care of beeswax in Hahira

Hahira Honeybee FestivalIn 2017 a Berrien County High cross-country runner, Morgan Bolmer, won the Hahira, Georgia Honeybee 5K. In 2018 a Lowndes High harrier took a turn. LHS sophomore Alec Munger won the 3.1-mile race on Saturday morning, 6 October 2018, running 17:29. Kelly Lunceford of Valdosta, Georgia was the first woman in the race, placing fifteenth overall in 20:51.

Sometimes success comes through specialization. Jefferson County, Florida didn't build an agricultural empire by growing watermelon, but by producing watermelon seeds. Likewise, Gadsden County, Florida achieved greatness not by simply producing tobacco, but by growing shade tobacco, a variety specifically used for the outer wrapper of cigars. Hahira, Georgia didn't just produce honey or honey bees, the Lowndes County village made its mark through raising queen bees.

As well as these endeavors served their communities, the industries are all gone now. But Monticello, Florida still has an annual Melon Run 5K as a reminder of the great days of watermelon seed production. Hahira still has a Honeybee 5K. Quincy, Florida, however, doesn't even have a Tobacco Trot or a Stogie Run.

Munger's 17:29 wasn't a Honeybee 5K record, but it was the fastest time at the race since 2010, when Scott Gardner won the race in 16:46. Ryan Kelly, a three-time winner of the Honeybee 5K and the cross-country coach at Valdosta High, took second in the race, running 18:08. Gene Davis of Hahira placed third in 18:20. Valdosta's Rick Mazurkiewicz was the fastest master runner in the Honeybee 5K, coming in eleventh overall in 20:25.

Daun Carauna, a junior on the Lowndes High cross-country team, was second in the women's standings and 38th overall in 23:11. Martha Mazurkiewicz of Valdosta was the first woman master and third female finisher, 43rd overall in 23:23.

220 athletes finished the 2018 Honeybee 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Hahira Honeybee 5K
  1. 17:28.2, Alec Munger (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:08.0, Ryan Kelly (M, 39) Lake Park, GA
  3. 18:19.6, Gene Davis (M, 34) Hahira, GA
  4. 19:19.0, Caleb Starling (M, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 19:24.9, Andrew Caruana (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  6. 19:30.8, Gabriel Ponce (M, 18) Adel, GA
  7. 19:44.4, Daniel Carver (M, 34) Hahira, GA
  8. 19:58.2, Brandon Vigil (M, 34) Valdosta, GA
  9. 20:15.2, Sam Trimble (M, 16) Lake Park, GA
  10. 20:19.2, Austin Bruhl (M, 15) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Hahira Honeybee 5K
  1. 20:51.0, Kelly Lunceford (F, 29) Valdosta, GA
  2. 23:10.3, Daun Caruana (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  3. 23:22.3, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  4. 23:35.2, Alexandra Sayre (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  5. 23:37.7, Meshea Hardena (F, 29) ,
  6. 24:11.5, Brandy Van Jura (F, 39) Hahira, GA
  7. 24:25.1, Kiley Matheson (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:28.0, Maryann Rowe (F, 16) Nashville, GA
  9. 25:39.7, Madison Wagenaar (F, 15) Valdosta, GA
  10. 25:43.1, Carragen Young (F, 16) Valdosta, GA

Known Honeybee 5K Champions, 2001 - 2018
2 October 1999
6 October 200117:21, Rich Sumrall
4 October 200316:31, John Seppala23:14, Amy Mark
2 October 200416:30, John Seppala22:13, Sundonia Williams
8 October 200516:47, John Seppala20:41, Susan Fischer
7 October 200616:54, John Seppala20:43, Susan Fischer
6 October 200716:54, John Seppala18:57, Jana Grygarova
4 October 200817:02, John Seppala21:13, Heidi Gonzalez
3 October 200916:51, John Seppala20:12, Ashley Powell
9 October 201016:46, Scott Gardner20:08, Ashley Powell
8 October 201117:49, Masked Avenger19:46, Mary Alice Smoot
6 October 201218:37, Ryan Kelly21:52, Gretchen Bielmyer
5 October 201318:39, Ryan Kelly22:27, Debbie Allen
4 October 201419:26, Nick Rosatti19:51, Mary Alice Smoot
3 October 201518:16, Ryan Kelly22:44, Katie Lancaster
1 October 201619:14, David Burnett21:42, Meredith Foskey
7 October 201718:58, Morgan Bolmer20:43, Rebecca Chandler
6 October 201817:29, Alec Munger20:51, Kelly Lunceford


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