Wednesday, December 19, 2018

No gnarly knitwear for David Degon and Tracey Cole at the Ugly Sweater 5K

VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5KBy Saturday morning, 15 December 2018, a patch of ugly weather had blown past Valdosta, Georgia. So in Freedom Park, on soaked pavement under clearing skies, the Ugly Sweater 5K was on. David Degon of Valdosta won the third annual event, edging master runner Ryan Kelly for the title, 18:33 to 18:38. Tracey Cole of Pinetta, Florida was the first woman in the 3.1-mile race, placing sixth overall in 23:48.


Valdosta's Chris Bess too third in 21:27, with Rafael Balleza of Jennings, Florida fourth in 21:55. William Garcia, a sophomore on the Lowndes High cross-country team, came in fifth in 22:48.


Fourteen-year-old Valdosta athlete Victoria Garcia was runner-up in the women's competition, placing eleventh overall in 25:52. Bianca Yanez of Valdosta was third in the women's standings and fourteenth overall in 28:20. Valdosta's Karina Amundson inched past Tammy Curran of Tifton for the top woman master spot, 28:20 to 28:21. Fifteenth and sixteenth overall, Amundson and Curran were the fourth and fifth female finishers.


42 athletes finished VLPRA's 2018 Ugly Sweater 5K. A Course/Line, LLC of Valdosta, Georgia timed the race and provided finish line services.


Top Ten Men, 2018 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 18:32.9, David Degon (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  2. 18:37.8, Ryan Kelly (M, 40) Lake Park, GA
  3. 21:26.9, Chris Bess (M, 24) Valdosta, GA
  4. 21:54.6, Rafael Balleza (M, 29) Jennings, FL
  5. 22:47.4, William Garcia (M, 15) Valdosta, GA
  6. 24:25.7, Billy Taylor (M, 69) Valdosta, GA
  7. 24:42.5, David Pollock (M, 54) Tifton, GA
  8. 25:03.1, Leif Horn (M, 14) Hahira, GA
  9. 25:25.0, Cody Scarboro (M, 27) Melbourne, FL
  10. 26:05.4, Wayne Kountis (M, 59) Tifton, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K
  1. 23:47.3, Tracey Cole (F, 39) Pinetta, FL
  2. 25:51.9, Victoria Garcia (F, 14) Valdosta, GA
  3. 28:19.2, Bianca Yanez (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  4. 28:20.9, Karina Amundson (F, 49) Valdosta, GA
  5. 28:29.8, Tammy Curran (F, 46) Tifton, GA
  6. 28:50.4, Bridget Deen (F, 45) Tifton, GA
  7. 29:04.8, Heather Kelly (F, 40) Lake Park, GA
  8. 31:27.0, Lauren Rowe (F, 33) Valdosta, GA
  9. 31:33.2, Carol Stojakovich (F, 58) Hahira, GA
  10. 32:48.9, Bernotta Linder (F, 27) Valdosta, GA

VLPRA Ugly Sweater 5K winners, 2016 - 2018
DateMenWomenFinishers
24 December 201618:17, Caleb Watson21:46, Gracie Woods50
23 December 201717:49, Andrew Elam22:27, Tara McFarland96
15 December 201818:33, David Degon23:48, Tracey Cole42


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