Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ryan Kelly and Elizabeth Smith display mastery at the James Eunice Legacy 5K

Saturday, 13 April 2019, was a day for master runners at the eighth annual James Eunice Legacy 5K. Half of the first ten finishers in the Valdosta, Georgia road race were master runners. More significantly, the overall male winner and the overall female winner were both master runners. Lake Park, Georgia master runner Ryan Kelly took the men's crown, coming in first overall at 19:24. Elizabeth Smith of Valdosta was the first woman in the race, placing third overall in 22:29.

Kelly, the Valdosta High cross-country coach, had been third in the 2018 Eunice Legacy 5K, but ran ten seconds faster in his 2019 win. Daniel Carver of Hahira, Georgia was the overall runner-up, running 19:52. Hahira Middle School distance runner Connor Lites took third in the men's standings and fourth overall in 22:46. Nathan Smith edged Steve Plymale for the fourth men's spot, 22:58 to 23:00. The two Valdosta master runners were fifth and seventh overall.

Pinetta, Florida master runner Tracey Cole placed second in the women's division, finishing right between Smith and Plymale at 22:59. Natalie Ochoa of the USAF was the third woman and tenth overall in 24:23. Currently stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Ochoa was a high school cross-country runner back home in Arizona. She finished just ahead of a high school cross-country coach, Lowndes High's Martha Mazurkiewicz, the fourth woman and eleventh overall in 24:26.

80 athletes finished the 2019 James Eunice Legacy 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2019 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 19:23.5, Ryan Kelly (M, 40) Lake Park, GA
  2. 19:51.3, Daniel Carver (M, 34) Hahira, GA
  3. 22:45.7, Connor Lites (M, 13) Valdosta, GA
  4. 22:57.5, Nathan Smith (M, 40) Valdosta, GA
  5. 22:59.3, Steve Plymale (M, 69) Valdosta, GA
  6. 23:20.4, Leif Horn (M, 14) Ray City, GA
  7. 24:21.0, Rob McGhinn (M, 39) Valdosta, GA
  8. 24:36.9, Karl Brown (M, 43) Valdosta, GA
  9. 24:43.2, Alan Johnson (M, 58) Valdosta, GA
  10. 24:46.8, Richard Vaden (M, 37) Hahira, GA

Top Ten Women, 2019 James Eunice Legacy 5K
  1. 22:28.9, Elizabeth Hoover Smith (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  2. 22:59.0, Tracey Cole (F, 40) Pinetta, FL
  3. 24:23.0, Natalie Ochoa (F, 19) Moody A F B, GA
  4. 24:25.2, Martha Mazurkiewicz (F, 51) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:04.9, Pollyanna Bass (F, 47) Pavo, GA
  6. 26:24.8, Jacinta Howelll (F, 34) Valdosta, GA
  7. 26:47.7, Shannon Emanuel (F, 31) Lakeland, GA
  8. 27:46.7, Kelsie Crouch (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  9. 28:52.9, Sara Taylor (F, 24) Valdosta, GA
  10. 29:27.9, Kaley Clay (F, 23) Valdosta, GA

James Eunice Legacy 5K winners, 2012 - 2019
14 April 201216:04, Parker Childree20:30, Gretchen Bielmyer92
13 April 201321:25, Josh Perry23:33, Angie Bruhl93
12 April 201417:40, Andrew Elam21:41, Makenzee Page51
11 April 201517:54, Nathan Crews21:23, Kelsey Morse64
9 April 201618:43, Dan Butzin21:23, Alison Thornhill77
8 April 201718:46, Cameron Watson22:30, Kelly Davis60
14 April 201818:47, Thomas Dever23:20, Ericka Bitz78
13 April 201919:24, Ryan Kelly22:29, Elizabeth Smith80
There was also a Jogging For James 5K race on 25 June 2011. Stephen
Robbins (17:55) and Mary Alice Smoot (21:55) were the winners of that
earlier event, which had 145 finishers.


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