Saturday, July 13, 2019

Winning is the prescription for Ryan Kelly and Allie Brown at the Barnes 5K

In a match-up of two South Georgia master runners, Ryan Kelly edged Myles Gibson 18:50 to 18:53 for the top spot in Valdosta, Georgia's eleventh annual Barnes 100 Years 5K. Allie Brown of Cordele, Georgia took the women's title in the Saturday morning, 13 July 2019 race, placing fifth overall in 21:19.

As in each of the eleven years of the race's history, the 2019 Barnes 5K started from the downtown Valdosta headquarters of Barnes Healthcare. Kelly, the coach of the Valdosta High cross-country team, took the lead almost immediately. Donalsonville, Georgia's Gibson was able to keep Kelly in sight, but could never close with the leader.

"He had a much better kick at the end," admitted Gibson.

Kelly's kick earned him his fourth Barnes 5K victory. He has also won the race in 2013, 2016, and 2018, but 2019 was his first Barnes title as a master runner. Gibson improved on his own previous Barnes 5K showing, a 19:06 third-place performance in the 2018 race. Behind Kelly and Barnes, Chad Northcutt of Quitman, Georgia took third with a 20:29.

In contrast to the ages of the master runners who led the men's competition, women's champ Allie Brown is a sixteen-year-old rising junior on the Crisp High cross-country team. The first master runner on the women's side was Tracey Cole of Pinetta, Florida, the second female finisher and tenth overall in 23:20. Mary Alice Smoot placed third in the women's standings and eighteenth overall in 24:20--well off the 20:12 she had posted in the 2013 Barnes 5K, where she had finished first on the women's side.

118 athletes finished the 2019 Barnes Healthcare 5K. A Course/Line, LLC, of Valdosta timed the race and provided finish line services.

Top Ten Men, 2019 Barnes 100 Years 5K
  1. 18:50.0, Ryan Kelly (M, 40) Lake Park, GA
  2. 18:53.0, Myles Gibson (M, 53) Iron City, GA
  3. 20:28.8, Chad Northcutt (M, 35) Quitman, GA
  4. 21:06.5, Scott Chandler (M, 28) Alpharetta, GA
  5. 21:18.8, David Delgado (M, 39) Hahira, GA
  6. 21:29.0, Michael Lestock (M, 45) Lake City, GA
  7. 22:32.0, Connor Lites (M, 14) Hahira, GA
  8. 22:57.8, Jay Vinehout (M, 26) Valdosta, GA
  9. 23:23.7, John Hughes (M, 31) Valdosta, GA
  10. 23:25.5, Gabriel Sears (M, 13) Valdosta, GA

Top Ten Women, 2019 Barnes 100 Years 5K
  1. 21:18.1, Allie Brown (F, 16) Cordele, GA
  2. 23:19.1, Tracey Cole (F, 40) Pinetta, FL
  3. 24:19.3, Mary Alice Smoot (F, 23) Valdosta, GA
  4. 24:40.5, Amanda Grover (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  5. 26:13.8, Traci Ferris (F, 36) Valdosta, GA
  6. 27:01.0, Kiley Matheson (F, 16) Valdosta, GA
  7. 27:15.7, Karisa Zickus (F, 40) Valdosta, GA
  8. 27:38.2, Cassie O'Neal (F, 30) Valdosta, GA
  9. 27:50.7, Libra Moses-Holland (F, 42) Hahira, GA
  10. 28:09.2, Abby Patterson (F, 22) Sylvester, GA

Barnes 100 Years 5K Champions, 2009 - 2019
18 July 200919:05, Masked Avenger20:18, Angelina Horne96
17 July 201016:45, Daniel Broadhead20:31, Angelina Horne119
16 July 201118:02, Masked Avenger20:54, Alice Smoot67
14 July 201218:29, Nathan Norton23:23, Lauren Tosky80
13 July 201318:13, Ryan Kelly20:12, Mary Alice Smoot72
19 July 201418:04, Andrew Elam20:12, Mackenzie Morse74
18 July 201518:12, Dan Butzin21:54, Alice Smoot88
16 July 201618:29, Ryan Kelly23:04, Debbie Green96
15 July 201719:44, Courtland Buntin21:44, Vanessa Spry65
14 July 201818:21, Ryan Kelly21:30, Kelly Lunceford115
13 July 201918:50, Ryan Kelly21:19, Allie Brown118


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