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Watson, Overstreet win top prize at 31st Run for the Roses

282 5K runners and walkers crossed the finish line Saturday in the 31st Annual Run for the Roses.

282 5K runners and walkers crossed the finish line Saturday in the 31st Annual Run for the Roses.

It was great overcast weather for the runners and walkers Saturday morning  during the 31st Annual Run for the Roses 5K Run/Walk held in dowtown Prentiss.

Brent Watson of Brandon, MS, was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 17:57.

The first female to cross the finish line was Angel Overstreet of Magee, MS, with a time of 20:59.

Brian Gilbert of Hattiesburg, MS, with a time of 19:25 and Shannon Carson of Pearl  with a time of 22:09 were the Masters winners.

Grand Masters winners of this year’s race were David Shumate of Flowood, MS, with a time of 19:47, and Dawn Polo of Florence, MS, with a time of 24:34.

The fastest Jefferson Davis County runner was Jeff Hathorn with a time of 20:07.  Beverly Carr was the fastest Jefferson Davis County female runner with a time of 26:02.

The oldest participant was Sylvia Rieger, age 79.

Prentiss Christian School received the award for most registered participants of all the local schools.

The first 5K walker to cross the finish line was Larry Robinson of Forest with a time of 30:35. Not far behind was the best female walker, Patsy Watson of Brandon, with a time of 32:42.

Eleven year old Darrius Berry was the fastest one mile runner turning in a time of 6:29. Alivia Berry was the fastest female one mile runner with a time of 6:50.

A 1/4 mile preschool run for children six years of age and younger was the final race of the day.

There were over 350 total participants in the 5K and one mile races, with another 50 preschoolers participating in the fun run.

At the conclusion of all races, crowds gathered with excitement in anticipation of Skylar Laine taking the stage.

Laine performed cover  songs as well as some of her own originals.

At the end of her performance she took time to sign autographs and make pictures with her fans.

The Run for the Roses Committee would like to thank all those who participated and helped make the day a success.

A complete listing of all participants with times and categories is on page 8 of this edition.

Mark your calendar now for the second Saturday in April 2015, for the 32nd Annual Run for the Roses.