Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Henry Plowden and Ann Centner lead Albany's Jingle Bell Jog

In 2016, Henry Plowden won the 5K at Albany, Georgia's 28th annual Jingle Bell Jog. On Saturday morning, 9 December 2017, Plowden returned to Tift Park for the 29th annual Jingle Bell Jog, but this time the sophomore cross-country runner from Westover High was racing 10K. He was just as successful at the longer distance, winning in 38:51. Blakely, Georgia's Ann Centner continued her habit of winning women's title all over Southwest Georgia, running 39:50 in her first Jingle Bell Jog 10K to place first in the women's standings and second overall.

Dennis Moore of Leesburg, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K, placing third overall and second in the men's standings at 41:56. Three years earlier, Moore had been the top master runner in the 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 10K. Ashton Donahue, a senior on the Baconton High cross-country team, was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 42:00. Two-time Jingle Bell Jog 10K champion Patrick Whitehead was the fourth man and sixth overall with a 43:46.

Also clocked in 43:46 but finishing just ahead of Whitehead, Jennifer Perkins was the second woman and fifth overall. Perkins had been the top woman in the 2016 Jingle Bell Jog 10K. Sarah Harris was the third woman and eleventh overall in 46:25. Lynn Varner was the first woman master and eighth female finisher, 23rd overall in 51:14.

141 athletes finished the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 38:51, Henry Plowden (M, 15)
  2. 41:56, Dennis Moore (M, 49)
  3. 42:00, Ashton Donahue (M, 18)
  4. 43:46, Patrick Whitehead (M, 31)
  5. 46:01, Chris Phillips (M, 38)
  6. 46:09, Ben Phillips (M, 15)
  7. 46:14, Sergio Farias (M, 32)
  8. 46:23, William Hancock (M, 55)
  9. 47:28, Oscar Viquez (M, 48)
  10. 49:11, Jim Tully (M, 71)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 39:50, Ann Centner (F, 26)
  2. 43:46, Jennifer Perkins (F, 37)
  3. 46:25, Sarah Harris (F, 30)
  4. 48:21, Laura Ashcraft (F, 24)
  5. 48:38, Katherine McGarr (F, 20)
  6. 49:14, Jessica Phillips (F, 26)
  7. 50:25, Bourlakov Delaney (F, 25)
  8. 51:14, Lynn Varner (F, 53)
  9. 52:27, Amelia Gibbs (F, 40)
  10. 53:09, Catherine Jones (F, 58)

While the defending champion of the Jingle Bell Jog 5K, Henry Plowden, was racing the 10K, Arnoldo De Jesus was winning the shorter race, running 19:30. Trevor Boeckman took second in the 5K with a 19:41. Jon Durham, an eight-grader on the Deerfield Windsor cross-country team, was third overall in 19:49.

Sara Ostrander was the fastest master runner as well as the first woman in the 5K, placing tenth overall in 21:44. Kristen Scheuter took second in the women's standings and eleventh overall in 22:29. Meghan Pate was the third female finisher, coming in twentieth overall in 23:56.

Gordy Bonner was the first male master and fourteenth male finisher in the 5K, sixteenth overall in 23:18.

372 athletes finished the 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K. Both the 10K and the 5K were timed by Orion Racing of Atlanta, Georgia.

Top Ten Men, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 19:30, Arnoldo De Jesus (M, 31)
  2. 19:41, Trevor Boeckmann (M, 29)
  3. 19:49, Jon Durham (M, 14)
  4. 20:39, Walker Pinson (M, 16)
  5. 20:47, Will Tomlinson (M, 15)
  6. 20:55, Michael Burrows (M, 37)
  7. 21:06, Edward Ostrander (M, 14)
  8. 21:11, Shyam Patel (M, 28)
  9. 21:24, Seth Tomlinson (M, 15)
  10. 22:38, Ben Prinua (M, 15)

Top Ten Women, 2017 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 21:44, Sara Ostrander (F, 44)
  2. 22:29, Kristen Scheuter (F, 35)
  3. 23:56, Meghan Pate (F, 31)
  4. 24:04, Caitlin Mixon (F, 28)
  5. 24:16, Michelle Cossins (F, 32)
  6. 24:42, Alea Bochette (F, 14)
  7. 25:06, Bailey Irvin (F, 13)
  8. 25:42, Mandy Phillips (F, 40)
  9. 25:53, Alma Ostrander (F, 12)
  10. 25:57, Gail Morris (F, 36)

Winners of the Albany Jingle Bell Jog, 2004 - 2017
4 December 200410K
5K18:40, Warren Juster20:37, Wendy Donnan311
3 December 200510K37:25, Robert Feldman43:34, Ashley Elam104
5K18:06, Cooper Browning19:47, Brittney Skiles236
2 December 200610K37:42, Brandon Skiles45:45, Wendy Donnan155
5K16:43, Bruce Skiles21:06, Kelly Conway241
1 December 200710K*26:00, Roman Drankin*35:13, Jennifer Pollock132
5K16:19, David Marley19:22, Brittney Skiles332
6 December 200810K35:54, Josh Fix46:14, Andrean Edwards160
5K15:52, David Marley20:11, Brittney Skiles325
5 December 200910K36:12, Adam Ross47:03, Brenna Waack149
5K16:59, Brandon Skiles19:07, Brittney Skiles242
4 December 201010K35:51, Adam Ross45:23, Karen Hamby194
5K19:57, Will Howell22:49, Katherine McGarr351
3 December 201110K36:24, Nathan Norton43:50, Jane Spetoskey229
5K17:06, Heath Lamb21:28, Beth Young485
1 December 201210K37:28, Josh Fix46:30, Anne Cheek271
5K17:49, Wright Calhoun23:00, Charlene Pennymon616
7 December 201310K41:22, Duncan Moore47:15, Heidi Taylor217
5K17:12, Austin Stewart19:23, Brittney Skiles590
6 December 201410K34:35, Patrick Whitehead46:35, Julia Rittenhouse206
5K16:45, David Thornton19:35, Brittney Skiles452
5 December 201510K36:15, Patrick Whitehead45:52, Juia Rittenhouse154
5K18:05, Ethan Merritt19:48, Brittney Skiles378
10 December 201610K38:14, Jerome Scales45:22, Jennifer Perkins165
5K18:46, Henry Plowden20:58, Camryn Bridges355
9 December 201710K38:51, Henry Plowden39:50, Ann Centner141
5K19:30, Arnoldo De Jesus21:44, Sara Ostrander372