Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mathematician Fix adds a Jingle Bell Jog title to his resumé

On Saturday morning, 1 December 2012 at the Albany, Georgia Jingle Bell Jog 10K, Lee County High School mathematics teacher Josh Fix knocked off defending champion Nathan Norton 37:28 to 37:43 for this year's title. Fix, an ultramarathon runner, had previously won the 10K in 2008. The next three places went to high school distance runners; Dale Pate of Sylvester Worth County HS at 37:52, Jack Plowden of Albany Westover HS at 40:04, and Sam Grave of Macon at 40:26. The flood of youth was followed by the race for the top master spot, where Michael Gavre of Leesburg prevailed over Albany's Kurt Anthony, 43:23 to 43:41, the two runners placing sixth and seventh overall.


Ballet-dancer-turned-runner Anne Cheek was the first female finisher in the 10K, edging out the 2010 women's champ, Albany master runner Karen Hamby, 46:27 to 46:36. Tina Moye of Albany placed third among the women with a 46:54. At 47:21 the fourth woman finisher was Carly Banks, an alumna of the cross-country team at Moultrie's Colquitt County HS (c/o 2010).


Top Ten Males, 2012 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 37:27.79 ~ Josh Fix (M, 38) Leesburg, GA
  2. 37:42.60 ~ Nathan Norton (M, 21) Americus, GA
  3. 37:51.84 ~ Dale Pate (M, 16) Sylvester, GA
  4. 40:03.51 ~ Jack Plowden (M, 15) Albany, GA
  5. 40:25.79 ~ Sam Grave (M, 17) Macon, GA
  6. 43:22.94 ~ Michael Gavre (M, 46) Leesburg, GA
  7. 43:40.88 ~ Kurt Anthony (M, 47) Albany, GA
  8. 44:22.11 ~ John Ashley (M, 39)
  9. 44:44.93 ~ Austin Payne (M, 18) Tyty, GA
  10. 44:49.69 ~ Leroy Bynum (M, 56)

Top Ten Females, 2012 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 46:26.95 ~ Anne Cheek (F, 21) Leesburg, GA
  2. 46:35.96 ~ Karen Hamby (F, 44) Albany, GA
  3. 46:53.01 ~ Tina Moye (F, 38) Albany, GA
  4. 47:20.54 ~ Carly Banks (F, 20) Moultrie, GA
  5. 47:41.13 ~ Heidi Taylor (F, 31) Bel Air, MD
  6. 47:54.72 ~ Morgan Hayes (F, 21) Moultrie, GA
  7. 48:47.91 ~ Kristin Thompson (F, 44)
  8. 49:14.37 ~ Mandy Phillps (F, 35) Albany, GA
  9. 49:48.67 ~ Emily Jorgenson (F, 24) Albany, GA
  10. 50:17.83 ~ Amy Fix (F, 37)

In the junior race, a 5K, Southland Academy cross-country runner Wright Calhoun posted a winning 17:49, finishing almost 400 meters ahead of the runner-up, Caleb Harris of Bainbridge. Harris covered the 3.1-mile course in 19:16. Baconton Charter School sophomore Samuel Cornwell placed third in 20:07. The fastest master in the 5K was Daniel Graham of Bainbridge, fourth overall in 20:21. Americus' Charlene Pennymon was the first female as well as the first female master in the 5K, running 23:00. 100 meters behind Pennymon, in 23:28 was the female runner-up, Katherine McGarr, a sophomore cross-country runner at Tiftarea Academy.


Top Ten Males, 2012 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 17:48.47 ~ Wright Calhoun (M, 14) Americus, GA
  2. 19:15.35 ~ Caleb Harris (M, 11) Bainbridge, GA
  3. 20:06.46 ~ Samuel Cornwell (M, 15) Camilla, GA
  4. 20:20.99 ~ Daniel Graham (M, 40) Bainbridge, GA
  5. 20:23.24 ~ Samad Mills (M, 12)
  6. 20:23.47 ~ William, Jr Fricks (M, 41)
  7. 20:29.84 ~ Cody Callahan (M, 14)
  8. 20:33.45 ~ Carl Plowden (M, 43) Albany, GA
  9. 20:35.47 ~ Kyle Edmunds (M, 17) Leesburg, GA
  10. 20:40.85 ~ Tyler Sharpen (M, 18) Bridgeboro, GA

Top Ten Females, 2012 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 22:59.80 ~ Charlene Pennymon (F, 48) Americus, GA
  2. 23:27.52 ~ Katherine McGarr (F, 15) Cordele, GA
  3. 23:36.16 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 57) Thomasville, GA
  4. 23:38.66 ~ Dorian Usry (F, 13) Albany, GA
  5. 23:46.15 ~ Wendy Hester (F, 48) Leesburg, GA
  6. 24:26.48 ~ Ryleigh Bell (F, 10) Americus, GA
  7. 24:38.34 ~ Chloe Usry (F, 11) Albany, GA
  8. 24:48.85 ~ Rachael Nagy (F, 15) Leesburg, GA
  9. 24:52.78 ~ Ramsay Miller (F, 12) Leesburg, GA
  10. 25:02.84 ~ Perry Kelly (F, 26) Leesburg, GA

A benefit for the Phoebe Foundation, the Jingle Bell Jog has been an institution in Albany for 25 years. 270 runners finished the 10K in 2012, with another 616 in ht 5K.


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