Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whitehead and Rittenhouse jingle all the way to victory

Patrick WhiteheadIn Albany, Georgia, on Saturday morning, 6 December 2014, Darton State College psychology professor Dr. Patrick Whitehead left the field of the Jingle Bell Jog 10K far, far behind. Winning the 27th annual race by over 1200 meters, Whitehead ran 34:35, possibly the fastest 10K ever at the Jingle Bell Jog and certainly the fastest in the past ten years. Arnoldo DeJesus finished runner-up in 39:40, and Ashley Peacock was third in 40:46. Dennis Moore of Leesburg, Georgia, was the top master runner, placing fourth overall in 41:40.


Albany's Julia Rittenhouse was first in the women's standings, running the 6.2-mile race in 46:35. Ashley Barrow edged Mandy Phillips for the second women's spot, 48:43 to 48:54. Albany's Donna Butler was the first woman master in the race, coming in 49th overall in 52:47.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 34:34.65 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 28) 
  2. 39:39.10 ~ Arnoldo DeJesus (M, 28) 
  3. 40:45.32 ~ Ashley Peacock (M, 33) 
  4. 41:40.00 ~ Dennis Moore (M, 46) 
  5. 42:50.68 ~ Kurt Anthony (M, 49) 
  6. 43:30.28 ~ Jeff Royer (M, 54) 
  7. 43:49.72 ~ Antonio Braswell (M, 18) 
  8. 43:53.83 ~ Dennis Fuchs (M, 45) 
  9. 44:01.28 ~ Brooks Mitchell (M, 25) 
  10. 44:14.38 ~ David Vann (M, 57) 

Top Ten Women, 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 46:34.72 ~ Julia Rittenhouse (F, 29) 
  2. 48:42.18 ~ Ashley Barrow (F, 33) 
  3. 48:53.24 ~ Mandy Phillips (F, 37) 
  4. 50:19.42 ~ Brooke Marshall (F, 30) 
  5. 50:42.59 ~ Amelia Gibbs (F, 37) 
  6. 51:28.84 ~ Emily Phillips (F, 10) 
  7. 51:32.57 ~ Angela Gattie (F, 33) 
  8. 51:33.26 ~ Lindsey Giles (F, 33) 
  9. 51:37.03 ~ Karla Spurlin (F, 30) 
  10. 52:46.27 ~ Kelly Roberson (F, 35) 

David Thornton was the overwhelming winner of the Jingle Bell Jog 5K. Crossing the finish line almost 400 meters ahead of the next athlete, the Darton State College cross-country runner posted a 16:45 winning time in the junior race. Another Darton State harrier, Austin Stewart, took second in 18:05. Westover High senior Demetris McCray was third in 18:24, and Deerfield-Windsor School frosh Ethan Merritt finished fourth in 19:10. Brannon White of Albany was the fastest master runner in the short race, coming in ninth overall in 21:13.


Brittney Skiles was a junior on the track team at Lee County High School when she won the women's title at the Jingle Bell Jog 5K in 2005. In 2014 Skiles topped the women's division of that race for the sixth time in the past ten years with a 19:35--not her fastest Jingle Bell Jog time, but faster than the 19:47 she ran as a high school athlete. Skiles is currently the cross-country coach for Georgia Southwestern. Finishing runner-up for the women was a current high school student, Crisp Academy senior Katherine McGarr. McGarr was 11th overall in 21:42. 2012 Jingle Bell Jog 5K women's champion Charlene Pennymon placed third in the women's standings. The first woman master in the race, Pennymon was 21st overall in 23:27.


Top Ten Men, 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 16:44.46 ~ David Thornton (M, 21)
  2. 18:04.29 ~ Austin Stewart (M, 19)
  3. 18:23.33 ~ Demetris McCray (M, 17)
  4. 19:09.84 ~ Ethan Merritt (M, 14)
  5. 20:37.18 ~ Jimmy Creamer (M, 16)
  6. 20:37.90 ~ Ford Bennett (M, 14)
  7. 21:04.65 ~ Caine Bickerstaff (M, 26)
  8. 21:12.63 ~ Brannon White (M, 50)
  9. 21:36.47 ~ Rupert Dyer, Jr. (M, 14)
  10. 22:20.88 ~ Tom Rittenhouse (M, 32)

Top Ten Women, 2014 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 19:34.65 ~ Brittney Skiles (F, 25)
  2. 21:41.05 ~ Katherine McGarr (F, 17)
  3. 23:26.62 ~ Charlene Pennymon (F, 50)
  4. 24:04.54 ~ Deena Willcox (F, 12)
  5. 24:15.85 ~ Gail Morris (F, 33)
  6. 24:19.70 ~ Nancy Herring (F, 59)
  7. 24:38.44 ~ Caroline Taylor (F, 13)
  8. 25:01.27 ~ Stacie Smith (F, 25)
  9. 25:52.47 ~ Willa Dyer (F, 12)
  10. 26:09.93 ~ Lauren Ballenger (F, 13)

A benefit for the Phoebe Foundation, the Jingle Bell Jog has been an institution in Albany, Georgia, for 27 years. 206 runners finished the 10K in 2014, with another 452 in the 5K.


Winners of the Albany Jingle Bell Jog, 2004 - 2014
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
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


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