Friday, May 1, 2015

Whitehead and Hamilton outrun everyone but the gnats in Camilla

Patrick WhiteheadEach year during the first weekend of May, the people of Camilla, Georgia, celebrates their gnats. They might as well celebrate, because there is nothing else to do about the pestilential clouds of tiny insects. Before Camilla was ever settled, the gnats were there. Should the settlement be abandoned some time in the far future, the gnats will still be there. There won't be anyone to celebrate the Gnat Days Festival, but I don't think the insects will mind.


Albany, Georgia, athlete Patrick Whitehead won the 28th annual edition of the Gnat Days 5K on Friday evening, 1 May 2015. The Darton College professor's time for the 3.1-mile course was 16:11, the fastest in over a decade. Jared Hammond of Bonaire, Georgia, finished runner-up in 17:55. The 2014 Gnat Days 5K champion, Arnoldo DeJesus of Albany, was third in 18:13. Baconton Charter School graduating senior Samuel Cornwell finished fourth in 19:18. Dennis Moore of Leesburg, Georgia, was the fastest master runner in the race, coming in fifth overall in 19:26.


Thomasville, Georgia, athlete Beverly Hamilton took the women's title, placing 16th overall in 22:13. Westwood School cross-country runner Kaitlin Santiago was second in the women's standings, finishing 24th overall in 23:38. Third on the women's side went to Lee County High frosh Ramsay Miller, 25th overall in 23:32. Jennifer Bramlett of Albany, Georgia, was the top woman master runner and ninth woman finisher, coming in 43rd overall in 27:00.


124 athletes finished the 2015 Gnat Days 5K. Timing and scoring of the race was provided by RANREB Timing Services of Cordele, Georgia. Expect the next Gnat Days 5K on 6 May 2016. If the weather's fine, you can expect the gnats as well.


Top Ten Men, 2015 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 16:10.35 ~ Patrick Whitehead (M, 29) Albany, GA
  2. 17:54.48 ~ Jared Hammond (M, 34) Bonaire, GA
  3. 18:12.78 ~ Arnoldo DeJesus (M, 29) Albany, GA
  4. 19:17.87 ~ Samuel Cornwell (M, 18) Camilla, GA
  5. 19:25.27 ~ Dennis Moore (M, 46) Leesburg, GA
  6. 19:48.78 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 44) Thomasville, GA
  7. 19:51.35 ~ Ben Phillips (M, 13) Leesburg, GA
  8. 20:05.81 ~ Michael McGahee (M, 37) Camilla, GA
  9. 20:13.43 ~ Phillip Morris (M, 49) Pelham, GA
  10. 20:26.07 ~ Mitchell Sinyard (M, 54) Hawkinsville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2015 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 22:12.43 ~ Beverly Hamilton (F, 37) Thomasville, GA
  2. 23:37.85 ~ Caitlin Santiago (F, 13) Baconton, GA
  3. 23:41.40 ~ Ramsay Miller (F, 15) Leesburg, GA
  4. 24:12.25 ~ Donica Williams (F, 35) Cairo, GA
  5. 24:17.68 ~ Jill Hope (F, 34) Camilla, GA
  6. 25:04.42 ~ Blair Pollock (F, 10) Camilla, GA
  7. 26:28.19 ~ Amelia Cornwell (F, 16) Camilla, GA
  8. 26:32.03 ~ Holland Lee (F, 14) Camilla, GA
  9. 26:59.11 ~ Jennifer Bramlett (F, 42) Albany, GA
  10. 27:07.88 ~ Denise Butler (F, 42) Camilla, GA

Gnat Days 5K Champions, 2005 - 2015
DateMenWomen
1 May 201516:11, Patrick Whitehead22:13, Beverly Hamilton
2 May 201418:32, Arnoldo DeJesus18:50, Elena Oslund
3 May 201319:06, James Taylor24:33, Ashtin Banks
4 May 201217:51, Stephen Robbins19:47, Mary Anne Grayson
6 May 201117:35,  Masked Avenger23:53,  Jenna Willingham
30 April 201017:36,  Kyle Harris19:59,  Mary Anne Grayson
1 May 200917:39,  Nathan Norton19:51,  Mary Anne Grayson
2 May 200818:12,  Todd Smoot22:35,  Diane Johnson
4 May 200716:59,  Todd Smoot22:49,  Diane Johnson
5 May 200617:27,  Clint Watkins22:02,  Lori Rawlings
6 May 200517:06,  Dr. Robert Feldman21:12,  Debbie Wittmer
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14 May 1994

12 June 1993

13 June 1992

8 June 199115:33, Louis Floyd18:20,  Vikki Saga
9 June 1990

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11 June 1988**14:14.7, John Tuttle16:28, Carla Borovicka


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