Friday, May 13, 2016

Harris and Thompson have their day at Gnat Days

Chase HarrisIn 2012 Chase Harris came to Camilla, Georgia for the annual Gnat Days 5K. Harris had just finished his frosh year track season at Bainbridge High, and he placed second behind Stephen Robbins, another high school runner. After that Harris didn't return to the race for four years, by which time he had logged a season of track at Maryville University. This time around, no high school runner finished ahead of Harris. No one did. On Friday evening, 13 May 2016, Chase Harris won Camilla's 29th annual Gnat Days 5K in 17:04. Thomasville, Georgia athlete Melissa Thompson was the first woman, coming in sixth overall in 20:32.


If Harris had been out on the course longer, he might have gotten lonely from being so far away from the other runners; he finished almost half a kilometer ahead of the next runner. Behind him, though, Trevor Cleveland and Chad Johnson ended the race in a close fight for second. Cleveland, a a rising junior on the Lee County High cross country team, prevailed in that battle, 19:43 to 19:44. Taking third, Thomasville's Johnson was the top master runner in the race. Another Lee County High harrier, incoming frosh Ben Phillips, was fourth in 20:02.


Camilla's Jessica Potkovac edged Lee County High rising junior Ramsay Miller for the runner-up spot in the women's standings, 23:33 to 23:35, the two runners placing eighteenth and nineteenth overall. Close behind them, Karen McNally was the top woman master and fourth female finisher, twentieth overall in 23:37. McNally was just a few strides ahead of the fifth woman in the race, Thomasville's Beverly Johnson. Johnson was 21st overall in 23:38.


157 athletes finished the 2016 Gnat Days 5K. RANREB Timing Services of Cordele, Georgia timed the race. Gnat Days came a little later than usual this year, so I wouldn't make a guess at the date of the 2017 race. I'm reasonably sure that it will be in May, though, and completely certain that the gnats will be there.



Top Ten Men, 2016 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 17:03.48 ~ Chase Harris (M, 19) Bainbridge, GA
  2. 19:42.27 ~ Trevor Cleveland (M, 16) Leesburg, GA
  3. 19:43.79 ~ Chad Johnson (M, 45) Thomasville, GA
  4. 20:01.62 ~ Ben Phillips (M, 14) Leesburg, GA
  5. 20:20.55 ~ Phillip Morris (M, 50) Camilla, GA
  6. 20:56.72 ~ Jason Stojka (M, 39) Albany, GA
  7. 21:11.21 ~ Brandon Butler (M, 19) Camilla, GA
  8. 21:21.61 ~ Jeff Royer (M, 55) Perry, GA
  9. 21:24.65 ~ Walt Cochran (M, 14) Camilla, GA
  10. 21:47.32 ~ Mitchell Sinyard (M, 55) Hawkinsville, GA

Top Ten Women, 2016 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 20:31.99 ~ Melissa Thompson (F, 31) Thomasville, GA
  2. 23:32.64 ~ Jessica Potkovac (F, 22) Camilla, GA
  3. 23:34.36 ~ Ramsay Miller (F, 16) Leesburg, GA
  4. 23:36.14 ~ Karen McNally (F, 52) Albany, GA
  5. 23:37.12 ~ Beverly Johnson (F, 38) Thomasville, GA
  6. 23:55.92 ~ Emily Phillips (F, 11) Leesburg, GA
  7. 24:42.46 ~ Jill Hope (F, 35) Camilla, GA
  8. 25:11.66 ~ Lacey Allen (F, 32) Leesburg, GA
  9. 25:29.62 ~ Donica Williams (F, 36) Camilla, GA
  10. 25:36.77 ~ Ashley Maxwell (F, 34) Leesburg, GA

Gnat Days 5K Champions, 2005 - 2016
DateMenWomen
13 May 201617:04, Chase Harris20:32, Melissa Thompson
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
1 May 2004

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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

10 June 1989*

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


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