Sunday, February 18, 2018

Caleb Watson shows some heart on the streets of Douglas

Caleb Watson returned home to Douglas, Georgia on Saturday morning, 17 February 2018, for the 10K at the nineteenth annual Heart-to-Heart Run. Watson, a cross-country runner at Valdosta State University, won the 6.2-mile race in 36:36, finishing a mile ahead of the next runner. Axson, Georgia master runner Tashiba Peoples took the women's title, placing third overall in 46:47.


Watson had finished three seconds behind the winner, Cody Reid, in the 2017 race, the first year the 10K was contested at the Heart-to-Heart Run. Jacory Bazell was runner-up in the 2018 race; the Macon, Georgia athlete running 43:36. Vicente Guerrero of Nichols, Georgia was third in the men's standings and fourth overall in 47:47. Jose Salinas of Douglas was the first male master and fourth male finisher, fifth overall in 48:44.


Douglas master runner Maria Highsmith was the second woman and sixth overall in 50:56. Stephanie Deas, another Douglas master runner, was the third female finisher and eighth overall in 55:50.


25 athletes finished the 10K.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Heart-to-Heart 10K
  1. 36:35.023, Caleb Watson (M, 19) Douglas, GA
  2. 43:35.343, Jacory Bazell (M, 28) Macon, GA
  3. 47:46.710, Vicente Guerrero (M, 25) Nicholls, GA
  4. 48:43.717, Jose Salinas (M, 41) Douglas, GA
  5. 55:02.080, Frank White (M, 72) Cumming, GA
  6. 60:50.983, Keith Carver (M, 51) Douglas, GA
  7. 61:51.510, William Melendez (M, 57) Mcdonough, GA
  8. 62:40.313, Randy Grace (M, 44) Cordele , GA
  9. 68:54.203, Mat Melendez (M, 26) Jacksonville, FL
  10. 73:57.183, Donovan Fitzgerald (M, 24) Nicholls, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Heart-to-Heart 10K
  1. 46:46.980, Tashiba Peoples (F, 40) Axson, GA
  2. 50:55.553, Maria Highsmith (F, 40) Douglas, GA
  3. 55:49.153, Stephanie Deas (F, 44) Douglas, GA
  4. 56:33.807, Jane Causey (F, 58) Baxley, GA
  5. 63:52.573, Ashley Floyd (F, 28) Willacoochee, GA
  6. 64:36.477, Julie Germani (F, 36) Douglas, GA
  7. 69:42.663, Jessica Woods (F, 31) Douglas, GA
  8. 70:37.903, Tabitha Smith (F, 31) Alma, GA
  9. 71:11.290, Rhonda Walsh (F, 47) Hazlehurst, GA
  10. 96:08.410, Brenda Wall (F, 65) Leesburg, GA


Coffee High cross-country runners swept the 5K at the Heart-to-Heart Run, with frosh Cameron Watson winning the race for the second year in a row, while sophomore Abbey Arnett captured the women's crown. Watson covered the course in 17:53, and Arnett was fourth overall in 21:08.


Dawson Bussey, a junior on the Atkinson County High cross-country squad, took second overall in 19:29. Robert Beecher of Surrency, Georgia was third in 21:03. Shaun Soper of Waycross, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the race, placing fifth in the men's standings and sixth overall in 23:09.


Liz Graves of Douglas was the second woman and seventh overall in 23:19. Maddie Harper was the third female finisher and twelfth overall in 25:50. Trish Watson was the first woman master and fourth female finisher, fifteenth overall in 26:35.


83 athletes finished the 2018 Heart-to-Heart 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Heart-to-Heart 5K
  1. 17:52.667, Cameron Watson (M, 15) Douglas, GA
  2. 19:28.457, Dawson Bussey (M, 17) Pearson, GA
  3. 21:02.223, Robert Beecher (M, 38) Surrency, GA
  4. 22:17.023, William Mancil (M, 15) Douglas, GA
  5. 23:08.227, Shaun Soper (M, 50) Waycross, GA
  6. 23:51.567, Terry Arnold (M, 56) Lake Wylie, SC
  7. 25:02.843, Leonardo Farias (M, 15) Douglas, GA
  8. 25:16.503, Stacy Giles (M, 50) Broxton, GA
  9. 25:25.647, Dylan Dixon (M, 12) Alma, GA
  10. 26:00.433, Kyle Southerlan (M, 22) Alma, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Heart-to-Heart 5K
  1. 21:07.223, Abbey Arnett (F, 16) Douglas, GA
  2. 23:18.467, Liz Graves (F, 30) Douglas, GA
  3. 25:49.280, Maddie Harper (F, 18) Sparks, GA
  4. 26:34.530, Trish Watson (F, 50) Douglas , GA
  5. 26:47.657, Blair Floyd (F, 30) Douglas, GA
  6. 29:31.160, Cady Adams (F, 38) Douglas, GA
  7. 29:31.460, Lindsay Day (F, 38) Douglas, GA
  8. 29:43.653, Asjah Johnson (F, 24) Douglas, GA
  9. 29:59.767, Belinda Scott (F, 42) Kathleen, GA
  10. 30:12.177, Maggie McMillan (F, 55) Willacoochee, GA

Douglas, Georgia Heart-to-Heart Run winners
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
8 November 20085K
14 November 20095K17:09, Benjamin Woodward23:14, Blaine Richards125
13 November 20105K15:54, Daniel Broadhead21:49, Hannah Moorman51
5 November 20115K
23 February 20135K17:58, Ryan Kelly23:09, Michele McKinnon83
22 February 20145K18:10, Cody Reid23:55, Loretta Woodard98
21 February 20155K17:15, Cody Reid23:01, Hannah Moorman137
20 February 20165K17:02, Roberto Bonilla27:36, Loryn Brown115
18 February 201710K35:53, Cody Reid49:39, Ellie Perkins19
5K18:19, Cameron Watson20:36, Gracie Woods84
17 February 201810K36:36, Caleb Watson46:47, Tashiba Peoples25
5K17:53, Cameron Watson21:08, Abbey Arnett83


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