Friday, May 11, 2018

Phillips and Williams win the Gnat Days 5K

Conditions in Camilla, Georgia on Friday evening, 11 May 2018, were hot and relatively calm with no prospect of rain. It was perfect weather--for gnats. For the runners in the 31st annual Gnat Days 5K, a different set of conditions might have been preferable.


Benjamin Phillips was unperturbed by either the weather or by Camilla's notorious swarms of gnats. A sophomore cross-country runner at Lee County High in Leesburg, Georgia, Phillips won the race by nearly 60 meters, crossing the finish line at Courthouse Square in 20:06. Donica Williams of Cairo, Georgia was the first woman in the race, placing twelfth overall in 22:54.


Kerry Underwood of Ty Ty, Georgia was the fastest master runner in the Gnat Days 5K, finishing runner-up to Phillips in 20:20. Cairo master runner Justin Williams took third in 20:40, and John Coleman of Decatur, Georgia was fourth in 20:52.


Ramsay Miller, a graduating senior on the Lee County High cross-country team, was second in the women's standings and sixteenth overall in 23:14. Miller had won the women's title in the 2017 Gnat Days 5K. Victoria Feyedelem of Albany, Georgia was the first woman master and third female finisher, nineteenth overall in 23:56. Thirteen-year-old Camilla athlete Hannah Glass was fourth in the women's standings and 21st overall in 24:15.


164 athletes finished Camilla's 2018 Gnat Days 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 20:05.10, Benjamin Phillips (M, 16) Leesburg, GA
  2. 20:19.19, Kerry Underwood (M, 54) Ty Ty, GA
  3. 20:39.80, Justin Williams (M, 40) Cairo, GA
  4. 20:51.10, John Coleman (M, 35) Decatur, GA
  5. 21:02.75, Michael McGahee (M, 41) Camilla, GA
  6. 21:26.30, Chris Holt (M, 36) Thomasville, GA
  7. 21:55.28, David Lewis (M, 31) Camilla, GA
  8. 21:58.49, Walt Cochran (M, 16) Baconton, GA
  9. 22:22.96, Chris Phillips (M, 38) Leesburg, GA
  10. 22:24.65, Phillip Morris (M, 52) Pelham, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Gnat Days 5K
  1. 22:54.00, Donica Williams (F, 38) Cairo, GA
  2. 23:13.48, Ramsay Miller (F, 18) Leesburg, GA
  3. 23:55.08, Victoria Feyedelem (F, 46) Albany, GA
  4. 24:14.99, Hannah Glass (F, 13) Camilla, GA
  5. 24:32.71, Penny Peters (F, 50) Tifton, GA
  6. 25:14.72, Caroline Taylor (F, 17) Leesburg, GA
  7. 25:46.61, Gunawati Gunawan (F, 46) Tifton, GA
  8. 26:09.36, Sharanda Hurst (F, 36) Camilla, GA
  9. 26:26.62, Juli Degrummond (F, 48) Tallahassee, FL
  10. 26:31.63, Ashley Coleman (F, 33) Decatur, GA

Gnat Days 5K champions, 2005 - 2018
DateMenWomen
11 May 201820:06, Benjamin Phillips22:54, Donica Williams
12 May 201718:22, Jared Hammond21:30, Ramsay Miller
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

3 May 2003

























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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