Monday, December 10, 2018

Henry Plowden and Ann Centner both ring the bell a second time in the Jingle Bell Jog 10K

Saturday, 8 December 2018, was a morning for defending champions in Albany, Georgia's 30th annual Jingle Bell Jog 10K. Henry Plowden won the 6.2-mile race for the second year in a row, running 37:44--over a minute faster than his winning time in 2017. Ann Centner of Blakely, Georgia successfully defended her title as the top woman in the 10K, placing second overall in 39:13.

Plowden was coming off a successful high school cross-country season; just five weeks earlier the Westover High junior had taken ninth in the GHSA-4A boys' race at the State Championships. The top master runner in the Jingle Bell Jog 10K was Carl Plowden, second in the men's standings and third overall in 45:12. Jaren Hill of Americus, Georgia was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 45:38.

Cordele, Georgia's Stacey McGarr was the first woman master in the 10K and second female finisher, eighth overall in 47:05. Danice Roberts of Leesburg, Georgia took third on the women's side, placing thirteenth overall in 49:16.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 37:44, Henry Plowden (M, 16) Albany, GA
  2. 45:12, Carl Plowden (M, 49) Albany, GA
  3. 45:38, Jaren Hill (M, 21) Americus, GA
  4. 46:27, Jaquez Jones (M, 15)
  5. 46:30, Patrick K Feely (M, 13) Baconton, GA
  6. 46:49, Chris Phillips (M, 39) Leesburg, GA
  7. 48:39, Julian Strickland (M, 53) Leesburg, GA
  8. 48:52, Robert Pilcher (M, 62) Leesburg, GA
  9. 48:57, Braden Miller (M, 45) Leesburg, GA
  10. 49:04, Oscar Viquez (M, 49) Albany, GA

Top Ten Women, 2018 Jingle Bell Jog 10K
  1. 39:13, Ann Centner (F, 27) Blakely, GA
  2. 47:05, Stacey McGarr (F, 46) Cordele, GA
  3. 49:16, Danice Roberts (F, 37) Leesburg, GA
  4. 49:27, Laura Sullivan (F, 31) Camilla, GA
  5. 49:36, Jessica Phillips (F, 27)
  6. 49:41, Patricia Smith (F, 28)
  7. 50:09, Karen McNally (F, 54) Albany, GA
  8. 51:56, Judy Lindsey (F, 54) Sylvester, GA
  9. 52:20, Guna Gunawan (F, 46) Tifton, GA
  10. 52:31, Mary Ann Plowden (F, 48) Albany, GA

Back before Henry Plowden won his first Jingle Bell Jog 10K, he was the 2016 Jingle Bell Jog 5K champ. In the 2018 edition of the shorter race, Edward Ostrander of Leesburg, Georgia took first. A frosh runner on the Lee County High cross-country team, Ostrander ran the 3.1-mile race in 20:27. Amanda An of Ellicott City, Maryland was the women's champ, placing second overall in 20:48.

Right behind An, Bill Fricks of Leesburg, Georgia was the top master runner in the 5K, placing third overall in 20:49. Conner Mullen, an eighth-grader on the Worth County Middle School cross-country team, was the third male finisher and fourth overall in 21:05.

Ramsay Miller, a first-year athlete on the Point University cross-country team, was the women's runner-up in the 5K, placing ninth overall in 21:55. Leesburg's Sara Ostrander was the first woman master and third female finisher, eighteenth overall in 23:28.

129 athletes finished the 2018 Jingle Bell Jog 10K, while another 386 completed the 5K. Both races were timed by Orion Racing of Atlanta, Georgia. All proceeds of the Jingle Bell Jog go to the beneift of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Top Ten Men, 2018 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 20:27, Edward Ostrander (M, 15) Leesburg, GA
  2. 20:49, Bill Fricks (M, 47) Leesburg, GA
  3. 21:05, Conner Mullen (M, 14) Doerun, GA
  4. 21:30, Ben Phillips (M, 16) Leesburg, GA
  5. 21:30, Walker Pinson (M, 17) Leesburg, GA
  6. 21:36, Michael Trammell (M, 49) Albany, GA
  7. 21:50, Jacob Beard (M, 15)
  8. 22:04, Samuel Williamson (M, 15)
  9. 22:26, Timothy Ellis (M, 13)
  10. 22:28, Ward Wright (M, 13)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  1. 20:48, Amanda An (F, 31) Ellicott City, MD
  2. 21:55, Ramsay Miller (F, 18)
  3. 23:28, Sara Ostrander (F, 45) Leesburg, GA
  4. 23:38, DeAnn Reid (F, 52) Americus, GA
  5. 24:02, Alma Ostrander (F, 13) Leesburg, GA
  6. 24:05, Caroline Taylor (F, 17) Leesburg, GA
  7. 24:07, Rebecca Bowers (F, 16)
  8. 24:27, Stacie Byrd (F, 29) Albany, GA
  9. 24:31, Katie Sheppard (F, 15)
  10. 24:43, Gail Morris (F, 37) Newton, GA

Winners of the Albany Jingle Bell Jog, 2004 - 2018
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
5 December 201510K36:15, Patrick Whitehead45:52, Juia Rittenhouse154
5K18:05, Ethan Merritt19:48, Brittney Skiles378
10 December 201610K38:14, Jerome Scales45:22, Jennifer Perkins165
5K18:46, Henry Plowden20:58, Camryn Bridges355
9 December 201710K38:51, Henry Plowden39:50, Ann Centner141
5K19:30, Arnoldo De Jesus21:44, Sara Ostrander372
9 December 201810K37:44, Henry Plowden39:13, Ann Centner129
5K20:27, Edward Ostrander20:48, Amanda An386


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