Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Patrick Whitehead and Ann Centner break records, not resolutions, at Albany's New Year race

Did you resolve to avoid drama in 2019? I hope you weren't in Albany, Georgia for the fourth annual Resolution Run 5K. Racing all the way to the finish line, Patrick Whitehead barely held off a challenge from Joshua Grant to win 18:08 to 18:09, the two fastest times in the history of the event. Just over half a minute after Whitehead and Grant had flashed across the line, Ann Centner sped in at 18:56, more than three minutes faster than any woman ever at the Resolution Run.


Whitehead's time was nearly a minute better than the previous event record, the 19:03 run by Arnoldo DeJesus in 2016 at the inaugural Resolution Run. Edward Ostrander, a frosh runner on the Lee County High cross-country team, was third in the men's standings behind Whitehead and Grant, placing fourth overall in 20:46. Another Lee County High cross-country runner, junior Benjamin Phillips, was the fourth male and fifth overall in 22:27. Ben Crump was the fastest master runner in the Resolution Run, the fifth man in the race and sixth overall in 22:27.


Before Centner's 18:56, the fastest women's performance at the Resolution Run had been the 22:15 posted by master runner Sara Ostrander in the 2018 race. This year, Ostrander was the women's runner up, running 23:29 and placing eighth overall. Alma Ostrander, a standout seventh-grader on the Lee County Middle School cross-country squad, took third in the women's division and eleventh overall in 24:03.


61 athletes finished Albany's fourth annual Resolution Run 5K. If you prefer athletic drama to emotional drama, put the fifth annual Resolution Run on your racing calendar for 1 January 2020.


Top Ten Men, Albany, Georgia's 2019 Resolution Run 5K
  1. 18:07.4, Patrick Whitehead (M, 32)
  2. 18:08.4, Joshua Grant (M, 28)
  3. 20:45.3, Edward Ostrander (M, 15)
  4. 22:26.8, Ben Phillips (M, 16)
  5. 22:41.9, Eric Crump (M, 47)
  6. 22:49.8, Matthew Gresham (M, 46)
  7. 23:36.7, Oscar Viquez (M, 49)
  8. 23:59.1, Timothy Ellis (M, 14)
  9. 24:20.5, Chris Phillips (M, 39)
  10. 25:29.8, Andrew Feagans (M, 18)

Top Ten Women, Albany, Georgia's 2019 Resolution Run 5K
  1. 18:55.7, Ann Centner (F, 27)
  2. 23:28.4, Sara Ostrander (F, 45)
  3. 24:02.1, Alma Ostrander (F, 13)
  4. 24:28.7, Wimberly Giardine (F, 38)
  5. 24:38.6, Amy Sliwinski (F, 27)
  6. 25:01.5, Karen McNally (F, 54)
  7. 25:49.8, Stacy Shiver (F, 39)
  8. 27:04.3, Maryann Plowden (F, 48)
  9. 27:33.2, Rebecca Bowers (F, 16)
  10. 28:20.8, Sandra Williams (F, 44)

Albany, Georgia, Resolution Run 5K winners, 2016 - 2019
DateMenWomenFinishers
1 January 201619:03, Arnoldo DeJesus24:26, Karen McNally61
1 January 201720:38, Arnoldo DeJesus22:35, Sara Ostrander23
1 January 201819:58, Arnoldo DeJesus22:15, Sara Ostrander49
1 January 201918:08, Patrick Whitehead18:56, Ann Centner61


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