Cross Country Update - Week 9
All of our Cross Country teams are positioned well to take a run at post-season titles!
Though the varsity team spent this week preparing for next week’s region championship, this was a big week for middle school cross country. The middle school teams made their first and only trip to Augusta Prep on October 13 to face four other teams. Those who have been around middle school cross country for a few years will realize how unusual this is as the Prep course was the site for the majority of middle school meets for many years and the Prep teams are typically among the strongest in the League. The boys placed four in the top ten. Lucas Johnson won easily, finishing more than 40 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Patrick Joiner finished third, followed by Caleb Lambert (7th) and William Westmoreland (8th). Ethan Dawkins (17th) rounded out the boys’ top five. The boys finished first as team with a 7 point win over second place St. Mary’s. These two teams will be the favorites heading into next week’s AAMSL Championship.
The girls also placed four in the top ten, but finished second as a team to Augusta Prep. The girls were led by Molly Bramhall (4th), Kassidy Watson (8th), Joliene Romero (9th), Shea Rice (10th), and Charlotte Stansfield (15th).
On Saturday, October 17, the top 7 boys made their first ever trip to Cochran, the site of the annual Middle School State Championship. This is a GIANT meet with 117 middle school teams and more than 1800 runners. The teams are divided into 3 divisions based on school size with Westminster competing in the small school division. The boys small school championship race included 178 runners. Four Wildcats set PRs and two finished in the top 25 led by Lucas Johnson’s 5th place finish. Patrick Joiner was 22nd. The team finished 14th.
The middle school teams wrap up their season on Tuesday, October 20 in the AAMSL championship with the boys looking to repeat as league champions. The varsity competes in their region meet on Wednesday, October 21.