Cross Country Update - Week 4
Our Wildcats made a statement at the coast!
Many people like to close out summer with a final trip to the beach and the Wildcats are no exception as they make their annual trek to Georgia’s golden isles for the Jekyll Island Invitational. The Wildcats never take the easy route, so before they get their time on the beach, they must get up at 5:30 on a Saturday morning, and run 5000 meters as fast as they can across a golf course in the blazing sun against 20 other teams including several of the largest schools in the state, the 7A giants out of the Atlanta suburbs. For cross country runners, it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s hard to compete against schools that bring down their “top 24” boys and girls and leave the others at home. But, the Wildcats were up to the challenge. Led by senior, Brad Joiner, the top five boys all crossed the line under 19:30. Seven boys set PRs and the team finished 6th overall behind only 6A and 7A giants but ahead of a number of other much larger schools. In the girls’ race, Abigail Knight and Claire Peacock led the team, finishing within four seconds of each other. The girls also finished 6th overall behind only 6A and 7A giants.
In the JV race, Robert Voegtlen led the boys breaking 22 minutes for the first time. The middle school races were cancelled earlier in the week, but several middle school runners were able to run in the JV 5K race. Molly Bramhall led the middle school girls while Caleb Lambert led the middle school boys.
It’s a short week for all teams as they race again on Thursday in Milledgeville at the GMC Bulldog Bash, a meet featuring 37 schools mostly from middle Georgia.