Cross Country Update - Week 11
Our Wildcat runners had an outstanding week!
This was a big week for both the middle school and varsity cross country teams. The middle school teams wrapped up their season on Tuesday at the Augusta Aiken Middle School League Championship. Though there were 10 teams in the field, the girls race was dominated by the Wildcats and Augusta Prep. Molly Bramhall was the overall winner after taking an early lead and refusing to let Prep’s best runner catch her. She was followed by Emma Jordan (5th), Kaylee Charles Finch (7th), Kate Tracy (8th), and Kassidy Watson (10th). Prep claimed most of the other top spots and finished just two points ahead of the Wildcats to claim the league championship. This is the strongest middle school girls team we have ever had with 3 girls running two miles under 15 minutes and another 6 under 16 minutes. There are a lot of wins in the future for this amazing group of girls.
In the boys race, three Wildcats finished in the top 10 led by Lucas Johnson (2nd), Caleb Lambert (5th), and Charlie Campbell (6th). St. Mary’s was the overall winner. Augusta Prep edged out the Wildcats, again by just two points, to finish second with the Wildcats finishing third.
The rest time for 8th graders Lucas Johnson and Kassidy Watson would be short as they traveled with the varsity teams to Sandersville on Wednesday for the Region 4AAA championship. When the teams were on this course a month earlier, they were caught in a downpour, but walked away with the win despite the conditions. This time the weather was perfect and both teams were expecting to bring home region titles.
In the girls race, Senior, Claire Peacock, had the best race of her career, setting a new PR by 45 seconds and taking first place in the region. Three others would finish in the top ten and take home all region honors including Abigail Knight (5th), Rachel Goodell (6th), and Kassidy Watson (9th). The girls won the region title by seven points.
The boys dominated their race from start to finish taking the top 3 places and 7 out of the top 8. Senior, Eli Scott, took home top honors for the first time in his career setting a new PR at 17:45. Six other Wildcats would receive all-region recognition including Adam Lippe (2nd), Brad Joiner (3rd), Christian Vitacco (5th), Lucas Johnson (6th), Patrick Joiner (7th), and Brooks Johnson (8th). The boys won the region meet by 35 points and will be the heavy favorite at the state meet.
The teams now have two weeks to prepare for the state finals which will be held in Macon on November 6.