Hot Racing and Temps Expected at MS State XC Championships in Bleckley County

This will be the 11th version of the Georgia Middle School State Cross Country Championships hosted by Bleckley County HS. The meet began back in 2006/2007 with a modest beginning including 120 runners, maybe 8-9 schools and just 2 races...It has come a long way since, as this season with attendance of 5000 or more, including 2200 runners registered, including 95 schools, and now 12 races with a separate gender JV race for each class. There is also a Fall Festival going on all day downtown a couple miles which is worth checking out after the races. Races began at 8am with the Elementary Mile. Expect higher than average temps for Mid-October (mid/high 80's) as its been brutal all month, after a relatively mild August thru mid September.

  8:00- Elementary Mile

  8:30- Large JV Boys

  9:00- Large JV Girls

  9:30- Large Champ Boys (top 7)

10:00- Large Champ Girls (top 7)

10:30- Small JV Boys

11:00- Small JV Girls

11:30- Small Champ Boys (top 7)

12:00- Small Champ Girls (top 7)

12:30- Medium JV Boys

01:00- Medium JV Girls

01:30- Medium Champ Boys (top 7)

02:00- Medium Champ Girls (top 7)

Divisions:

Small school: If your middle school feeds into a 1A or 2A high school.

Medium school: If your middle school feeds into a 3A or 4A high school.

Large school: If your middle school feeds into a 5A, 6A, or 7A high school
Teams: All runners on a team must attend the same middle school; no combining schools

Course Revisions:

The course is till a 2 Mile layout, but has been modified, to run more behind the school, in the woods and back towards the HS. The start and finish areas will remain where they have been for years. 

COURSE MAP

Boys Races:

The Middle school races this year are more wide open (especially for Individuals) as there is no Zack Truitt or Justin Wachtel in the field for 2017. (both of whom are enjoying stellar XC seasons in the GHSA this Fall. Teamwise,  expect past champions to do well again and make the Podium. The top Boys this Fall in the primary MS distances are listed below:

Two Mile Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
110:06.82
St. Martins Episcopal School
2023
210:26.49
Ridgeview MS
2023
310:36.42
St. Martins Episcopal School
2022
410:51.53
Junior Hoyas
2022
510:51.94
Ridgeview MS
2022
610:52.98
St. Martins Episcopal School
2022
710:55.36
Junior Dragons
2022
810:56.48
Atlanta International School
2024
910:58.24
Terrell Academy
2022
1010:58.60
St. Martins Episcopal School
2022


3,200 Meter Run
RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
110:13.92
Oglethorpe County MS
2023
211:00.94
Junior Dragons
2022
311:05.00
Valdosta MS
2022
411:15.00
Lee County
2022
511:16.00
Junior Hoyas
2022
611:18.78
Dean Rusk MS
2022
711:19.69
Oglethorpe County MS
2022
811:23.47
Terrell Academy
2022
911:23.48
McConnell
2023
1011:24.25
West Laurens Middle School
2023

3,000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
19:39.10
Athens Christian
2024
29:53.91
Valdosta MS
2022
310:07.91
Richard B. Russell MS
2025
410:14.90
Prince Avenue Christian School
2022
510:17.60
Prince Avenue Christian School
2024
610:19.17
Union Grove MS
2022
710:19.80
Athens Christian
2023
810:23.00
Stallings Island MS
2022
910:23.40
Landmark Christian School
2021
1010:27.00
Athens Christian
2021


Girls Races: very similiar to Boys with Makena Gates and Nyah Hernandez now forming the potent 1-2 punch in the state for Creekview HS. The girls teams likely to be vying for titles will be much like the Boys squads.

Two Mile Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:29.57
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2022
211:38.24
Ridgeview MS
2023
312:07.77
Ridgeview MS
2022
412:12.51
Evans MS
2022
512:13.95
Atlanta International School
2022
612:23.31
McIntosh High School
2022
712:30.12
Galloway
2022
812:33.21
Great Strides
2023
912:37.91
Atlanta International School
2022
1012:40.23
McIntosh High School
2022


3,200 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:57.51
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2022
212:22.02
Unattached (Club)
2023
312:24.13
Hebron Christian
2022
412:26.26
Dade MS
2024
512:30.14
Great Strides
2023
612:47.34
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
712:53.41
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2022
812:54.39
East Jackson MS
2026
912:55.96
Creekview Jr. Grizzlies Youth Track and XC Club
2023
1012:57.03
Woodstock/Freedom MS
2023


3,000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:04.00
Prince Avenue Christian School
2023
211:10.89
Unattached (Club)
2023
311:14.44
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2022
411:48.92
Tift Middle Schools
2022
511:50.06
Paideia
2022
611:54.28
Hebron Christian
2022
711:57.09
Bradwell Institute
2024
811:57.67
Alpha Crush Running Club
2024
911:58.30
World Language Academy
2022
1011:59.70
East Hall MS
2021


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