MS State Cross County Championships Preview

MS Girls 'Small School' championship Girls race up the first hill at Bleckley Elementary (photo Daniel McCauley)

This marks the 12th edition of the Georgia MS State Championships, which began in 2007, with 2 races and a total of 380 runners crossing the finish line, with a similar turnout in 2008. MileSplit GA, took notice, and made an effort to cover the meet in 2009, as the meet grew to 4 races and 585 athletes. After promoting the meet, it blossomed to 813 runners in 2010. This was just the beginning, as every year, this spectacle has grown exponentially, with MS Cross Country becoming one of the most popular Sports for middle school kids and now its 115 teams strong with over 2400 athletes entered, 12 races and the competition is intense, as many former MS Champs are now among the HS elite in the state. 

Hurricane Michael put a whoopin' on the course early AM Thursday, with up to 50mph winds and heavy rainfall, and Cochran was mostly without power. But,  the course drained very well and its anticipated with all the forthcoming wind and sun in the next 24 hours, there may be no part of the course under any water at all,  Mr. Corley, MD Shelley Cranford and their team of excellent volunteers, will be working their magic to make course conditions the most optimal possible for this huge event. Maybe, the course getting a gully washer was what it needed... Power was out earlier Thursday at the site, and word is classes were cancelled for Friday, but power has been restored downtown as of 7pm. MileSplit GA will be onsite, shooting stills (and a gallery) and we are crossing our fingers for video as well this Saturday for the first time ever. 

Team Races:

It is way too difficult to predict what teams are favorites in each race, due to all the different distances MS races have throughout the Fall, but I would bet on these:

Small School- Holy Innocents, too many athletes with depth, both boys and girls, keep an eye on Wesleyan, some home cookin' from Bleckley MS, George Walton and Oglethorpe MS boys. 

Medium School-  Pace Academy MS (2017 champs), Westminster and  Marist (both low key MS programs) St. Martin's who ran well last season and Jefferson MS. Oconee County's girls could push for a high Podium spot. Surprisingly, county rival Malcom Bridge is not competing this saturday 

Large School- Woodland Euharlee girls (great feeder program for their HS team) Dean Rusk MS (boys and girls), Richmond Hill won Large School boys title in 2017and will be seeking to repeat. 


Many 'Runners of the Week' are competing, including:


Top MS Boys Individuals to Watch:

Joe Sapone of Holy Innocents

William Newman (unattached- Jr Hoya) 

Luke McGarity of Oglethorpe MS (2017 SS Champ)

Ian Vinson (running unattached of Great Strides)

Steven McCartney of McConnell MS

William Carlton of Renfroe MS

Demetrium Moore of TeamFusion (Wingfoot XC Champ)


Top MS Girls Individuals to Watch:

Clara Heppner of Atlanta Track Club (Wingfoot XC Champ)

Morgan Grace Sheffield (unttached of Great Strides)

Jenna Champer of Oconee County MS

Reese Martin of Holy Innocent's

Reese Neumann of Holy Innocent's

Shari Brown of Landmark Christian

Bianca Parsons of Union Grove MS

Sarah J. Burnette (unattached)

Siena Brennan (unattached of Great Strides) 


Two Mile Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:03.90
Gainesville MS
2023
211:09.50
Gainesville MS
2023
311:12.00
Loganville MS
2023
411:14.23
Model
2023
511:18.10
Jefferson Middle School
2025
611:19.20
Gainesville MS
2023
711:20.30
Stephens County MS
2025
811:21.78
High Meadows School
2023
911:24.76
King's Ridge Christian School
2023
1011:25.40
Liberty MS (Cumming)
2023
1111:26.91
Great Strides
2023
1211:27.40
Junior Hoyas
2023
1311:27.50
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2023
1411:27.51
Riverwatch MS
2025
1511:28.90
CW Davis MS
2023
1611:29.63
Bleckley Co. MS
2023
1711:30.91
Oglethorpe County MS
2023
1811:31.30
Gainesville MS
2023
1911:32.80
Buford MS
2023
2011:33.47
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2024
2111:37.00
Dean Rusk MS
2023
2111:37.00
Loganville MS
2023
2311:37.78
Great Strides
2024
2411:38.00
Taylor Road MS
2023
2511:38.40
Buford MS
2023
 3200 Meter Run
RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:23.72
West Laurens Middle School
2023
211:29.00
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
311:29.26
Junior Hoyas
2023
411:34.76
Great Strides
2024
511:35.70
Crisp County MS
2025
611:38.83
Taylor Road MS
2023
711:45.52
Rome MS
2023
811:48.01
Bleckley Co. MS
2023
911:49.91
McConnell Middle School
2023
1011:52.02
Great Strides
2023
1111:54.00
Coffee Middle School
2023
1211:54.32
High Meadows School
2023
1311:55.00
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
1411:57.00
Atlanta International School
2023
1411:57.00
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
1612:01.22
Bonaire Middle School
2023
1712:05.94
Trinity Sharpsburg Christian School
2023
1812:07.00
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
1912:07.80
Lee County
2023
2012:09.00
Berrien County MS
2024
2112:09.34
St. Benedict's Episcopal School
2025
2212:09.90
King's Ridge Christian School
2023
2312:12.00
Westminster School
2023
2412:15.38
Southland Academy
2023
2512:17.81
Renfroe MS
2025

3000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
110:09.59
McConnell Middle School
2023
210:16.10
Renfroe MS
2023
310:22.19
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
410:26.94
Great Strides
2023
510:26.97
Junior Hoyas
2023
610:29.56
Haymon-Morris MS
2023
710:35.00
Unattached (Club)
2023
810:36.39
Great Strides
2024
910:41.00
Oglethorpe County MS
2023
1010:43.48
Jefferson Middle School
2025
1110:46.50
Riverwatch MS
2025
1210:49.16
Athens Christian
2024
1310:51.71
Great Strides
2023
1410:54.22
Dean Rusk MS
2023
1510:54.96
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
1610:55.08
Great Strides
2023
1710:56.85
Unattached (Club)
2023
1810:58.97
Southland Academy
2023
1911:00.57
Renfroe MS
2025
2011:01.49
Allatoona Junior Bucs
2023
2111:02.57
Junior Hoyas
2023
2211:02.70
Paideia
2023
2311:03.82
Loganville MS
2023
2411:04.31
Great Strides
2024


MS Girls Top Athletes

Two Mile Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
112:02.40
Buford MS
2024
212:04.88
Mount Bethel Christian
2024
312:09.50
Loganville MS
2023
412:15.14
Great Strides
2024
512:15.90
White County MS
2024
612:17.02
Oconee County MS
2023
712:22.80
Chestatee Academy MS
2025
812:31.30
Unattached (Club)
2025
912:38.10
World Language Academy
2023
1012:41.13
Great Strides
2023
1112:44.50
Allatoona Junior Bucs
2023
1212:44.60
Cornerstone Christian Academy
2023
1312:45.80
Junior Dragons
2024
1412:46.00
Cherokee Bluff Middle School
2023
1512:49.03
Loganville HS
2023
1612:50.00
Loganville MS
2023
1712:50.69
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
1812:52.80
Dean Rusk MS
2025
1912:53.10
Loganville MS
2024
2012:53.73
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
2112:56.21
Augusta Eagles
2023
2212:57.58
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2023
2313:01.00
Dean Rusk MS
2025
2413:04.37
Lovinggood MS
2023
2513:06.00
Allatoona Junior Bucs
2023

3200 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
112:14.00
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
212:14.38
Great Strides
2024
312:17.83
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
2023
412:38.50
Cherokee Youth Track
2025
512:41.21
Rome MS
2023
612:46.00
Westminster School
2023
712:46.25
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2023
812:50.77
Junior Dragons
2024
912:57.39
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2023
1012:57.80
Dade MS
2024
1113:01.68
Allatoona Junior Bucs
2023
1213:04.01
Dean Rusk MS
2023
1313:06.88
Mount Bethel Christian
2024
1413:08.26
Intown Community School
2023
1513:13.60
Unattached (Club)
2024
1613:17.60
Taylor Road MS
2023
1713:18.58
Dean Rusk MS
2025
1813:20.97
Woodland Middle Euharlee
2024
1913:23.64
Great Strides
2023
2013:24.34
Creekview
2024
2113:24.62
Pace Academy MS
2024
2213:24.88
Our Lady of the Assumption Church/School
2025
2313:25.72
Rome MS
2024
2413:26.01
Dean Rusk MS
2025
2513:29.88
Perry MS
2024

3000 Meter Run

RANKTIMEATHLETE/TEAMGRADEMEET DATEPLACE
111:13.222025
211:20.132024
311:32.852024
411:38.812023
511:41.702023
611:43.922023
711:45.542023
811:46.55
911:50.402023
1011:50.872023
1111:52.762023
1211:53.102023
1311:53.822023
1411:57.342023
1512:00.292024
1612:01.062023
1712:04.692025
1812:05.342024
1912:08.042024
2012:09.712023
2112:15.502024
2212:18.212023
2312:18.872026
2412:19.712023
2512:24.602023
2612:26.002023


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