Several top 10 teams will do battle on Saturday at the Athens Academy Invitational. Athens Academy (#3 in A), Athens Christian (#2 in A) , Blessed Trinity (#2 in AAA) , Oconee Co.(#3 in AAA) , Our Lady of Mercy (#4 in A) , St. Pius (#5 in AAAA) and South Forsyth (#9 in AAAAA) are all top 10 ranked teams in their respective divisions on the girls side. On the boys side, Oconee Co. and Blessed Trinity are ranked #2 and #3 in AAA while St. Pius X is ranked #2 in AAAAA. Our Lady of Mercy is ranked #2 in A and Oglethorpe Co. and North Oconee are both ranked in the top 10 in AA, while Hepzibah\'s boys are ranked #7 in AAA.
From all accounts, Aubrae Gunderson, was a coaches and teachers dream. Excelling in the classroom as well as in her athletic pursuits, Gunderson was the type of athlete that coaches dream of working with. Monday evening, while practicing with her team, young Aubrae, just 15 years old, was struck and killed by a motorist. Aubrae was one of the top members on a Heritage team that is considered one of the best in the state in their classification.
Top team rankings for the week of 9/26/2005.
Two of Georgia
Walton shows tremendous depth as it wins both the AAAA/AAAAA and Championship boys races. In the girls championship race, Emily Reese run 18:05 on a very challenging course, breaking her own course record by 52 seconds. Walton walks away with the team title.
Parkview boys finish 10th at Great American ROC! Collins Hill girls 8th in ROC girls race. Marist boys 12th.
The official 5A Rankings for boys and girls. 4A and 1A will come out tomorrow.
This weekend Georgia
Emily Reese and Emily Borsare were at it again on Saturday and this time, the young lady from McIntosh found herself on the winning end both individually as well as in the team standings, as the McIntosh girls looked most impressive at the Boling Park Invitational edging out kennesaw Mountain for the win.
Jackie Drouin had a wake up call at the Carrollton Invitational as she found herself 10 seconds behind Abby Self of Grayson at the end of the race. Only a week before the Gwinnett Co. Championships, the talented sophomore from Grayson had delivered a powerful message. Ms. Drouin obviously took heed of that message as she ran a smart race to hold off Self for a 5 second win at Gainseville on Saturdya. More importantly, she led the way for an impressive 29 point victory for her team over their county rivals Grayson and Peachtree Ridge.
After many years of only one or two Georgia junior college cross country teams, this season we are happy to find six teams competing in the Georgia Region of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Another great day at Berry as the Clara Bowl once again lived up to expectations. The Parkview boys took the team title in the championship race over Brookwood by 3 points and yet the story of the day had to be the performance of two young ladies with the same first name. The Emily\'s put on a show before a huge crowd as they blazed through the course in a blistering 17:38 and 17:41 to take the top 2 spots. Reese had a large early lead but Borsare seemed to close the gap over the last mile. As they came over the last rise on the way to the finish line, Reese had a slim 3 second margin on the hard charging Borsare. These two young ladies have most definitely taken things to another level with their blistering performance.