Westlake's Shakara Martin anchors the 4x100 squad to Gold as the Lions roared to the team title Westlake ran away with the 6A title scoring 72 points behind their wealth and depth of sheer speed. Dunwoody easily took the 5A team title relying on rangey speed, relay squads, and Cameron's distance double scoring 69 points. The 4A title was in play in the 4x400, but Marist rose to the challenge getting the baton around the track placing 5th to best Redan's A/B squads that combined for 11 points. Blessed Trinity had a great day in Finals, but it wasn't enough to overtake Cedar Grove's Saints pouring it on scoring 89 points. 2A absolutely depended on the outcome of the 4x400m relay. GAC made a great comeback effort Saturday and did what they HAD to do winning in 4x40m in 4:00, however Westminster managed to get the baton around the track legally, securing the title placing 7th securing a narrow 2 point win... Our Lady of Mercy owned the track events during finals. The Bobcats swept the relays, short sprints, and a pair of 2nds in the 400/800m events amassing 68.5 points. ACS placed 2nd without winning an event w/ 54 points. Marion County exploded winning A Public with 84 points. Full Summaries on every class Posted! What a crazy dang season it was. Good luck to all the seniors moving on to compete at the next level and those competing in Summer Track!
How nice was it to contest the 2nd round of distance Finals and it not be 90+ degrees and no wind? Conditions were favorable, especially as the 6A 3200m began and Allie Buchalski came out of the fray as the reigning queen of Distance in Georgia after her swift 10:42 win. The 1A private 1600m was a barnburner as Naomi Grande Pierre bested a game Grace Tinkey in 5:05.70
Here is a pdf of the particulars from the Georgia Olympics including: Top 4 Teams Best Performances All Classes High Point Individuals All Classes Record Breakers Morris Bryan Award Top Athletes DQ Summaries http://cache.milesplit.com/user_files/11171/77501/2013_ghsa_boys_state_meet_summary.pdf
Mother Nature has never been this cruel to a Georgia Olympics and its not unexpected the weather adversely affected all the athletes (even the 800m guys) but everyone had to deal w/ the same conditions on a level playing field and 7 team champions emerged. Mill Creek won their first ever title in 6A, McIntosh came up big scoring 40 just edging perennial contender Cedar Shoals for 5A. The Private schools had very good days beginning w/ Marist rolling up 71 points for a 33 point margin of victory. Fellow Catholic school St.Pius X did the same to the 3A field scoring 85 points. Westminster was too powerful for 2A schools claiming another title scoring 72 besting a game Brooks County team by 10 and Athens Christian added 50 more points Saturday defending their title. Commerce won the Public A title in unusual fashion after Terrell County's anchor leg stepped off the track right before crossing the finish line in the 4x400m relay.
The 3200 meter races did not disapoint highlighted by Kenan Farmer's fast 9:11 taking the 6A title and Best Performance Award at the Georgia Olympics. It was another day of harsh, nasty conditions during prelims Friday, though it didn't hurt the 3200 meter athletes at all. Only a few top seeds failed to make it into Finals thus setting up great racing Saturday. Bring your ponchos, umbrellas as the forecast for Jefferson is Showers in the morning becoming a steady rain in the afternoon. Windy. High 57F. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch. How can this possibly be good for the athletes and fans? I bet alot of kids will be camping out in their buses and stands half empty. This weather sucks!
In a fitting end to a great weekend of competition, the Invitational Mile produced a pair of national leading times.
One had to be there to appreciate all of these races as they unfolded on a beautiful Fall Day in NW Georgia. The conditions for racing were best before noon, but that mean little addition to the State Course, now to be known infamously as 'Separation Slope' uuugh...took its toll on the weaker runners and the strong thrived on its presence extending leads that could not be challenged. Wesleyan's and Brookwood's Girls seized upon opportunity and cashed in with State titles. Josh Brickell once again displayed he is 'The Man' in Georgia HS Cross Country choosing this year just to stone everyone early and cruise. This article will expand Sunday and Monday with full photo galleries and a "Winners Gallery" from Pinion Photography. Pictured is Brickell as he cruised on in to the 6A Title. Image by Pinion Photography 'Separation Slope' will be revered and cursed by many.....
The Nike-Fleet Feet Coach Wood Invitational delivered some classic racing as usual this Saturday at the Gainesville College Course. It was a best of the best fest, especially in the Championship Boys race and the Girls race was no slouch. This race was hyped and talked about the past few weeks and it must have been so great that it drained the energy of everyone there onsite from discussing it afterwards, lol. What ultimately was on display the 6A State is anyone's game and whoever 'has it, and wants it more' will be the State Champ...Austin Sprague focuses on the trail ahead of him.
Great Day of Racing in Cochran as 4 Team and Individual Champs are Crowned at MS State Championships
Wow, what a day of great racing this Saturday down in Cochran at the 7th Annual Georgia State Middle School State Championships! The meet was flawlessly ran by Coach Shelley Cranford's Running Royals and all the races ran on time as well. The attendance was visibly the largest and loudest ever as well. 4 Team Champs were crowned including 4 well deserving Individual Champions. The races were equally competitive in the Large and Small School divisions individually and teamwise as runners frantically battled for places all over the course and especially up the short straight final uphill stretch. Georgia HS Cross Country's future stars strutted their stuff in front of a large, loud and spirited crowd of proud parents, fans and teamates.
Week 7 provided a number of races in and out of state featuring Westover, Atlanta Classic, Cobb County Championships, Mountain Invite in White County, FSU, Wendys amongst others. Marist continued to sweep meets and there were many outstanding performances.
Week 6 was another superb week of racing featuring ultra meets including Great American, Aubrae Gunderson, Darlington XC Festival, We will be adding wraps progressively thru the next 2 days. Georgia showed its mettle at Great American http://nc.milesplit.com/meets/119572-great-american-cross-country-festival (Complete Coverage) Aubrae Gunderson hosted its largest field in history including collegiate races and ran like a top. Darlington was a fun, festive and competitive event featuring 11 races and the Quail Trail Invite in Thomasville hosted the best of South Ga with some Fla teams crossing the line to compete.
This report is going to be incomplete due to an issue at Warpath (waiting for Final results revision). However, it was a great week of racing again. The Ortho at Carrollton wasn't as loaded in recent seasons due to risng popularity of a few other races like Warpath at Boling Park, Eagle Invitational, Greyhound Invitational and of course the Roy Benson Double Dip at Marist. The Ga.MileSplit MS Challenge provided some good racing as well. Once again the Carrollton State Course makes waves as it was lengthened (it seems) and was measured on the tangents (shortest possible route) compared to down the middle. It seems due to a NFHS rule change...
The Berry Clara Bowl Invite once again robbed most of the attention this weekend with over 2000 runners and many ranked teams. Here are some briefs on the 4 Major HS meets held this past weekend including the Mountain Eagle Invite(cover pic)
The UGA Cross Country course is on the grounds of the University’s Equestrian Center in Bishop, GA, just a few miles off the UGA campus....Saturday morning found the course in perfect condition, with a tightly-mown path, and firm footing (contrasted with the mudfest of 2009!) The collegiate races got underway at 7:59 AM, with lots of familiar names on the rosters of the UGA, Georgia Tech and Mercer squads....
This was a great meet held at Starrs Mill's Panther stadium which produced some outstanding times and marks with the the top 6 from finals qualifying to the Regionals in Newport News, Virginia on July 5-8 Middle School age Recap coming soon....