A Public Girls- Towns County, Trion Go to Tiebreaker! Sarah Meadows Individual Champ
Only a few fans got to witness the closet race of the meet as A Public Girls came down to a 6th runner tiebreaker to decide the team champion. Just 9 days earlier Trion defeated Towns by 12 points at the Area 4 meet. But, with more players in the mix with a few individuals factoring in from other Areas the game was afoot. In near darkness with temps dropping Towns and Trion tied with 60 apiece, but the Towns' 6th runner was far ahead of Trion's deciding the team title. Commerce finished 3rd followed by Hawkinsville.at the team Podium party! Frosh Sarah Meadows of Gordon Lee won her first of what could be many A Public GHSA individual titles placing 1st in 22:46. Defending champ Ansley Vardeman from Towns placed 2nd in 23:21.
GMC prophetically ran to the 1A Public team title. The Cadets had raced on a few real courses, and this experience played a huge factor in wnning the 1A Public Boys team title as predicted. GMC train hard and actively compete throughout the season. The Cadets put 4 boys in the top 8 spots to seal the team title. Will Archer led the charge placing 2nd in 17:48 followed by Tom Drew in 4th, Ethan Spires 7th and Chase Sheffield 8th. Jenkins County was team runnerup led by Mark Brannen, Commerce and Claxton also made the Podium and all these kids enjoyed the fruits of their labors on the victory stand. The individual race was a carbon copy of the Area 4 meet with Gordon Lee's Dylan Smith besting Archer with a respectable time of 17:39. Brannen of Jenkins County was 3rd in 17:49.
The A Public Girls have the honor of racing last on what's sure to be a chewed up course with only meet officials, parents, their coaches and the timer left in attendance with the sun dropping behind the hill, elementary school getting their awards in near darkness (unless the lights are turned on across the street) The team race favors Area 4 champ Trion, defending champ Towns County. Indivdually it may be wide open as very few of these girls may have experience on the re-routed course.
With Area 2 Public reporting an hour ago, the picture has become clearer on what schools will contend for a state title. But don't count out some school from Area 1,3 coming out of the woods to make a run at a Podium spot. Most of these kids have not ran at a course like Carrollton, which will punish the flatlanders. From stats, it appears 3 runners have an opportunity to win the individual title.