Region 5-A Private, Friedman Freezes the Field, Foreman Back in Action
(All Pics and Captions by Dan McCauley)
Reilly Friedman throws down the DROP SQUAD sign as he crushes the competition with his 15:28.19
Reilly Friedman IMHO is the best conditioned male harrier in Georgia. He disappeared after the first 400m and crossed the finish line in blustery conditions, seemingly unwinded and posting a 15:28. Rumor has it that Northern Arizona, Georgia, and Colorado have been in contact with Friedman as of late... I was surprised how well Galloway ran as a team, and Hebron Christian from 8-A will have their hands full with the 'Scots' as they packed it in with their 2-4 guys including sr. Evan Strickland 4th (17:39), Aaron Earl back in 6th (17:47), and frosh Luke Murray 8th (18:05).
Junior Austin Taylor sailed to the Bronze medal and led the Landmark Christian Boys to 2nd Overall.
Landmark Christian pieced together enough guys to place 2nd as a team with jr. Austin Taylor leading the way and placing 3rd in 17:22. Paideia has a solid MS feeder program which has greatly benefitted those kids now in HS, and they placed 3rd as a team even without their their #2 and #4 guys. Frosh Griff McCauley soldiered on through tempestuous conditions, easily placing 2nd Overall in 17:09. Atlanta International came in 4th, securing a spot at State.
The Scots stuck together, perhaps in an attempt to draft and stay warm. They placed 5 runners in the top eight, earning the 1st Place Team trophy
Galloway placed 5 runners in the top eight, posting an impressive 24 points to win the Region 5-A / Area 3 Championship.
Reilly Friedman is cheered to the finish by his fans, parents, and even his Grandmother (multi colored head scarf, holding green camera). Friedman's time of 15:28.19 is the second fastest time ever run at the beautiful Heritage Church venue
The Top Ten Varsity Boys from the Region 5-A / Area 3 Championship included Reilly Friedman, Griffin McCauley, Austin Taylor, Evan Strickland, Alex Van Schoor, Aaron Earl, Seth Cruver, Luke Murray, Aldahir Barrantes, and Kermit Jackson
Kathryn Foreman led Nicole Fegans and the Landmark Christian Girls to victory
Landmark Christian has dominated A Private girls this Fall. Questions arose concerning the health of 2013 Foot Locker National Finalist jr. Kathryn Foreman. Still, Foreman ran tough and clocked an 18:33, though she did give up some ground in the final 800 meters to soph teammate Nicole Feagans who ended with 18:37. Sarah Foreman cruised in next at 19:09. Galloway got a boost from sr. Caroline Henry, who is actually a Multi-Event star in Track and Field, as Henry stole 4th Overall at 20:09.
The Scots vs. The Pythons turned into a competitive battle for the 2nd place Girls Team trophy. Final Team totals - Landmark with a scant 21, Gallowa 58, and Paideia with 76 points
Paideia's gals Q'd for State, placing 3rd, and, for the first time in school history, both squads will make the jaunt from ATL to Carrollton. Although they did Q for state, taking 4th, Atlanta International (AIS) sorely misses the services of soph Helen Wiliams who broke the 1600 Meter State record last Spring. Williams continues to recover from a fractured hip and will hope to return to the Track this Spring. Pauline Cobb of Our Lady of Mercy Q'd as an Individual at 23:37.60
Galloway Senior Caroline Henry was the first non-Landmark girl, taking 4th with her 20:09.19.
Pauline Cobb of Our Lady of Mercy earned her ticket to State, qualifying as an individual with her 5th place finish - Congratulations!
The Top Ten Varsity Girls were all happy to be back in warm clothes, and each is on her way to Carrollton! Qualifying Teams include Landmark Christian, Galloway, Paideia, and Atlanta International School, along with individual Pauline Cobb.
The Landmark Christian Girls placed five runners in the top 9 spots for an incredible winning score of only 21 points.
Nasir Campbell won the JV Boys race with his time of 18:35.23. Campbell clocked Paideia's second fastest time of the day, which would have placed him 15th in the Varsity race.
Below are the performances entered for the meet that met the national silver standard.