Kennedy and McLeod Duel to Wire, Landmark Girls and Fegans Triumphant (updated)

(all photos by Karl Brust)

It was a great day of racing at the Foxhall Sporting Club on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Residual winds from Hurricane Matthew affected times quite a bit on all the thinclads. (Cairo term from Coach Tommy Taylor)

The lead pack sticks close together in a pedestrian 5:04 Mile 1.

Championship Boys

Jacob McLeod (Trinity Christian), Wesely John (Oconee County), Darr Smith (Johnson Ferry), Braeden Collins (Alexander), Sam Ellis (Decatur) and Chase Kennedy (East Jackson) were all were in the front group in the first mile, in which they came through in about 5:03. The lead group then began to thin out, as there were only 4 guys in contact, including: Sam Ellis, Braeden Collins, Jacob McLeod, and Chase Kennedy.

By Mile 2 it was down to 5 runners still in contact.

The two mile split on the top two was 10:14... It then became a race between McLeod and Kennedy,  as the duo had a great battle going sub 4:40 the last mile. Kennedy (15:23.98) made his move with about 350m to go barely edging McLeod (15:24.19) in a photo finish winning by .21 seconds. Could this be Georgia's top 2 hopes to qualilfy for Foot Locker Nationals this Fall? Sam Ellis from Decatur and Braeden Collins also took it to the wire for 3rd place, with Ellis (15:41.18) just nipping Collins (15:41.27) Darr Smith from Johnson Ferry held on tight claiming 5th overall at 15:58

Kennedy and McLeod prepare to find out who has the best footspeed the final 200 meters.

Trinity Louisville (KY) long trek to GA paid off hansome rewards as they took the team title back home scoring 69 points placing 2 harriers in the top 10 spots, including: Jacob Burnham 6th (15:59) and Trevor Warren 8th (16:07) Alexander ran extremely well solidifying their #1 ranking in AAAAAA, placing 2nd as a team 23 points back with a team average of 16:16 Collins led the way placing 4th, Tyler Worton (15th- 16:11) and Koi Williams (17th-16:16) Race Director Brian Robinson commented, "Our boys ran great, 16:16 average. The meet was very competitive with outstanding races in both the  Championship races for first place." Oak Mountain (TN) was 3rd as a team, with East Jackson the #2 GA Boys squad 10 points back with a 16:35 team average. 

Top contenders sprinted out to the front of the pack of the Girls Championship start. 

Championship Girls 

The girls race started out with an early lead pack with Anna Marian Block (Athens Academy), Nicole Fegans (Landmark Christian) Sophia West (Paideia) and Sue Ann Morales ( East Jackson). Block took the lead early as if on a mission and created a gap on the chasers for a while. The two mile mark, found Block and Fegans who'd built a lead on West and Morales. In the final stretch, Fegans (17:59) passed and pulled away from  Block (18:06), while Morales (18:18) held on to third place, holding off a fast closing Delaney Graham from Westminster who finished fourth overall (18:19) and West from Paideia (18:24)

Anna Marian Block leads Nicole Fegans around a curve. Fegans looks to be considering a move...

Landmark Christian's girls were on their game as a team, scoring 61 points with their top 4 in the 1st 15 team finishers. Fegans won the Overall race in 17:59, Sarah Foreman placed 12th in 18:50, Erin Fegans was 15th at 18:55 and Mary Kellison Thorne placed 19th at 19:01. This could move Landmark up a spot or 2 All Classes. In a terrific race for runnerup team honors, Woodland came out 2nd on a 6th runner tiebreaker over AAA Westminster. Leading Woodland was frosh Carli Clymer who finished 13th in 18:51.

Nicole Fegans ran a strategic race which paid off with an Individual title.

Anna Marian Block of Athens Academy placed 2nd Overall at 18:06

Sue Ann Morales just held on for 3rd Overall in 18:18.

Delaney Graham nearly caught Morales finishing 4th in 18:19

More Race Highlights

Vladimir Zander-Velloso, Calen Gizelbach and Zach Yaeger battled for the Individual title in the 5A-7A race

Megan Uszynski of McIntosh won the Girls 5A-7A race going 19:03.36. Beining Xiao of Chamblee (L) placed 2nd Overall.

Jerryd Tennyson of Heritage Catoosa won the 1A-4A Boys race comfortably clocking a 17:17.

Emily L. Little of Whitefield took the 1A-4A Girls win posting a 20:17.

The JV Boys race was a duel between 8th graders Zack Truitt (r) and Alex DeBoy from McIntosh. Truitt hung on for a :02 win over DeBoy at 17:25

In a JV Girls race dominated by 8th graders, Jennifer Woollery of Providence Christian took a :20 win clocking a nice 21:08




Elite Performances:

65 performances met the MileSplit US Second Team standard.

5,000 Meter Run17:59.95Nicole FegansLandmark Christian School
5,000 Meter Run18:06.89Anna Marian BlockAthens Academy
5,000 Meter Run18:18.30Sue Ann MoralesEast Jackson High School
5,000 Meter Run18:19.08Delaney GrahamWestminster HS
5,000 Meter Run18:24.24Sophia WestPaideia
5,000 Meter Run18:31.49Macki WalshEtowah
5,000 Meter Run18:33.69Victoria SimmonsSiegel High School
5,000 Meter Run18:43.91Lyndsey FowlerNorth Gwinnett
5,000 Meter Run18:44.88Haley RoseDecatur High School
5,000 Meter Run18:46.33Skylar EnglishDacula
5,000 Meter Run18:47.91Elizabeth GravesRiverwood International Charter School
5,000 Meter Run18:50.10Sarah ForemanLandmark Christian School
5,000 Meter Run18:51.60Carli ClymerWoodland
5,000 Meter Run18:55.21Nicole PachutaOconee County High School
5,000 Meter Run18:55.48Erin FegansLandmark Christian School
5,000 Meter Run18:58.57Morgan MihalisLakeside HS, DeKalb
5,000 Meter Run18:59.97Katherine VuckovicWestminster HS
5,000 Meter Run19:00.89Angela CochranWoodland
5,000 Meter Run19:01.22Mary Kellison ThorneLandmark Christian School
5,000 Meter Run19:03.36Megan UszynskiMcIntosh High School
5,000 Meter Run19:05.64Samantha CameronDunwoody
5,000 Meter Run19:08.86Mary ValliStarrs Mill High School
5,000 Meter Run19:16.25Maddie HellerBlessed Trinity
5,000 Meter Run19:16.51Katie MeyerCentennial
5,000 Meter Run19:17.06Beining XiaoChamblee
5,000 Meter Run19:23.27Bronte BacchettaWestminster HS
5,000 Meter Run19:24.03Ashley WoodThe Heritage School
5,000 Meter Run19:27.69Mattie HarrisCalvary Day School
5,000 Meter Run19:27.97Victoria FlowersWestminster HS
5,000 Meter Run19:30.37Alex LacyHarrison High School
5,000 Meter Run19:34.33Kira StanleyHarrison High School
5,000 Meter Run19:34.86Lindsey BiggarLandmark Christian School
5,000 Meter Run19:35.74Megan DobsoStarrs Mill High School
5,000 Meter Run19:37.22Elise GlorvigenNorthgate
5,000 Meter Run19:40.32Kenedi RodneyDacula
5,000 Meter Run19:42.80Kenedy ThorneAlpharetta
5,000 Meter Run15:23.98Chase KennedyEast Jackson High School
5,000 Meter Run15:24.19Jacob McLeodTrinity Christian School
5,000 Meter Run15:41.18Sam EllisDecatur High School
5,000 Meter Run15:41.27Braeden CollinsAlexander
5,000 Meter Run15:58.97Darr SmithJohnson Ferry Christian Academy
5,000 Meter Run15:59.47Jacob BurnamTrinity (Louisville)
5,000 Meter Run16:04.01Harry HarpWhitewater High School
5,000 Meter Run16:07.45Trevor WarrenTrinity (Louisville)
5,000 Meter Run16:08.03Adrian HernandezAllatoona HS
5,000 Meter Run16:08.07Wesley JohnOconee County High School
5,000 Meter Run16:08.33Nick NymanStarrs Mill High School
5,000 Meter Run16:09.92Jack BaumTrinity (Louisville)
5,000 Meter Run16:09.98Hayden HasbergerNorthgate
5,000 Meter Run16:11.26Caleb Van GeffenOak Mountain HS
5,000 Meter Run16:11.86Tyler WhortonAlexander
5,000 Meter Run16:15.88Michael SmithNorthview High School
5,000 Meter Run16:16.10Koi WilliamsAlexander
5,000 Meter Run16:16.85Robert ChappellAlpharetta
5,000 Meter Run16:16.99Chandler KennedyEast Jackson High School
5,000 Meter Run16:17.71Jackson ReillyNorcross High School
5,000 Meter Run16:19.74Cole StidfoleOak Mountain HS
5,000 Meter Run16:20.54Chase KorzenokHillgrove
5,000 Meter Run16:20.82Brennan SillimanWoodward Academy
5,000 Meter Run16:21.00Zach MorganCambridge HS
5,000 Meter Run16:22.15Zach JaegerMcIntosh High School
5,000 Meter Run16:23.69Austin MuseAlexander
5,000 Meter Run16:24.12Shane WilliamsTrinity (Louisville)
5,000 Meter Run16:26.02Calan GizelbachForsyth Central
5,000 Meter Run16:28.64Nick MichelsTrinity (Louisville)