Higinbotham & Turbes Shine at Meet of Champions

(Race Briefs by Bruce Taylor) 

(all photos by Daniel McCauley)

John Higinbotham of the Veritas Classical School pulled of a not so suprising win in the Boys 'Race of Champions' as the talented soph  warmed up for Foot Locker South, besting some of the top runners in the GHSA clocking a 15:30. 6A Champs Pope TC, claimed the Team title with an average of 16:31, led by William Brown's quick 16:05. (Kyle Harkabus of East Coweta dnr)

Championship Boys Race

West Forsyth TC getting fired up before the start

Start of the Championship Boys race

Calan Gizelbach takes the Boys race out hard

Devan Crow (c) leads a chase pack in the Boys race

Riley Thornton of Jefferson TC

Connor Old - Walton TC

Andrew Jones #830 races Hayden Marshall #813 of Milton TC

Calan Gizelbach leads the race with John Higinbotham in hot pursuit

Zack Truitt #1050, Justin Watchel # 1051, Kamari Miller #763, Myles Collins #169

Devin Wade of Whitefield Academy

Nick Nyman #1018

John Higinbotham - Overall Champion

Myles Collins - Silver Medalist

Sully Shelton - Bronze Medalist

Championship Girls Race

The Championship Girls race became an Individual showdown, between 4 State Champs, with 3A champ Naima Turbes of Westminster taking the win pulling away the final 800m clocking a great time of 17:47. Georgia girls could do very well at Foot Locker South in 2 weeks. The team race was very competitive, with Walton TC taking a narrow 5 point win over the South Forsyth TC, with Blessed Trinity only 6 points back. 

'Unicorn Squad'

The Championship Girls head out onto the beautiful course

(L-R) Makena Gates, Naima Turbes and McKenna Trapheagen battle for the lead early

Chloe Hetherington of Mountain View TC

Nyah Hernandez of Milton TC

Abigail Robertson of Walton

Makenna Gates tries to hold off Naima Turbes of Westminster

McKenna Trapheagen of Woodland TC

Madelynne Cadeau of South Forsyth TC

Brynne Sumner of Woodstock TC

Naima Turbes - Overall Champion

Makena Gates - Silver Medalist

Brynne Sumner - Bronze Medalist

McKenna Trapheagen - 4th place

Top Ten Championship Boys

Overall Champion John Higinbotham

Lambert TC - 3rd place Team

Westminster TC - 2nd place Team

Pope TC - Team Champions

Meet Director Don Livingston

Top Ten Championship Girls

Brynne Sumner, Makena Gates, and Naima Turbes

Blessed Trinity TC - 3rd place Team

South Forsyth TC - 2nd place Team

Walton TC - Team Champions

A special thanks to USATF Georgia, Meet Director Don Livingston, AT&T, and Heritage church