(photos by Dan McCauley)
It's a crying shame we are not going to see Graham Blanks and Justin Wachtel go heads up this season. Blanks has decided to run at NXN SE Regionals and Wachtel is heading to Foot Locker South, and one of them is not racing at Meet of Champions on 11/16. Blanks completely decimated the A Private field on the icy Carrollton course. Devin Wade of Whitefield tried to go with him, but Blanks (like The Terminator) never broke stride, maintaining nearly the same pace throughout the race. His 15:33 shattered the course record held by Foot Locker Finalist Jacob McLeod of Trinity Christian.
A Private Boys Start
Here is a breakdown of the race:
Champ Graham Blanks
Mac Howie of Champ Wesleyan
For the team win, defending Champ Wesleyan was beating Holy Innocents at every spot from 1-5 and continued to 'finish the race' per Coach McDaniel, and closed escrow for a 28 point margin of victory over game Holy Innocents squad. Stafford McDaniel was back in action for the Wolves' after a 3 week hiatus and placed 7th overall posting a 17:15.
Runnerup Zack Truitt
Golden Bear frosh Joe Sapone, may have earned himself a 'nickname' as he was heard conversing with close competitors about something, but the 'Flying Hawaiian' regained his stride racing to 6th overall in a time of 17:13 helping push Holy Innocents to a runnerup team spot.
The Pythons of Paideia ran a very smart race, led by a pair juniors who earned All-State recognition, led by Sam Colton placing 9th overall at 17:25 with Elijah McCauley taking 10th overall in 17:29. Their 3-5 harriers were key in shutting the door on Landmark Christian. Landmark Christian settled for ascending the Podium 4th behind Truitt's 2nd place run and Kameron Jackson's 11th place finish. Making the All-State squad was Sr. Grady Coppock of Savannah Christian Prep who placed 8th at 17:24 leading his squad to 8th place as a team.