Well, the 2020 region championships are almost over. Seems there is an 8-A Public meet in Social Circle Saturday morning. We haven't received any results yet from the 3-A Public tilt that is not on the MileSplit Calendar (and don't expect they will post, only turn in to GHSA). All in all, we should be jubilant to have reached this point in the season, compared to 3 months ago, when our entire season was in question of even beginning... and yet, here we are just 6 days away from the GHSA Cross Country State Championships!
I suspect some guidelines will be established by state meet management, for teams, coaches, and fans to follow on race day, sometime early next week in an attempt to be COVID-19 safe. Let's finish this cross country season on a high note.
In week 2 of 'Region Madness', there were no really startling upsets, as schools qualified status quo on how they had run all season. The 'Large Schools' mostly completed their meets in Week 1... save the 3-AAAAAAA meet, which was postponed until Monday because of weather. It was here that Harrison rose up and beat favored Marietta in the boy's race, much like defending 7A girl's champ Hillgrove defeated higher-ranked Marietta. This sets a very high stage for both class 7A races this coming Saturday. We will have many more details in a preview of this class...
MileSplit Georgia will begin doing full meet previews of each class beginning Sunday afternoon, featuring for each Class:
A- The Top 5 Individuals
B- The Top 5 Teams
C- Meet History
D- Detailed Virtual Meet
3A Boys and Girls
4A Boys and Girls
6A Boys and Girls
5A Boys and Girls
A Private Boys and Girls
7A Boys and Girls
2A Boys and Girls
A Public Boys and Girls
Below are photos of some championship squads and a few individual winners from week 2 of 2020 'Region Madness'. MileSplit Georgia welcomes any submissions to add to this growing article.
Harrison's Hoyas celebrate their win over Marietta at region 3-AAAAAAA.
Sully Shelton and Kamari Miller duel early in the race.
Defending 7A champ Hillgrove bested Marietta for the 3-AAAAAAA title.
Cambridge tuned up for State' taking the 7-AAAAAA crown.
Sophie Boice of Pope led the Hounds' to the team title taking the overall honors. (photo by Paul Vaupel)
Gabriel Bowman of Allatoona was the individual champ in 6-AAAAAA leading the Bucs' to 2nd as a team. (photo by Paul Vaupel)
The 7A Lowndes boys squad easily won 1-AAAAAAA.
The Lady Vikings of Lowndes will be taking a trip to Carrollton as well after winning 1-AAAAAAA.
Daniel Townsend of Locust Grove won region 5-AAAA.
Junior Rylee Evans of Woodland is the region 7-AAAAA champ.
Oconee County's girls warmed up for State' dominating at 8-AAA.
Jeff Davis girls make it 5 straight region titles.
Athens Academy swept region 8-A Private.
Joe Sapone of Holy Innocents race to the A Private region 5 overall championship
Cartersville's cross country programs advance to State'!
East Paulding's boys were not intimidated, qualifying for State' 2 years in a row. Nice pose guys!
Darlington's young boy's team won A Private region 7.
Darlington's girls also qualify for State' with a third-place finish.