Golf cart cam video of boys race.
Miller with a comfortable lead early
It was definitely the craziest, fastest race of the season in Huntsville, Alabama this past Saturday as a total of 32 boys broke 15 minutes for 5,000 meters. Georgia's best were in the thick of it as Kamari Miller led through the first 2 miles, at times having a lead of up to 25 meters. Miller ended up settling for 5th overall posting a PR of 14:37.19.
Marietta Boys placed 9th as a team
Coach Coleman commented about the race, "Kamari had a great race leading for 2 miles and still with a chance to win @ 800 meters to go. I was happy to see him go for the win and give his best in his last HS XC race. The team finished as expected and most of our guys dropped some time off their PRs thanks to a fast course and fast field of teams. It was a good effort to see our team finish with.
Justin Wachtel (c) had a strong finish placing 4th at 14:36.09
Justin Wachtel continued to shatter records! Justin finished 4th at the RunningLane Cross Country National Championships at RunningLane XC. His 14:36.09 is a new high school 5k record in the state of Georgia. Wachtel commented about his race, "The race quickly became a championship-style race early on. Kamari forced the pace early and set the tone for the whole race. The front pack remained balled together until around a mile to go when Parker tried to close the gap. I felt like most guys in the main pack were just dialing in and waiting for the last mile to make the big moves. There was a long 175m hill after the 2-mile mark, so once we crested the top of it, the race really started to pick up. My race plan was to sit and chill the first two miles then start hammering over the last 1200m once we got up the hill. I was a lot further back than I would've liked to have been at the top of the hill. I was in about 12th-15th place maybe, so I had a lot of work to do over the last bit of the course. I executed my plan well, and I was able to get myself all the way up to 4th place by the line. I started kicking really hard at about 600m, so I was feeling it down the home stretch. I was really happy with the kick because it means a lot to out-close a lot of guys at this caliber. My training was really focused on having a strong peak for nationals this year and avoid burn out early, as I had a weak performance at Footlocker Nationals a year ago. It really feels good to have it come together and have a solid performance when I really needed it on the big stage at a national class race. I feel like I underperformed at times throughout the regular season so this was a great way to cap off my season." Several other Georgia harriers had big PRs at the meet including Sully Shelton of Harrison (18th- 14:48), Zack Truitt of Landmark Christian (36th- 15:02), and Edward Blaha of Pace Academy (39th-15:03)."
Coach Christie with his top 2 runners.
Mary Brady of St. Pius X placed 11th at 17:34