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Medalists at Greyhound Invitational: L to R: Garrett Child. Brannon Lopez, Anna Chasteen, Railee Wilson, Lauren Smith. Photos courtesy of PCMS Cross Country.

Front L to R: Railee Wilson and Lauren Smith Back L to R: Victoria Roark, Peyton Bussell, Harley Clay and Anna Chasteen. Photos courtesy of PCMS Cross Country.
PCMS Cross Country Continues to Perform Well
By Guest Columnist Todd Child

ZEBULON - The Pike County Middle School cross country teams have continued to perform well over the past two weeks with no signs of slowing down. The teams traveled to Gray, Georgia for the Greyhound Invitational on September 17th. The runners paced themselves well resulting in personal best times for all the runners.

The girls placed second out of ten teams with individual medals going to Anna Chasteen (4th overall), Lauren Smith and Railee Wilson. The boys finished sixth out of ten teams with medals going to Brannon Lopez and Garrett Child.

It was the teams’ first big meet and they proved themselves unintimidated by the experience. The experience came in handy the next week as they tackled their first 5k race of the year. The race took place at the Rock Ranch for the Rock Ranch Invitational.

The race was a hilly course with hot temperatures and high humidity not helping matters. The team was confident that their training and determination would see them through.

When the gun sounded, 128 girls and 170 boys began to tackle the course, each trying to survive the brutal test. At the conclusion of the race, Pike’s girls finished second out of twelve teams while the boys finish fifth out of twelve.

The teams’ next meet will be in Thomaston for the CGMSAL League Championships. It will be the first ever league championships for cross country. The girls are the number on seed going into the meet with the boys in a tight three-way battle for the top spot.

Submitted 10.19.17