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Garrett Child and Catherin Stuart race toward the finish to medal at the Rock Ranch Invitational. Photos courtesy of PCMS Cross Country.
Middle School Cross Country Girls Take 1st Boys 4th at Rock Ranch
By Guest Columnist Todd Child

ZEBULON - The Middle School cross country teams traveled to the Rock Ranch to compete in the Rock Ranch Invitational Cross Country Meet. Unlike last year’s scorching temperature, the weather cooperated and made for great running.

The boys were called to the line first and took to the two-mile course with confidence. The nine teams and 130 runners made for tough competition. Aiden Potter and Garrett Child finish one after the other for seventh and eighth places respectively earning each a top ten medal while Landon Clark and Luke Woerner had top 25 finishes.

Strong runs by Andrew Edwards, Brayden Keiser, Cooper Hanson, Noah Strader and Jonny Collins secured the fourth place finish for the Pirates. The girls’ race had seven teams and 68 runners who crossed the start line when the gun sounded. The Lady Pirates entered the race undefeated on the season and were determined to not be denied the streak to continue.

Finish strong in third place was Lauren Smith with Lexi Reeves and Catherine Stuart finishing in ninth and tenth places to medal for the team. Addison Stuart and Aisley Sampler each had a top twenty finish to seal the victory for the Pirates and keep the unbeaten streak alive.

Helping with the win were Mary Elliot, Emma Truitt (top 25 finishers), Mackenzie Malcolm and Jamie Wallace.

The runners have been working on speed work the past couple of weeks and their efforts were rewarded with most of the runners setting personal best times in the race. The runners are peaking at just the right time heading into the three biggest meets of the year, the league championships, state championships and the South Georgia/North Florida Championships.

Submitted 10.20.17