By Ricky Dimon
Several Georgia schools went out of state and fared extremely well against stiff competition at Furman University’s Gene Mullin Invitational. Harrison, Parkview and Collins Hill finished one-two-three in the boys championship heat. The victorious Hoyas were led by Ryan Brock’s 15:52 and they put all seven of their runners ahead of every other team’s fifth man. Greenbrier came in fifth thanks in part to Logan Hughes’ second-place time of 15:48. Harrison’s girls turned in a third-place performance, one point back of runner-up Collins Hill. Audrey Smith of Harrison ran a 19:10, good for eighth place overall.
On the home front, Westminster’s girls raced to a win at Eagles Landing’s Golden Eagle Invitational. The Wildcats’ five point-scorers all placed in the top eight, with Charlotte Folinus breaking the tape in 20:09. McIntosh’s Rachel Ward was fourth in 20:48, and the Chiefs finished as runners-up. The North Oconee boys had two runners in the top three, pacing it to the title ahead of McIntosh and Archer.
Alexander High School’s course is always in the business of producing lightning-fast times, and it certainly did not disappoint at last weekend’s Asics XC Invitational. Peachtree Ridge took home the winner’s trophy in both the boys and girls championship meets. The boys placed two runners in the top 10 and Kevin Mills broke the 15:00 barrier to earn top individual honors in 14:57. An even more dominant performance saw the Lady Lions put all five of their point-scorers in the top 15. Providence Christian’s Tayler Tuttle won the race in 17:32.
This week’s most prestigious event is the Nike/Fleet Feet Coach Wood Invitational in Gainesville. Competing teams include Blessed Trinity, Collins Hill, Etowah, Lovett, Marist, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge, St. Pius and Wesleyan. Also on Saturday, Berry College is hosting the Rome Area Cross Country Championships and will welcome a field that features Alexander, Darlington, River Ridge and Rome.