The Wildcats proved that cold weather is no obstacle for them this weekend, with great performances at the Region 6-AAAAA Championships at Druid Hills Middle School. Great performances in all races highlighted a great conclusion to the "regular season" for Dunwoody Cross Country. Thankfully, we have two weeks more and one BIG meet left with our Varsity
squads, who both qualified for the State Championships in Carrollton on November 9th.
The Varsity girls led off the meet with another thrilling battle with Region rival Lakeside. With frost still on the ground, the Wildcats battled back and forth with the Vikings, and, when all the places were counted, the Wildcats had won their second straight Region Championship by 1 point, 32 to 33. This is only the fourth time in school history that the girls are Region Champions (1993, 1995, and 2012 being the others). The Wildcats were led by Alex Cameron, who finished 2nd for the third
straight year in our Region meet. She was followed closely behind by top 10 performances from Ansley Heavern, Ann-Marie Sills, and Ellie Conoley. The Wildcats will look forward to defending their State title in two weeks!
The Varsity boys took to the line hoping to qualify for their 6th straight trip to Carrollton in a competitive boys race. They successfully accomplished their goal with a 3rd place finish (besting North Atlanta by 1 point for 3rd). The boys were led by Blake Tiede, who earned a medal for this 10th place finish, and was followed close behind a by a tight pack of Cadmiel Velazquez, Quinton Johnson, Noah Goldstein, and Jackson Watson.
The real highlights of the day came in both JV races, which saw many of our hardworking seniors run the last race of their career, and, in great style, we saw an enormous amount of PR's and time improvements from earlier meets this season. Many of our runners dropped between 1 to 3 minutes off their previous season best! In the girls race, some of biggest improvements came from Meg Dubsky, Sydney Holmes, Cassidy Drew, Andie Spearman, and Becca Martin. The boys were not to be outdone, and great improvements were highlighted by Tyler Jones, Luis Reyes, Cody Wertheimer, and Joe Davis. The day concluded with a rousing Wildcat Pride chant led by Owen Firebaugh.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for helping us administer the meet yesterday, as well as to Lakeside for their great course setup. Thanks also to all of our parents for their great support both yesterday and throughout the season, we hope to see many of you in Carrollton on November 9th!
While practice is officially over for those not on our Region Varsity rosters (top 12), we would like to hold a brief meeting after school on Monday down at the track. This meeting will be over no later than 4 PM. 8th graders do not need to attend the meeting, and any information given out at the meeting will be given to the 8th graders at a later time or via email. The Varsity teams will hold practice throughout the week as usual. We will send out more information about the State Meet and other end-of-season activities next week.
Thanks as always for your support, and Go Wildcats!
Congratulations to both the Boys and Girls Varsity Teams for qualifying for the State Meet to be held on Saturday, November 9th in Carrollton, GA.
Congratulations to the following athletes, who comprise our Region teams
for 2013. Seven for each team will race in the Varsity race at the Region
Championships and, should we qualify, any 7 of these 12 are eligible to
run in the State Championships on November 9th. These athletes have also
qualified for a Varsity letter for this cross country season.
Girls: Alex Cameron, Ansley Heavern, Ann-Marie Sills, Ellie Conoley,
Callie Dill, Jennifer Hardister, Sydney Drew, Ally Womble, Shanel Stewart,
Brook Joyner, Emily Cyr, Alyssa Farnell.
Boys: Blake Tiede, Cadmiel Velazquez, Quinton Johnson, Noah Goldstein,
Benson Ross, Owen Firebaugh, Cullen Jones, Jackson Watson, Noah Doherty,
Max Noto, Drew D'Alessandro, Jerrett Lupoli.
We hope to have great support for all of our teams and runners on Saturday
at the Region 6-AAAAA Championships at Druid Hills Middle School. Go
"As the temperature begins to cool down and the days get shorter, the
Wildcats get faster in their annual drive to finish the season strong.
This past Saturday, the Wildcats traveled north to Gainesville, GA to
participate in the Coach Wood Invitational, which is the most competitive
XC meet in Georgia. The Varsity girls started the day strong with a 13th
place finish (out of 28 teams) against the top powers in the state. The
girls were the 2nd 5A school to finish, and this helps to shape some great
goals for the team over the next few weeks. The race was highlighted by strong performances from Ansley Heavern, Ann-Marie Sills, Jennifer
Hardister, and Sydney Drew. The JV girls followed up by participating in
the JV Championship race. The Wildcats surprised the field with an
impressive 7th place team finish (out of 26 teams), and were the first 5A
school to finish. The girls were led by an awesome race by Samantha Cameron, who took home a medal for her 4th place finish. She was helped out by tremendous races from Emma Nortje, Julie Hensley, Chloe Thomas, and Emily Cyr.
The boys laced it up in the afternoon and were led first by the JV boys, who ran some fast times in the JV-C race. They were led by Max Marion, and great performances were turned in by Drew D'Alessandro, Gerardo Romero, and Ian Kelley. The boys Varsity was our last team to race, but had one of their best "pack" races of the season. They were led by a great race from Blake Tiede, and the race also saw great performances from Jackson Watson and Noah Doherty. Along with a great day of racing, many of the Wildcats got to meet 2-time Olympian Andrew Wheating and have their picture taken with him. He also got to meet Willard the Wildcat, sign him, and have his picture taken with Willard!
This week is the last week of our "regular" season, as our Region Championships are this Saturday. If the Varsity teams place in the Top 4 on Saturday, they will qualify for the State Championships in on November 9th, but this will be the last week of the season for our JV runners. Our Region Championships will be held at Druid Hills Middle School, and because Dunwoody is co-hosting this meet with Lakeside, there will be NO bus to this meet, so runners are responsible for providing their own
transportation on Saturday. The race times are as follows:
- 9:00 AM - Varsity Girls (Top 7)
- 9:30 AM - Varsity Boys (Top 7)
- 10:00 AM - JV Girls (All remaining runners)
- 10:30 AM - JV Boys (All remaining runners)
- 11:00 AM - Awards Ceremony
Thank you in advance if you have volunteered to help assist with this meet, as we are in charge of meet administration. I will be sending out some information later this week for our volunteers.
Finally, two notes about practice this week. First, there will be NO
PRACTICE on Tuesday, as the coaches have parent-teacher conferences in the
afternoon. Secondly, it is the first-ever "Spirit Week" for Dunwoody
Cross Country! Each day will have a different theme, and runners are
encouraged to dress up to practice representing that theme. Monday is
Animal Day! Please keep in mind that you still have to be able to RUN in
your costume! Stay tuned to the Dunwoody XC twitter feed for reminders of
each day's theme.
Thanks for your continued support, and Go Wildcats!
Update to the Coach Wood race times: We have moved our JV boys into the JVC race, which is a little earlier, so they will run at 11:40 AM.
The race times are as follows:
Girls Varsity - 8:00 AM
Girls JV - 9:20 AM
Boys JV - 11:40 AM
Boys Varsity - 1:00 PM
After Tuesday's thrilling County Championships, the Wildcats finished the
week with some strong workouts and the 2013 edition of Pace Poker, won
this year by the team Sassy Six, who were closest to their goal time on a
distance run (without using their watch!). The Wildcats rest this weekend
and will get ready for the last part of their season and their final meets
of the year. Since there is no school on Monday, there will be no
official practice, however the Varsity squads are encouraged to meet at
Blackburn Park at 8 AM on Monday morning for a workout with the coaches.
Practice will meet at regular times the rest of the week.
On Saturday, the Wildcats will travel north to Gainesville, GA to
participate in the Coach Wood Invitational, one of the most competitive
meets in the state. This is a new meet on the Wildcats schedule this
year, but will give all of our teams a chance to see where we stack up
with our competition before our championship races begin. The meet will
also feature Olympian Andrew Wheating, who will be on hand for autographs
and the awards ceremony! The race lineup and times are listed below, and
bus departure times will be announced later in the week (spolier alert: it
will be early!). The girls will be in the Championship and JV-A races,
while the boys will be in the Varsity and JV-B races, which is the reason
for the gap in race times (yes, there will only be one bus!).
Girls Varsity - 8:00 AM: Alex Cameron, Ansley Heavern, Ann-Marie Sills,
Ellie Conoley, Callie Dill, Jennifer Hardister, Sydney Drew, Ally Womble,
Shanel Stewart, Brook Joyner.
Girls JV - 9:20 AM: Samantha Cameron, Kelly May Sheehan, Chloe Thomas,
Julie Hensley, Emily Cyr, Alyssa Farnell, Emma Nortje, Ellie Vergura,
Olivia Vergura, Danielle Jones.
Boys Varsity - 1:00 PM: Blake Tiede, Cadmiel Velazquez, Quinton Johnson,
Noah Goldstein, Benson Ross, Owen Firebaugh, Cullen Jones, Jackson Watson,
Jerrett Lupoli, Noah Doherty.
Boys JV - 2:20 PM: Max Marion, Max Noto, Drew D'Alessandro, Ethan Herod,
Gerardo Romero, Will Bass, Nathan Bryant, Craig Sturken, Ian Kelley, Paul
The Wildcat Cross Country team had a great day on Tuesday at Druid Hills MIddle School for the DeKalb County Varsity Championship. The girls led things off with another great performance, winning their 2nd straight DeKalb County Championship (and 4th in the last 5 years), besting runner-up Lakeside by a score of 27 to 34. The Wildcats were led by Alex Cameron, who made history by becoming the first athlete to individually win four straight DeKalb County Championships. While Alex has achieved a lot through her illustrious career at Dunwoody, this ranks near the top! She was followed close behind by teammates Ansley Heavern (3rd), Ellie Conoley (5th), Callie Dill (8th), and Jennifer Hardister (10th). Congratulations to the Wildcats as they continue to add to their championships!
The boys followed with a gutsy performance in one of the most competitive races ever at the DeKalb County Championships. The Wildcats finished 3rd out of 13 teams and were led by Quinton Johnson, who finished 11th overall. He was followed closely behind by Cadmiel Velazquez, Blake Tiede, Benson Ross, and Noah Goldstein. Congratulations to both teams as they prepare for some big races over the next month. Go Wildcats!