This past Saturday, the Wildcats stayed close to home to participate in the Coach Benson Double Dip Invitational at Marist. The meet featured some of the strongest schools in Georgia, and allowed for runners new and old to get some great experience in a big race environment on a tough, hilly course. The boys Varsity team finished 12th out of 28 teams in a
very competitive field, and were led by a 25th place overall finish from Blake Tiede, as well as a great race from Jackson Watson. The girls Varsity squad finished 13th out 24 teams, and strong performances by Shanel Stewart and Emily Cyr highlighted a day where some newer runners got some big race experience.
The 8th graders made their presence known in both of the JV races. In the boys JV race, Max Marion led the pace for the Wildcats with a 54th place finish, which also saw great performances from Ethan Herod and Jack Repasky. The girls JV race was led by 8th graders Samantha Cameron and Chloe Thomas, highlighted by Samantha finishing 11th overall! Strong
races were also put in by Addison Duke and Emma Nortje.
This week, the Wildcats have two races. On Tuesday, the Wildcats will travel to Druid HIlls Middle School for their second DeKalb County Meet. Please see the Participant List for the meet to determine whether your athlete is in the 3 mile race (5:15 PM) or the 2 mile race (5:45 PM). We are running many of the 8th-10th graders in the two mile race to help us
determine who will participate in the JV County Championships in early October, which is also a 2 mile race. The list will be posted at practice on Monday, and any runners that have any questions about their race status should speak to the coaches about it at Monday's practice.
On Friday, approximately 50 of the Wildcat runners will head to Greenville, SC for the Furman Cross Country Classic on Saturday. The race lineup and more information regarding this race and trip will be discussed
briefly after practice on Wednesday. Those going on the trip should plan on missing their 4th period class on Friday, and because of the trip, there will be NO morning practice on Friday.
As the weather continues to stay warm, it is very important that our athletes stay hydrated and stretch and ice frequently. Hydration should happen from the moment practice finishes until the next day's practice. As many athletes start to get little aches and pains, please encourage your athletes to ice any sore areas and stretch frequently.
Thank you for your support, and Go Wildcats!