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Lady Gamecock cross country cruises to sixth straight title
Besting their nearest rival by 23 points, the Screven County High School Lady Gamecock cross country team of Cindy LeMaster cruised to their sixth consecutive region title on Oct. 25 on their new course at the Black Creek Scout Reservation.
The team will now travel to Carrollton to face the rest of Class AA in the GHSA state cross country meet. Class AA girls will run at 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 4 and admission is $5.
“I am very proud of all my girls’ hard work and effort they put in to this year,” said LeMaster. “They all have come a long way since August. With a new course, there is always the uncertainty of how the girls will compete and perform in our meets, especially Region.”
Taking three of the first five places and a total of five of the first 12 for points, the Red and White totaled 32 points to finish ahead of A.R. Johnson’s 55 in what was a very tightly contested race when the runners, 27 in total, rounded the two-mile curve.
SCHS senior Katelyn Alvarez brought home a remarkable fourth consecutive individual region title as she finished at 20:25 well ahead of runner-up DJ Bradley of Glenn Hills who came in at 21:52.
In fact, there were no close races at the top of the card with SCHS freshman Mary Anne McCord taking third at 22:38 while Johnson’s Chelsey Barnes was fourth with a time of 23:25.
“Katelyn (Alvarez) wrapped up the regular season of her senior year of cross country with her fourth consecutive individual region title as well as being part of four straight region team championships,” said LeMaster. “She had an outstanding personal record this year of finishing with a time of 20:25.”
Even beyond that, there was plenty of space for the top six, all of whom qualify for state regardless of their team’s standing. Wearing the Red and White, Destiny Simpson was fifth at 23:45 with Butler’s Christiana Burnette the final state qualifier in sixth at 24:31.
Also gaining points for SCHS were Kassidee Hutchison (11th, 26:16) and Abigail Stockwell (14th, 27:19). Rounding out the Lady Gamecock roster of seven were Sidnie Dotchsay (14th, 27:19) and Reagan Overcash (17th, 28:01). As the latter pair finished ahead of two Johnson runners their places were also important as they pushed those Lady Panther numbers higher.
“All the girls finished with their own personal records for the season,” said LeMaster. “We are all excited and looking forward to once again having the opportunity of competing at the GHSA state meet in Carrollton, Ga., next weekend.”
Butler, whose boys were easy region champions with five runners in the top 10, was third in the girls with 77 points.
LeMaster also wanted to thank local merchants for their donations toward the cross country team: 1st Franklin Financial, Wammock's, Bank of Newington, Sylvania Sportsman, Allstate Truck and Trailer, and Farmers and Merchants Bank.
“Our girls appreciate your support,” she said.