When county schools compete in the Region 2-AAAAA cross country meet in October, they all should be at their best.
The meet will be at Wildwood Park, the site of Wednesday’s Greenbrier meet – a meet some schools approached as a day of training and a chance to become familiar with the course.
Lakeside, the No. 2 ranked boys and girls squads in AAAAA, was one of those schools getting to know the course while preparing for a big meet in Atlanta on Saturday.
Sarah Bowles, who was the Class 5A girls Ga. MileSplit runner of the week after Lakeside’s first meet of the year, showed she will be a force to be reckoned with at the regional meet.
“I was just doing a tempo run, I guess,” said Bowles, who crossed the line first in 21:17. “I was out there to get to know the course so I don’t make any wrong turns at the region meet.”
The Evans girls team finished first overall, with runners in fourth through sixth place.
Evans sophomore Justin Weegar took first at the first Wildwood Park meet on Sept. 8. It was a 3-mile course then, but was lengthened to be a true 5K Wednesday. The distance didn’t matter. Weegar placed first again, this time in 16:53.
“I was happy I finished first, I wasn’t happy with my time,” said Weegar, who noticed the extra length of the course. “I do better when I have someone to push me.”
He’ll get that wish at the regional meet facing Lakeside’s talented tandem of Chase Fowers and Christian Bowles, who have finished first and second and fourth and fifth, respectively, in two previous meets.
“I have bigger fish to fry this weekend, going up against the (AAAA) state champ and runner-up from last year.” said Fowers, who placed 27th. “If I can beat them, I’ll be in good shape for 5-A.”
Overall, Greenbrier took first, placing runners in second through fourth place,, Evans finished second.