The Augusta Prep Cavaliers made a run at state cross country titles Oct. 27, but finished short.
The team still did well at the 2012 Georgia Independent School Association State Cross Country Championships at Albany, Ga., competing against 15 other schools.
The Lady Cavaliers, trying to defend its titles from the two previous years, finished third in Class AAA with 95 points, 27 points behind winner Stratford Academy. The boys totaled 120 points, good for a fourth-place finish behind Mount de Sales (70), which won its fourth consecutive championship.
Coach Tom Holodak was pleased with the way his girls performed.
“We were happy with the results,” said Holodak. “The girls were two-time defending champs so we knew we had a chance. We also knew we needed to have the entire squad run their best.”
Out of 101 runners, senior Amanda Murphy, the two-time defending champion, led the Lady Cavaliers in second place, finishing the 5,000 meter course in 19:58.57.
She got redemption of a sort by finishing one spot ahead of Westminster’s Nina McCallie (20:08.24) and trimming over a minute off her region time. In the previous week’s Region 4-AAA meet at Augusta Prep, Murphy lost her shoe and finished third behind McCallie and teammate Jodie Holodak.
Holodak was the Lady Cavaliers second-best finisher and ninth overall with a time of 20:54.25.
Finishing in the top 10 gave Murphy and Holodak a spot on the GISA All-State Cross Country team.
Sydney Isaac (23rd-22:30.15), Gabrielle Turner (32nd-23:12.49), Mati Gibbs (34th-23:14.56), Caroline Smith (39th-23:31) and Megan Seigler (47th-24:06) rounded out the scoring.
On the boys side, Holodak was hoping to challenge Mount de Sales coming into the race.
“They were just too strong,” said Holodak,
Sophomore John Earwood came in ninth in a field of 105. He cut almost 30 seconds off his region time finishing in 17:38.70 and earning an All-State spot. Michael Lopez (17:41.73) was 11th.
“I felt a little bad,” Holodak said. “Michael Lopez, who was a first-time runner as a senior, had really a great year but he ended up 11th. He ran his best race of the year.”
Eric Brown (28th-18:32.91), Mark Tisler (30th-18:38.02), Henry Burns (43rd-19:07), Joey Lawrence (52nd-19:44) and Spencer King (53rd-19:48) also finished for the Cavs.