The Georgia Independent School Association Region 4-AAA cross country meet is starting to get a bit predictable.
For the 11th-consecutive year the Augusta Prep Lady Cavaliers won their region title while the boys brought home their second-consecutive championship Saturday morning at Augusta Prep.
Both Augusta Prep teams topped Westmister; the boys winning by a 22-56 margin while the girls race was tighter with the Lady Cavaliers holding off the Lady Wildcats, 31-39.
“We knew Westminster was going to be really tough,” said Augusta Prep cross country coach Tom Holodak.
Holodak stressed it’s good to have two top finishers, but where you win is with your third- through fifth-place runners.
“Especially with the girls, we knew it was going to come back down to that,” Holodak said.
Augusta Prep eighth-grader Jamie Holodak (21:06) bested the field while her sister, senior Jodie Holodak (21:29), finished third after not being able to run in the weeks leading up to the race.
Westminster kept it close as Emily Rodgers (21:52), Tyra Kimbler (22:05) and Catherine Paulk (22:33) finished fourth through sixth, but Lady Cavaliers Sydney Isaac (22:59), Mati Gibbs (23:02) and Gabrielle Turner (23:19) finished 8-9-10 to cement the win.
Individually, the boys contest looked much the same as the 2012 region race as Westminster’s Evan Downs (17:10) and Augusta Prep’s John Earwood (17:33) finished first and second, respectively, for the second-consecutive year.
“I wanted to take the lead in the beginning and try to maintain it until I could control the pace,” said Downs, who has been battling an iron deficiency the past few weeks. “When I hit the two-mile mark, I wanted to pick up my pace and run really hard that last mile.”
For the Cavaliers, Mark Tisler (18:47) was third, Henry Burns (18:58) was fourth, Hamp Burnside (19:01) came in sixth and Connor Turner (19:01) took seventh.
The teams head to Loganville Christian Academy on Saturday for the GISA state meet to close out the season.