The cross country meet at Wildwood Park Tuesday night was good practice for upcoming meets.
With teams headed to Atlanta Saturday for the Coach Wood Invite and the Region 2-AAAAA championship looming the first Saturday in November, the small meet became the equivalent of a hard training day.
Evans High School’s Justin Weegar finished first in the boy’s event as the Knights (45) took second place behind Washington County (43). Though not facing the same level of competition as in the past, Weegar improved his time by almost 35 seconds from when Evans ran in the meet at Wildwood Park on Sept. 19.
“This race today was pretty much like a training run, running all out as I can but training through it,” said Weegar, adding that he put in five moderate miles the day before in addition to a meet the previous Saturday... “I was pretty happy with today’s time.”
The Evans girls dominated their race, taking the top three spots and five out of 10 while finishing first with 21 points. Grovetown’s Ashley Ganon (24:46.94) placed fourth and Taylor Blackstone (25:39.57) finished sixth as the Lady Warriors (53) took second followed by Burke County (80) in third.
Evans’ Jackie Ramos (23:08.54), Jasmine Stone (23:48.24) and Autumn Johnson (23:52.62) took the top three spots, respectively, while Sydney Slaughter (25:59.75) was seventh and Anisha Harilal was eighth.
With 10 boys and 10 girls on the team, the meet was about working toward identifying the seven runners that will be taken to the region competition for Evans head coach Lisa Chizmar.
“What I’m looking for is kids like Sydney (Slaughter) who has been No. 6 and now Sydney’s No. 4,” said Chizmar. “I’m looking for who’s moving into those top seven positions, that’s what this is about.”
For Grovetown head coach Steve Epperson, it was about seeing how far his team has come as the season dwindles down.
“We’re getting better throughout the season, which is exciting,” Epperson said. “We’re staying consistent in preparing for the region.”
Oct. 12 Roundup Alexander High School/Asics XC Invitational
In Douglasville, Ga. the Lakeside boys placed eighth out of 27 teams. Christian Bowles finished second in the championship race, crossing the line in 15:00.25, setting a school record in the process. He was less than three seconds behind the winner Kevin Mills, who is undefeated in state competitions this year. Freshman Allan Clark finished 17th in 15:42.25, which is the second best freshman time for boys in Georgia in 2013.
Weegar took first in the varsity race, completing the course in 16:09.84.
The Lakeside girls were fifth out of 20 teams in the championship tilt, led by freshman Alyssa Hooker (18:38.21) in eighth and senior Lara Way (18:55.12) who came in 11th.
Furman Gene Mullin Invitational
In Greenvillle, S.C., the Greenbrier boys finished fifth in a field of 36, paced by Logan Hughes who finished second in 15:48.72. Jon Townsend (16:28) came in 21st.
For the Greenbrier girls, Laura Shillingsburg (20:33.98) finished 51st as the team finished 20th out of 34 teams.
Wildwood Park Meet
1. Washington County: 43
2. Evans: 45
3. Greenbrier: 71
1. Justin Weegar, (Evans), 17:16.25; 2. Quin Poole, (Washington County), 17:53.78; 3. Justin Braswell, (Washington County), 18:28.69; 4. Quintus Williams, (Burke County), 19:15.77; 5. Ty Brooks, (Evans), 19:22.99; 6. Hayden Bailey, (Lincolnton), 19:45.46; 7. Daniel Storrer, (Greenbrier), 19:47.55; 8. Marcus Cannon, (Washington County), 20:01.28; 9.Ian Cyr, (Evans), 20:02.57; 10. Zach Reformat, (Grovetown), 20:05.12.
1. Evans: 21
2. Grovetown: 53
3: Burke County: 80
1. Jackie Ramos, (Evans), 23:08.54; 2. Jasmine Stone, (Evans), 23:48.24; 3. Autumn Johnson, (Evans), 23:52.62; 4. Ashley Gagnon, (Grovetown), 24:46.94; 5. Ashley Dixon, (Washington County), 25:37.04; 6. Taylor Blackstone, (Grovetown), 25:39.57; 7. Sydney Slaughter, (Evans), 25:59.75; 8. Anisha Harilal, (Evans), 26:05.96; 9. Deryanna Evans, (Burke County), 26:06.24; 10. Charesia Walker, (Burke County), 26:07.74.