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Greenbrier dominant in cross country

Posted: August 20, 2014 - 12:12am
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Greenbrier High School's Logan Hughes won the first cross country event of the year at Wildwood Park morning.  Scott Rouch
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Greenbrier High School's Logan Hughes won the first cross country event of the year at Wildwood Park morning.

The opening cross country meet at Wildwood Park on Saturday morning marked comebacks and new beginnings.

Greenbrier High School’s Logan Hughes, one of the area’s top 10 runners a year ago, had a cold the day of the 2013 Region 2-AAAAA Regional and finished at No. 49, while Harlem High School’s program didn’t exist.

Showing no ill effects, Hughes took the top spot with a time of 17:17.62.

“I feel really strong right now,” Hughes said. “That time was exactly where I wanted it to be in the season. It wasn’t too fast and I feel like I’m going to peak right at the right time and I’m ready for a healthy cross country season.”

Running at the home of the 2014 Region 2-AAAAA Cross Country Regional, Greenbrier exerted its dominance on the course, sweeping both races with all of the runners finishing in the top-10.

The race also marked the return of the Harlem program, which had been dormant for the past four years.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect and to have a girl Jesi Cotton finish 12th, I was impressed by her,” said Bulldogs coach Russ Winter. “It was an awesome learning experience and it’s a good thing we have nine more races to go so we can improve each time.”

Like Winter, Greenbrier coach Kati Smallwood was using the race as a measuring stick.

“It’s the first race so it gives you a starting point to fine-tune workouts, and kids just get that first 5K under their belts and then they can start thinking about how they can improve individually,” Smallwood said.

BOYS

1. Logan Hughes, (GB) 17:17.62; 2. Justin Weegar (Evans) 17:31.54; 3. LaQuentin Brown (GB) 18:11.00; 4. Jonathan Vernon (GB) 18:27.59; 5. Arthur Porter (GC) 18:57.60; 6. Anthony Agcaoili (GB) 18:58.21; 7. Anthony Brooks (Evans) 19:04.92; 8. Christian Leep (Evans) 19:16.75; 9. Bryson Kotas (GB) 19:21.77; 10. Darren Pope (GC) 19:29.48

GIRLS

1. Shannon Fair, (Aquinas) 19:35.99; 2. Laura Shillingsburg (GB) 23:42.18; 3. Katherine Markowski (GB) 24:11.04; 4. Catherine Jackson (Aquinas) 24:55.88; 5. Michelle Villanueva (GT) 24:59.59; 6. Madi McArthur (GB) 25:08.81; 7. Sarah Anderson (GB) 25:32.77; 8. Alana Holliman (GB) 25:45.91; 9. Caroline Williams (Aquinas) 25:55.30; 10. Allie Overstreet (GB) 26:06.60

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