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Augusta Prep’s Holodak, Lakeside’s White win cross country meet

Posted: September 13, 2017 - 12:13am
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Augusta Prep senior Jamie Holodak won the Augusta Prep Invitational on Saturday, her first time claiming her school’s home event. All of the Lady Cavaliers finished within the top 16.

Molly Joseph stood at the start line waiting. Next her to stood her friend, Jamie Holodak. Just before the starter's pistol fired, Joseph turned and said, "one-two."

Whenever Holodak and Joseph compete in cross country and track, the Lady Cavaliers duo always tries to finish in the top two spots - no matter the order. On Saturday, Holodak jumped out front early and finished with a time of 20:09.57 to claim the Augusta Prep Invitational by almost 19 seconds over Joseph.

"It feels awesome running against great public schools," Holodak said. "It's like a big meet. This used to be a small meet, but it's grown over the years. It's awesome to see our team get after it every year and do well against big competition."

In front of hundreds of fans, the Augusta Prep girls won the team event for the second year in a row. The Lady Cavaliers finished strong, all of their counting runners finishing inside the top 16, including Zenia Nava (sixth), Grace Ellis (seventh) and Mary Hunt Murray (16th). Elana Koehler, who didn't count for Augusta Prep, finished 22nd out of 83 girls.

Augusta Prep posted 24 points, beating Lakeside (77), the Augusta Eagles (82), Greenbrier (94), Evans (133) and Grovetown (187). Joseph said her younger teammates were told not to be intimidated by the public schools before the event.

"We told them it didn't matter if we're going against all the big schools," Joseph said. "We're still a really good team. We've been working our butts off for the past three weeks."

In the boys competition, Lakeside junior Mark White posted a time of 16:35.62 to win his second event of the fall. Hans Troyer of Trinity Christian placed second at 16:55.66, while John Isaac Autry of Lakeside finished third (17:01.68)

"It was a fun, competitive meet," White said. "I had some heat from the Greenbrier team at first, but once I got into the race at about the mile I was able to pull away."

Greenbrier won the boys event with 43 points, all seven of its runners finishing 21st or better. Kenneth McDonald (17:18.91) finished fourth, while Joe Shipes (17:21.41) placed fifth to lead the Wolfpack.

Augusta Prep finished second in the team event, while Trinity Christian took third.

 

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