If everything went according to plan Saturday, former Lakeside High School cross country runner and current Georgia Bulldog Sid Vaughn dressed for Saturday’s Vanderbilt cross country meet.
Vaughn won the 2011 Region 2-AAAA individual title for Lakeside, leading the boys to a first-place finish while junior Sarah Bowles took first and led the girls team to a first-place finish. At state, the boys finished third.
Though Vaughn is gone, the Panthers haven’t slowed down. Lakeside has gotten off to a flying start in 2012.
After two meets, the Lakeside boys are ranked first in Class AAAAA in the latest Ga.MileSplit.com poll while the Lakeside girls are ranked second in AAAAA.
They have been impressive both individually and as teams and each has received important contributions from younger members of the squads.
In the school’s first meet at the NEGA Cross Country Championships Aug. 25, both teams finished second.
Senior Sarah Bowles led the Lady Panthers, finishing in second at 19:08. She was named the AAAAA Girls Ga.MileSplit runner of the week. All five Lady Panthers runners finished in the top 30, including freshman Hannah Marionneaux who has recorded consecutive 21st place finishes.
At the same meet, Chase Fowers won the boys race in 16:08.84. Not to be outdone by his older sister, sophomore Christian Bowles also placed second, finishing in 16:13.46.
At the Covered Bridge Invitational in Roswell, Ga. Sept. 8, the boys placed third with Fowers and Christian Bowles taking fourth and fifth respectively.
The girls finished fourth with Sarah Bowles in fifth place.
Lakeside will run in Wednesday’s meet at Wildwood Park with Greenbrier, Grovetown and Evans. With a big meet in Atlanta Saturday, head coach Jerry Meitin said it will be more of a tempo run for his squads.
“They’re going hard, they’re just not trying to win,” he said of his team competing at the meet. “We’re going to see the region course because that’s where the region meet will be. We wanted to get on it to see the course before the region meet, which is more important to us.”