Greenbrier cross country runner Bridget Lyons (right) started in the lead and never gave up the position in the girls race at the Brierpatch.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
A perfect score has a number of definitions.
In bowling, 300 is a perfect game. On the SAT, 1,600 scores perfectly.
Finishing in the top five spots in a cross country race also is a perfect score.
The Greenbrier boys cross country team grabbed the honor during Wednesday's six-team meet at the Brierpatch.
Greenbrier was led by senior Miguel Mota, who finished first by more than 10 seconds.
Tyler Hayden finished in second place, well ahead of the rest of the pack.
Miguel and Tyler are part of a triumvirate of seniors that has moved the Wolfpack to the No. 3 spot in Class-AAAA and 10th overall in the state.
Greenbrier cross country runner Miguel Mota crosses the finish line first in the boys race. He won the race by more than 10 seconds. Tyler Hayden was second.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The other member of the group, Tyler Warren, missed the meet because of illness. He is ranked seventh in the state, regardless of classification.
"We ran well today, not with the best times, but we finished well," Miguel said.
"If we can keep running like we have, then we can make a run at a state title. Right now, we just have to get better."
The Greenbrier girls also won their team event and placed first and second.
Bridget Lyons dominated the field, winning by a large margin over teammate Chelsea Maxwell.
"The girls team is amazing," Miguel said. "They are young and seem to be following the same path that our seniors did; building continuity on the team."
The teams battled a new course at Greenbrier, one that was shaped by the remnants of Hurricane Frances.
The course was one of the hardest Miguel said he has run. It was filled with mud; there were steep rises and drops and an enormous puddle of water that made the course seem like a steeplechase event.
"I'm glad it was tough," Greenbrier coach Kati Smallwood said. "That will help us come time for the bigger meets later on this year."
Smallwood asked Evans' coach Mike Lennox to find out what his runners thought about the course.
"I don't have to ask them,'' Lennox said jokingly. "They thought it was pretty rough."
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