The GMC Prep Boys Cross Country team finished the season in a very strong manner.
On 22 October they competed in the Baldwin County Run with Baldwin High School and John Milledge Academy. The Bulldogs came in 2nd on the day just behind Baldwin HS. This is the first time that these three schools have competed together in an event in recent memory.
Next up for the Bulldogs was the Single A (Public) Area 4 meet hosted by GMC.
The Bulldogs won the team title in dominating fashion over Towns County, Commerce, ACE and Lincoln County. GMC won the race with 22 points, and won by 28 points over Towns County. Sophmore’s Aaron Kirkland and TJ Johnson were expecially excited about the win. Kirkland stated “We wanted to come out and win for the team and the school. TJ and I will not be at the State race, so for us, today was our biggest race of the season.”
Last Saturday 7 November, the GMC Bulldogs ran at the GHSA State Championships hosted at the Carrollton Elementary School in Carrollton, GA. This course is traditionally one of the most difficult in the state, and the rain made it into a muddy mess.
The Bulldog were without two top runners from the Area meet due to prior commitments. Despite this the GMC Cross Country team managed a 2nd place finish to Drew Charter out of Atlanta. The top runner for GMC was Kaylon Farley, he was followed by Taylor Sherwood, Dylan Smith and Michael Barnes. Ethan Yopp finished out the scoring runners for GMC. Speaking of the conditions of the course, Freshman Taylor Sherwood said “The course itself was not extremely challenging. What made it so difficult was the all the mud that was on the course. There was literally no dry land to be seen. Under other weather conditions, the course will not be as bad. Heartbreak Hill will always be bad on the second time around.”
“I am so proud of the boys this year. They worked very hard and overcame some adversity to finish 2nd in the state” Prep school Cross Country coach Debbie Barsby exclaimed. Speaking of the state race “We knew that conditions would be difficult, with the rain and the amount of runners that were ahead of us. But each team had to deal with the same issues.” Assistant Coach Rob Sherwood added “If you look at the top 10 runners on the team, all were either Freshmen or Sophomores. We are looking forward to an even stronger team next year.”
Freshman Dylan Smith added “The 2nd place finish just motivates us to work harder in the off-season to win next year.”