29 Aug -3 Sep College Race Previews

2 September

Strut’s Season Opener – Jacksonville, AL – Mercer


3 September

University of Georgia Cross Country Invitational –Bishop, GA –  GMC



29 Aug -3 Sep High School Race Previews

1 September

North OconeeBogart, GA – Baldwin High School, Georgia Military College Prep, Putnam County

3 September

AT&T Starrs Mill Panther XC MeetFayetteville, GA – Jones County, Mount de Sales

Berry College Clara Bowl High School Invitational – Berry College – First Presbyterian Day

Bleckley County Clash of the Classes – Cochran, GA – Bleckley County, Trinity Christian School (Dublin), West Laurens



Area High School results 27 Aug

Bob Blastow Early Bird  Whitesburg, GA– Perry High School ran in the Varsity 2 race.  Tanner Reid led the boys team as he ran a 17:05 and finished in 34th place.  The team ended up in 14th place.  Timmany Mountain finished with a time of 20:04 to beat her sister by 4 seconds and claim 29th place.  Alyssa Mountain was in 31st.  The girls team finished in 13th place.  Full results here.

CrossPointe Christian Academy Williamson, GA – Central Georgia Arts & Athletics, Covenant Academy       No times have been recorded.

Furlow Fast Feet Invitational  Americus, GA – Mount de Sales was led by Allen Kim on the boys side.  Allen ran a 18:13 race and finished in 3rd place.  Seth Brahney finished in 5th place with a time of 18:23.  The boys team finished in 3rd place.  Faith Siror won the girls race with a time of 20:47.  The girls team placed 3rd.  Full results here.

Saucony Battle of Atlanta Hampton, GA – Jones County, Trinity Christian (Dublin).   Jacob McLeod of Trinity Christian won the boys varsity race with a time of 16:03.  Zeb Wilson was fastest for Jones County with a time a placing of 155.  Trinity Christian finished in 20th place and Jones County finished in 38th.  On the girls side, Janie Samson was the fastest runner for Trinity as she finished in 31st place.  The team placed 11th.  Jones County finished in 31st place with Kaitlyn Holder in 86th.  Neither Ethan Oulsnam or Katie Leonard ran for Jones County as they are injured.  Full results are here

Saucony Cross County Kickoff Classic Savannah, GA – Veterans, West Laurens    No times have been posted.

Wesleyan Invitational  Norcross, GA – First Presbyterian Day was led by Jack Hardy who was in 48th place.  The boys team ended up in 8th place.   Mary Jane Bonfim led the way for the girls with a time of 24:46 in 33rd place.  The team ended up in 8th place.  Full results are here.

GMC Small Schools Showcase

The GMC Small School Showcase happened on Thursday 25 August at the GMC Practice Fields and the Oconee River Greenway.  With temperatures hovering in the mid-90s, running conditions were not ideal.  Despite the heat and the difficult course, there were some great runs by the athletes.

The Middle School boys’ race started the day.  Colin McCabe had a great race and won the GMC Small School Showcase MS Boys title with a blistering time of 12:32.9.  He was a full 90 seconds faster than teammate Ethan Tolentino.  GMC also had two other runners in the top 10, Garret Kauzlarich (9th) and Jacob Bailey (10th).  Lake Oconee Academy place two runners in the top 10, Jacob Miller (4th) and Ty Wood (6th).    Jacob Little (4th) and Malik Thorton (5th) led the way for Putnam County MS.  JMA’s highest place runner, Shay Nesmith, finished 12th.  Other GMC runners in the top 40 were Colby Avery (12th), Cole Rogers (21st), Walker Strom (23rd), Matt Rion (29th), Christian Black (30th), Lee Wood (40th).  JMA had Quin McManmon also finish in the top 40 with a 36th place finish.  GMC Boys won their 2nd consecutive race with a total team score of 34.  Lake Oconee Academy was the runner-up with a score of 61, and Lamar County rounded out the top 3 with 76 points.

The Middle School girls race had Briarwood Academy emerge as the winner with a team score of 36.  Putnam County MS finished 2nd with 39 points, and GMC Middle School in 3rd with 51.  GMC was led by 8th grader Emilie Sherwood who finished with a 7th place finish.  Gabrielle Seals (10th), Miyah Pittman (25th), Amari Anderson (27th) Mishka Sobti (31st) , Janna Rae Thomas (34th) and Emma Evans (35th) rounded out the team.  Putnam County was led by a 4th place finish by Samantha Wilkins, while Mount de Sales’ Makayla Hall won the race.

The Varsity boys continued the day with a very close team race.  GMC and Dodge County finished in a tie after their top 5 runners were scored.  In the 6th runner tiebreaker GMC won.  Both schools had 39 points and Jeff Davis finished in 3rd position with 70 points.  GMC was led by Aaron Kirkland who ended in 3rd place.  Jacob Kauzlarich (7th), TJ Johnson (8th), Ethan Yopp (11th) and Kaylon Farley (14th) were the scoring runners for GMC.  Dylan Smith was the critical 6th runner, he ended up in 16th place.  Other GMC runners in the top 40 were Whit Pendergast (25th), Ryan Barsby (27th), Michael Barnes (30th), and Logan Steinmeyer (36th).  JMA’s Jaskaran Brar finished as the top local runner in 2nd place.  Hunter Blenk (20th) Parker Blenk (33rd) and Cameron Mitchem (35th) were also in the top 40.  Avery Jones led the way for Putnam County with a 21st place finish.  Clayton Scarbororough of Dodge County won the race with a time of 17:42.97.  Speaking on the race, GMC Freshman Ryan Barsby said “The course was a really tough one.  The placement of the hill was really hard.   The first time up was not too bad, but going up it with about 300 meters, that was not fun at all.  Despite that, I was happy with my time and that the GMC teams did so well”

The last race to run was the Varsity girls and it was dominated by the Jablonski sisters of Monticello High School.  Junior Alina won with a time of 22:28, while her freshman sister Mari came in 18 seconds behind.  GMC was led by Emma Nelson who finished in 5th place just ahead of JMA’s Emery Ryan.  Lyssa Blair (9th), Meredith McCook (14th), Mattison Strom (15th) and Haley Wilkinson (22nd) were the scoring runners for GMC.  Other GMC runners in the top 40 were Annie Benson (27th), Addison Ethridge (30th), and Mary Elizabeth Jones (38th).  JMA’s Olivia Morris (18th) Hannah Reece (24th), and Simran Brar (40th) were all in the top 40 as well.

Full results here.


Area race preview 22 Aug -27 Aug

25 Aug

GMCGMC Small School Showcase

This is a new event on the schedule, or more correctly the changing of a smaller meet into a more invitational style meet.  The race is limited to the smaller schools, who often do not have the resources to pay for larger, professionally timed events.  Along with GMC Prep (boys A-(Public) #2), Brentwood School (defending GISA AA girls champion), Briarwood Academy, Dodge County (boys AA- #7), Monticello, Jeff Davis (boys AA – Others receiving votes, girls AA – #10), John Milledge, Lake Oconee Academy, Putnam County and Social Circle (girls AA –  #5) will be in attendance.

27 Aug

Bob Blastow Early Bird  Whitesburg, GA– Perry

CrossPointe Christian Academy Williamson, GA – Central Georgia Arts & Athletics, Covenant Academy

Furlow Fast Feet Invitational  Americus, GA – Mount de Sales

Saucony Battle of Atlanta Hampton, GA – Jones County, Trinity Christian (Dublin)

Saucony Cross County Kickoff Classic Savannah, GA – Veterans, West Laurens

Wesleyan Invitational  Norcross, GA – First Presbyterian Day


Head on out and cheer on some of our great local runners!

20 August Results – Southland and Loganville Christian Academy races

John Milledge Academy raced in the Loganville Christian Academy Invitational, but no results have been posted  the results are now posted here.

The boys were led by Patrick McDonel who ran a 19:32 and ended up in 9th place.  The girls were led by Emery Ryan who ran a 25:32 and ended up in 6th place.

At the Southland Academy Kick-Off Westfield Schools participated.  They were led by Walt Cochran on the boys side who finished iwth ah time of 19:38 and 8th place.  The boys finished in 7th place overall.  Full results are here.

The Westfield Schools girls were led by Lydia Hardy who ran the 5k in 25:20 and finished in 18th place.  The team finished in 4th place overall.  Full results are here

20 August Kosh Classic and Mid State Cross Country Classic results

Kosh Classic – Bleckley County

The defending Boys AA GHSA State Champion Bleckley County started their title defense with a 7th place finish.  They were led by Bronson Sanders 13th place, Garrett Rodgers 19th place and C.J. Rich in 22nd place.  The girls team were led by Macy Moe who finished in 14th place.  The team finished up in 5th place.

Full results are here.


Midstate Cross Country Classic  – Lots of mid GA schools

GMC Prep’s Hunter Kimball won the boys race with a time of blistering time 16:04.  The boys team race was won by pre-season AAAAA #5 Union Grove with Mary Persons and Perry rounding out the podium.

The boys Varsity top 10 were:

1 Hunter Kimball 12 Georgia Military College Prep School 16:04.62 1
2 Nicholas Flatt 12 Spalding High School 16:43.75 2
3 Deonte Lee 12 Ola High School 16:50.75 3
4 Matt Seitz 12 Union Grove 16:55.25 4
5 Walker Inman 12 Union Grove 17:13.09 5
6 Lawson Weldon 12 Mary Persons 17:18.18 6
7 Domonic Macias 9 Union Grove 17:25.31 7
8 Tanner Reid 11 Perry High School 17:25.59 8
9 Bailey Gay 11 Union Grove 17:30.78 9
10 Matt Miller 11 Mary Persons 17:45.91 10

The full boys results are here.


Union Grove, the pre-season top ranked team in AAAAA won the girls race as well with a 16 point total!   Perry was second and Mount de Sales third.  Kaylee Haake and Tori Rives had great runs of sub 20 min, and all 5 scoring runners for Union Grove were under 21 min.

The girls Varsity top 10 were:

1 Kaylee Haake 12 Union Grove 18:54.28 1
2 Tori Rives 12 Union Grove 19:35.38 2
3 Mckenzie Cromer 10 Union Grove 20:13.12 3
4 Abby Renner 10 Union Grove 20:34.94 4
5 Mackenzie Walls 9 Veterans HS 20:39.18 5
6 Na’ilah Allen 12 Union Grove 20:45.72 6
7 Alyssa Mountin 10 Perry High School 20:53.15 7
8 Faith Siror 12 Mount De Sales 21:01.59 8
9 Jordan Rozier 10 Howard High School 21:09.31 9
10 Katy Gwaltney 12 Union Grove 21:19.53 10

Full results are here




GMC Prep Cross Country Preview

The Georgia Military College Prep School Cross Country teams are gearing up for the start of their 2016 season with high hopes.  Lots of miles in the heat and humidity have laid the groundwork for what should be a successful season.

IMG_2964The boys team, who placed 2nd at the 2015 GHSA Class Single-A (Public) State Championships are gearing up for a great season.  The team will be led by Senior Hunter Kimball, who is among the favorites to win the individual state title.  The boys’ team has a wealth of talent this year to make a strong run at the team title.  Kimball will be joined by juniors Aaron Kirkland, TJ Johnson, and Kaylon Farley.  Sophomores Taylor Sherwood, Dylan Smith and Ethan Yopp also make strong contributions.   These seven runners will be pushed by sophomore Logan Steinmeyer, freshman Jacob Kauzlarich and Ryan Barsby.  Sophomore Dylan Smith, speaking on the upcoming season said “We are really focused on the State Championships.  Drew Charter, who defeated us last year had better be working hard.  That is our main focus of the season.” state 2nd

The girl’s team has also worked hard over the summer and will be led by Senior Annie Benson.  Along with Benson, Junior Mary Elizabeth Jones, Sophomores Lyssa Blair and Melida Steele will be joined by freshmen Emma Nelson and Mattison Strom.  Nelson and Strom were very strong Middle School runners and look to contribute from the beginning of the season.

Coach Debbie Barsby is optimistic for the season.  “Summer running was good.  We had lots of participation and are really excited for the season.  I see constant improvement every day in the teams and a desire to work and get faster.”

117The Bulldogs will start their season out with the Mid State Classic on 20 Aug in Perry, GA.  They return home to host he GMC Small Schools Showcase on 25 Aug.  They follow that up with races at North Oconee High School, Morgan County High School, Brentwood, First Presbyterian Day, John Milledge Academy, a 2nd home meet and Mount de Sales.  The season will finish with three very important meets.  On 18 October, GMC, Baldwin High School and JMA will all meet at the Walter B Williams park for the 2nd Annual Baldwin County Cross County Run.  Last year JMA won the girl’s race, Baldwin won the boy’s race and GMC swept the two Middle School races.  The following week will be the Area race where GMC boys are the defending champion, the girls were 4th last season.  The season will finish with the GHSA State Championships where both teams look to finish their season on a high note.

High School races begin this weekend

The long, hot summer workouts are about to show who did the work and who did not as many high schools have their first meets this weekend.  Cross Country is a sport where it becomes evident who put in the effort in the off-season and who did not.  Now what is most important about these races is they provide a good baseline for the remainder of the season.  It is not uncommon to see some times a little higher than normal, but this is the first step in a 10 week progression towards the state championships.

Good luck to all runners and here are the local schools and the races they will be running in this week.

20 August

Kosh Classic (Westminster Schools) – Bleckley County

Loganville Christian Academy – John Milledge Academy

Midstate Cross Country Championship (Perry HS)-  Georgia Military College Prep, Hawkinsville, Houston County, Howard, Jones County, Mary Persons, Mount de Sales, Perry, Tattnall Square, Upson-Lee, Veterans, Warner Robins

Southland Academy Kick-Off – Westfield School

Bleckley County Boys came in 3rd place last year the Kosh Classic to start their state championship run.  The boys team will be the odds on favorite to repeat as GHSA AA champions.

GMC Prep boys team returns their entire team from last years GHSA A (Public) runner-up finish,  Senior Hunter Kimball should challenge for individual honors this weekend as well.  Newcomer Emma Nelson leads the girls team.

Perry HS will have Tanner Reid and Moroni Martinez on the boys side and the Mountain sisters, Alyssa and Tiffany.

Jones County will be led by Ethan Oulsnam on the boys side and Erin Leonard on the girls side.

John Milledge Academy girls will be led by Emery Ryan.




Top Returning Runners GHSA AAA through AAAAAA

Here are the list of top returning runners in 3A through 6A.  There are now 7 classifications, but Middle Georgia does not have any schools in 7A.  These are the runners who are in the top 25 in the state in their respective classifications.


AAAA Girls

11 – Alyssa Mountin – Perry

12 – Tiffany Mountin – Perry


7 – Tanner Reid – Perry


4 – Erin Leonard – Jones County


14 – Ethan Oulsnam – Jones County