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.
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.