GoGo Running Sponsors Area Middle School Cross Country Meet

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Eight local middle schools convened for the annual Area Middle School Cross Country Championship on Thursday, October 13. All 208 finishers completed the season with championship efforts in the two mile race. The girls and boys races were hosted by Berry Middle School on the Clara Bowl course.

Model Middle School won the girls race with a low score of 28 points. Jacqueline Vincente led the Model girls’ team in an upset win over Kirsten Holmes of Coosa Middle School. Jacqueline and Kirsten ran 13:14 and 13:35 respectively to finish first and second place.

Darlington Middle school won the boys race with a score of 46 to the second place team score of 72 by Pepperell Middle School. Darlington was led by Jared Deaton holding off an inspired performance by Zach Williams of Pepperell. Jared and Zach finished with times of 11:40 and 12:14.

In the girls race Jacqueline’s individual winning performance was followed up by an impressive team for Model. The first five runners on each team are scored based on finish place with the lowest team score winning. Model’s scoring five included Alex Quarles in third place, Kennedy Boswell in sixth, Brooke Hinkley eighth, Peyton Brooke ninth and Makayla Keasler tenth.  Berry Middle and Unity Christian Middle were permitted to combine teams due to low numbers of participants. The Berry /Unity combination resulted in a second place team finish in the girls’ race with 54 points. Mattie Rountree from Berry led the way with a fourth place finish in 13:44. Other Berry scoring runners included Gracie Frederick in ninth place, Ramsey Cook twelfth and Addie Grace Trejo fifteenth. Sarah Glick represented Unity in the second place team effort with a 14:53 fourteenth place finish. Darlington finished third as a team in the girls race led by the fifth place individual finish of Mamie Johnson in 13:48.

The first seven individual finishers were named All Area including Jacqueline Vincente of Model in first place, Kirsten Holmes of Coosa in second, Alex Quarles of Model in third, Mattie Rountree of Berry in fourth, Mamie Johnson of Darlington in fifth, Kennedy Boswell of Model in sixth and Sara Beth Payne of Armuchee. Sara Beth was the first finisher for Armuchee Middle School in a time of 14:04. Other girls’ teams included Coosa Middle School in fifth place with 150, Pepperell Middle School in sixth with 176, and St Mary’s Middle School in eighth with 263. Grace Hufford led Pepperell with a time of 15:11 finishing sixteenth individually. Alani Moo Young led the way for St Mary’s with a 16:38 in thirty-sixth place overall.

The boys winning team score for Darlington included Jared Deaton in first, Clayton Bennett in third, Clayburn Milford in sixth, Blake Lowenberg in twelfth and Jamie Beck in twenty-fourth. Darlington managed a 22 point advantage over Pepperell in the championship race although Pepperell had finished before Darlington in all but one previous race this season. Pepperell’s scoring runners included Zach Williams in second place, Brian Vincent in fifth, Ivan Sandoval in thirteenth, Parker Covington in seventeenth, and Alex Santillon in thirty-fifth. The team race for second, third, fourth and fifth was even closer with only eighteen points separating four schools. Berry/Unity finished third with 80 points, Coosa fourth with 84 and Model fifth with 90. Armuchee finished sixth with 210 and St Mary’s seventh with 313.

The top seven All Area boys’ finishers were Jared Deaton of Darlington, Zach Williams of Pepperell, Clayton Bennett of Darlington, Brandon Ray of Coosa, Brian Vincent of Pepperell, Clayburn Milford of Darlington and Elijah Glick of Unity Christian. While the two top teams had five of the seven All Area individuals. Coosa’s Brandon Ray finished with a time of 12:23 and Elijah Glick represented Unity with a time of 12:47. Berry was led by John Berry Bowling’s ninth place finish time of 12:54. Model was led by Trey Leonards’ 13:05 tenth place finish. Jared Shelton finished eighteenth in a time of 13:24 leading Armuchee and Mutsa Myamurnga finished twenty-sixth in a time of 13:50 to lead St Mary’s.

Complete results for guys, girls and overall team scores.

GoGo Running was pleased to be able to help provide the awards for this race by sponsoring the event. The top three teams in each race received trophies and the top twenty individuals received medals. The top seven All Area finishers in each race also received a t-shirt.

The GoGo Running efforts to promote the sport in the Rome Area will continue with the recent announcement of a Cross Country banquet to recognize the Rome News Tribune All Area High School runners. All the middle school runners and coaches are invited to attend the banquet. More information is available at http://gogorunning.com/events/event/all-area-cross-country-high-school-banquet/


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