Thirteen High Schools and nine Middle Schools braved the near record high temperatures and took on Social Circle High School’s redesigned 5K and 3K cross country courses. All Walton County Middle and High Schools were in attendance and a big part of the 315 total competitors on site.
Riverside Military Academy traveled from Gainesville and left with the HS Boys Team victory. Lake Oconee Academy’s squad came in 2nd, and Geoge Walton Academy rounded out the top 3. Monticello’s DeMario Thomas was the HS Boys’ 1st Finisher, with Heritage HS’s Kyler Prioleau 2nd, and GWA’s Noah Hicks in 3rd.
Social Circle HS Boys:
36th place. William Thomas 21:08
59th place. Vyshawn Fontenot 22:16
92th place. Zach McQueen 24:25
120th place. Ryan Zapatka 26:50
122th place. AJ Kellum 27:17
140th place. Colby Dalton 31:53
Loganville HS controlled the Girls’ race placing five runners in the top 12. They were followed by Heritage and Walnut Grove for team honors. Mari Jablonki from Monticello recorded her 4th victory of the season with Jailin Herber (LHS) and Taylor Colver (Heritage HS) rounding out the top 3.
Social Circle HS Girls’ Team have traded finish placings with Monticello over 3 meets, coming out ahead by 5 points at home. It appears they will both be battling for 4th place at the Region 8AA Championship in late October. The top four Region team punch their ticket for the State Championship Meet in Carrollton.
Social Circle HS Girls:
5th place. Julia Russell 23:30
28th place. Maddie Hope 27:43
34th place. Fantasia Hopkins 29:14
48th place. Neely Flanagan 31:18
52th place. Lanie Oliver 32:00
60th place. Alaina Russell 37:40
Loganville Christian took the Middle School Boys’ Team win. In second was Lake Oconee Academy followed closely by Providence Classical Christian Academy in 3rd. Social Circle’s Montana Archer has not been challenged this season and recorded his 4th win. The race for 2nd and 3rd was tight. Christopher Morton (LCA) finished just in front of Gabe Ferguson (Providence Classical Christian Academy) by three seconds.
Social Circle MS Boys:
- Montana Archer 10:34
- Nasir Christian 13:48
- Ty Hope 16:40
- Lawson Davis 18:43.5
- Casey Snowden 18:43.9
George Walton Academy took top honors in the Middle School Girls’ race beating runner up Loganville MS by 4 points. Lake Oconee Academy rounded out the top 3. Overall Girl Individual champion was Azalea Snell who also has four victories this season. Hailey Allen (Loganville MS) was the 2nd finisher with Jane Monachello of Lake Oconee Academy in third.
The overall atmosphere for the afternoon was as hot as the competition. The course was a mix of grass, gravel, dirt, and concrete with a few challenging hills. Social Circle’s JROTC marshalled turns and also added encouragement to the runners.Stadium Horns and Cow Bells could be heard from every area of the course and competed with SCHS Marching Band Practice. And as the race concluded, both sides of the 100m finish chute were lined deep with loud cheering spectators, adding to the excitement of finish line dramas.