MP cross country hosts first-ever Invitational

Mary Persons junior Matt Miller, who placed 10th in Tuesday’s race, tried to run down a Perry runner in the homestretch. (Photo/Will Davis)

The Mary Persons Bulldogs boys cross country team placed fourth out of 14 teams in the program’s first-ever invitational meet, the Bulldog Distance Classic, at the Monroe County Recreation Department on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The MP boys posted a score of 108 points, finishing well behind first-place Perry’s score of 58. East Coweta placed second with 64 points while Veterans came in third with 82 points. Perry’s Tanner Reid was the boys’ individual champion with a time of 16 minutes, 55 seconds, six seconds ahead of second-place Kyle Harkabus of East Coweta’s time of 17 minutes, 1 second.

MP senior Lawson Weldon recorded the Bulldogs’ best time of 17 minutes, 47 seconds to place fifth overall out of 95 runners. Matt Miller had MP’s second-best time of 18 minutes to place 10th overall. Other MP counting scores were posted by Nathan DeVane, who placed 12th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 9 seconds, T.J. Williams, who placed 25th overall with a time of 19 minutes, 6 seconds, and Luke Morris, who placed 56th overall with a time of 20 minutes, 31 seconds.

Other MP boys’ runners included: Gabriel Medlin, who placed 60th overall with a time of 20 minutes, 38 seconds, Liam Spence, who placed 63rd overall with a time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds, and Logan O’Neil, who placed 81st overall with a time of 22 minutes, 34 seconds.

Other varsity boys’ teams in attendance in order of highest finish included: Warner Robins, Spalding, Jones County, Jackson, Stratford Academy, Central Georgia Arts & Athletics, Tattnall Square, Brookstone, Upson-Lee and Griffin.

Meanwhile, the MP girls cross country team placed fifth out of 12 teams with 115 points. Perry was the girls’ champion with 66 points, followed by second-place Jones County’s total of 89. Stratford Academy finished in third place with 107 points with Veterans in fourth with 109. Jones County’s Erin Leonard was the individual champion with a time of 19:14 seconds, defeating by 58 seconds second-place Alyssa Mountain of Perry, who posted a time of 20 minutes, 12 seconds.

Senior Morgan Haney was MP’s top individual finisher, placing sixth overall out of 82 runners with a time of 21 minutes, 44 seconds. Kayley Dale recorded MP’s second-best time of 22 minutes, 38 seconds to place 11th overall. Other MP counting scores were posted by Carrie Neal, who placed 30th with a time of 24 minutes, 46 seconds, Katie Beth George, who placed 33rd with a time of 25 minutes, 8 seconds, and Rachel Hampton, who placed 35th with a time of 25 minutes, 17 seconds.

Other MP girls’ runners included: Sidney Briner, who placed 54th with a time of 26 minutes, 52 seconds, Payton Poland, who placed 55th with a time of 26 minutes, 55 seconds, and Naomi Sanders, who placed 72nd with a time of 29 minutes, 8 seconds.

Other varsity girls’ teams in attendance in order of highest finish included: East Coweta, Warner Robins, Upson-Lee, Brookstone, Spalding, Jackson and Central Georgia Arts & Athletics.

In the JV boys’ race, East Coweta took the team title out of nine teams with 30 points, beating second-place Perry’s total of 40. Perry’s Stephen Prater was the individual JV boys champion with a time of 19 minutes, 25 seconds, finishing first out of 81 runners.

MP JV boys’ runners included: Preston Westbury, who placed 55th with a time of 24 minutes, 17 seconds, and Hunter Benson, who placed 70th with a time of 26 minutes, 39 seconds.

In the JV girls’ race, Perry placed first out of two teams with a total of 16 points. Warner Robins came in second with 45 points. Perry’s Jackson Baldwin was the top individual JV girl out of 34 total runners with a time of 25 minutes, 46 seconds.

Also, the Monroe County Middle School boys team captured the Middle School boys’ race, besting two other squads, with a total of 23 points. Perry Middle was the runner-up with a total of 32 points.

Monroe County’s Justin Wachtel was the top middle school boys’ individual runner with a time of 11 minutes, 41 seconds, finishing first out of 35 racers. Another Monroe County runner, Keith Posey, placed second with a time of 12 minutes, 54 seconds. The c-team Bulldogs’ other counting times were posted by Antonio Davis, who placed fifth with a time of 13 minutes, 39 seconds, Connor Battles, who placed seventh with a time of 13 minutes, 53 seconds, and Jon Smith, who placed 11th with a time of 14 minutes, 17 seconds.

Other Monroe County c-team boys’ runners included: Evan Miller, who placed 18th with a time of 15 minutes, 26 seconds, Kenneth Mantle, who placed 19th with a time of 15 minutes, 37 seconds, and Aaron Thompson, who placed 20th with a time of 15 minutes, 43 seconds.

The Monroe County Middle School girls team was also victorious out of three teams on Tuesday with a total of 17 points. Rehobath Road was the runner-up with a total of 44 points.

Monroe County’s Ava McKallip was the middle school girls’ individual champion with a time of 14 minutes, 45 seconds. Four other Lady Dogs’ runners also placed in the top 10 out of 27 total runners. These included: Christina Medlin, who placed third with a time of 15 minutes, 23 seconds, Sarah Boyer, who placed fourth with a time of 15 minutes, 32 seconds, Stormie Martin, who placed fifth with a time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds and Maradith Leverette, who placed eighth with a time of 16 minutes, 41 seconds.

Other Monroe County c-team girls’ runners included: Caroline Hampton, who placed 14th with a time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds, Maelea Sanders, who placed 15th with a time of 18 minutes, 21 seconds, and Adrianne Johnson, who placed 20th with a time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds.

The Monroe County Middle School cross country teams will next compete in the Middle School Championships on Saturday, Oct. 15. Meanwhile, the MP varsity and JV teams will next compete in a home exhibition meet at the Monroe County Recreation Department at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.