MP X Country

Mary Persons cross country stars, Caroline Hampton (far right) and Sarah Boyer (middle). (Photo/Richard Dumas)

The Mary Persons varsity and JV girls cross country teams will each compete at the home Bulldog Distance Classic beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The Lady Dogs will look to defend their 2018 championship in the second annual event, which will be held at the Monroe County Recreation Department. Saturday’s meet, which will also include the Monroe County Middle School girls cross country squad, is MP’s lone home meet of the season.

In its most recent competition, the Mary Persons varsity girls cross country team placed 15th out of 31 teams at the Saucony Battle of Atlanta meet at Nash Farms Battlefield in Hampton on Aug. 24.

The Lady Dogs posted a team score of 450 with Marist taking first place with a total of 63 points. Marietta came in second with 132 points, edging third-place South Forsyth, which finished with 133 points. Marist’s Emily Little was the girls individual champion with a time of 18 minutes, 52 seconds, about 17 seconds faster than the time recorded by second-place Kayla Gholar of Richmond Hill.

Sophomore Maradeth Leverett posted MP’s fastest time of 21 minutes, 12 seconds to place 36th out of 270 girls runners. MP’s other counting times were recorded by: Ava McKallip, who placed 44th with a time of 21 minutes, 34 seconds, Sarah Boyer, who placed 83rd with a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds, Caroline Hampton, who placed 147th with a time of 24 minutes, 32 seconds, and Stormie Martin, who placed 205th with a time of 26 minutes, 35 seconds.

Other MP girls varsity runners who competed on Saturday but did not record counting times included: Genna Hallman, who placed 225th with a time of 27 minutes, 21 seconds, Madelyn Causey, who placed 235th with a time of 27 minutes, 50 seconds, Jackie Gore, who placed 250th with a time of 28 minutes, 52 seconds, and Skyler Sandefur, who placed 256th with a time of 29 minutes, 54 seconds.

Other schools who competed in the girls varsity race on Aug. 24 in order from highest to lowest finish included: Pope, Allatoona, Brookwood, Union Grove, Mandarin, Wesleyan, Paideia, Richmond Hill, Lassiter, Druid Hills, Jones County, Decatur, Whitewater, Carrollton, Forsyth Central, Woodward Academy, Atlanta International, Locust Grove, East Coweta, Mount Vernon Presbyterian, Evans, Lakeside (Evans), Walker, Johnson, Grayson, Veterans and Strong Rock.

MP also had three individuals compete in the JV girls race on Aug. 24 with Laura Martin placing 190th out of 294 total JV girls runners with a time of 30 minutes, 23 seconds. MP’s Emma Barksdale placed 223rd with a time of 32 minutes, 46 seconds while Gwyneth Cabe placed 233rd with a time of 33 minutes, 33 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School girls cross country team placed seventh out of 24 teams in Hampton on Aug. 24.

The C-Team girls squad finished with 270 points as Great Strides was named champion with 53 points. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal came in second with 142 points while Renfroe Middle School finished third with 169 points. Claire Petersen of Mount Bethel Christian was the girls middle school champion with a time of 11 minutes, 49 seconds, about 13 seconds faster than the second-place time recorded by Morgan Grace Sheffield of Great Strides.

Jessica Goodwin recorded Monroe County’s top middle school girls time of 14 minutes, 12 seconds to place 30th out of 338 total runners. Other middle school girls runners achieving counting times included: Alanna Wood, who placed 46th with a time of 14 minutes, 46 seconds, Kadence Brown, who placed 51st with a time of 15 minutes, Gabriella Hoover, who placed 61st with a time of 15 minutes, 12 seconds, and Ava Hill, who placed 107th with a time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds.

Other C-Team girls runners who competed on Aug. 24 but did not record counting times included: Amelia Stone, who placed 134th with a time of 17 minutes, 13 seconds, Carson Brown, who placed 182nd with a time of 18 minutes, 17 seconds, Mary Alice Marks, who placed 210th with a time of 19 minutes, 13 seconds, Amelia Jones, who placed 282nd with a time of 21 minutes, 24 seconds, and Tyteuna Morgan, who placed 320th with a time of 24 minutes, 23 seconds.

Other schools who competed in the c-team girls race on Aug. 24 in order of highest to lowest finish included: Lovett, Loganville, Cornerstone Christian, Holy Redeemer Catholic, Union Grove, Allatoona, Mount Bethel Christian, Junior, Brookwood Youth Running, Strong Rock Christian, Paideia, Riverwatch, Inman, Trinity Sharpsburg, Rivers Academy, High Meadows, Locust Grove, Walker, Atlanta Track Club and Evans.

One week earlier, on Aug. 17, the MP girls varsity cross country squad opened its season by finishing second out of 16 teams at the Midstate XC Classic at Cherokee Pines in Perry.

The Lady Dogs totaled 98 points to finish as the runner-up behind girls champion Evans, which finished with 66 points. Houston County placed a distant third with 126 points. Veterans’ Mackenzie Walls was the girls individual champion with a time of 17 minutes, 51 seconds, about 58 seconds faster than the second place finisher, Evans’ Madison Kennedy.

Leverett again posted MP’s fastest time of 21 minutes, 16 seconds to place 11th out of 163 total runners. MP’s other counting times were recorded by: McKallip, who placed 13th with a time of 21 minutes, 44 seconds, Boyer, who placed 15th with a time of 22 minutes, 26 seconds, Hampton, who placed 19th with a time of 22 minutes, 52 seconds, and Stormie Martin, who placed 51st with a time of 25 minutes, 30 seconds.

Other MP girls varsity runners who competed in Perry but did not record counting times included: Causey, who placed 64th with a time of 26 minutes, 36 seconds, Hallman, who placed 65th with a time of 26 minutes, 40 seconds, Sandefur, who placed 68th with a time of 27 minutes, 1 second, Gore, who placed 72nd with a time of 27 minutes, 24 seconds, Courtney Allen, who placed 108th with a time of 30 minutes, 35 seconds, Britney Allen, who placed 110th with a time of 30 minutes, 54 seconds, Laura Martin, who placed 117th with a time of 31 minutes, 46 seconds, Barksdale, who placed 121st with a time of 32 minutes, 33 seconds, Rebecca Jones, who placed 127th with a time of 33 minutes, 10 seconds, and Cabe, who placed 128th with a time of 33 minutes, 13 seconds.

Other girls varsity teams who competed in Perry in order of highest to lowest finish included: Veterans, Perry, Westover, Lee County, ACE, Vidalia, Coffee, Northside (Warner Robins), Hawkinsville, Mount de Sales, Warner Robins, Wilcox County and Howard.

Also, the Monroe County Middle School girls cross country team placed second out of five teams in Perry on Aug. 17.

The C-Team girls squad finished with 55 points to trail only West Laurens, which took first place with 26 points. ACE placed third with 83 points, followed by Mount de Sales with 87 points. Wilcox Middle finished in fifth place with 121 points.

Monroe County’s Goodwin was the girls meet champion out of 66 total girls runners with a winning time of 11 minutes, 9 seconds, nearly six seconds faster than second-place finisher Mckenzie Davis of Feagin Mill.

Other Monroe County girls counting times were recorded by: Wood, who placed third with a time of 11 minutes, 21 seconds, Hoover, who placed sixth with a time of 11 minutes, 27 seconds, Brown, who placed 16th with a time of 12 minutes, 18 seconds, and Hill, who placed 27th with a time of 13 minutes, 32 seconds.

Other C-Team girls runners who competed in Perry but failed to record counting times included: Stone, who placed 30th with a time of 14 minutes, 8 seconds, Marks, who placed 31st with a time of 14 minutes, 12 seconds, Jones, who placed 36th with a time of 14 minutes, 53 seconds, Brown, who placed 45th with a time of 15 minutes, 58 seconds, Kaitlynn Whitten, who placed 48th with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds, and Morgan, who placed 66th with a time of 25 minutes, 31 seconds.