Logan O'Neill

Logan O'Neill

With top runner Justin Wachtel resting on Thursday, the Mary Persons boys cross country team still managed a sixth place finish out of 16 teams at the Rock Ranch Invitational in Yatesville.

MP finished with 176 points as East Coweta took the top spot with 23 points. Veterans came in second with 111 points while Whitewater took the third spot with 120 points. East Coweta’s Kyle Harkabus was the varsity boys individual champion with a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds, about 41 seconds faster than the second-place time recorded by Upson-Lee’s Jacob Stewart.

MP’s top individual finisher was senior Logan O’Neill, who posted a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds to place 10th overall out of 146 total racers. Other MP boys runners who recorded counting times included: Holden Haworth, who placed 23rd with a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, Alec Remick, who placed 40th with a time of 19 minutes, 11 seconds, Connor Battles, who placed 48th with a time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds, and Weston Dunwody, who placed 62nd with a time of 19 minutes, 54 seconds.

Other MP runners who competed on Thursday but failed to record counting times included: Bryce Lynch, who placed 85th with a time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds, Michael Necastro, who placed 91st with a time of 21 minutes, 18 seconds, Dylan Garza, who placed 120th with a time of 23 minutes, 36 seconds, and Hunter Benson, who placed 136th with a time of 25 minutes, 34 seconds.

Other varsity boys teams in attendance at Rock Ranch on Thursday in order of highest to lowest finish included: Jones County, LaGrange, Pike County, Harris County, Upson-Lee, Lamar County, Stratford Academy, Houston County, Spalding, Warner Robins, Jackson and Howard.

Meanwhile, the MP JV boys cross country team placed fifth out of eight total teams at the Rock Ranch Invitational on Thursday.

The MP JV boys finished with 141 points as Whitewater took the boys JV team title with 33 points. Jones County placed second with 40 points, and Veterans came in third with 96 points. LaGrange’s Bo Beall was the JV boys individual champion with a time of 19 minutes, 20 seconds, besting second-place Blaze Crawford of Whitewater by about 27 seconds.

MP’s top JV boys finisher was Christopher Martin, who placed 21st overall out of 111 total racers with a time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds. Other MP JV boys runners who recorded counting times included: Leighton Judd, who placed 23rd with a time of 22 minutes, 24 seconds, Austin Adams, who placed 58th with a time of 24 minutes, 39 seconds, Luke McBride, who placed 59th with a time of 24 minutes, 40 seconds, and Mitchell Whitfield, who placed 60th with a time of 24 minutes, 42 seconds.

Other MP JV runners who competed on Thursday but failed to record counting times included: Clayton Drury, who placed 65th with a time of 25 minutes, 32 seconds, Jacob Bedgood, who placed 69th with a time of 25 minutes, 48 seconds, Liam Whitson, who placed 86th with a time of 27 minutes, 36 seconds, Benjamin Robinson, who placed 87th with a time of 27 minutes, 40 seconds, Brock Brown, who placed 90th with a time of 28 minutes, 8 seconds, and Marshall Causey, who placed 95th with a time of 29 minutes, 5 seconds.

Other JV boys teams in attendance at Rock Ranch on Thursday in order of highest to lowest finish included: Harris County, LaGrange, Houston County and Lamar County.

Also, the Monroe County Middle School boys cross country team placed fifth out of nine teams at the Rock Ranch Invitational on Thursday.

The C-Team Bulldogs finished with 109 points as Harris County took the C-Team boys title with 66 points. Stratford Academy placed second with 75 points while Gardner-Newman came in third with 102 points. Lamar County’s Aaron Crenshaw was the C-Team boys individual champion with a time of 12 minutes, 54 seconds, edging second-place Wes Flournoy of Stratford Academy by less than a second.

Monroe County’s top C-Team boys individual finisher was Kayden Mays, who placed 12th overall out of 134 total racers with a time of 13 minutes, 46 seconds. Other Monroe County C-Team boys who recorded counting times included: Wes Stapleton, who placed 20th with a time of 14 minutes, 20 seconds, Cole Battles, who placed 25th with a time of 15 minutes, 6 seconds, Ike Dunwody, who placed 31st with a time of 15 minutes, 29 seconds, and Breydan Funck, who placed 34th with a time of 15 minutes, 37 seconds.

Other Monroe County C-Team boys runners who competed on Thursday but failed to record counting times included: Todd McCall, who placed 60th with a time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds, Mac Roeser, who placed 83rd with a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds, and Caleb Moore, who placed 99th with a time of 19 minutes, 15 seconds.

Other C-Team boys teams in attendance at Rock Ranch on Thursday in order of highest to lowest finish included: Lamar County, Upson-Lee, Henderson, Rehobath Road and Long Cane.

The MP boys varsity and JV cross country teams will next compete in the Alexander/Asics Invitational in Douglasville at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School boys cross country team will next compete at home in the Middle Georgia Middle School Athletic League Championships at the Monroe County Recreation Department at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.