cross-country

Cross Country Ends Season on High Note

The girls cross country team revels in their 3rd place finish at State. Photo: Fred Assaf

The girls cross country team revels in their 3rd place finish at State. Photo: Fred Assaf

On Nov. 5, the boys and girls varsity cross country teams travelled to Carrollton, Georgia to compete in the GHSA 3A State Championship meet.

The girls raced first, led by freshman Peyton Payne. Peyton finished the 3.1 mile race in 10th place. Other notable finishes for the Lady Knights include freshman Paula Sandoval and senior Julia Ross, finishing 24th and 26th, respectively. The girls team finished 3rd overall.

The boys varsity runners had a tough day on the course. Junior Jack Douglass was the first Knights runner to finish for the boys, coming in 10th place.

Following Jack were seniors Rob Warren, finishing 18th, and Max Irvine, finishing 24th. The boys varsity team ended their season with a 6th place finish in Class 3A.

Last season, the boys varsity team finished in 2nd place. Although their finish this year was not what the team was expecting, they still had a successful season, with Jack breaking the record for fastest time on Westminster’s course on his way to a 1st place finish in the region competition.

The girls’ 3rd place finish this year was an improvement on the team’s 4th place finish last year. With freshmen as two of the three top runners for the girls, Coach Jolie Cunningham expects the team to do well again next year.