On Oct. 16, the varsity cross-country teams hit the road early to travel to McIntosh Reserve in Whitesburg, Ga., to run in the Coach Wood Invitational.  

In the boys championship division, the Knights really started putting together the team’s top seven. Senior Edward Blaha finished third overall, and seniors George Blaha, Robert Mallis and Sam Howe ran their best races of the season. Sophomore Matthew Wells continues to stay below the 17:00 barrier, and senior Grant Thompson is starting to show improvement after coming back from a knee injury. Senior Jason Tapper finished eighth on the team and continues to remain with times in the 17:00s. Freshman Benjamin Ganz led the JV squad, running under 19:00 again in 18:56. Sophomore Henry Gaudet had a personal record of 19:12 and was No. 2 for the JV squad. 

Sophomore Caroline Hood led the varsity girls. Her first-place overall finish at 17:55 set both a personal and school record. Senior Jordan White continued to improve her lifetime personal record and ran 19:30. Freshman Olivia Resnick and junior Kate Webb solidified their places in the top seven with new personal records, and sophomore Wells Howe finished 10th for the team with a season personal record. JV captain and senior Margo Kaye’s big drop in time moved her into the state roster top 12 along with senior Raina Moseley.   

The teams’ next meet is the region championship on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Clinton Farms. The top four teams in each region will advance to the state meet on Friday, Nov. 5 at Carrollton Elementary School.