The Landmark Christian School girls cross country team is very young, but despite the illusion of inexperience, the team boasts two of the fastest runners in the state and that has the War Eagles ranked first once again in the 1A private school classification.
Leading this year’s squad is a sophomore and freshman from the Douglas County area. Back to the team from the 2012 state champions is Kathryn Foreman. Foreman, who is from the Lithia Springs area, has raced in four big invitationals this year and has won every single one.
Joining the elite runner this year is Nicole Fegans. The freshman standout has also competed in the four invitationals and has placed second every time despite running at the high school level for the very first time. Fegans is originally from the Chapel Hill area before her house was redistricted for New Manchester. Despite the change, she originally tried to go to Chapel Hill High School but the letter of admittance arrived just a few days too late, and the decision was made to go to Landmark.
In middle school, Fegans broke the Douglas County record for quickest mile (5:25) and 2-mile (11:54).
Both runners started the 2013 season in the NCCS Early Bird Invitational at North Cobb Christian School. Foreman placed first with her best time of the season at 18:30.75. Fegans followed with a time of 20:09.76. Five teams and 43 girls competed in the meet with Landmark placing first with 30 points, followed by The Walker School, Fellowship of Christian School, Christian Heritage and Rockdale.
The girls moved on to the Bob Blastow classic, which several Douglas County schools competed in. Foreman finished first in the meet with a time of 18:31.30. Fegans finished second with a time of 19:25.10.
A total of 36 teams competed in the meet, including 14 teams and 132 girls in the race with Landmark. As a team, the War Eagles finished fourth with 107 points, trailing only Creekview, Newnan and Woodward Academy, all higher class schools.
Landmark hosted their own invitational next called Back to Landmark. Five teams and 42 girls competed in the meet but the outcome remained the same. Foreman again took first, this time with a run of 19:12.52. Fegans placed second in a time of 19:58.98.
The War Eagles placed first as a team with 19 points, followed by Eagles Landing, Central, East Coweta and Mount Vernon.
At the 2nd annual Nike Panther XC Innovational at Heritage Christian this past weekend, Kathryn Foreman took first again with a time of 18:12.77. Fegans ran a personal best of 19:00.65 for second place. The meet was the largest of the year for Landmark with 20 teams and 173 girls competing in one race.
As a team, the War Eagles placed eighth with 218 points. Finishing ahead of Landmark were Starr’s Mill, Lambert, Lakeside Evans, McIntosh, Hillgrove, Whitewater and Allatoona.
If Fegans and Foreman raced for one of the five local schools, they would boast the fastest times in the county this year.
Both runners will now set their sights on the Carrollton Invitational this weekend. Chapel Hill and Alexander are also competing in the meet.