The Landmark Lady War Eagle cross country team capped off a solid season with a state title over the weekend. Led by the usual suspects, Landmark took first place in the Single A Private School 5K race with 45 points, and have now won state in two of the last year years.
Rounding out the top five were Providence Christian (67), Hebron Christian (74), Athens (78) and Galloway (172).
Douglas County native, Nicole Fegans, was the top performer for Landmark, finishing second behind Galloway’s Emma Grace Hurley, in a time of 19:30.19. Kathryn Foreman, who has been battling injuries for the second half of the season, finished second for Landmark, and fourth overall in a time of 20:00.68. She was followed closely by sister, Sarah Foreman, in a time of 20:09.92. Both girls also reside in Douglas County.
Also placing for the Lady War Eagles were Mary Kellison Thorne (11th, 21:14.81) and Lindsey Biggar (25th, 22:22.00).
Hurley pulled away from Fegans at the end of the race to take first place individually in a time of 19:06.78. She had placed fourth in 2013.
Hurley was in a flat out sprint at the gun with Shannon Fair of Aquinas and Fegans doing their best to not lose touch with her.
At 4:05 Hurley had clearly established herself at the double street crossing in the near deserted team tent area with a hefty lead of maybe 35 meters over a game Kathryn Foreman, followed by Fegans
Hurley approached 'Separation Slope' around 7:15 as Kathryn Foreman and Fegans pursued, along with a few other runners. Sarah Foreman was in between a chase pack behind the lead group. Thorne of was moving well.
Beginning the second loop, Hurley's pace seemed to have slowed a bit. Fegans passed Kathryn Foreman as Fegans and trailed the leader by about 40 meters. Sarah Foreman was in sixth place and running strong, gaining slowly on the lead pack. Thorne pursued with a few other runners about 20 meters back of the younger Foreman.
Hurley was now heading into the playground at 14:00 with a very comfortable lead. Fegans was still in striking distance, with Kathryn Foreman soldiering on a few seconds back..
After Hurley reached the summit of the Slope she took a quick look in her rearview, seeing Fegans moving pretty well. Hurley quickened her pace, covering the final 400 meters to finish in first place.
The Landmark boys finished just outside the podium, placing fifth with 152 points. Hebron won the race with 61 points, followed by Providence (106), Galloway (110) and Athens (134).
Douglas County native, Austin Taylor, was the top War Eagle performance with an 18th place finish in a time of 18:30.70. Also placing were Seth Cruver (22nd, 18:37.84), Kermit Jackson (39th, 19:17.93), Mark Humphries (40th, 19:21.53), and Micah Burdette (44th, 19:27.08).