The Alexander cross country team competed in its third straight big meet of the season over the weekend. On Saturday, the AHS boys and girls competed with 48 other schools at the third annual AT&T Panther Invitational, hosted by Starrs Mill at Herritage Church in Fayetteville.
The Alexander boys had a strong showing, placing third in a 28 team field. The Cougars finished the meet with 128 points, finishing behind Smiths Station (106) and Whitewater (120). Rounding out the top five were McIntosh (139) and Lakeside (146).
Lance Smith led AHS with a 10th place finish, in a time of 16:49.32. Also placing for Alexander were Tyler Whorton (15th, 17:01.15), Kamil Jones (21st, 17:10.13), Braeden Collins (33rd, 17:28.82) and Jacob Glammarco (49th, 17:59.98).
“The times for the boys were near the same that they were at our first meet,” said AHS coach Brian Anderson. “Lance ran well and this was Jacob’s first top five finish. This was a big race for us.”
Christian Bowles, of Lakeside-Evans, took the top individual crown with a time of 15:47.93. Sam Bowie (LaGrange, 15:58.57) and Jonathan Schwind (Lambert (16:08.88) rounded out the top three.
The Lady Cougars finished 14th in a 22 team race with 395 points. Landmark Christian finished first with 53 points, followed by McIntosh (83), Starrs Mill (105), Lambert (163), and Union Grove (222).
Alexander was led by Carleigh Camp, who finished 28th with a time of 21:47.36. Also placing for AHS were Anna Scasny (52nd, 22:31.40), Mikaela Talbot (101st, 24:47.70), Eva Salazr (106th, 25:07.70) and Caroline Watkins (108th, 25:22.60).
“The girls can run better,” Anderson said. “the JV girls actually did better than varsity so they need to step up. I am a little disappointed but it is just one of those things were we have a bunch of new runners.”
Alexander will have another meet this saturday as they travel to the East Jackson Invitational.
The Lady War Eagles picked up a dominating victory at the Panther Invitational. The Landmark girls led the field with 53 points. Douglas County native, Kathryn Foreman, placed first overall with a time of 18:33.63. Another county native, Nicole Fegans, finished second with a time of 18:40.56. Sarah Foreman, the sister of Kathryn, placed sixth overall and third for Landmark with a time of 19:32.23.
Rounding out the top five for the Lady War Eagles were Mary Kellison Thorne (17th, 20:56.12) and Lindsey Biggar (27th, 21:42.34).
The Landmark boys finished 18th with 474 points. Seth Cruver was the top runner for the War Eagles with a 55th place time of 18:07.06. Also placing were Austin Taylor (78th, 18:38.19), Kermit Jackson (101st, 19:12.38), Micah Burdette (104th, 19:15.32) and Mark Humphries (136th, 19:59.31).