Varsity Lions Cross Country packed out to Dublin, GA, early Saturday morning, Sept. 20 to face off against the Trinity Christian Crusaders. With a cool and cloudy morning on the flat and forested Crusader course, senior Emma Brown led the girls’ squad to victory with a 1st place team finish of 19 points. Brown herself took 1st overall with a PR of 21:04. Sisters Abigail and Rachel Snyder medaled in 4th and 5th place at 21:48 and 22:15, followed by scorers Hadley Kirsche (23:51) and Madi McCullough (24:12). Varsity Lady Lions finished with Peyton Turner (26:26), Megan Reeves (27:09), and Kierstin Mackay (29:52).
JV Lionettes sealed a 3rd place team finish with 95 points. Sixth grader Liz Adams ran first among her team mates in 15:27 with Elise Piotrowski (15:38), Kinley Phillips (15:39), and Juliet Guthrie (15:47) finishing in the same minute. Faith Nesbit was the last scorer at 18:33, followed by Caroline Weatherly (18:46), Emily LaCount (19:02), and Marisa Vazquez (19:18).
The Varsity boys squad was lead by a newcomer, freshman Ryan Cullom, taking up the lead in the absence of two longtime team members and running his best race to date in 19:44 for a 9th place medal. Fellow lions John Koslowsky (21:03), Brett Reeves (22:26), Robert King (22:38), and Jackson Mulkey (22:43) scored for the team. Zach Hughes (23:46), Jake Cullom (25:33), and Nic Zehna (26:27), took up the tail.