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Sunday, 09 September 2012
September 8--The VHS Indians' cross country teams traveled to Tattnall County on Thursday, September 6, for the first regulation distance meet of the season.  The 3.1 mile course is difficult in and of itself without factoring in the hot, humid conditions.  Seven teams were represented in the boys' race with 116 runners completing the course. Tattnall County placed 1st with 35 points, Toombs -2nd with 69 points, Southeast Bulloch - 3rd with 79 points, Liberty County - 4th with 103 points, Vidalia - 5th with 139 points, Bryan County - 6th with 150 points, and Claxton - 7th with 170 points. Trace Calloway finished 4th overall with a time of 20:10.  This week's 2nd Indian was Tyler Campbell, who finished in 23:00.  Freshman Greg Johnson was 3rd in for the Indians with a time of 23:29.  Michael Joiner, followed close on Johnson's heels to be the 4th Indian to finish in  23:35.  And the 5th Indian to score was Carson Cato, who finished in 24:26.  The rest of the team finished in the following order:

Sterling James (24:33), Will Harn (24:48), Drew Powers (26:37), Robert Petty (26:43), McKenley Corbitt (26:56), Ben Everett (28:23), Dalton Scott (28:26), Jake Everett (29:18), Chason Collins (34:06).  "As i said after the Bleckley County pre-season run, I continue to expect to see a different group in the top five runners each week.  That thought was proven true as Tyler Campbell and Greg Johnson got in the scoring for this race.  It will take a few races for the runners to realize what pre-race food and rest schedule works best for each one individually.  The heat is still playing a huge factor in finish times, as well, " says Coach Humphrey of this first 3.1 mile effort.

    The lady Indians faced three competitors with enough girls to score a team: Toombs came in 1st, Tattnall - 2nd, Claxton - 3rd, and Vidalia came in 4th.  Kimberly Warren continues to lead the lady Indians.  Warren was 10th overall (65 girls completed the course) in a time of 29:25.  Jenna Wheeler, 13th overall, was the 2nd lady Indian in with a time of 30:02.  In this race, Carolina Thigpen moved up as the 3rd finisher for the Indians with a time of 40:24.  Katelyn Achenbach, 4th Indian, finished in 40:37, and Abbie Chesser finished in 41:23.  "Again I say that I am thrilled to be able to score as a team.  These five ladies work very hard each day at practice and are giving their best efffort at races.  It takes a lot of effort to complete 3.1 miles and it is difficult to find young ladies willing to put in the mileage and sweat-effort.  This is evidenced by the number of schools who are unable to post five lady runners.  I applaud them for their efforts and am confident that finish times will decrease each week as we log in the miles and put in the speedwork at the track," reports Coach Humphrey.

     The Indians will run at a meet on the East Georgia College campus on Wednesay, September 12.  This meet will be hosted by the Swainsboro cross country team.  East Georgia has developed a new cross country course and has offered for neighboring high schools to host meets on their campus.  The meet will begin at 4:30.

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