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VHS Cross Country Teams
Wednesday, 03 October 2012

October 3--ImageThe VHS Indians cross country team hosted a large meet on Tuesday, October 2.  Four teams from region 2 AA competed as well as teams from around the area. 

In the boys' competition, Bleckley County, renowned for running in this area, took first place with 27 points.  Vidalia was 2nd with 111 points; Toombs came in 3rd with 137 points; East Laurens placed 4th with 140 points; Metter was 5th with 186 points; Appling County came in 6th with 198 points; and Bacon County was 7th with 311 points. 

Runners from Vidalia, Appling County, and East Laurens played the spoiler and stopped Bleckley County from having a perfect score of 15.  Trace Calloway, the lead runner for Vidalia, placed 2nd overall with a time of 19:18.  Sterling James moved up as the 2nd Indian to finish with a time of 21:47.  Michael Joiner came in as the 3rd Indian this week in a time of 21:49.  Greg Johnson took the 4th scoring position in 21:50, and Tyler Campbell finished out the scoring with a time of 21:57. 

The rest of the team finished in the following order, respectively:  Carson Cato (one second behind Campbell - 21:58), Robert Petty (22:41), Will Harn (22:45), McKenley Corbitt (24:06), Ben Everett (24:44), Dalton Scott (24:49), Jake Everett (24:51), Chason Collins (27:50). 

"After a disappointing race last week, I tried to talk to the guys about running out of their comfort zones.  We discussed how each guy needs to run in 21 minutes or less.  I am so proud of the ones that got in that range today.  We had five runners who backed up Trace's 19 minutes with a 21 minute run.  They did exactly what I asked of them.  I am so proud of how hard they have all worked and the way their times are falling at this point in the season.  We are praying to stay strong and healthy and hopefully, peak at the region meet on October 30," says Coach Terri Humphrey.

     The VHS lady Indians also performed well in the home meet.  Bleckley County did manage a perfect score of 15 in the girls' race, with Toombs County coming in 2nd place with 64 points.  Vidalia placed 3rd with 126 points, defeating a region opponent, Metter, who had 131 points.  Appling County was 5th with 176 points with Montgomery County coming in 6th only one point behind with 177 points. 

Jenna Wheeler continues to lead the lady Indians.  Wheeler wsa 15th overall with a time of 27:26.  Kimberly Warren, continues as the 2nd lady Indian to score, with a time of 28:39.  Abigail Hodges is the 3rd lady Indian and she finished in 29:59.  Maja Mitchell scored in the 4th position with a time of 30:49, and Abbie Chesser scored 5th with a time of 32:31.  Katelyn Achenbach finished in 33:22 and Carolina Thigpen finished in 36:09. 

"The girls work hard and put in their time on the track right along with the guys.  They are doing what I ask at each practice and faster times are proof of their hard work.  We have a lot of work to catch Toombs, and Metter is too close behind for comfort.  Again, continuing track work and staying healthy will play a huge part in us finishing well in the region.  I am proud of the work they are willing to do each week," Coach Humphrey reports.

    Next week, the Indians will travel to Tattnall County to compete.  They will then participate in the annual invitational run put on by Bleckley County on Saturday, October 13. Then they will give up another of the fall holdidays to compete on the East Georgia course on October 15 to help prepare for the region meet.

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