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September 19, 2018 Page 5B orter | and iris cross country teams third y meet on Y 7- By Rkh=r l gurncm forsyth@mymcr.net The Mary Persons boys cross country team placed an impres- sive third out of 19 teams with 146 points at the Release the Hounds Invitational at Jones County High School in Gray on Saturday. MP finished behind only meet champion Veterans, who finished with 72 points, and runner-up Jones County, who finished with 116 points. The Bulldogs finished just three points ahead of fourth- place Ola, who finished with 149 points. MP sophomore Justin Wachtel was the boys individual champion with a time of 15:36 sec- onds, beating runner-up Jonathan Greene of Evans by 46 seconds. Wachtel, among the favorites at the AAAA state meet in November, has won all four races in which he has competed so far this season. Other MP boys runners who recorded counting times induded: Logan O'Neill, who placed fourth overall out of 164 runners with a time of 17 minutes, 19 seconds, Alec Remick, who placed 37th with a time of 19 minutes, 13 sec- onds, Connor Battles, who placed 42nd with a time of 19 minutes, 19 seconds, and Holden Haworth, who placed 64th with a time of 19 minutes, 49 seconds. Other MP boys runnerswho competed on Saturday but failed to record counting times included: Jon Thomas Smith, who placed 89th with a time of 20 minutes, 28 seconds, Liana Spence, who placed 91st with a time of 20 minutes, 29 seconds, Weston Dunwody, who placed 104th with a time of 20 minutes, 53 seconds, Kent Mantle, who placed ll5th with a time of 21 minutes, 23 seconds, and Austin Cookman who placed 119th with a time of 21 minutes, 39 seconds. Other varsity boys teams in attendance on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish in- dude& Heritage, Spalding, Evans, Vidalia, Pike County, Perry, John Mflledge, Upson-Lee, Putnam County, Baldwin, ACE, Howard, Hawkinsville, Tattnall Square and Social Circle. Meanwhile, the Mary Persons girls cross country team also competed in Gray on Saturday, matching the boys squad by plac- ing third out of 14 teams with 104 points. The Lady Dogs finished behind only first-place Jones County, who finished with 65 points, and runner-up Heritage, who finished with 84 points. The Lady Dogs finished 12 points ahead of region rival Perr who placed fourth with 116 points. Veterans' Mackenzie Walls was the girls individual meet champion with a time of 18 min- utes, 29 seconds, besting second- place Laney Doster of Jones Countyby 28 seconds. MP'S top girls individual finisher was Ava McK- allip, who placed 13th out of 119 total nmners with a time of 21 minutes, 33 seconds. Other MP girls runners who recorded counting times includ- ed: Caroline Hampton, who placed 15th with a time of 21 minutes, 54 seconds, Sarah Boyer, who placed 17th with a time of 22 minutes, 5 seconds, Maradeth Mary Persons cross country newcomer Alec Remick, pictured during MP's Leverett, at the Hounds Invitational in Gray on Saturday. (Photo/Richard Dumas) who placed 18th with a time of 22 minutes, 7 seconds, and Stormie Martin, who placed 54th with a time of 24 minutes, 50 seconds. "Other MP girls runners who competed on Saturday but failed to record counting times included: Christina Medlin, who placed 60th with a time of 25 minutes, 15 seconds, Jackie Gore, who placed 74th with a time of 26 minutes, 26 seconds, Hope Brooks, who placed 81st with a time of 26 minutes, 57 seconds, and Logan Landers, who placed 90th with a time of 27 minutes, 40 seconds. Other varsity girls teams in attendance on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish included: Veterans, Evans, Pike County, Ola, ACE, Hawkinsville, Howard, John Milledge, Putnam County and Vidalia. The MP IV boys cross country squad did not compete as a team in Gray on Saturday, but several Bulldogs competed as individuals in the IV race. Hunter Benson placed 28th out of 100 total IV boys runners with a time of 22 minutes, 46 seconds, Mitchell Whitfield placed 48th with a time of 24 minutes, 17 seconds, and Timothy Clements placed 69th with a time of 25 min- utes, 56 seconds. The MP JV girls cross country squad also did not compete as a team in Gray on Saturday, but several Lady Dogs competed as individuals in the IV race. Chloe KeU placed seventh out of 27 total IV girls runners with a time of 30 minutes, 35 seconds, Noon Imsukari placed 10th with a time of 32 minutes, 29 seconds, and Milly Supichayapak placed 26th with a time of 37 minutes, 54 seconds. Like the MP IV squads, the Monroe County Middle School boys cross country team did not compete as a team in Gray on Sat- urday. However, several C-Team boys team members competed as individuals. Cole Battles placed 55th out of 146 total c-team boys runners with a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds, Johnathan Ligeikis placed 92nd with a time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds, and Caleb Moore placed 126th with a time of 23 minutes, 24 seconds. Meanwhile, the Monroe County Middle School girls cross country team did compete as a unit in Gray on Saturda); placing fourth out of 13 teams with 159 points. Bleckley County Middle was the girls meet champion with 21 points, followed by Gray Station in second place with 79 points. Perry Middle came in third place just behind Gray Station with 83 points. Bleckley County's Tristen Crosby was the C-Team girls indi- vidual meet champion with a time of 13 minutes, 32 seconds, besting second-place finisher Ava Garrett of Perry by 25 seconds. Jessica Goodwin was Monroe County's top individual finisher, placing 13th overall out of 146 total C-Team girls runners with a time of 15 minutes, 53 sec- onds. Other Monroe County home meet on Sept. 8, Middle School girls who recorded counting times included: Manna Woods, who placed 14th with a time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds, Madelyn Cause); who placed 39th with a time of 18 minutes, 13 seconds, Mary Alice Marks, who placed 52nd with a time of 18 minutes, 57 seconds, and Ella Magda, who placed 59th with a time of 19 minutes, 27 seconds. Other Monroe County Middle School girls runners who com- peted on Saturday but did not record counting times included: Kadence Brown, who placed 60th with a time of 19 minutes, 33 seconds, and Ziambria Slaughter, who placed 74th with a time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds. Other C-Team girls teams in attendance on Saturday in order from highest to lowest finish in- duded: Oak Hill, Rehobath Road, John Milledge, Henderson, ACE, Vidalia, Putnam County, Clifton Ridge and Dublin. The Monroe County Middle School girls cross country team also placed fifth out of 12 teams with 139 points at the 19th Annual Warner Robins Cross Country Invitational at Huntington Middle School on Tuesda); Sept. 11. Bleckley County was the meet champion with 34 points, fol- lowed by second-place Perry with 72 points, leffDavis finished third with 105 points, followed by fourth-place Gray Station with 113 points. Bleckley County's Crosby was again the girls meet individual champion with a time of 13 minutes, 55 seconds, besting posted the Dogs' third-fastest time second-place Garrett of Perry by more than 16 seconds. Woods was Monroe County's top individual girls finisher, plac- ing 15th out of 147 total runners with a time of 16 minutes, 48 seconds. Other Monroe County girls runners who posted count- ing times included: Goodwin, who placed 21st with a time of 17 minutes, 20 seconds, Brown, who placed 26th with a time of 17 minutes, 37 seconds, Ava Hill, who placed 47th with a time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds, and Cause who placed 49th with a time of 18 minutes, 56 seconds. Other C-Team Lady Dogs runners who competed on Sept. 11 but did not record counting times included: Mackenzie Cruz, who placed 61st with a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds, Magda, who placed 64th with a time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds, Marks, who placed 77th with a time of 20 minutes, 58 seconds, Slaughter, who placed 92nd with a time of 22 minutes, 2 seconds, Amelia Jones, who placed 117th with a time of 24 minutes, 44 seconds, and Alexis Dent, who placed 127th with a time of 25 minutes, 40 seconds. Other middle school girls teams in attendance on Sept. 1I in order of highest to lowest finish includ- e& Dodge County, Oak Hill, FPD, Stratford, Clifton Ridge, Mount de Sales and Crawford County. The MP varsity cross country teams will next compete at the Wingfoot XC Classic meet at Sam Smith Park in CartersviUe at 9 a.m. on Saturday. MP to host Jackson for Senior Night on Monday, Sept. 24 By' Richard Dumas forsyth@mymcr.nef The Mary Persons softball squad dropped to second place in Region 2-AAAA after a 3-2 road loss at West Laurens on Thursday. At 7-9 overall (4-2 in Region 2-AAAA), the Lady Dogs are alone in second place, trail- ing first-place West Laurens, 8-6 overall (5-1 in Region 2-AAAA) by a single game. The Lady Raiders also secured a tiebreaker advantage over the Lady Dogs by sweeping the season series. Currently, Perry is alone in third place at 8-9 (3-3 in region) while Spalding (7-7 overall), Upson-Lee (7-8 overall) and Howard (9-12 overall) all share fourth place at 2-4. Two nights earlier, the Lady Dogs recovered from a three- game losing streak with a 15-5 road region victory at Perry on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Senior Faith Ann Rozier led the Lady Dogs with six RBIs while junior Emmalee Hayman added three RBIs. Juniors Lauren DeFore and Mallory Turner shared the pitching responsibilities in the victory. The Lady Dogs were next scheduled to face Upson-Lee at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday in yet another road region contest. MP will then retum home to face Howard in another region game at 5 p.m. on Thursday be- fore heading back on the road for a non-region doubleheader at Rutland on Saturday. MP will face the home Lady Hurricanes at 9 a.m. in Game 1 before taking on Northside (Warner Robins) at 11 a.m. in Game 2. The Lady Dogs will then host non-region rival Jackson at 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24 for Senior Night before wrapping up a busy stretch with a road region contest at Spalding at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Meanwhile, the Mary Persons IV softball squad was next scheduled to face Upson-Lee on the road at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The JV Lady Dogs will then host Jackson at 6:30 p.m. on Monday before heading back on the road to face Spald- ing at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Also, the Monroe County Middle School softball team improved to 3-1 with a 13-1 home thumping of Lamar County Middle on Thursday. The victory came two days after the C-Team Lady Dogs pounded Clifton Ridge 9-1 in their home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Monroe County got its first win of the young season on Sept. 6 when the C-Team Lady Dogs outlasted Hender- son 13-10 on the road. The Monroe County Middle School softball team was next scheduled to host Byron Middle at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The C-Team Lady Dogs will then host Gray Station at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in their fourth consecutive home game. MP junior pitcher Mallory Turner has played a key role in the Lady Dogs' region resurgence as MP has climbed into second place alone. (Photo/Richard Dumas)