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October 30, 20l9 x COUNTRY Continued from l B state, said he competes with the same intensity in regional competitions like Thursday. “It’s just always knowing that everyone is there supporting me and backing me and behind me,” Wachtel said. “And always knowing that there’s something in front of me to get. There’s always something more you can achieve. And I’m constantly pushing my own limits and try- ing to push those around me at the same time.” Other MP boys runners who recorded counting times included senior Logan O’Neill, who placed fifth overall out of 40 total runners with a time of 17 minutes, 56 seconds, junior Connor Battles, who placed sixth with a time of 18 minutes, 17 seconds, junior Holden Haworth, who placed 10th with a time of 18 minutes, 34 seconds, and junior Weston Dunwody, who placed 17th with a time of 19 minutes, 17 Seconds. Other MP boys runners who competed on Thursday but failed to record counting times included senio'r'Bryce Lynch, who placed 26th with a time of 20 minutes, seconds, and senior Alex Hansen, who placed 30th with a time of 20 minutes, 35 seconds. Spalding finished in fifth place in the boys team competition with 133 points while Howard came in sixth place with 171 points. MP head coach LLonisha McElhaney, who returned from maternity leave just in time to see her Bulldogs take region yet again, said she was nervous about the boys squad’s chances after one of the team’s top run- ners, Alec Remick, suffered a late—season injury. However, McElhaney said her boys team’s quality depth, close-knit rela- tionships and Wachtel’s extraor- dinary talent enabled MP to pull through for a second time. McElhaney said of Wachtel: “He’s a phenomenal runner, and I think everybody knows that. He had an awesome season. He dictated his season, and he did awesome with his workouts and his work ethic. I can’t ask for a better runner. And he’s so humble, so he’s easy to coach. And for the team, he’s a leader. But they all get along so well, and they all follow suit” Meanwhile, the MP girls cross IllIllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllIllliilllllltllllllllllllilllilil D A EFIAT E E S v Custom Screen Printing 478-315-9944 57 NJackson st. Forsyth, GA ByAppointment Only '@ [3 Mary Persons of Perry GI] MP BULLDOGS! Open Monday-Sunday Join us before or after the game for a great meal! . Eat in or carry it with you! Don't forget our famous Strawberry Pie! “a. . 1323 Harold G. Clark Pkwy 0 Forsyth, GA 478-994-1314 . Ole Miss at Auburn country team was also seek- ing its second straight Region 2—AAAA championship on Thursday However, the Lady Dogs were forced to settle for third place this year, largely due to an untimely leg injury to one of its brightest stars, Ava McKallip, who placed third as an individual at last year’s region meet The Lady Dogs finished with 59 points as West Laurens took home the team title with a total of 45 points. Perry finished just two points ahead of MP in second place with 57 points. Upson—Lee was the fourth and final Region 2—AAAA squad to qualify for state with 74 points. Despite falling short of captur- ing the team championship, MP sophomore Maradeth Leverett became the first MP gins runner to win an individual region championship since Anna Leigh Nix in 2013. Leverett’s first-place time of 21 minutes, 43 seconds was seven seconds faster than that of second—place finisher Georgia Maddox of Perry, who finished in 21 minutes, 50 seconds. It was the first time since 2012 that MP has had the boys and girls individual champions in the same year. Caleb Watson siiiillilllllllilllllllllllllllllllllllllllIllllllllllllIlllllllllll|lll|IllllllIllllIllllllllllIlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll . PREMIER cum-a orter and Nix, respectively, were the individual champs in 2012. Leverett, who placed fourth in her first try at region in 2018, said she realized from compare ing her regular season times with her region compeu'tion that she had a good chance to win on Thursday Leverett, who McElhaney de- scribed as “awesome: smart and athletic’: said her region title win has allowed her to see the good that can come from hard work She said, “It’s really taught me to keep pushing for things that I want in cross country and just things in life.” Other MP girls runners who recorded counting times included: junior Sarah Boyer, who placed fourth out of 37 total runners with a time of 22 min- utes, 41 seconds, junior Stonnie Martin, who placed 17th with a time of 24 minutes, 31 seconds, sophomore Caroline Hampton, who placed 18th with a time of 24 minutes, 49 seconds, and sophomore Genna Hallrnan, who placed 19th with a time of 24 minutes, 56 seconds. Other MP girls runners who competed on Thursday but failed to record counting times included junior Gracie Martin, who placed 23rd with a time Pa ge 3 B of 25 minutes, 29 seconds, and crack the top 10 for the first time freshman Madelyn‘Causey, who in recent history, and he said ; placed 26th with a time of 26 he has his sights set on his first minutes, 7 seconds. AAAA individual champion- Spalding finished in fifth place ship. in the team competition He said, “I’ve been undefeated with 110 points While Howard up to this point (in 2019), so came in sixth place with 158 now it’s really just time to finish points. out the rest of the season and Despite coming up short stay on it and get a couple more of a team victory, McElhaney big races out of the year and see said she was pleased with her what happens.” girls squad’s performance on Wachtel said it will take Thursday. intense mental focus to real— “Ava’s injury hurt the team ize his dream of being a state because we didn’t have a lot of champion. ‘ depth,” McElhaney said “And “Just know what I need to do ' then Caroline was injured all and stay mentally ready,” Wach- season. So she really only had one race to get it together prior to region, so she did more than what I expected of her. And then we had some of our newer run- ners step up big time and close that gap. So for them to pull off third, I’m very proud of them.” The MP boys and girls varsity cross country teams will next compete in the AAAA state championship meet at Car- rollton High School at 9 am. on Friday The MP boys team placed 12th a year ago with Wachtel coming in second place as an individual by less than a second. Wachtel said this time around it is the Bulldogs’ goal to the rules of the GAME; I. Circle the winner of all 10 contests in the ads here. 2. Guess the score of the game listed in the box marked "Tie Breaker.“ 3. Mail entry to: The Reporter, PO. Box 795, Forsyth, GA 31029, or bring it to the office at 50 N. Jackson St. Forsyth, GA or fax 994-2359. Entries must be in by noon on Friday. 4. Only one entry per name and handwriting will be accepted. tel said “And just use eve that I’ve worked on all year and Iv be able to funnel it into this one last race.” Also, the Lady Dogs, who placed ninth at state in 2018, '2 will be looking for their second t: consecutive Top 10 state finish. .1 Leverett, who was MP’s top . finisher at state in 43rd place in ' 2018, said she’ll miss running alongside McKallip, who placed‘ 48th last year, this time around.‘ “I’ve kind of had to learn how} to pace on my own, and I kind I, of just like having someone to run with,” Leverett said “But it’s: okay, hopefully she’ll be back for1 next season.” N rllllllllllllllllllll 5. First place will get a $15 Gift Certificate from Minori's Ital- ian Ristorante and a Winner’s T shirt from ERATEES Custom Screen Printing, second place will get a $15 Gift Certificate from Shoney’s of Forsyth and third place will get a $12 Gift Certificate from Pickled Okra. 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