Varsity Cross Country Teams Qualify for State
Many runners shave significant time off their personal bests to earn a trip to the State meet!
Despite regionals coinciding with fall break, the Varsity Cross Country Teams showed dedication and perseverance to earn their way to next week’s GISA State Championships. The slightly cooler temperatures combined with the hard work put in over the season lead to notable performances on both the boy’s and girl’s teams.
In the boy’s race, Cooper Keuroglian (20:17) led the Wildcats by dropping 30 seconds off of his best time and was followed by Brad Joiner (20:35) and Will Puckett (21:06) with breakout races dropping 90 seconds and 1 minute off of their personal best times respectively. Frank Yu (21:30) shaved 30 seconds off his previous best time, while Conner Lutz (21:33) wrapped up scoring for Westminster.
Thomas Paulk (22:03), Eli Scott(22:09) and Henry Waller (22:23) completed the WSA roster.
The girls race was led by Lauren Eaddy (24:54) in a season best time and Caroline Campbell (25:34). Claire Peacock (25:52) was the third Wildcat across the line followed closely by Meaghan Rich (26:17) and Reagan Lutz (26:30) to round out the top 5.
Julia Andrews lowered her personal best time by over 30 seconds while Caroline Weaver and Mary Rushton Massey each dropped over one minute off of their previous best times to wrap up the Wildcat performances for the day.
“It has been great watching these athletes work hard every day and see the results of their work. They are coming together at the perfect time in the season and I am looking forward to next week’s results at States,” said varsity cross country coach Janelle Branch.
The boy’s team finished 3rd in the Region with 69 points while the Lady Wildcats finished 2nd with 40 points. Both teams will compete at the GISA State Championships in Americus, GA on Saturday, October 27.