Wednesday afternoon the girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams competed in the 2022 Atlanta Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Mill Springs Academy in near perfect conditions-cool wind and light rain. The girls earned Gold, Madison Clark, Bronze, Skylar Brown, fifth, Malia Richards, sixth, Mary-Addison Burch, ninth, Hannah Katz, and eleventh, Eleanor Gaffneystone in 24:41, 28:10, 30:16, 31:32, 36:04 and 37:00, respectively and won the Championship going away as perennial AAC Champions with 8 points to second place Tapestry with 17 (low score wins).  The boys team placed second to Howard, with a deficit of 9.  Noah Velasco placed 4th with 22:16, Will Moore pushed hard for 6th at 23:16; Conner Armistead kicked into the chute with 8th in 24:20; Nick Elliott placed 10th with a gutsy effort in 25:53. Jack McGrew garnered 15th with a 27:34 effort as Eric Born placed 23rd in 31:20. Johnah Lorman outkicked teammate Jonathan LeRoy for 25th and 26th place in 32:07 and 32:08, respectively.  Ethan Halpert raced to 31st in 35:38, while Carson Lacy strode across the line for 33rd in 41:05. Dean Kirksey was unable to finish the race.

Following the Big Pumpkin Run this Saturday, the 8-12th grade Contingency of Cougar Harriers will depart TCS on Thursday, October 20 at 2:45PM for the State GIAA Region Championship beginning at 3:30PM at Mill Springs Academy.  The top four teams and the top ten individual student-athletes will earn a berth to compete at the State Championship meeting of athletes at First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, Ga. On Saturday, October 29.  Thank you for your continued support of our young charges as they pursue excellence, humility, and kindness in life. Up, up, up!