Saturday, your TCS high school cross country teams traveled to Dominion for their annual Dash over hill, dell, mud, and a small lake-reportedly with at least one fish, (due to the remnants of Hurricane Michael). The boy’s team triumphed over the juggernaut Fugees Academy (perennial consecutive state champions since their inception) and all others to win by five points. This bodes well for The Cougars as they sharpen the blade for both region and state in the coming weeks.
Our girl’s contingency was unable to field a complete team, but Alex Nebel ran a respectable time to finish 6th at 26:16, while teammate and loyal lieutenant, Bri Worrell ran a 28:30 to finish in 14th.
The boys won despite missing Larry Orsini, Parker Dement and Brady Schaeffer. Nick Daugherty earned bronze behind international power houses, Asad from the Fugees and Hulufe from Cristo Ray, at 20:07. Again, the original team sport proved just how important the TEAM matters in this oldest of sporting competitions, as the Cougars rallied to win. Will Conroy chased Daugherty into the chute with a 20:41, while up-and-comer, Cam Michaud charged closely behind in 20:45 for 4th and 6th, respectively. Senior team captain, Brett Boyles, finished 8th with a 20:55, and our top five seed, Shane Hendrickson, burst across the finishing line in 21:44 to seal the deal in 11th. Conner Hogue ran well to place 21st in 22:36 as Nick Smith placed 24th in 23:10.16 to Alex Hoeve’s gallant 25th place photo finish at 23:10.48. Dino Couvaras ran 27:25 to place 33rd, and Alex Hogg ran 28:14 to earn 34th. Mike Janyska placed 35th at 28:28, while Andrew Marriott placed 37th at 28:50.
We thank all our supporters, and hope to see you again this coming Thursday, beginning at 4:00PM, with a 12:30PM departure from TCS as our top seven compete for the coveted top four teams, as they advance to the state GISA Championship meeting of athletes on 27 October, at Georgia Southwestern University in Americus beginning at 9:00AM.