TCS Cougars Race to another AAC Championship
The Cottage School boys and girls cross country teams raced rain and a horde of hungry harriers to win both teams’ third consecutive Atlanta Athletic Conference Championship yesterday at Mill Springs Academy. Frosh, Alex Nebel won the individual title for the girls in 25:49, while junior, Larry Orsini won the boys title and broke into the top two of all-time cross country student-athletes at TCS by eclipsing Sam Kacergis’s mark from 2008 of 17:30 with his 17:25.21.
The girls’ competition was a donnybrook with Nebel running behind Kate Guensler (The Howard School) and Grace Gersack (MSA) for the first third of the race. Gradually, however, Alex stalked and overtook her prey. The lasses hung close until, the final mile when Alex stretched the rubber band to its breaking point and was free from her challengers as the elastic snapped. Kyndel Abercrombie placed fourth at 30:29, Bri Worrell earned fifth in 31:00 and Middle-schooler, Eleanor Gaffneystone placed sixth in 39:34.
The boys’ event was an impressive display of camaraderie and esprit de corps, as Orsini ran as if his golden locks were on fire, with our top seven packed closely behind to extinguish it. Frosh, Will Conroy took bronze in 20:29; Nick Daugherty ran himself into fourth overall with a 20:46; Senior, Brett Boyles ran 20:55 to place fifth; Cam Michaud, another frosh, placed sixth in 20:57, as Shane Hendrickson placed seventh in 21:38. Frosh, Conner Hogue placed twelfth in 22:56 as mate, Alex Hoeve chased him into the chute with a 23:14. Dino Couvaras placed nineteenth in 25:29; Parker Dement, senior, placed top twenty at 25:59 and Nick Smith placed twenty second at 27:12. Will Kidd raced into twenty fourth position at 27:48, and Mike Janyska placed twenty seventh at 28:18. Andrew Marriott placed thirty seventh in 29:30; Alex Hogg ran just behind in 33:15, and Brady Schaeffer placed thirty ninth in 33:39. The Cougars now attend to Dominion on Saturday, 10-13-18, as they hone the blade for GISA I-AA region and state. Thank you for your continued support of these young student athletes as they continue to pursue excellence in life.