2005-11-03 / Sports

Tiger boys, Gorsuch dominate region; state meet is coming up this weekend

The W-W Tiger Cross-Country boys team and senior Nick Gorsuch ran to consecutive team and individual victories in the Region 7-A Championships held October 20 at A.H. Stephens State Park near Crawfordville. It was the team’s fourth straight region title and Gorsuch’s second.

In the boys’ race, Gorsuch ran the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes and 19 seconds (17:19). Taylor Echols finished second with a time of 18:34 for the second year in a row. It was the fourth straight year that Tiger runners have finished in the top two positions at the Cross-country region championship.

Kevin Stasyshyn finished in fourth place with a time of 18:54, Tyson Gilland was fifth at 18:58, James Cade was seventh at 19:04, John Lovvorn was ninth at 20:13, and Brantley Stevens was 10th at 20:15. The top five finishers for each team determine the team score and for the Tigers that score was a 19. The next closest score was a 52 for Taliaferro Co., A.R. Johnson scored 95 points, and Warren Co. scored 105 points. The Tigers won the Region 7-AA title in 2002 and 2003 and the Region 7-A title in 2004 and now in 2005.

In the girls’ race, Kate Carey finished fourth with a time of 26:00. There were no other Lady Tiger runners and because Kate finished in the top six at region she qualified to compete at the state meet as an individual runner.

Each team was only allowed to have seven runners participate. Other schools included: A.R. Johnson of Augusta, Hancock Central, Taliaferro County, Warren County, and GMC.

The Tiger Cross-Country teams now get ready to run at the Class A state meet in Carrollton, Georgia, this Saturday, November 5. The boys will run at 8:30 a.m. with the girls right behind at 9 a.m. TIGERS HOST SIX-TEAM

MEET ON OCTOBER 12

W-W hosted a six-team meet on the W-W campus on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Other teams included Greenbrier, Lakeside, Taliaferro County, Thomson, and GMC.

There were 28 runners in the girls’ race with Kate Carey finishing eighth in a time of 26:25. Seventh grader Dixie Lee Trimm finished fifth in a time of 24:45.

There were 53 runners in the boys’ race. The Tiger boys’ team easily won with a score of 25 with runners finishing 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 8th. Lakeside finished second with a score of 70, Greenbrier was third with a score of 81, Taliaferro County was fourth with a score of 83, and Thomson was fifth with a score of 127.

Nick Gorsuch won the event with a time of 18:46, Taylor Echols was 3rd in 19:20, Tyson Gilland was 6th at 19:43, Kevin Stasyshyn was 7th at 19:55, and James Cade was 8th at 19:57. Other Tiger runners included: Brantley Stevens who was 12th at 20:45, John Lovvorn who was 16th at 21:00, Lee Thomson finishing 17th at 21:05, Evan Harrison finishing 32nd at 22:53, and Josh Cosby who finished 41st at 25:22. Middle School runners competing were Tyler Stasyshyn, Chase Shelton, and Rob Lovvorn.

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