2010-09-09 / Sports

Cross country teams improve times, will compete again today

Both the Washington-Wilkes Tiger boys and girls cross country teams competed in a four-way meet on Tuesday, August 31, and each finished in third place. But although the teams finished third, Coach Amy Wheatley reported that “there were some spectacular performances by individuals.”

The top W-W finisher was Thomas Morgan who was in a heart-pounding race to the finish and ended up just one second off the leader, placing second out of 49 runners. Teammate Josh McLeroy was close behind finishing in third place. For the girls, Mirna and Gloria Perales ran well finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

The meet was the first of the season for the unusually large cross country teams which are about half composed of new runners.

“We have a HUGE cross country team, so I am excited that we have that many interested in running,” Wheatley commended. “It was great to see both teams exuberantly supporting the other as runners crossed the finish line – we were by far the most spirited group there. I was proud of their behavior,” she continued, “It is a large group and they represented W-W well at the meet, and also later when we stopped to grab dinner.”

Wheatley reported that the whole team turned in the best times of the season.

The next cross country contest is a home meet today, Thursday, September 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School. Competing against the Tigers will be Taliaferro County, Elbert County, Oglethorpe County, and Georgia Military College.

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