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October 16, 2012

Lowndes cross country dominates

TIFTON — The Lowndes High cross country teams dominated at the 11th annual Tifton Invitational on Saturday.

Despite being without No.1 runner Megan Charbeneau, who was on an official visit at the University of Georgia, the varsity girls recorded another first place finish. The boys also finished first in the Tift Invitational.

“When you have a good team there is always someone willing to step up when a runner is out,” said Lowndes head coach Antonio Wesley.

The runner that stepped up for the Lowndes girls was Jacki Pinkerton, who finished with a team-high time of 19:48. Pinkerton also finished first overall at the meet

Alison Peters was next for the Lowndes girls with a time of 20:14.  Alex Haun (21:21), Ashley Powell (21:43), and Maggie-Laine Powell (21:55) also contributed to the girls team score to earn a first place trophy.

The boys were led by Jadon Long with a time of 17:01. Caleb Coil (17:58), Chance Roe (18:00), David Jones (18:08), and Tyler Thurman (18:14) completed the boys’ team score with a total of 65 points to earn the first place trophy on the day.

“Today was a great day to run and get better,” Wesley said on Saturday. “The weather was nice and cool this morning and the course was very scenic on the ABAC campus. All the teams in our region were present today, so this meet turned into an early preview of the Region Meet that will take place on Nov. 1 at the same location.  

Saturday was also the first time the Lowndes teams ran against region foes Camden County and Brunswick.

“Our kids are peeking at the right time of the year,” Wesley said. “All we have to do now is keep our runners healthy for the remainder of the season.”

The Pine Grove Middle School team also finished first overall.

Kelsey Moore was second overall, Katelin Stecz was 10th, Eryn Wilkey was 14th overall and Destiny Roe was 15th overall.

On the boys’ side, Daniel Swilley finished ninth overall followed by Caleb O’Conner and Ethan Shank.

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