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Multiple Teams · Cross Country Conquers Region Race and Advances to State Championship


This past Thursday the Varsity and Junior varsity boys and girls teams competed at the 6 AAAA Region  Cross Country Championship. The meet took place at Heritage High School in Ringgold, GA. The boys Varsity team placed 2nd overall and the girls 4th,  both earning a spot to compete in the State Championship Meet. In the beginning of the cross country season the boys team was left out of Milesplits “predicted state teams” list despite their performance at state last year.  This race (and season) showed that the GHS boys did not just have a lucky race that got them into state last year, but a devoted team who has proven yet again their talent and devotion to the sport. According to Luke Stolz “We came into region an underdog by 18 points and we had to prove to everyone that we are a lot better than perceived.” The last time the girls cross country team qualified for state was over 15 years ago. By earning their placement these girls have already made GHS history.

Individually, many of the athletes had a very impressive run, with a large percentage getting new PR’s (personal records). According to Senior Varsity Runner Josie Sheahan “Almost all the girls got their best times. It was close though, but we made it. It was very emotional for me thinking it could be my last race and knowing that made me run harder!” In regards to the close competition she also said, “You could tell all the other teams wanted to go to state as much as we did but we dealt with what we were given and made it.” In Luke Stolz opinion, “I ran the best race in my life and my coach agreed, most of our runners ran their best race as well. I’m still glad to say that each year i’ve ran XC for GHS we have improved every single season and that’s impressive.” The state Championship is now the task at hand and the main goal for the boys team is to “accomplish 8th place or better.” In closing Luke stated that, ” we will go into state with a chip on our shoulder and prove to Georgia that Gilmer isn’t messing around and is only going to continue to get better.”

Senior Luke Stolz crossed the final line with a time of 16:21, earning himself the 2nd place rank out of all varsity boys in the 6AAAA Region. Directly behind him was fellow teammate Carlos Cruz in 3rd (17:18). Carson Masenthin rounded out the top ten with 17:38, placing 7th.  The final point earners for the team, Austin Masenthin and Joshua Teague,  had respective times of 18:04 and 18:35.  In the girls race, Gilmer High’s Grace Pleasant broke into the top ten region runners with 5th place and a time of 22:07.  Norma Solis (23:34), Josie Sheahan (23:57), Emma Thurman (25:17), and Savannah Thurman (25:30) concluded the top 5 GHS girls. Clear Creeks Naomi Coombs raced against High School runners in the Mixed JV race, and not only placed 1st, but ran a seasons best of 21:19.

We are very proud of these athletes and wish you all the best at state!!!! Go bobcats!

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