The Gator cross country teams competed in the Region 2 AAAAA Championship, hosted by Wayne Co. HS on Thursday 10/26 with both the boys team and the girls team qualifying for the state cross country meet for the 2nd year in a row. The boys team placed 3rd in the region with a team score of 68 points and the girls team placed 3rd in the region with their finish decided by a tiebreaker with Statesboro HS. Both Ware Co. and Statesboro scored 73 points scoring their top 5 runners. The tiebreaker decision was based on the 6th place finisher for each team (only the top 5 are designated scorers) and Ware Co. sophomore Mia Sandiford finished 28th with a time of 26:15 ahead of Statesboro's 6th place runner sealing the tiebreaker for Ware Co. Ware County senior Logan Millard was named as 2 AAAAA first team All Region with his third place finish in the boys race. The top 7 runners in each race are named first team All Region.
The top 5 runners for the boys were Logan Millard (sr.), finishing 3rd with a time of 17:14, Matt Hamilton (sr.), finishing 9th with a time of 18:18, Ethan Frye (so.), finishing 16th with a time of 18:38, Bruce Altman (so.), finishing 18th with a time of 18:48, and Dakota Walker (so.), finishing 22nd with a time of 19:17.
The Girls top 5 were Kaylah Youngblood (so.), finishing 9th with a time of 22:31, Maree Harris (jr.), finishing 10th with a time of 22:33, Aaliyah Sandiford (so.), finishing 16th with a time of 23:31, Hannah Boggan (so.), finishing 17th with a time of 23:32, and Bailey Moore (fr.), finishing 21st with a time of 24:13.
The Gators will run at the AAAAA state cross country meet to be held at Carrollton HS on Friday 11/3/17. The boys will race at 9:00 am and the girls will race at 9:45. Complete team scores are listed below:
1. Wayne Co. – 49
2. South Effingham – 53
3. Ware Co. – 73 (tiebreaker winner)
4. Statesboro – 73
5. New Hampstead – 102
1. Wayne Co. – 38
2. South Effingham = 41
3. Ware Co. – 68
4. Statesboro – 82
5. New Hampstead – 145