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Boys Cross Country Claims Area Title, Girls Fourth

MACON, Ga. – The FPD cross country teams prolonged their 2014 season on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 29, at the Georgia Children’s Home in the GHSA Class-A Area-1 Private Meet.

The Vikings claimed a fifth consecutive first place finish while the Lady Vikings took fourth. By GHSA rules and regulations, both squads advance to the Class-A State Meet on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Carrollton High School.

Will Martin (17:13) finished first in the boys race and Bryce Little (17:33) took second overall to pace the Vikings, who posted 46 points on the day. Savannah Country Day placed second with 93 points, followed by Mt. de Sales (96) and Stratford (103) to round out the advancing teams.

“It was a big day,” head boys coach Shane Hall said, who saw his team capture FPD’s thirteenth region title in program history. “The energy was there and the guys had it in their mind that they would win and definitely showed it.”

Stephen Dance notched a tenth place finish at 19:19 and Cooper Martin took 11th at 19:20.

“We had some guys really step up,” Hall said. “It was neat to see Will (Martin) and Bryce (Little) come over the hill and finish at one and two. Stephen Dance had a solid run for us coming in the Top-10. Then Brooks (Hanson), Cooper (Martin) and Griffin (Hicks) all had big races for us.”

“I’m incredibly proud of these guys and our seniors.”

Head girls coach Holly Scott is proud as well.

Her Lady Vikings secured a spot in the state meet with a fourth place finish after totaling 114 points on the day. Mt. de Sales took first at 59 points, followed by Stratford at 65 and Savannah Christian at 74.

“I’m just so proud of them,” Scott said. “Their goal was to make it to state and they accomplished that goal today.”

McKenzie Peterson took second place overall at 21:22 followed by teammate Brynna Wilson in 22nd at 24:26. Anna Claire Steietenroth secured a spot in the Top-30, placing 27th at 24:55.

“Several of our girls did great,” Scott said. “McKenzie ran a strong race today. All of our girls did.”

Both teams will now turn their attention to the state meet on Nov. 8, a course that FPD knows well after running at the Last Chance Meet in Carrollton in October.

“We were excited to get to go there earlier this year at Last Chance,” Scott said. “We’ve got a good 10 days or so of training ahead and hopefully we’ll be ready.”

Added Hall: “Carrollton is a great venue. It’s unlike anything else. There are big crowds, great runners and it’s a great place to see. Our guys are familiar with it, so I’m looking for a big run out of them. We’ve got a big goal for that one. We’ll see how we rise to the challenge.”

For full results from Wednesday’s girls meet, click HERE.

For full results from Wednesday’s boys meet, click HERE.

The varsity boys are scheduled to run at 2:50 p.m. followed by the varsity girls at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 in Carrollton.

Visit the GHSA Cross Country page for further information on the State Meet and check www.fpdvikings.com for continuing cross country coverage.

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BOX SCORE:

Varsity Girls Race:

TEAM SCORES:
1. Mt. de Sales – 59
2. Stratford Academy – 65
3. Savannah Christian – 74
4. FPD – 114
5. Aquinas – 118
6. Calvary Day School – 134
7. Pacelli – 149
8. Brookstone – 160
9. Savannah Country Day – 247
10. Tattnall Square Academy – 274

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Shannon Fair (Aquinas) – 18:48
2. McKenzie Peterson (FPD) – 21:22
3. Faith Siror (Mt. de Sales) – 21:35
4. Jessy Tallant (Mt. de Sales) – 21:45
5. Ellie Peterson (Stratford) – 21:50
6. Mariah Harris (Calvary Day School) – 22:00
7. Jennifer Colter (Savannah Christian) – 22:21
8. Cali Ruth Hays (Stratford) – 22:29
9. Kiley McKenna (Pacelli) – 22:32
10. Catherine Jackson (Aquinas) – 22:33

Varsity Boys Race:

TEAM SCORES:
1. FPD – 46
2. Savannah Country Day – 93
3. Mt. de Sales – 96
4. Stratford – 103
5. Brookstone – 108
6. Savannah Christian – 156
7. Aquinas – 179
8. Pacelli – 189
9. Calvary Day School – 238
10. Tattnall Square Academy – 289

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS:
1. Will Martin (FPD) – 17:13
2. Bryce Little (FPD) – 17:33
3. Michael McCormack (Aquinas) – 17:55
4. Josh Thompson (Mt. de Sales) – 18:02
5. Eduardo Barquet (Aquinas) – 18:22
6. Jack Barnes (Savannah Country Day) – 18:27
7. Edward Long (Savannah Country Day) – 18:45
8. Jenkins William (Brookstone) – 19:09
9. Josh Russell (Mt. de Sales) – 19:10
10. Stephen Dance (FPD) – 19:14