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Boys Claim Sixth Straight Area Title, Girls Place Fourth at GHSA Class-A Area-1 Meet

MACON, Ga. – The goal for any cross country team at the beginning of the season is to finish in the Top-4 in the Area/Region Meet for a chance to run at the state competition.

Considered that accomplished by both of the FPD varsity cross country programs in 2015.

On Thursday afternoon, Oct. 29, the Vikings claimed their sixth consecutive Area Championship to secure a spot in Carrollton, Ga. on Nov. 7 for the GHSA Class-A Private State Meet.

It’s also FPD’s first Area/Region Title of the 2015-16 school year.

“Today was a memorable day,” head boys coach Shane Hall said. “I’m so happy for our guys. This season has been filled with injuries and illnesses and to be quite honest I didn’t think the guys would be able to come through in this one.”

“I know now not to doubt them,” Hall said smiling. “They showed both mental toughness and a will to win. These boys did not want to be the team that ended our string of Area Championships and let our school down. I’m so happy for them and what they’ve accomplished this season.”

The Vikings finished with 53 points. The nearest competitor was Brookstone with 102.

Seniors Will Martin and Dylan Bridges placed third and fourth overall.

Martin cross the finish line at 18:22 while Bridges clocked in under 19 minutes at 18:59.

It was also a magical Thursday for the Lady Vikings.

For the second consecutive season, FPD placed fourth to earn a bid to the GHSA Class-A State Meet.

“I’m so thrilled for our girls,” head coach Holly Scott said. “Since we began workouts in the summer, they have set goals and have accomplished almost all of them. Making it to state was one of our biggest goals and we did that today.”

The Lady Vikings finished with 87 points behind overall winner Mount de Sales Academy, who totaled 53 points. In second place was Savannah Christian with 54 followed by Stratford with 56.

Senior McKenzie Peterson came in eighth place at 22:36 while freshman Mary Jane Bonfim was ninth overall at 22:46.

“The Top-3 team scores were really tight as you can see,” Scott said. “We ran against some really good competition today and hopefully it will be competition that makes us better and prepares us for the state meet.”

Both cross country teams will be honored on Friday night, Oct. 30 prior to FPD’s home football game vs. Twiggs County for their Senior Night.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the cross country teams leading up to the GHSA Class-A State Meet on Nov. 7 in Carrollton, Ga. at Carrollton High School.

The boys will start things off at 7:45 a.m. on Nov. 7 while the girls will run at 8:25 a.m.

Results from Thursday’s Area-1 Meet will be posted on the Georgia MileSplit page in the coming days.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPDathletics.

BOX SCOREs:

BOYS TEAM RESULTS:

1) FPD – 53
2) Brookstone – 102
3) Stratford – 108
4) Mount de Sales – 115
5) Savannah Christian – 122
6) Savannah Country Day – 123
7) Aquinas – 190
8) Calvary – 193
9) Pacelli – 202
10) Tattnall Square – 242

BOYS TOP 10:

1) Jenkins William – Brookstone – 17:40
2) Tunji Afolabi-Brown – Mount de Sales – 17:47
3) Will Martin – FPD – 18:22
4) Dylan Bridges – FPD – 18:59
5) Allen Kim – Mount de Sales – 19:12
6) Ben Barwick – Tattnall Square – 19:20
7) Edward Long – Savannah Country Day – 19:21
8) Asa Marshall – Stratford – 19:33
9) Ret Weeks – Calvary Day – 19:42
10) Sachin Khurana – Stratford – 19:46

Notes: FPD wins sixth straight GHSA Area Title…Top-4 Teams advance to GHSA State Meet on Nov. 7

GIRLS TEAM SCORES:

1) Mount de Sales – 53
2) Savannah Christian – 54
3) Stratford – 56
4) FPD – 87
5) Brookstone – 127
6) Aquinas – 149
7) Pacelli – 195

GIRLS TOP 10:

1) Mattie Harris – Calvary Day – 19:57
2) Jessy Tallant – Mount de Sales – 21:27
3) Moriah Harris – Calvary Day – 21:45
4) Emory Sutherland – Stratford – 21:50
5) Jennifer Colter – Savannah Christian – 21:55
6) Faith Siror – Mount de Sales – 22:04
7) Alexa Staudt – Savannah Christian – 22:31
8) McKenzie Peterson – FPD – 22:36
9) Mary Jane Bonfim – FPD – 22:46
10) Kate Hoffman – Savannah Christian – 23:01

Notes: Top-4 teams advance to State on Nov. 7