The LaGrange High boys and girls cross country teams took first and third place, respectively, at the ASICS invitational this past weekend. The win kept the boys team competitive for first in the region and bumped the girls team to second in the region behind Chapel Hill.
The boys team finished with a score of 73 to take first place in the meet. Alex Bowie, who came in second overall, and Miller Penn, who came in seventh overall, led the charge for the Grangers with top-ten finished. LaGrange had four students in the top twenty, with Matthew Callaway finishing thirteenth and John McDonald finishing twentieth.
“[We’ve done] pretty solid so far,” Penn said of his team’s performance this season.
“Last season we came in first in region,” added Bowie. “This season we were hoping to reclaim that title, but Cartersville … actually beat us in our first meet. Right now, I think we’ve caught back up to them.”
While the boys fight for first place, the girls have marched their way to second with a narrow lead over Cartersville. With Lauren Farris returning to the team after an injury, the girls have high hopes for the rest of their season.
“[Lauren Farris and Zamya Rhaney] are the mental leaders of our team,” said fellow athlete Chloe Morman. “They push us to do better.”
The Lady Grangers, who practice every day of the week but Sunday, look to improve their already-impressive region standings with Farris alongside them.
They’ll have an opportunity to do so this Thursday as the Grangers host a cross country meet at 4:30 p.m. at Pyne Road Park (weather permitting).
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