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Apalachee team shows off speed in East Jackson event

POSTED: September 3, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Apalachee High School cross country team turned in a successful weekend in their follow-up to the season opening Saucony Invitational in Savannah. The Wildcats ran in the 12th Annual Fall Runaway combined high school and middle school meet hosted by East Jackson High School and they kept building on the momentum they earned in that first race a week earlier.

Jeremy Dyal (8, 17:17.49) once again led the Apalachee team and finished within a minute of the first place finisher, Chase Kennedy (1, 16:17.71) of host East Jackson High School.

Wildcat senior Chandler Campbell (17, 18:24.11) came in next for the Apalachee varsity runners, leading up teammate Merit Fontinel (23, 18:37.34) by a slim margin. 

In Savannah, the Wildcats did a great job of finishing in close proximity to each other for a solid team time. They were not quite as effectively together in their second race, but Apalachee did have several finishers within reach of one another. 

After Fontinel, Robert Bowers (28, 18:47.15) and Juan Morales (32, 18:54.47) rounded out Apalachee’s scoring runs in a good, tight grouping. 

Alternates Gabriel Maurer-Pollak (48, 20:04.38) and Jackson Wadsworth (20:33.21) also had good races for the Wildcats and finished close together.

The final three racers for Apalachee were Anthony Jewett (57, 20:49.05), Preston Marlowe (63, 21:28.37) and D.J. Jones (74, 22:59.94).

East Jackson High School easily won the men’s portion of Saturday’s race with four finishers in the top 10 and their fifth coming in 13th, earning 28 points and a clean 17:00 average team finish. Apalachee had an excellent showing, though, as their 103 points and 18:24 average team finish were good enough for fourth place behind Mountain View High School’s 60 points and Archer’s 85 points.

Jefferson High School’s 136 points earned the Dragons fifth place ahead of Athens Christian in sixth with 145 points, Morgan County in seventh with 171 points and Greater Atlanta Christian in eighth with 207 points.

Lady Wildcat Analee Bradach (24, 24:18.63) topped the charts for her team while Christi Tobiasz (29, 24:56.91) and Samantha Linatok (30, 25:01.71) finished back-to-back. 

Apalachee only had five runners overall in the contest with freshman Natalie Salamanch (59, 31:56.19) and sophomore Hunter Fontinel (61, 32:46.26) rounding out the scoring times.

Athens Christian used their three top 10 times to win the race handily. The Eagles earned just 40 points with a 22:12 average team time, narrowly beating out Mountain View High School’s 54 points and 22:52 average.

Jefferson High School used 62 points to finish third with a 23:04 average team time, ahead of Greater Atlanta Christian’s 84 points and 23:35 average finish in fourth.

Morgan County had 104 points and finished with an average time of 24:07, leaving Apalachee to finish sixth with 156 points and a 27:47 average team finish.



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