Athletics News · Local cross country runners compete on Jekyll


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The local high school and middle school cross country teams competed Saturday morning in the Jekyll Island Invitational meet at the Great Dunes Golf Course on Jekyll Island.

The event is an annual tradition on Labor Weekend.

In the five-kilometer girls high school meet, Glynn Academy finished sixth out of 10 teams. Charley Podlesney finished fifth overall and received recognition for finishing in the top 10. She crossed the finish line in 23 minutes and 15 seconds.

Also for the Lady Terrors, Lexie Alberson finished with a time of 24:54, Trinity Cooper 27:03, Hunter Bisesi 27:18, and Brianna O’Brien 27:36.

The Brunswick High girls finished ninth. Jenille Tomas was Brunswick’s fastest runner as she completed the course in 28:09. Alysha Bradley was second on the BHS team as she ran in 28:54 and Jaleah Rhett finished in 29:34.

In the boys high school meet, the Pirates finished third overall in the 11-team race. Binh Nhien Do finished seventh for the Pirates to earn top-10 honors. His finishing time was 18:04. Also for BHS, Matthew Metty’s time was 18:59, An Nhien Do 19:30, Sammy Moldanado 19:40 and Thomas Clay 20:02.

The GA boys finished fourth in the standings with Philip Bulato finishing 3rd overall with a time of 17:12 and Javier Valencia finishing 10th overall with a time of 18:12. Both boys were recognized for finishing in the top 10. Parker Sams finished with a time of 19:14, Joespeh Barnes 20:21, and Avery Yarbrough 20:34.

Richmond Hill won the boys meet while South Effingham took the girls meet.  South Effingham runners won the individual titles in both meets.

In the middle school girls race, Glynn Middle won the team championship while the team’s top runner Wyleigh Fulk won the individual crown. She ran the course in 24:30. Penny Paris was third overall in 26:56 and Ruthie Akins was fifth in 26:57.

Risley was the team runner-up. Alyssa Latta led Risley in 27:56 to finish sixth, Abigail Winford finished seventh in 28:24 and Riley Letson was third on the team in 30:24.

Jane Macon finished fourth as Emma Mae Kirkland finished second overall in 26:24.  Needwood was fourth with its top finisher being Emma Krauss.

In the boys middle school meet, Glynn Middle also won. Jack Roberts led the team with a fourth overall finish in 21:40, Cam Gazaway was seventh in 22:44 and Liam Kelso was eighth in 22:51.

Risley finished third as Elliott Johnson led the team with a fifth-place run in 22 minutes flat. Needwood was fourth. Noah Abarca was third overall in 21:31 and Cole Albright was sixth in 22:25.