Last Friday, November 1st, Varsity Cross Country team traveled to Carrollton to compete in the Georgia High School Cross Country State Championship!
The Boys side had and outstanding race! All seven boys started the race very strong, because the start on the course was very tight. Once their lead was secured, senior Mike R.(21st) pulled away from the race with the top group. Senior Captain Siddhartha N.(34th) got out fast with the team, and worked hard to maintain a critical spot in the race. Sophomore Sage W.(41st) and junior Emanuel G.(43rd) worked together to hunt down runners, slowly making their way up through the leader board. Next came junior Graham N.(64) to round out Druid Hills’s top five, followed by sophomores Isaac Kiefer(78th) and Will Goldsmith(137th). The boys had an outstanding race, placing 7th! Druid Hills beat out rival Woodward Academy(13th Overall) and even Marist(8th Overall), marking one of the best runs the Red Devil boys have had in almost ten years!
The girls raced next at 9:30 AM, following the boys. This 2019 squad is one of the best we’ve seen at Druid Hills, with ace runners like Sophie Shephard and Genevieve Ferrara leading the team, a new school record in the cross country 5k, and an abundance of trophies won in extremely competitive races across the state! Like the boys race, the girls’ start was extremely compact, but became much more spread out as the ladies reached the mile and two-mile markers. Sophomore Sophie S.(16th) led the Red Devils, patiently waiting at the tail of the top group of competitors, and kicked in everything in the last mile. Next came determined freshman Taleah C.(41st), running alone in between the first and second packs(an extremely hard thing to do), pushing herself to finish well in her first State Championship. Within 45 seconds, sophomores Katie B.(70th) and Charlotte W.(76th), freshman Maya N.(87th) and senior captain Genevieve F. (88th) finished together. Charlotte had an amazing kick in the last 100 meters, passing three runners on an outside curve with tremendous speed. Amelia O.(118th) worked hard to secure a spot ahead of other teams’ fifths, anchoring the team. The Lady Red Devils placed 8th overall, again defeating Woodward Academy(10) and many other talented squads! Good job Red Devils!