The middle school cross country season got underway last week with the September Kick-Off Invitational.
Winning team titles were Greenacres (7th and 8th Grade Boys), Haughton (7th and 8th Grade Girls, 6th Grade Girls) and Cope (6th Grade Boys).
Greenacres’ athletes took the top three stops in the 7th and 8th Grade Boys 2-mile run.
Christian Jeter won with a time of 12 minutes, 22.4 seconds. Jacob Jarman was runner-up in 12:23.9. Colby O’Glee took third in 12:25.4.
Cope’s Peyton Boyett was fourth in 12:48.3. Elm Grove’s Jeremiah Payia took fifth in 12:48.9.
Rounding out the top 10 were Cope’s Landon Small, Rusheon’s Zachary McGhee, Haughton’s Colin Wright, Cope’s Sean Bell and Cope’s Deronte Liggins-Johnson.
Haughton’s Jiana Stewart-Burgess won the 7th and 8th Grade Girls 2-mile run in an impressive 12:24.6.
Elm Grove’s Justin Vo was second in 13:19.8 followed by Haughton’s Madecyn Johnson in 13:29.5 and Lowrey Lain in 13:54.8.
Greenacres’ Alyn Campbell was fifth in 14:16.3.
Rounding out the top 10 were Haughton’s Kaylee Ogletree, Elm Grove’s Mackynzie Eason, Cope’s Brianna Montgomery, Cope’s Katie Jump and Haughton’s Dawn Werner.
Rusheon’s Caden Miser took the 6th Grade Boys 1-mile run in 5:52.5. Elm Grove’s Gabe Falting was runner-up in 6:12.9.
Cope runners Connor McConathy (6:15.0), Jeremiah Boudreaux (6:16.6) and Makario Drummond (6:23.9) finished third through fifth, respectively.
Rounding out the top 10 were Rusheon’s Micolas Merrick, Greenacres’ Logan Scripture, Elm Grove’s Gage Haley, Greenacres’ Grayson Smith and Haughton’s Joseph Downey.
Cope’s Elena Heng took the 6th Grade Girls 1-mile run in 6:39.8. Elm Grove’s Chloe Larry was second in 6:54.0 followed by Haughton’s Abbie Hooper in 7:08.0, Elm Grove’s Cheyenne Olson in 7:15.4 and Haughton’s Reagan Hodge in 7:15.8.
Rounding out the top 10 were Haughton’s Mallory Benton, Cope’s Kenzie Ross, Greenacres’ Sicily Fontaine, Elm Grove’s Laila Brimmer and Haughton’s Shelby Haley.
Benton swept the middle school boys and girls titles in the Choudrant Aggie Invitational. Benton’s 6th-grade boys team also won.
— Russell Hedges, email@example.com