Harris, Braswell win middle school championships

Published 2:14 pm Friday, October 2, 2009

Chase Harris of the Grace Christian Academy Cougars and Paige Braswell of the Bainbridge Middle School Lady Cats won the boys and girls 3,200-meter, 2-mile middle school championships in times of 11 minutes, 21 seconds and 13:30 at last Saturday’s Thomasville High School Bulldogs Quail Trail Invitational at Pebble Hill Plantation.

Coach Mandi O’Mara’s Bainbridge Bearcats were second in the 10-team boys high school field, and her Lady Cats were third in the eight-team girls high school field.

Grace Christian Academy Lady Cougars runners Perra Harrell and Rachel Harrell finished a strong fourth and eighth in the middle school girls division in times of 14:19 and 15:44.

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Sarah Carpenter of Grace and Caitie Gordon of the Bainbridge Middle School Lady Cats were 17th and 18th in times of 17:02 and 17:29.

Rounding out the local middle school girls finishers were Grace’s Annabelle Smith, who was 21st in a time of 18:07; Bainbridge’s Morgan Lane, who was 23rd in a time of 18:30; Bainbridge’s Allie Deal, who was 29th in a time of 19:13, and Rebekah Minks, who was 35th in a time of 20:01.

Strong middle school performances were also turned in by Jack McRae of Grace, who was ninth in a time of 13:25; Alex Ward of Grace, who was 24th in a time of 14:31.22, and Bret Cox of Bainbridge, who was 29th in a time of 15:00.

The Lady Cats’ April Thomas, who set a course record of 19:30 in winning the 10th annual Bearcat Invitational on Sept. 19 at the new Bainbridge High School, finished fourth in Thomasville, completing the 3.1-mile course in a time of 21:48.00.

The top Bearcats runner for the second consecutive week was Cody Heard, who was seventh in a time of 19:14.00. Heard was ninth in the Bearcat Invitational in a time of 17:24.

Bearcat Erick Juarez was 10th in a time of 19:29, and Lady Cat Caroline Rollins was 11th in the girls division in a time of 25:09.

Other top Bearcat and Lady Cat finishers included Javius Mitchell and Harold Martin, who were 12th and 13th in the boys division in times of 18:57 and 20:07, and Anne Reynolds and Kylie McGlincy, who were 24th and 25th in the girls division in times of 26:46 and 26:48.

Lee Glaze of the Bearcats was 34th overall in a time of 21:21 and his Bearcat teammate Antonio Anderson was 39th in a time of 21:51.

Other Bearcats finishing in the top 50 of the 115-runner field were Davey Reynolds and Austin Hand, who were 44th and 45th in times of 22:04.44 and 22:2.

Capturing 27th and 28th in the high school girls division were Lady Cats Ashten Oldaker and Anna Jordan. Their times were 27:07 and 27:11. Other Lady Cats finishing in the top 50 of the 74 runner girls division were Ansley Phillips, who was 40th in a time of 29:36, Savannah Cook, who was 42nd in a time of 29:47, and Brittany Williams and McKenzie Harrell, who were 48th and 49th in times of 30:59 and 31:00.