Grace cross country teams perform well

Published 8:09 pm Tuesday, September 21, 2010

GRACE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Cougars and Lady Cougars cross country runners take a break after strong efforts in the season-opening Panhandle Christian Conference Cross Country Jamboree in Marianna, Fla. From the left, are Ladson Simmons, Jackson Harrell, coach Julie Harris, Kyle Harris, Rachel Harrell, Josh Carnes, Caylin Walsingham, Taylor McDonald, Emma Heard, Brock Bailey, Chase Harris, Abbey Smith, Marcus King, Perra Harrell and Annabelle Smith.

The Grace Christian Academy Cougars and Lady Cougars cross country teams turned in strong efforts at the season-opening Panhandle Christian Conference Jamboree Sept. 11 at the Marianna, Fla., Sports Complex.

Cougar brothers Kyle Harris and Chase Harris were 23rd and 48th in the 5,000-meter boys field in times of 18 minutes, 14.37 seconds and 19:28.61. There were 183 runners in the field.

Rounding out the Cougars finishers were Marcus King, who was 128th in a time of 23:39.52; Taylor McDonald, who was 134th in a time of 24:18.62; Jackson Harrell, who was 162nd in a time of 27:47.38, and Josh Carnes, who was 174th in a time of 30:23.61

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Lady Cougars turning in strong efforts in the 5,000-meter, 139-runner girls field were Caylin Walsingham, who was 56th with a time of 24:29; Perra Harrell, who was 59th with a time of 24:53.85; Brock Bailey, who was 81st with a time of 27:34; Rachel Harrell, who was 84th with a time of 27:46, and Ladson Simmons, who was 97th with a time of 29:14.

Also turning in strong efforts for the Lady Cougars were Emma Heard, who was 120th with a time of 33:44; Abbey Smith, who was 127th with a time of 38:19, and Annabelle Smith, who was 132nd with a time of 37:57.

Overall, the Cougars were 14th in a 16-team boys field, and the Lady Cougars were 10th in a 14-team girls field.