GCA, BHS Boys bring home 1st at Invitational

Published 2:08 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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This past weekend, the Bainbridge Bearcat and Grace Christian Academy cross country teams headed to Tifton to participate in the Tift Invitational.

The Invitational started with the Middle School Boys 2-mile run.

GCA’s Walker Elrod took home 1st place with a time of 11:00.00. With his time, Elrod beat the previous course record of 11:05 set in 2017 by Parker Jackson from Valdosta.

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Bainbridge’s Gambler Dollar followed up just over a minute later, placing 8th with a time of 12:21.00. This was Dollar’s best two-mile time yet.

GCA’s Henry Lee rounded out the top 20, placing 17th with a time of 12:53.00.

The Middle School Girls two-mile run proved to be tough, with Bainbridge’s Teagan Barefoot being the only from the area to place in the top 40. She placed 32nd with a time of 16:23.00.

Bainbridge’s Lawren Love placed 45th with a time of 17:17.00 and Jada Anderson of Bainbridge placed 47th with a time of 17:26.00.

The team placed 8th overall.

BHS had a great showing during the Varsity Boys 5K.

Landon Watts placed 1st with a time of 17:47.00, while Jared Davis placed 14th with a time of 19:15.00.

GCA had two runners place in the top 50.

Keith Eidson had a time of 20:57.00 and Owen Earnest had a time of 21:02.00, placing 47th and 50th respectively.

BHS placed 7th overall, while GCA took home 14th place.

The Varsity Girls 5K saw Rylan Bland come in 18th place with a time of 23:54.00, while Haydyn Klock followed her up minutes later, placing 33rd with a time of 25:34.00.

GCA’s Kate Poitevint rounded out the top 40 with a time of 26:12.00.

The BHS Lady Cats took home 9th place overall.

With this race under their belt, the BMS team will now travel to Thomasville on Thursday for a meet against Thomas County Middle School, while the Bainbridge High School team will travel to the Westover Invitational on Saturday, October 2.