The Region 2-AA Cross Country Championships were both exciting races with the girls winning by 9 points over Batesburg and the boys finishing 2nd to Ninety Six by 11 points.
The runners were thankful for all of the support from the school family today. It really meant a lot to the runners and coaches!
Brennley Furness started the girls race in 2nd place to Ninety Six’s Emma Feith, the reigning region individual champion. Brennley kept close through mile 1 and 2, but when the runners re-entered the start/finish area in mile 3, Furness had opened a 40 yard lead. The large, loud crowd cheered and Brennley surged to finish nearly 30 seconds ahead of Feith. Brennley finished with a PR of 23:27 and became the first female runner in Fox Creek history to break 24 minutes. However, that only lasted about thirty seconds as Natalie Feyan also finished with a sub-24 race to pick up the 3rd place trophy. Anna Smith also PR’d with a 25:10 (taking nearly a minute off of her previous PR) to finish in 5th. Juliana Guest (9th) and Ana Albornoz (18th) were the other scorers for Fox Creek. Kenzie Tullis (21st) took another minute off of her previous PR and finished the course in 28:30.
The boys race was amazing. Twenty five of the first 30 runners were from Ninety Six and Fox Creek. The Fox Creek boys did everything they could to win the race, but the Wildcats were just too fast today. David Witt (4th), Trey Armstrong (5th), Kenny Miller (6th), and Anthony Monaco (7th) all ran strong races, with Miller and Monaco running PR’s. Unfortunately, Ninety Six swept the top 3 and the finished their 4th-8th runners right behind Monaco, making it impossible for the Predators to squeak out a victory. Dalton Sanders and Gavin Glass finished back to back for 13th and 14th place.
But, what a great regular season for the Predator runners! They won the County Championship, the Wardlaw Meet, the boys won the Fox Creek Invitational, and the girls won the Region Championship. The varsity runners now have 3 weeks to prepare for the State Qualifier. Both teams have a good chance to qualify, as these are the deepest teams Fox Creek has ever had.