ACA Middle School Cross Country Teams Shine at Galloway Meet
By Stacy Hanley
The Middle School Girls and Boys Cross Country teams competed in the MAAC cross country meet hosted by Galloway at Chastain Park on September 12. Chastain Park provided a rugged course, which tested the limits of each runner’s endurance. Atlanta Classical girls continued to show their prowess against MAAC competition with a third place finish. This was the third meet in a row that the girls finished in the top three. The first two meets of the season resulted in first place finishes. Even with hot and humid conditions, the girls got off to a good start and pushed each other as they moved up the leaderboard during the course of the race. Eighth grader Cate Berry set the pace for the girls’ team with a blistering 16.53 time and a second place overall finish among all girls. Seventh grader Molly Wells continued to impress with a 17.29 time and a fourth place finish among all girls. Anabel Schelke, Deyo Bourne, Caroline Creech, Avery Braswell and Elizabeth Stinespring also ran well and contributed to the girls’ third place finish.
With each race, the Middle School boys team keeps improving. This meet was no exception. Most of the runners logged in their fastest times of the season despite the humidity and the challenging Chastain course. Eighth grader Liam Corbally led the pack for ACA while Miles Hanley, Jacob Balsley, Mason Maynard, Ryan Panessa, E’Lan Fitzpatrick and Jack Williams all came across the finish line strong to high fives from Atlanta Classical fans. The boys look to improve their overall time when eighth grader Adam Robbins comes off the injured reserve list.
According to Coach Cousar, “The students did a great job yesterday at the Chastain meet. I saw so many who worked very hard and dropped times. I was also impressed with the sprints at the finish!”
Shout out to the Varsity Cross Country team, several Atlanta Classical teachers, and the middle and high school students who came out and supported the Middle School Cross Country teams.