Southland high school and middle school runners excel at Deerfield-Windsor Invitational
Published 6:25 pm Monday, September 16, 2019
From Staff Reports
ALBANY – Once again, the Southland Academy high school and middle school boys and girls cross country teams turned in solid performances. Both Tanner Humphrey and Noah Sheff finished in the top-10 in the boys’ high school and middle school races respectively, while Ryleigh Bell turned in the best finish for the Lady Raiders, as she finished in eighth place in the high school girls’ race.
The Deerfield-Windsor Invitational was held on Saturday, September 14, on the Albany State West Campus in Albany, GA.
Humphrey led the way for the Lady Raiders in the high school boys’ race by finishing in 10th place with a time of 19:05.74. His teammate, Gray Torbert, finished with a time of 21:49.44.
In the high school girls’ race, SA took second place in the team standings behind the host school, Deerfield-Windsor. Ryleigh Bell finished in eighth place out of 45 runners competing with a time of 22:34.79. Her teammate, Elizabeth Law, finished in 13th place in a time of 23:33.63. Other Lady Raiders who turned in strong finishes were Jadie Burrell (24:51.89), Taylor Ragsdale (26:52.88) and Ella Arnold (26:53.06).
In the middle school boys’ race, The Raiders’ Noah Sheff finished in sixth place out of 192 runners competing with a time of 11:44.35. Sheff’s teammate, Bryant Roland, finished in 25th place with a time of 12:41.70. Mac McMichael turned in a strong showing for the Raiders as well. McMichael finished in 43rd place with a time of 13:11.83. Not far behind was Turner Simmons, who finished in 48th place in a time of 13:19.41.
Other SA boys’ middle School runners who had strong finishes were Lee Graft (13:46.66), William Kinney (15:36.54), Shaw Pinnell (16:08.61), Matteson Debaise (16:20.03) and Luke McKie (17:42.69). The times turned in by the SA middle school boys’ runners were good enough to put the Raiders in sixth place in the team standings.
The SA middle school girls’ team turned in a third-place finish with a total of 145 points. They had 21 more points than second-place finishers Westfield (124). Lee County won the girls’ middle school team championship with just 28 points. In the sport of cross country, the goal is to accumulate the least amount of points as possible.
SA’s Julia Clare Hubbard was the top finisher among the Lady Raiders. Hubbard finished in 18th place out of 166 runners competing with a time of 13:55.31. Hubbard’s teammate, Brianna Brown, finished in 22nd place with a time of 13:58.44. Other Lady Raiders who turned in strong finishes were Reese Graft (14:29.12), Ansley Goolsby (14:44.82), Amelia Kinnebrew (15:13.96), Camille Cochran (15:20.36), Taylor Humphrey (15:36.94), Savannah Grace Ewing (16:10.15), Braylee Campbell (16:10.80) and Isabelle Saratsiotis (16:31.18).