6th Milton Cross Country Invitational is dominated by South Forsyth as they win 4 of 6 contested races
9/15/18 – Milton, GA – By Coach Andy Carr
In very hot and humid conditions, South Forsyth showed it strength by winning both varsity and JV races on their way to capturing the Eagle Cup at the Milton Cross Country Invitational.
Cambridge, Milton, South Forsyth and Blessed Trinity waged battle on the very tough Milton home course and after the dust settled, South Forsyth (1st-48 pts) prevailed over a rallying Milton (2nd-66 pts) squad just edging Blessed Trinity (3rd-74 pts). Lambert (4th-103 pts) surprised a depleted Cambridge (5th-117 pts) team that was missing two of their top-5 runners. 14 teams scored. The hilly course still yielded some strong performances and good races. Cambridge junior Ashley Sechrest (1st-20:24) just missed making the top-10 performers on the course by less than 2-seconds. Sechrest took command just passed the mile and ran alone all the way to the victory! The race for runner-up honors came to the wire as South Forsyth junior Madelynne Cadeau (2nd-20:33) just edged out sophomore Hannah Miniutti (3rd-20:34) of Blessed Trinity to lead South Forsyth to the overall win. Milton countered with junior Abby Rindt (4th-21:02) and senior Taylor Cushman (5th-21:08) both running course personal bests to lead the Lady Eagles to a runner-up finish.
The team race became a battle of attrition as the heat and humidity it the race hard as the boys were the last race of the meet. The War Eagles of South Forsyth (1st-65 pts) prevailed, running a strong team race with a very small spread between their scorers. Cambridge (2nd-99 pts) packed it in with their #3-5 runners to turn back Lakeside-Evans (3rd-110 pts) and host Milton (4th-125 pts). 17 complete teams scored in the race. Defending 3A state champion Devon Crow (1st-16:42) of North Hall took command just past the 3k mark to capture the meet win by 19-seconds and his performance is only the 3rd time anyone had run sub-17:00 on the Milton course. Crow’s performance only trails Sam Bowers (16:19) and Nicholas Yanek (16:23) of Milton on the all-time performers list for the course (same course since 2007). John Higanbotham (2nd-17:01) of Veritas Classical School closed well to become the 4th fastest performer ever on the course! But the fast running did not stop there. Despite the heat and humidity, the course yielded the 5th and 7th best performers of all time with seniors Jack Filan (3rd-17:04) of Cambridge and Mark White (4th-17:14) of Lakeside-Evans! With these performances, Dru Milton (Milton), Zach Morgan (Cambridge) and Sid Vaughn (Lakeside-Evans) drop-off the all-time course performers list! WOW!
South Forsyth (1st-16 pts) used team race wins in BOTH Varsity races and BOTH JV races to surpass host Milton (2nd-9 pts) to capture the Eagle Cup. The host Eagles captured double team wins in the open boys and girls races to garner runner-up honors. South Forsyth will be added to the trophy to join Marist (1st-2007) and Milton (1st 2008-2011) as the Cup champions. Seven school programs scored in the this year’s Eagle Cup competition which includes points for top-team finishes in the Open, JV and Varsity boys and girls races that were contested.