Megan Asadian of Houston County High School and Nick Wilcox of Warner Robins High School earned first-place finishes in their respective divisions of the third annual Mid-State Cross Country Classic Saturday at the Perry Agricultural Center.
Asadian completed the 5-kilometer loop in 19:47.15 to win the girls division by 15 seconds over Megan Charbeneau of Lowndes County High School. Abby Booth of Perry High School finished third. Lowndes County High won the girls team title. The Lady Vikings placed all five of their runners in the top 16. Veterans ran second and was paced by Josi Giovinazzo.
Wilcox and his friendly rival Jimmy Mehserle of Perry High each finished the course in under 17 minutes. Wilcox won the event in 16:51.78. Mehserle finished about five seconds behind. The Panthers claimed the team title, however. Perry runners Jackson Reid and John Weaks joined Mehserle in the top 10. Veterans finished second and was paced by Clay Woolfolk, who finished fourth in the boys division.
The days activities concluded with a 5K open road race. Amber Hoder recorded the top time for women. Running in the 25- to 29-year-old division, Hoder completed the course in 21:40.06. DeEric Wright ran 19:06.91 to win the mens race out of the 15- to 19-year-old division.
Brawl in the Fall results
Columbus High School and First Presbyterian Day School emerged as the only unbeatens in the third annual Brawl in the Fall softball tournament held last week at six locations, including all five of the public schools in Houston County.
Remarkably unranked in Class AAAA in a state coaches poll, Columbus High went a perfect 5-0 in Brawl play. The Blue Devils defeated Class AAAA No. 1 West Laurens before knocking off AAAAA power Houston County High 3-1 in the de facto championship game. The Lady Bears won their first four games of the tournament, three of the wins came by one a run.
First Presbyterian also went 5-0. One of the Lady Vikings wins came against Perry High, which still went 4-1 in the event.
Through the first two weeks of the season, things are looking good for the Veterans High varsity volleyball team. Entering Tuesdays matches with Shaw High School and Northside-Columbus High School in Columbus, the Lady Warhawks boasted a 6-0 mark and a state ranking; fifth in Class AAAA, according to a state coaches poll.
Veterans earned four straight-set wins last week. On Aug. 21, the Lady Warhawks defeated Lee County and Brooks County. Jalyn Slaughter recorded 14 kills in the two matches. The junior followed that up with a 19-kill performance in wins over West Laurens and Perry on Aug. 23. Setters Aspen Coggins and Kaylynn Cason assisted the bulk of Slaughters kills.