GMC boys win state cross country title

jheeter@macon.comNovember 3, 2012 

GMC has already experienced a banner fall sports season, but the school’s cross country teams made it even better Saturday.

The Bulldogs boys cross country team won the GHSA Class A public school state championship at the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home in Macon.

Will Archer finished third, Tom Drew finished sixth and Matt Wilson came in ninth, giving the Bulldogs three top 10 finishers. Ethan Spires and Cody Meeks both finished in the top 20 as well.

GMC won its first GHSA cross country championship. It was the first GHSA state title in any sport for the Bulldogs in 36 years. They won a baseball title in 1976 and a boys golf championship in 1965. The school has a track championship in the GISA and several football championships in the pre-GHSA era.

Treutlen’s Tykevious Payne was the highest non-GMC finisher, coming in 26th place. The Vikings finished fifth overall. Hawkinsville was 11th.

The GMC girls also had an impressive showing, finishing fourth overall. Elizabeth Savage finished second individually. Nikki Hallender (Montgomery County) finished eighth. Hawkinsville’s Britian Rogers and Olivia Daniell finished 10th and 11th overall. Jessie Ivey (Johnson County) finished 13th.

Hawkinsville finished sixth as a team, while Johnson County placed in eighth.

Without standout runner Grace Tinkey, the FPD girls finished sixth in the GHSA Class A private school state championship meet.

Jessica Smith finished 13th overall to lead the Vikings, and Danielle Ferro finished 18th. Tinkey has missed most of the track and cross country seasons in 2012 with an injury. The senior has won four individual state cross country championships in her career.

The FPD boys finished 12th overall, led by a 45th place finish by Will Martin.

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