Trinity News
Crusaders Cross Country Region and State Results
October 19, 2015
Region: The Lady Crusaders and Crusaders XC teams competed in the Region 2-AAA Cross Country Championships on October 19, and both teams were declared Region Champs.  The ladies had two that were named to the All-Region team: Janie Samson (2nd) and Lindsey Tate (4th).  The following girls completed the team: MaryAnsley Tate (8th), Ansley Mole (9th), Randie Traxler (10th), Chase Holland (11th), and Emily Harrison (18th).  The team had a combined total score of 33 points and outscored second place Bulloch by 25 points.  The boys had three finishers that were named to the All-Region team: Jacob McLeod (1st), Quillian Holland (2nd), and Jake Williams (7th).  The following boys completed the team: Drew Coble (12th), Alex Cook (13th), and Ryan Ross (14th).  The boys team totaled 35 points and out scored second place Bulloch by 18 points.  
State: The girls and boys teams competed at the GISA State Cross Country Championships in Albany on October 31st, and both teams came home with a 6th place finish in AAA competition. 

Janie Samson ran well for the Lady Crusaders.  She is a young runner, as she is just in the 8th grade.  In her first GISA State XC debut, she place 6th with a time of 20:23 and was named to the All-State team.  She has a bright future ahead of her, and if she continues to work hard she will have much success.  She also set a new PR, and ran one of her best races to date.  Janie is a sweet-spirited individual who does not like much attention, but she will most likely receive a lot of attention in the near future.  She is humbled and loves to just run.  She uses her God-given abilities and works hard to improve on her running. 

Quillian place 5th overall running a personal best of 16:49, and was named to the All-State team.  This was his fastest time of the season and he also set a huge PR by 35 seconds from his prior best time of 17:24 (ran at Southland Academy).  Quillian is another talented runner, and his hard work has paid of as well.  When he started his running career as a 6th grader, Quillian was at the back of the pack…he is not our number 2 leader and would be most team’s number one runner. His dedication to the sport and hard work ethic has allowed him to blossom into a fantastic runner.  He never backs down from a challenge and he usually surpasses that challenge when he meets it face to face.

Jacob placed 1st place with a time of 15:52 and winning his first State Title.  He was also named to the All-State Team. Jacob continues the McLeod legacy by winning the 5th State XC Title in a row for the McLeod family.  Jacob continues the tradition as he won the race over rival Wright Calhoun from Southland Acaedmy.  It was a very tight race, as Calhoun did not back down from the challenge that McLeod mustered up. I was proud of Jacob for taking the title, as he has worked extremely hard throughout the year. Jacob is a very smart runner, and ran a very smart race on Saturday.  He surged in the right areas, but did not go out to quick.  He had just enough left in the tank to hold on to the top spot after leading the race the entire way. Jacob also had his best race of his career…he reached a new PR and broke the 16 barrier.