TIFTON — Tift County’s cross country teams may or may not continue their season Saturday morning, competing at the Jekyll Island Cross Country Invitational.
Jekyll Island, which is part of Glynn County, was declared Thursday afternoon to be in a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian. Lady Devils coach Kristin McElroy said teams were to learn Thursday evening if the meet was still scheduled.
The 2019 season has seen the Blue Devils and Lady Devils get off to a fast start. Last Saturday saw the Tift teams travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for Dueling Summits (formerly Cougar Challenge).
Emily Golden finished third at the meet. Her time was 20:38, fastest of any Georgia runner competing. Savannah Miller was 49th for Tift at 26:07, Gwyneth Conner was 59th (26:39), Katie McMillan was 60th (26:40) and also counting was Madeline Perrin at 90th (28:19). As a team, Tift took eighth place.
Yamari Snow was the top finisher for the Blue Devils, finishing in 69th place with a course time of 20:51. Close behind him was Aidan Evans whose time of 21:18 gave him 85th place.
Overall, the Blue Devils were 13th at the meet. Others counting toward their total were Landon Johnson, Juan Bautista and Owen Payne.
Tift County High opened the 2019 regular season at the Winnersville Classic.
Snow was the top runner for the Devils, taking 27th place and running in 20:11. Bryce Stephens was 32nd, Bautista was 35th, Johnson was 40th and Evans was 41st.
Golden ran second for the Lady Devils. Her time was 20:04. Others counting in the standings for Tift were Miller (23rd), McMillan (27th), Conner (43rd) and Perrin at 45th.
In middle school results, Blair Golden was 44 seconds faster than his nearest competitor at Winnersville. His time was 9:48. Grayson Anne Day was the quickest Lady Devil at 12:32. She took sixth place. In Tallahassee, Day was 16th and Golden was ninth.