By R. Alan Richarsdon
On Wednesday, September seventh the MCHS cross-country teams hosted their first home meet of the season. It was another opener where hundreds of fans, volunteers, parents, and runners were involved in the afternoon competition. Coach Erin Spinks said, “We were very excited to have other teams come to our home trail to compete. We’ve worked extremely hard to get prepared for this day by expanding our trail over the summer and training on it for two months. After the middle school race, we had a short ceremony to honor Rick Boulis for all his contributions towards the trail and our team. We honored Mr. Rick by naming the home meet Morgan County’s Rick Boulis Invitational. His support and love for our team will impact runners today and for years to come! We felt like naming the meet after him would help show how much he has contributed to the cross country teams. The Morgan County high school boys and girls won 1st place at the meet. We were thrilled to celebrate our hard work! It was such a special day for all of our teams!”
The following is a summary from the MOCO website and Athletic Director Doug Connelly. “While Morgan County parents, coaches and volunteers welcomed guests and opposing athletes to Bill Wood Park yesterday for the Rick Boulis Cross Country Invitational, the Bulldog runners were not nearly as hospitable as the MCHS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both took home first place finishes in the varsity competitions. The event marked the first home competition of the season for the Morgan County Cross Country program and officially opened a new portion of the course that greatly adds to the competitive aspect of the layout.
Dalton Shaw took home first place in the boys competition with a time 18:21. Shaw was followed closely by his junior teammate, Alex Rountree, who finished second overall with a time 18:27. Rounding out the top five finishers for the Bulldogs were Kevin Berisko, Jordan Hilsman, and Frankie Hayes. Four of the top 15 finishers in the race were representatives of Morgan County High School, which helped the team to earn the lowest total score for the event. As in golf, lower point totals equate to better overall finishes by the team. Morgan County scored a total of 46 points, which earned a first place finish by one point over GMC Prep. Grovetown High School finished a distant third place.The MCHS girls also saw four team members earn medals with sophomore Brooke Randall finishing just outside the top 15 with a 16th place overall. Senior Jessie Pagett was the top finisher for the Lady Dog runners with a time of 23:44, which was good for fourth place overall. Sophomore Anna Hart finished sixth with a time of 25:25. Emily Dickson and Carolina Zant rounded out the top five for the Lady Dogs by claiming the 11th and 14th place spots, respectively. The Morgan County girls took the top spot out of seven teams. Morgan County totaled 51 points, which gave the Lady Dogs a seven point advantage over Grovetown.”