By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

The Morgan County High School (MCHS) cross country team took part in the Oglethorpe Patriot Races, hosted by Oglethorpe High School in Lexington, last Thursday, Oct. 17.

“It was an interesting and remarkably fast meet,” said MCHS Cross Country Coach Brandon York. “We saw almost everyone set a season record (and in many cases a personal best) at Oglethorpe.

Morgan County runners competed in the Varsity Boys’ 5K, the Varsity Girls’ 5K, and the JV Boys’ 5K.

Wyatt Howard led the Dogs in the Varsity 5K with a time of 18:31.16, placing 23rd in the race.

Jeremy Craft, Luke Zimmerman, and Zach Stone all finished the race in the span of one second, taking spots 26, 27, and 28, respectively.

The MCHS varsity boys placed sixth out of 13 teams, with an average time of 18:50.34.

The Morgan County girls were led by Carolina Zant in the varsity girls’ 5K, placing 35th with a time of 23:20.64. Jessie Pagett placed 38th, finishing the race at 23:22.02.

Averaging 25:16.01, the varsity girls placed eighth out of 11 teams.

Matt Almand placed sixth in the JV Boys’ race with a time of 20:01.37, and, as a team, the MCHS runners that raced in the JV Boys’ 5K placed third out of eight teams.

Tuesday, the MCHS cross country hosted their second home meet of the year, and the team is preparing for the Region 8-AAA meet, which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 31 at East Jackson High School.

“We have cautious optimism going into our region meet, as our boys are hitting their stride at this moment in the season,” said Coach York. “We finished a tad behind Hart in the meet, one of the teams who we will competing against for a state meet berth.”

“We have gotten faster top-to-bottom and are certainly going to be in the conversation for a return to Carrollton.”