2 Trophies for XC at Metro Championships

Photo Credit: S. Wilhelm

The BJHS Cross Country Team ran against the other top local teams on Thursday bringing home two third-place trophies and finishing second in the Girls B race.

The Boys Varsity team finished third this week with James Garrison 6th and Ryan Bender 10th. Mateo Santiago, Isaac Allen, Wade Bucy, Ryan Goldsmith and Collin Spindle rounded out the scoring. In the Boys B race, Sam Pope finished 9th with his best time of the year. Matthew Pimmel was 12th, Eric McKinney 17th, and Noah Suciu 20th. Cameron Cummings, Logan Konopatzke, and John Digges finished out the scoring positions in their 4th place team finish.

The Girls finished 2nd in the B race with Kricket Johnston finishing 3rd in her first ever XC 5k. Peyton Free finished 12th, Allison Van Hise 14th, Maddie McInvale 16th, and Jillian Pennell 18th.

The JV Boys brought home another trophy for their collection finishing 3rd. Nick Lozano finished 10th, Lucas Guerra 20th, with Luke Allen, Luke Garrison, Owen Lang, and Ryan Morrell all finishing in the points.

The JV Girls all deserve great credit as they all ran up to Varsity level for this outing in either the Girls A or B races. The JV Girls had an awesome year collecting trophies in almost every race they ran.

This was the last race of the season for those not selected to compete as part of the sectional and state races. The pandemic has thrown many challenges toward the high school sports community, including cross country with limited race participants, non-standard race classifications, etc. The BJHS team has handled these challenges professionally and with style. Here are some highlights from the season:

- 134 Personal Records set!!! Talk about continuous improvement!!!
- 17 Top 3 Team Finishes!!!
- 51 Individual Top 10 finishes!!!
- Countless Individual Medals, and “Top/Elite Finisher” T-Shirts!!!

Head Coach Bill McIlwain had the following comment at the end of the regular season. “Per AHSAA rules only ten boys and ten girls can compete in Sectionals and the State Championship, but the whole team is a part of how the team finishes at those events. The entire XC team has worked extremely hard this year, represented Bob Jones High School well, and made me very proud!”