Rock­mart girls in, boys out of state race this week­end

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

While the Rock­mart boy’s cross coun­try sea­son wrapped up, the Lady Jack­ets are fast on track to com­pete at the state meet this week­end.

Both teams com­peted on Oc­to­ber 23 at the Re­gion 7-AA Cham­pi­onship meet in Rome, with the girls ad­vanc­ing with a sec­ond place fin­ish in the re­gion and the boys in sev­enth.

The top four teams in each race qual­i­fied for the state meet, mean­ing the boy’s team will not be ad­vanc­ing.

The girls’ sec­ond place fin­ish guar­an­tees them a spot to com­pete, but they will be fac­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion.

Ar­muchee took the top spot at the re­gion meet with 18 points, ahead of Rock­mart with 51 points, fol­lowed by Model with 66 points and Coosa with 97 points.

Two Rock­mart run­ners Mag­gie Jo Gen­try and Eis­ley Pope fin­ished in the re­gion top ten and will be ones to look for on the podium at the State Cham­pi­onships.

Head coach Adam Blalock named Ar­muchee as Rock­mart’s num­ber one com­pe­ti­tion and said the In­di­ans will def­i­nitely be in the top five, if not State Cham­pi­ons. Ar­muchee placed fourth last year, right be­hind Rock­mart who placed third.

As well, Blalock said Banks County is com­pet­i­tive team as they placed sec­ond last year, just ahead of Rock­mart.

In or­der to pre­pare for the up­com­ing meet, Blalock said the Lady Jack­ets are run­ning every­day and pre­par­ing them­selves men­tally.

“We have ex­pe­ri­ence on this team, so that helps,” Blalock said. He added that all seven var­sity girls ran the state course last year.

“Mag­gie Jo Gen­try has been lead­ing the way for the team, but ev­ery­body is mov­ing up at the right time,” Blalock said.

Blalock pre­dicts the girls will fin­ish in the top five this week­end. “Top four make the podium, so that’s our goal,” he said.

The GHSA State Cham­pi­onship cross coun­try meet is com­ing up this Satur­day, Novem­ber 3 at Car­roll­ton Mid­dle School.

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