XC Girls Finish 6th at AAAAA State Championships

XC Girls Finish 6th at AAAAA State Championships

On a cool crisp day at Carrollton on Friday, November 1st, junior Elle Mezzio scorched the State Cross Country course with time of 19:35 to capture All-State honors with a 3rd place finish. Mezzio was very happy with her performance, "I felt great the entire race. What I learned running at State the last two years is that you cannot lose contact with the lead pack at any time in the race and hope to do well here. You have to keep up. It was a great year and a great way to end my 5A career, and I'm looking forward to competing next year at 6A." Of the 5 girls with better times than Mezzio at this year's 6A meet, 4 will graduate, so Mezzio has her sites set on moving up the podium at State next year.

The team finished in 6th place, which is the Raiders' best finish in ten years, but Coach Seals was a bit disappointed in the results. "If I'm being honest, I thought we had the potential to do better. We had some girls who ran absolutely great today, but you need to be firing on all cylinders if you're going to compete at this level. I feel a little bad for the girls because they worked hard this year and deserved better. This team will definitely go down as one of my all-time favorites because of their camaraderie, teamwork, and total lack of nonsense, and I thank our seniors and their leadership for that. " 

Looking ahead, the team brings back all 10 of their top runners, but also faces the prospect of heading to 6A classification which forecasts to be tougher. Seals laid it on the line "We have to commit our top 10 to summer running and getting in our mileage base. If everyone improves by 20 to 30 seconds, then we are a top 5 team in 6A, if not, we could be out of the top 10. That's how competitive it's going to be." 

Individual Runners/Place
Elle Mezzio 3
Alexa Hoppenfeld 17
Olivia Novotny 50
Allison Leffler 51
Marin Hills 85
Blake Solomon 110

Team Results
1 McIntosh 49  
2 Woodland Cartersville 103  
3 Union Grove HS 131  
4 Starr's Mill 139  
5 Rome HS 164  
6 Riverwood 206  
7 Decatur 217
8 Grady 235