Jets’ Cross Country Treks Through Georgia
FAYETTEVILLE, GA.- The cross country team from James Clemens continue its movements through the current 2023 season even traveling to Fayetteville, Ga. for one of the most competitive meets in the Southeast.
Located south of Atlanta, Fayetteville is the home of Starr’s Mill Panther High School which played host to the event that included teams from several states. Upon completion of the cross country meet, the boys from James Clemens finished in third place while the girls took home a fifth place spot. The Jets’ girl’s junior varsity squad took home a fourth place finish.
In boys, the Jets placed four among the All-Elite (top 20) finishers of the event that featured 241 runners from 31 schools. Luke Alverson, a junior, shattered the school record with a time of 15:29 (4.59 average per mile) to place third to lead the Jets to their third place finish. Cole Robinson, 12, (16:06) was 11th, Dylan Dryer, 12, (16:19) was 16th and Andrew Gohlich, 11, (16:28) 20th. Additional Jets finishing were Ronan Barnes (16:49), Nathan Maehlmann (17:32), Michaell Class (17:36) and Hudson Parker (18:20).
The third place finish by the Jets was significant from the fact the meet champs and runner-up were Georgia State Champions and State Runner-Up last season. The final tally was 1. Harrison, Ga. 75, 2. Marist, Ga. 92, 3. James Clemens 93.
The Lady Jets put two runners among the girls All-Elite. Junior Kylie Gero (19:05) was sixth, with a personal best finish time, and senior Emma Bothern (19:32) in 15th. Additional Jets racing across the finish line included Makenzie Parker (20:27), Kayla Willett (20:40), Ella carter (20:52), Molly Herndon (21:28), Brooke Bogardus (21:40) and Ashlyn Diehl (21:55).
Team scores in girls competition with 22 schools in action were 1. Marist, Ga. 46, 5. James Clemens 148.
In junior varsity, The Lady Jets claimed fourth place and were led by All-Elite performances by Kaley Gilman (22:35) in eighth and Kaitlyn Hockey (23:06) in 15th.