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GCA, BHS Boys bring home 1st at Invitational

This past weekend, the Bainbridge Bearcat and Grace Christian Academy cross country teams headed to Tifton to participate in the Tift Invitational.

The Invitational started with the Middle School Boys 2-mile run.

GCA’s Walker Elrod took home 1st place with a time of 11:00.00. With his time, Elrod beat the previous course record of 11:05 set in 2017 by Parker Jackson from Valdosta.

Bainbridge’s Gambler Dollar followed up just over a minute later, placing 8th with a time of 12:21.00. This was Dollar’s best two-mile time yet.

GCA’s Henry Lee rounded out the top 20, placing 17th with a time of 12:53.00.

The Middle School Girls two-mile run proved to be tough, with Bainbridge’s Teagan Barefoot being the only from the area to place in the top 40. She placed 32nd with a time of 16:23.00.

Bainbridge’s Lawren Love placed 45th with a time of 17:17.00 and Jada Anderson of Bainbridge placed 47th with a time of 17:26.00.

The team placed 8th overall.

BHS had a great showing during the Varsity Boys 5K.

Landon Watts placed 1st with a time of 17:47.00, while Jared Davis placed 14th with a time of 19:15.00.

GCA had two runners place in the top 50.

Keith Eidson had a time of 20:57.00 and Owen Earnest had a time of 21:02.00, placing 47th and 50th respectively.

BHS placed 7th overall, while GCA took home 14th place.

The Varsity Girls 5K saw Rylan Bland come in 18th place with a time of 23:54.00, while Haydyn Klock followed her up minutes later, placing 33rd with a time of 25:34.00.

GCA’s Kate Poitevint rounded out the top 40 with a time of 26:12.00.

The BHS Lady Cats took home 9th place overall.

With this race under their belt, the BMS team will now travel to Thomasville on Thursday for a meet against Thomas County Middle School, while the Bainbridge High School team will travel to the Westover Invitational on Saturday, October 2.