Congratulations to Ben Archer, Regional Winner for Positive Athlete of the Year!
5A State Meet, Carrollton, GA
Friday, November 1st The state championship course at Carrollton met athletes with near perfect running conditions despite several days of rain leading up to race day. The runners welcomed the 48 degree race temps at the line, and, as always, were reminded by the starter that they were racing among the best high school runners in Georgia. To have made it to the state meet with both our teams is an accomplishment to be proud of - a statement not lost on our Buford XC athletes and coaches.
Varsity Girls: McIntosh successfully defended their 2018 title by placing 4 athletes in the top 14 for the state race. Our region respectfully placed three teams inside the top 20, our own girls running well and placing 17th out of 29 teams. Race times for our state athletes were: Senior Jordan Sullivan (22:13); Sophomore Carolyn Calzada (22:15); Freshman Hayden Bailey (23:51); Junior Caroline Montini (24:22); Senior Rebeka Miranda (24:43); Senior Mikayla Frierson (25:30); and Sophomore Leah Madsen (25:32) . Alternate: Freshman Ryann Brooks
Varsity Boys: Our own region champs, Loganville HS, placed 4th in state this year which speaks volumes on the quality of our region competition. With a team average of 19:14, our own boys’ team ran hard and left it all out on the course, coming in 24th out of 31 teams represented. We are sad to lose the drive and leadership our seniors have brought us this year, but we are also very excited about the future of this young team and what we will see from them in the years to come. Race times for our state athletes were: Senior Ben Archer (18:42); Freshman Carter Hales (19:00); Junior James Morgan (19:18); Freshman Joseph Davis (19:32) ; Freshman Braden Schmid (19:39); Freshman Noah Johnson (19:44); Junior Zach Davidson (19:58). Alternate: Senior Ked Crossett
8 AAAAA Region Meet, Unicoi State Park, Helen GA
Wednesday, October 23rd A beautiful afternoon with temperatures in the high 60’s welcomed the Region 8-AAAAA runners to Unicoi State Park on Wednesday afternoon. The all-natural surface, rolling hills, and spectator friendly venue is a favorite among our athletes and they came ready to compete. After many PR’s and other note-worthy performances, both the Varsity Buford boys and girls XC teams are heading to Carrollton next week for the state meet.
Girls Varsity: Our girls brought home a 2nd place region finish and we could not be more proud of their performance. Sophomore Carolyn Calzada led the way, taking 3rd place overall with a time of 21:01. Senior Jordan Sullivan was only a few steps behind with a 4th place finish and a time of 21:05. Freshman Hayden Bailey (22:28), Caroline Montini (23:08), and Junior Mikayla Frierson (23:21) finished strong and fought hard against the fast pace set by the front, nearly upsetting the favored first place Loganville team. The final score differential between the two teams was only 6 points. Rebeka Miranda 24:08 and Leah Madsen 24:35 also ran for our varsity girls team. The girls walked away with their heads held high and a Region Runner-up trophy in their hands.
Boys Varsity: The boys team needed at least a 4th place finish out of region to move on to state, and they did just that. Senior Ben Archer led the team and crossed the line at 17:35. The pack running that has defined the team this season was true to form at the region race as well. Junior Zach Davidson at (18:09), Freshman Carter Hales (18:12), Freshman Joseph Davis (18:20), and Freshman Braden Schmid (18:21) all came across the line within twelve seconds of one another. Following closely behind the pack were Junior James Morgan (18:42) and Freshman Noah Johnson (18:42). This young team has performed well this season and looks forward to participating in the State meet next Friday.
JV Girls: JV Girls ran well and took 2nd place at the region meet. Four of our JV girls finished in the top ten: 7th place Junior Kelsey Crews (24:25), 8th place Freshman Ryann Brooks (24:37), 9th place Freshman Abby Wood (24:41), and 10th place Senior Paige Huffine (25:08). Junior Leslie Jaimes (25:11), Junior Ashley Eades (25:17), and Freshman Ashley Morales 25:21 finished out the team score.
JV Boys: JV boys, our band of brothers, had a strong performance Wednesday on this region course. Senior Ked Crossett (18:44) led the charge with a 7th place finish across the line. Sophomore Brent Warren (19:25), Freshman Brice Reynolds (19:36), Sophomore Luke Crossett (19:48), Junior Sam Warren (19:51), Sophomore Nathan Montini (19:54), and Junior Stewart Blankenship 19:56 all ran a good race as well and enjoyed top 25 finishes in a field of 76 runners.
The Varsity Boys and Girls XC teams will compete next Friday, November 1st at the State Meet in Carrollton, GA.
Atlanta Classic Clinton Farms, Douglass County
Saturday, October 12rd, 2019 The cooler temps and relatively flat course were welcomed with open arms and fast feet this past Saturday by our Buford XC teams. Many of our athletes enjoyed PR’s and our JV Girls and Boys both found themselves with 2nd place finishes. We are very excited about the progress seen in these teams as we head toward the region meet on October 23rd.
Girls Varsity: Varsity girls finished 9th place out of 19 teams. Senior Jordan Sullivan crossed the line for the wolves first with a time of 20:59 followed by Freshman Hayden Bailey (22:27) and Junior Caroline Montini (22:50). Mikayla Frierson (23:22) and Senior Rebeka Miranda (23:27) completed the team score. Sophomore Leah Madsen (23:51) supported the team with a strong finish as well.
Boys Varsity: The boys continued their pack running mentality and finished 9th out of 19 teams. Senior Ben Archer led the pack with a 17:33 finish while Freshman Carter Hales (17:56), Junior Zach Davidson (18:03), Junior James Morgan (18:10), and Freshman Joseph Davis (18:14) came across the line shortly after. Freshman Braden Schmid (18:35) and Freshman Noah Johnson (18:46) rounded out the varsity boys’ performance.
Girls JV: Our JV girls looked great and finished 2nd place out of 4 teams in the JV Black race with three of our girls finishing in the top ten. Freshman Ryann Brooks led the team with a strong 3rd place finish, Freshman Abby Wood came across the line 7th with 26:11, and Senior Heidi Orr came finished 10th with a time of 24:58. Junior MaKenzie Curry (25:05) and Junior Leslie Jaimes (25:21) both scored points for the team as well.
Boys JV: Our JV boys finished strong with a 2nd place finish out of 7 teams in the JV Black race. In true pack form, Senior Ked Crossett led the team with a 10th place finish(19:17.22) closely followed by Sophomore Brent Warren (19:17.42), Freshman Brice Reynolds (19:18), Senior Sam Warren (19:25), and Junior Stewart Blankenship (19:37). Congratulations to the boys JV for working together as a team and running a great race!
The Buford XC team will compete next on Wednesday, October 23rd at Unicoi State Park for the Region Meet.
Runners Fit Mountain Invitational Unicoi State Park, Helen GA
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 The Runners Fit Invitational hosted by White County High School saw more than 1800 runners compete this year. This meet has typically been a favorite for the Buford XC team since it is on our region course, and this year was no different. Our teams saw great success today - the highlight being a united and healthy Girls Varsity team taking 5th out of 26 teams and finishing ahead of region rivals Clarke Central.
Girls Varsity: After battling some injuries and missed meets, our Varsity girls finally ran together and enjoyed a 5th place finish out of 26 teams. Senior Jordan Sullivan led the charge with 21:28 followed by Sophomore Carolyn Calzada (21:53) and Junior Caroline Montini (22:53). Freshman Hayden Bailey (23:27) and Senior Rebeka Miranda (24:08) rounded out the score. Senior Mikayla Frierson (24:21) and Sophomore Leah Madsen (25:19) supported the team with strong finished as well.
Boys Varsity: The boys team displayed some strong pack running once again that brought them a 15th finish out of 32 very competitive teams. Senior Ben Archer ran a strong 17:52 while Freshman Carter Hales (18:32), Junior Zach Davidson (18:42), Freshman Braden Schmid (18:46), and Junior James Morgan (19:01) followed shortly after. Freshman Noah Johnson (19:34) and Senior Brendon Allen (20:25) completed this impressive varsity performance.
Girls JV: Our JV girls finished 5th out of 13 teams. Junior Kelsey Crews (25:37), Freshman Abby Wood (26:11), Senior Heidi Orr (27:07), Senior Paige Huffine (27:19), and Junior Ashley Eades (27:24) all scored points for the team.
Boys JV: Our JV boys finished strong with a 7th place finish out of 29 teams. Freshman Joseph Davis (19:35), Senior Ked Crossett (19:43), Sophomore Brent Warren (20:07), Freshman Brice Reynolds (20:21), and Junior Stewart Blankenship (20:31) all ran impressive races and contributed to the JV score.