The Winder-Barrow High School cross country team had this past weekend off, but the Bulldogg and Lady Bulldogg runners will be back in action Saturday at the Asics Invitational.
Coach Michael Lofton said the course is “fast” and it will be the first time WBHS has competed on it.
“It has been moved to a private sporting club,” Lofton said. “It has horse trails and starts and finishes on a polo field.”
The WBHS runners moved into a new phase of training during the bye week.
“This time of year the body starts feeling part of the stress,” Lofton said. “We have some kids battling injuries right now. We want everyone ready for the next couple of weeks.”
In recent meets, the WBHS runners have improved their times despite running on some tough courses.
“The state course is not easy,” Lofton said. “We should be prepared for it.”
Four WBHS runners have been under 18:00 for the boys team this fall. Senior William Wright’s best time has been 16:56, a season and personal best.
Nelson Lofton and Tony Rowden have also been strong throughout the season.
Lady Bulldogg freshman Micah Weathers has turned in a personal best of 19:14 and has been the top runner for the WBHS girls in each meet.
Teammate Amber Palermo is running strong at the team’s No. 2 spot and Kiana Perez, Sarah Carpenter and Macy Hayes have each been strong.
Isabell Martin also ran well at the Horsepark in Conyers. Haley Mewborn has also been battling back from injury.
The Region 8-AAAAA meet is set for Nov. 2, also in Conyers.