The Winder-Barrow High School cross country runners were dealing with a variety of issues leading into the Coach Wood Invitational Saturday in Gainesville.
The student-athletes were on fall break and held morning practices.
The meet itself was run in the afternoon on a tough course. And following the previous week’s contest in which numerous WBHS team members set season and personal records, a touch of overconfidence may have factored in, coach Michael Lofton said.
“I wasn’t expecting the same or better times because it was a tougher course,” Lofton said. “However, some teams that we had beaten earlier in the year defeated us Saturday. This may have been an eye-opener for us. The course was tough but I didn’t feel it was as tough as our home course.”
William Wright (17:29) paced the WBHS varsity boys, finishing in the top 20. Tony Rowden was second in 17:58 followed by Nelson Lofton in 18:11.
Timmy Villameter, Gustova Garcia, Will Purcell and Harrison Daniel had the next fastest times Saturday for WBHS.
Micah Weathers led the varsity girls race early before finishing third overall in 19:44. Amber Palermo was 13th overall in 20:53.
Macy Hays, Sarah Carpenter, Kiana Perez and Amber Duffy rounded out the top five for the Lady Bulldoggs.
The WBHS runners went back to work this week in preparation for the upcoming Region 8-AAAAA meet in Conyers.