Pierce County’s Lady Bears and Bears each notched 10th-place finishes at Southern Georgia XC Championship.

Both the girls’ and boys’ division consisted of 20 teams from Macon down to Statenville (Echols County) held Monday, September 21. The event was originally scheduled for September 17, but was postponed due to remnants of Hurricane Sally.

Stratford Academy, a Class A Private School out of Macon, won the girls’ event with 63 points. Following the Eaglettes were Bleckley County (69 points), Effingham County (106), host Jeff Davis (125), Glynn Academy (139), Ware County (161), Vidalia (177), Coffee (194), Tattnall County (203) and Pierce County (240) in the Top 10.

The next five in the field included Berrien (280), Brunswick (332), Appling County (343), Toombs County (359) and Wayne County (392). Brantley County, Atkinson Couty, Lanier County, Long County and Echols County did not have enough runners for a team score.

Effingham County’s Candace Kieffer paced the field of 142 runners with a time of 19:29.45, 32 seconds better than the runner-up time.

Sophie Scruggs logged the Lady Bears’ top finish placing 20th with a time of 23:22.27. Natalie Daniels followed in 29th-place with a time of 23:42.20.

Madison Bowen crossed the finish line 57th with a time of 26:26.40. Addison Smith placed 72nd with a time of 27:17.49. Lucy Coleman rounded out the team score finishing 81st with a time of 27:38.51.

Also running were Emily Stovall (84th; 28:14.75), Elizabeth Moon (87th; 28:22.70), and Becky Thigpen (115th; 30:47.99).

Brunswick captured the boys’ event posting 79 points. The Pirates were followed by Coffee (114), Glynn Academy (126), Stratford Academy (141), Vidalia (146), host Jeff Davis (149), Wayne County (179), Appling County (189), Effingham County (220) and Pierce County (281) in the Top 10.

Rounding out the list were Long County (306), Ware County (317), Atkinson County (336), Bleckley County (372), Berrien (404), Brantley County (427), Tattnall County (451), Toombs County (470), and Echols County (571). Montgomery County did not field a five-member squad.

Coffee High’s Cameron Watson claimed first-place in the field of 219 competitors with a time of 16:15:19 besting the runner-up by 32 seconds.

Willie White led the Bears with a 29th-place finish and a time of 19:04.33. Jonathan Macedonia (19:06.26) and Ethan Carlson (19:10.71) placed 31st and 32nd respectively.

Spencer Hawkins (108th; 21:56.64) and Eli Wolfe (120th; 22:07.18) rounded out the PCHS team score.

Other runners for Pierce County were Hayden Feagin (132nd; 22:26.26), Brent Bennett (137th; 22:50.47), Hunter Raulerson (142nd; 22:59.78), Herbert Perritt (159th; 23:34.14), Ethan Rogers (203rd; 28:03.12), and Yahir Espana (204th; 28:03.12).