The Richmond Hill cross country program dominated the Caesarstone Fishy Invitational Tuesday with first place finishes by the varsity girls’ and boys’ teams, junior varsity boys and both middle school teams.
“This was a good home showing like we would hope, as a home course should be a big advantage in cross country,” said Coach Levi Sybert.
The boys’ team was led by Rakeem Littles and Jacob Hedgepeth finishing first and second, with Cooper Williams, Jacob Collins and Jalen Murray coming in fifth through seventh and Caleb Sahr in ninth. On the girls’ side, Daryn Pettit captured first with Kayla Gholar in second and Gabrielle New in ninth.
The boys’ JV team clocked the top 11 finishers, while the girls’ JV team finished third. The Richmond Hill Middle School boys had seven of the top nine places and the girls captured six of the top nine.
The invite had been scheduled for Oct. 12 but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.
“We need to stay on the gas a little longer than usual into the post-season to compensate for the lack of consistent training due to so many cancellations of meets and practices,” Sybert said. “I most liked not seeing completely exhausted runners today, indicating to me that they still have a peak in them.”
The Wildcats host the Region 2-AAAAAA meet on Oct. 28 ahead of the state meet Nov. 5 in Carrollton.
“From here on out, it’s a tune up region meet and then laser focus for states,” Sybert said.