A pair of juniors, Genevieve Printiss and Simon Hodgson, continue to set the tempo for the Franklin County High School varsity cross country team.
Printiss has vaulted to the forefront of the district, finishing first in a nine-team meet at Port St. Joe Sept. 7, with a time of 22.18.
“Genevieve is ranked first in the district by over two minutes and 25th in the region,” said Coach Kati-Morgan Hathcock. “Both Genevieve and Simon have a good chance of going to state this year.
Hodgson posted a blistering time of 18:41 at the St. Joe meet, followed by junior Brian Barfield with a 24:25, senior Noah Strickland 27:20 and senior Max Davis 39:21.
On the girls side, eighth grader Haley Miller posted a 36:44, freshman Janacia Bunyon 37:08, freshman Lydia Strickland 39:09, sixth grader Emily Fichera 40:46, eighth grader Cailin Kuhner 42:31, eighth grader Marissa Startt 42:33 and senior Alexis Segree 42:34.
At the Rutherford Ram Meet in Panama City Saturday, Sept. 17, Printiss finished in ninth place out of a field of 113, with a time of 23:06.
Miller had a time of 30:34, eighth grader Makayla Varner 34:17, Kuhner 36:58, Lydia Strickland 37:32 and Startt 38:13.
Hodgson ran a 20:09 for the boys, with Noah Strickland a 30:02 and senior Cash Creamer 37:04.
The season got underway Aug. 27 with the Cougar Challenge in Tallahassee, with both Hodgson and Printiss leading the way for FCHS.
Hodgson finished 67th with a time of 20:00.20 , with Barfield 212th with a 25:36.38 time, Noah Strickland 242nd with a 29:27.31, Creamer 251st with a 33:08.30 time, and Davis 255th with a run of 40:26.14.
Printiss finished in 45th place, with a time of 24:27.94, followed by Miller in 157th with a 31:21.55, and Varner 189th with a 34:09.44, just ahead of Bunyon’s 34:19.52. Sophomore Brooke Newell was 219th with a 41:35.87, just ahead of eighth grader Lyndsey Stifel’s 41:51.29. Segree’s 45:40.40 put her 223rd, just ahead of Fichera’s 48:29.82.