In a historic first for the Franklin County cross country program, Lady Seahawk junior Genevieve Printiss is advancing to the regionals, alongside junior Simon Hodgson, a returner to the prestigious meet.
Printiss’ time of 22:18 at the Oct. 19 Class 1A District 2 meet in Cottondale placed her second among the entire field of finishers and poised her for a strong performance at the Friday’s regionals hosted by Pensacola Catholic, at the Escambia County Equestrian Center .
“Printiss’ historic performance for the girls team is the first year we have ever had a girl advance to regionals,” said coach Kati-Morgan Hathcock. “This puts a trip to state within the realm of possibility for her this year.”
Hodgson also put in a solid race, placing 13th overall, a place good enough for a spot at the regional meet.
“His time of 19:26 is over a minute slower than the times he has been putting up this season, so he is expected to do even better at regionals,” said coach Jason Luquis.
Also running at districts was senior Noah Strickland, who finished 45th with a time of 24:51; junior Brian Barfield, who was 51st with a 26:53 finish; and senior Maxwell Davis, who was 60th with a time of 37:28.
For the girls, eighth grader Makayla Varner was 33rd with a time of 30:18; and eighth grader Haley Miller, with a 43rd place finish of 33:15(8th grade). Freshman Lydia Strickland did not finish, due to an IT Band (iliotibial band) injury she sustained during the race.
The team entered the month of October following a Sept. 21 home meet. Hodgson topped the field with a time of 19:06, followed by Barfield , who was 15th with a 25:32 time; Strickland, who was 18th, with a 26:02 finish; and senior Preston Shaver, who finished 27th with a time of 41:05.
Port St. Joe topped the boys field, followed by Altha.
Printiss took top honors for the Lady Seahawks, finishing first with a time of 23:18. Miller was 12th, with a 32:47 finish; Varner 15th with a time of 35:13; Strickland right behind at 16th, with a 35:46; sixth grader Emily Fichera next at 17th, with a 37:12 time; and eighth grader Cailin Kuhner, who was 18th with a 37:45 finish.
On the girls side, Port St. Joe won the meet, followed by Altha, with Franklin County third.