At last Friday's Class 1A Region 1 meet hosted by Pensacola Catholic, at the Escambia County Equestrian Center, juniors Simon Hodgson and Genevieve Printiss represented Franklin County and they were exceptional.
Printiss ran a 21:41 placing her 17th out of a field of 108, in her first season ever running cross country. After becoming the first girl from the county to ever make it to regionals, she ran a personal best, and lowered the school record she previously shattered this season.
“This time placed her only two spots, and 13 seconds away from qualifying for state,” said coach Kati-Morgan Hathcock.
Hodgson ran an 18:37, putting him in 30th place out of a field of 113 runners. This was his third appearance at regionals; the two years previous he also competed at regionals, last year even making it to state.
The regular season wrapped up a flurry of meets.
At the Prefontaine Sept. 24, Printiss finished fifth with a time of 23:32, with eighth grader Haley Miller 31st with a 29:62; eighth grader Makayla Varner 41st with a 37:15; freshman Lydia Strickland 42nd with a time of 37:20; and sixth grader Emily Fichera 50th with a finish of 41:37.
For the boys, Hodgson was 13th with a 19:10; senior Noah Strickland 61st with a 26:46; and junior Brian Barfield 66th with a time of 29:42.
At the Aucille Warrior Stampede Oct. 1, Printiss ran fifth in 21:51, Varner 76th with a 29:07; and Fichera 89th with a 33:36.
For the boys, Hodgson was 11th with a time of 18:27; Strickland 131st with a run of 24:41; and Barfield 138th with a time of 27:30.
At the pre-state FSU Invitational Oct. 8, Printiss ran 20th with a time of 22:27, Varner 99th with a 29:45, and Strickland 115th with a 33:25.
For the boys, Hodgson was 26th with a time of 18:22, Strickland 61st with a run of 26:46, and Barfield 66th with a time of 29:42.