COVINGTON - Both the Alcovy girls and boys cross country squads ran away with the gold on a chilly Saturday morning during the Last Chance Invitational.
The event, held at Alcovy High School, was a GATFXC featured meet that also included Rockdale, Douglass, Henry County, Monroe Area and Morgan County.
In the girls race, Alcovy finished with 26 points, including an average time of 25 minutes and 53 seconds.
Morgan took second with an overall score of 31.
Alcovy senior Tatlin Gammon won her first ever race after finishing ahead of the pack with a time of 22:52.
For Gammon, her strategy was fairly simple.
"Well, I ran fast because it was cold," she said, "and then when we had to run through the creek crossing, that's where I picked it up, I guess."
Rounding out the top finishers for the Lady Tigers were Makiala Houseworth (sixth, 25:24) and Rochelle McNally (ninth, 26:29).
Rockdale's Lauren Courtney took seventh with a time of 25:46. Teammate Miranda Wright was eighth (26:09).
For the boys, Alcovy ended the day with 34 points, including an average time of 19:53.
Stone Mountain captured second (20:09).
Douglass' Jared Santifer finished first with a time of 18:31.
Alcovy's top runner was sophomore Vince Bond, who placed fourth overall with a mark of 19:13.
"It was fun and I love it," Bond gasped after the race. "It was exhilarating, and I'm just really happy right now for us."
Alcovy's Joshua Holcombe ended sixth (19:46), while Ahmad Crawford was seventh (19:55).
Damontae Ivey finished 10th for the Tigers with a time of 20:13.
Rockdale's Ken Shinmura (21:50) was the top runner for the Bulldogs, placing 29th overall.
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