Augusta Prep and Westminster were the big winners at the Georgia Independent School Association Region 4-AAA Cross Country Meet on Saturday.
The Cavaliers, who played host to the event, took both the boys and girls team titles, with Westminster finishing in second. Individually, the Wildcats came away with both first-place finishes.
Both squads will next participate at the GISA State Meet next Saturday at Darton College in Albany, Ga.
The boys’ competition played out the way Augusta Prep head coach Tom Holodak and his squad wanted, as the Cavs were trying to reclaim the region title Westminster won in 2011.
“Right from the beginning of the season, our goal was to take back the region championship and be focused toward the state meet,” said Holodak, who added they have eyes on three-time defending state champion Mount de Sales. “We want to see if we can at least put a little scare into them at all. There are a number of other very good teams, but that was our goal right from the
With the top seven runners in each field making all-region, Augusta Prep placed five on the team, led by John Earwood, who finished in 18:04.
Westminster freshman Evan Downs got the win in 17:25.
“I wanted to win a meet this year, and it was good to do it at the region,” said Downs, who had four second-place finishes entering the meet.
For the girls, Westminster senior Nina McCallie took home first in 20:40, winning a battle with Augusta Prep’s Jamie Holodak (20:44) and Amanda Murphy (21:00).
Westminster head coach Jon Kilpatrick was thrilled with his teams’ performance, especially from Downs and McCallie.
“Both of them have really got a great work ethic and I’m honored to be their coach,” he said.