Augusta Prep’s cross country teams made history Saturday.
The boys and girls teams each won Georgia Independent Schools Association state championships – the first time the two teams have won titles in the same year – in Athens, Ga. The boys claimed the school’s first state championship since 2001. The girls won for the first time since 2011.
“That’s not an easy feat,” coach Tom Holodak said. “I’m just so proud of all 32 runners in the program.”
Last year, the girls team finished as runner-up, while the boys finished third. Holodak said the teams have been preparing since the start of summer for Saturday’s meet.
“From June 1,” he said, “our goal was to shoot for the championship for both teams.”
In the girls meet, Augusta Prep posted a 34-point total to defeat Trinity Christian (62). Senior Jamie Holodak was the top Lady Cavaliers finisher, placing fourth overall at 21:11.62. She was followed by Grace Ellis (sixth, 21:46.77), Molly Joseph (seventh, 22:25.51), Zenia Nava (eighth, 23:04.53) and Salley Wilson (ninth, 23:05.82).
In the boys meet, Augusta Prep posted a 46-point total to defeat Trinity Christian (64). Jack Collier finished fourth to lead the Cavaliers with a time of 18:06.67. He was followed by Collin Bertram (seventh, 18:39.48), Trey Farmer (eighth, 18:49.46), Alex Schmacht (12th, 18:56.11) and Colin Schmacht (15th, 19:13.74).
“We knew two, three weeks ago this was going to be an impossible course,” Holodak said. “I told them this is going to be the toughest course they’re going to run in their career. Their time was irrelevant. It was all about their place.”