The boys and girls cross country teams ended their seasons in Americus on Saturday morning, bringing to a close the most successful season in program history.
The Deerfield-Windsor boys and girls cross country teams ended their seasons in Americus on Saturday morning, bringing to a close the most successful season in program history. The boys captured their second GISA championship in the past three years, while the Lady Knights finished in second place, garnering their first podium finish since they captured the 2015 state championship. This was the highest combined finish in school history and the first time that both teams reached the podium in the same year.
The Region 3AAA champion Lady Knights took the course first and sought to improve on two straight 3rd place finishes at the state meet. Led by individual runner-up Charlotte Augenstein(19:34) and fellow all-state performer Hadley Holt, the Deerfield girls were able finish as runners-up to a strong Augusta Prep team. Other scorers included Bailey Irvin(29th), Sarah Katherine Harris(30th), and Cece Lukes(35th). The young Lady Knights return all seven of their varsity athletes in 2019.
The boys' race was a duel between the Knights and 2017 champion Augusta Prep. Junior Porter Hill set the tone for the Knights, seizing the lead from the start and running unchallenged to win comfortably with a time of 16:54. Hill's victory was the first boys' individual title in program history. Once Hill broke the tape, the team battle between the last two teams to win GISA titles began to unfold, with 12 of the first 16 finishers representing either Deerfield or Augusta Prep. The Knights, however, placed four athletes in the top 10, including Graham Ford(6th), Jonathan Willis(7th), and Jon Durham(9th), en route to posting a team score of 38 points, besting Augusta Prep by a single point. The Knights' top five averaged 17:32, the fastest team average in school history.
Head Coach Jake Clawson expressed his satisfaction with the direction of the program and the continued support that it receives from the community. "We've become the standard of excellence for distance running in South Georgia. This has been the longest period of sustained success that our cross country program has ever had. That wouldn't be possible without, first, the dedication of our athletes, but also the collective support of our team parents, the school's administration, our student body, and the larger Albany community."