The JDHS cross Country teams hosted the Three Rivers XC Classic to close out the regular season. The event brought in 12 high schools from across the area and is just one of a few meets hosted in this area to finish the regular season.
Four JDMS 8th grade cross country runners ran in the JV race as they prepared to move to the high school team next year. Ignacio Rubio (5th) and Gabriel Osorio (28th) raced for the JV boys, while Mattie Clair Worthington (1st) and Fernanda Valdelamar (2nd) proved they are ready to challenge the current HS girls runners.
In the varsity boys race Pierce Parlor (6th) continues to lead the Yellow Jacket boys followed by a deep pack of JD runners. The JD boys had a strong showing, finishing in second place to Vidalia. The Vidalia squad in currently ranked 3rd in GHSA 2A, while the Jeff Davis squad is ranked 5th. The two teams have traded victories through the season. Vidalia took the first victory in August at the Peach State Preview meet, while Jeff Davis defeated Vidalia at the Southern Georgia XC Championship in September.
The Vidalia team took the advantage with a second victory over JD at the Three Rivers XC Classic. Each of the results have been close and it will be interesting to see who will come out on top in a few weeks when the teams will face off again at the State Championship.
The Lady Jackets dominated the varsity girls race showing why they are ranked 6th in GHSA 2A. All five scoring girls finished in the Top 20. Marchant (8th), Ali Lewis (10th), Rebecca Lopez (11th), Lily Relihan (14th) and Aurie Taylor (16th). Despite losing two of their top runners to season ending injuries, the Lady Jacket squad is still performing strong and has had several underclass runners (Maryani Trejo, Christina Wilcox, and Laysie Lewis) step up over the last several races to fill the gap caused by the injuries.
Both the boys and girls will compete next week (Wednesday) at the Region 1AA XC Championship hosted by Cook High School. Both teams are the projected favorites by Georgia MileSplit in the Region Championship but strong teams by Worth County and Cook will be looking to knock the reigning Region Champions off of their throne. The Lady Jackets will be vying for their 8th straight region title, while the boys squad hopes to get their 4th straight.