By CHRIS GOLTERMANN
Heritage School runners Sovi Wellons and Koby Lord each finished third in respective girls and boys runs at Saturday’s GISA State Championships hosted by Southland Academy in Americus.
In her fourth trip to the state meet, Wellons stayed at the front of the field all the way until the finish, crossing in 19:40 behind only Karmen LeRoy of Trinity Dublin in 19:25, and Deerfield-Windsor junior Charlotte Augenstein in 19:34.
The Lady Hawks junior remained consistent throughout her junior season, turning in a season best of 18:52 at the Spencer Invitational on Sep. 22, and then dominating the field to win a Region 1-AAA individual title on Oct. 16 at Dominion Christian.
Lord, meanwhile, led Heritage’s boys to a fifth-place effort in Saturday’s Class AAA state meet while also placing third individually.
Lord finished in 17:12, among three juniors ahead of the field of 101 runners.Deerfield-Windsor’s Porter Hill came through with the state title in 16:54. Lord was in a neck-and-neck finish with Jack Collier of Augusta Prep, who held on for second place in 17:11.
Deerfield also won the team championship in a one-point victory over Augusta Prep. Heritage finished behind third-place Tift Area and John Milledge and ahead of Westminster-Augusta.
Heritage had four other scorers that turned in times between 20 and 21 minutes. Andrew Tvrdik was the Hawks’ second runner to cross in 35th place in 20:07, followed by Nathaniel Weinstein, who was 40th in 20:23.
Sam Lewis (46th, 20:31) and Kellson Wall (48th, 20:45) completed the scoring for Heritage. Charles Mitchell (71st, 22:45) also competed for the Hawks at the state meet while turning in a season-best time.
HERITAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM FINISHES UNDEFEATED
Heritage School’s Middle School Football team closed out its season with a 6-0 record following a 38-8 victory earlier this month.
The program rebounded from a losing year in 2017 to go undefeated and will return 20 rising seventh and eighth graders next season. This year’s group of eighth graders, who provided key leadership, now prepare to join a varsity program on its way back to the GISA state playoffs this fall.