TFS Athletics Release – The 15th Annual Cookies ‘n Quotes Cross Country Festival brought teams and throngs of fans from 19 schools to the beautiful campus and XC course of Tallulah Falls School. Senior Team Leader Sarah Edwards and fellow senior Maria Whitson coordinated over 1800 baked cookies and quotes delivered to 25 schools, three each in a decorated bag with the name of the runner, coach, or manager. Individual champions received a combo hat/tee from Tallulah Point Overlook and the victorious teams were rewarded with a large cookie cake and a large inspirational quote – truly unique and memorable awards. Festive music, volunteers galore, an incredible venue, and hundreds of cheering fans supported over 500+ harriers hastening up and down the hills of the ole TFS farm land, where back in the day students raised cows, worked the farm, went to school, practiced, worked some more, and created a legacy of toughness.
Senior Captain Sophie Alexander led The TFS girls varsity squad with runner-up honors among 12 scoring schools by running a course personal record (23:09.60). Only ten places back, Lucy Alexander ran within a second of her course best. Freshmen Kate Trotter (25th) and Emma Jackson (26th) were three seconds apart while Macy Murdock outsprinted Maria Whitson to the finish line to capture 29th place.
Runner-up sophomore Evan Prince ran the 5k deceptively hilly course in 17:26.73 to jump to the #4 spot on the course Legacy List, only 41 seconds behind course record setting senior state champion Graham Blanks of Athens Academy. Grey Bourlet bettered his course PR by seven seconds to place 15th. Freshman Zhigao Henrry Xiong (21:11.40) ran onto the course Legacy Lits while Collin Kelly moved to #4 TFS runner for the meet. Kale Corbett and Chathan Clouatre placed in the top half of varsity runners. Bourlet, Kelly, and Corbett ran season bests.
TFS JV boys placed second of nine scoring schools, led by scorers David Cheng, Eli Sims, Chaz Mullis, Ethan Wanner, and Junyi Rick He. Each ran quite well under the searing sun and along the leg sapping and lung burning hills.
Middle school runner-up Jenna Chesser led TFS girls to third place of nine schools and 60+ runners, racing the 3k upper course in 13:21.32 under the scorching sun. Josie Chesser placed eighth while Haygen James (12th), Maggie Shelton (17th), and Dani Prince (34th) scored for TFS. Carsyn Griffis continued her tenacious running; Jasmyn Marshall and Mallory Higgins ran their best race of the season.
Top middle school boys continues to be Blair Moore (20th) and QianFeng William Xu (23rd) followed by Henry Rickman and Timothy Beck, who both met their TFS 3k course goals, as did Dalton Geltz and Charlie Harris.
Varsity Boys Results https://ga.milesplit.com/meets/352709/results/664113/raw#.XXjqZOhKg2w
Varsity Girls Results https://ga.milesplit.com/meets/352709/results/664114/raw#.XXjqO-hKg2w
TFS 3k MS Results https://ga.milesplit.com/meets/352709/teams/20834#.XXjqkehKg2w