TFS Athletics: Decorated hay bales at each mile marker, stacked tri high round rolls brazenly painted for elder harrier portraits, a breathtaking long stem sunflower gift and special recognition for every senior, an overcast, refreshing runner’s dream weather, and a slate of mountain music welcomed 265 racers from 14 high schools and their bevy of fans for the 8th Annual Harrier Harvest. The annual multi-classification cross country race highlights the concept of reaping what has been sown (certainly a staple of the discipline of distance running) and celebrates the joy of mountain living.
TFS varsity boys finished fourth of 14 scoring teams while varsity girls finished third of 12 schools. JV boys placed second of six scoring JV teams.
Conor Brooks and Walker Bailey set personal records on what is considered to be the toughest course of the season to place seventh and eighth, respectively, in the JV race. Others who set personal course bests include Grey Bourlet, Chathan Clouatre, Kale Corbett, Chris Geiger, Collin Kelly, Chaz Mullis (10th place JV race), Eli Sims, Emery Sims, Zhigao Henrry Xiong, Sophie Alexander, Emma Jackson, and Kate Trotter. Evan Prince placed second amongst 119 varsity boys; Sophie Alexander finished ninth of 76 varsity girls.
The breadth of volunteers range from donations (thank you to Dr. Jenkins and Reeves Hardware for hay donations, Susan Chester for the “World’s Best Apple Pie” for team winners and the TFS culinary arts program for “Victory Pumpkin Pies” for individual winners) and continues with chute chip cutters, course monitors, water dispensers, special concessions, and set up and take down. It’s what makes a community special and we are certainly grateful for the many who serve so others can harvest!
Varsity Boys 5k results: https://ga.milesplit.com/meets/352712/results/674886/raw#.XaZgYudKgnU
Varsity Girls 5k results: https://ga.milesplit.com/meets/352712/results/674901/raw#.XaZhCedKgnU