Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams for a fantastic performance at the hilly state meet course in Carrollton over the weekend. The boys team, led by Brogan Steele placed 13th in the 32 team state field. Brogan ran his best State Course time with a 17:23 to become the first SAA Boys Panther to medal at the state meet. Top Ten individuals Medal and Brogan took home the 7th place spot in the state.
Special Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country team for being the only SAA Cross Country team to ever place at the state meet. The girls became the 2021 AAA State Runner-Ups with phenomenal performances and efforts from each runner on the team. The girls stepped it up and beat highly touted North Hall, Mary Persons, and Oconee County to take the #2 spot and accomplish their goal to make the podium. With a team score of 61 on the Carrollton course, the Lady Panthers became the most successful girls cross country team from Southeast Georgia. SAA had 3 individual state placers including Margaret Wade's 3rd place overall finish, Lyric Olson's 6th place overall finish, and Ava Coffey's 8th place overall finish. Rounding out the historic effort for the Panthers was Elle Harward Grant with a blistering time of 21:33 as a freshman. She placed 12th overall. Camille Arango finished in 22:31 for a 32nd place finish, Ava Thomas placed 47th and Rosie Knudsen took 79th out of the 202 competitors. Please congratulate these ladies for a truly remarkable season.