Holy Innocents' Episcopal School students competed in the Georgia State Middle School Cross Country Championships in Cochran, Ga., Saturday. After the final uphill stretch was climbed, the girls finished second and the boys first, leaving HIES the overall combined state champions yet again.
It's three state championships in a row for Holy Innocents' coach Gary Klingman and his middle school cross country team.
For the girls, Elizabeth Graves led the way with a 4th place finish, while teammate Bryan Foster wasn’t far behind in 11th. Meredith Strom also medaled, coming in 17th. The girls earned their runner-up bid among 21 teams.
On the boys’ side, Ben Davies once again led the charge, this time taking second overall. Keegan Donahoo (15th), Owen Malcolm (22nd), Kyle Murdoch (23rd) and James Devine (27th) also ran well as the boys took their crown out of 25 teams.
The Bears also excelled on the JV side of things; the boys finished first overall out of 18 squads while the girls were fifth among 13th. Scott Brumbeloe (1st), Kyle Jones Shah (3rd), Jake Wilson (6th), Kent Malcolm (9th) and Joseph Pugmire (10th) led the way for the boys while Margaret Wilkins (5th), Megan Roddenberry (6th), Anna Devine (8th), Ellie Sager (9th) and Elizabeth Ray (15th) were tops for the girls.