The 2022 Cross Country season opened Saturday morning September 3, 2022, with the Frederica boys and girls squads traveling across the Sidney Lanier Bridge to run at the Jekyll Island Invitational.
A technology snafu caused the loss of race data including times and team scores, but the FA runners showed up and ran hard.
Daniel McHugh led the way on the boys' end, followed by Elijah Howerton and Noah Falken. Max Byrd and Trey Walbridge ran well, and Jack Alston in a gritty XC debut survived the course.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Sunderhaus finished first for the team on the girls' side, followed closely by Maggie Dorminy and new member Sophie Price.
Rainy weather soaked the Great Dunes golf facility, and short sections were still under an inch of water, giving the course a traditional, messy feel and slowing times.
Even without official times, all returning team members ran faster than they had a year ago at the same meet.
The most promising trend from the day was the runners' first-mile discipline, with nearly all runners hitting their planned first-mile splits. The team continues to work on negative splits, so that the final mile of later races will stand as their fastest.
With basic conditioning of July and August behind the team, members will increase mileage in the month of September, building to 30 and 40-mile weeks as the girls seek to defend their state title and the boys look to better last year's state runner-up trophy.
Coach Jim Brown