Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A whole lot of Lincoln Trojan at the Bainbridge Bearcat Invitational

Bainbridge High BearcatsAt the 18th annual Bearcat Invitational Cross-Country Meet, it was the second year in a row that a school from Tallahassee, Florida went home with the high school team titles. On Saturday morning, 16 September 2017, it was Lincoln High carrying home the loot to Tallahassee, as both the Trojan boys and the Trojan girls were the first team in their respective races. Lincoln senior Clayton Carlson was the fastest individual in the high school boys' 5K, but Tift County sophomore Emily Golden kept it from being a total Trojan sweep by winning the high school girls' 5K.


The high school girls' 5K was in fact the first race of the meet, starting at 8:00 AM. Improving on her 2016 Bearcat Invitational performance by eight seconds, Emily Golden toured the course around the Bainbridge High campus in 20:41, finishing nearly 70 meters ahead of the next runner. Gianna Forte, a Bishop Snyder junior, was runner-up in 20:58, and Lincoln sophomore Chase Merrick took third in 21:06.


Merrick was joined by Lincoln teammates Lexi Gray (8th, 22:19), Rylee French (11th, 22:49), Asta Hemenway (16th, 23:14), and Arianna Neely (25th, 23:44) in amassing 53 points for the Trojans, giving Lincoln the top spot in a field of fifteen teams. Lindsay James finished fifth in 21:51 for Chiles, leading her team to second place with a score of 88. Tift County was third with 144 points, just ahead of the 147 scored by fourth-place Bainbridge.


2017 Bearcat Invitational Team Standings, High School Girls
  1. Lincoln, 53
  2. Chiles, 88
  3. Tift County, 144
  4. Bainbridge, 147
  5. Bishop Snyder, 161
  6. Community Christian, 165
  7. Lee County, 189
  8. Lowndes, 194
  9. Westover, 207
  10. Wakulla, 233
  11. Seminole County, 245
  12. Dothan, 259
  13. Headland, 341
  14. Thomasville, 371
  15. Grace Christian, 435

Top Ten High School Girls, 2017 Bearcat Invitational
  1. 20:40.76, Emily Golden (Tift County) 10
  2. 20:57.42, Gianna Forte (Bishop Snyder)
  3. 21:05.74, Chase Merrick (Lincoln)
  4. 21:11.40, Katherine Resavage (Leon)
  5. 21:50.17, Lindsay James (Chiles)
  6. 22:00.71, Riley O'Linn (Valwood)
  7. 22:12.81, Alyssa Langston (Wakulla)
  8. 22:18.50, Lexi Gray (Lincoln)
  9. 22:24.54, Viviana Schuyler (Bainbridge)
  10. 22:44.40, Macy Williams (Seminole County)

Like Golden, Lincoln's Clayton Carlson had also raced at the Bearcat Invitational in 2016. Carlson, though, improved more than half a minute over his previous year's performance, running a winning 17:12. Finishing some 60 meters behind Carlson, Henry Plowden of Westover was second in 17:25. David Keen of North Florida Christian took third in 17:35.


In addition to Carlson, Lincoln had two other runners in the top ten--Kevin Majano was fifth in 17:41 and Joey Jung eighth in 18:08. Charles Hruda (12th, 18:28) and Dennis Majano (17th, 18:43) completed the Trojan scoring, giving Lincoln 39 points and first place out of fifteen teams. Wakulla put two runners in the top ten--Scott Lloyd (6th, 17:54) and Chris Porter (9th, 18:13)--leading Wakulla to second place with a score of 54. Lowndes was third with 111 points behind the performance of their top runner, Brishen House (4th, 17:40).


2017 Bearcat Invitational Team Standings, High School Boys
  1. Lincoln, 39
  2. Wakulla, 54
  3. Lowndes, 111
  4. Chiles, 144
  5. Tift County, 155
  6. Bainbridge, 166
  7. Westover, 204
  8. Grace Christian, 257
  9. Lee County, 258
  10. Seminole County, 280
  11. Thomasville, 302
  12. Rickards, 313
  13. Dothan, 325
  14. Fitzgerald, 347
  15. Jefferson County, 379

Top Ten High School Boys, 2017 Bearcat Invitational
  1. 17:11.10, Clayton Carlson (Lincoln) 12
  2. 17:24.10, Henry Plowden (Westover)
  3. 17:34.62, David A Keen (North Florida Christian)
  4. 17:39.44, Brishen House (Lowndes)
  5. 17:40.57, Kevin Majano (Lincoln)
  6. 17:53.90, Scott Lloyd (Wakulla)
  7. 18:02.69, JD Bengston (Tift County)
  8. 18:07.12, Joey Jung (Lincoln)
  9. 18:12.84, Chris Porter (Wakulla)
  10. 18:22.11, Efrain Diaz (Bainbridge)

The middle school girls ran two miles, and the girl who ran it fastest was Lee County eighth-grader Emily Phillips, who went 13:38. Another Lee County eighth-grader, Alea Bochette, was second in 13:50. Tift eighth-grader Ainsley Toews was third in 14:10.


While Lee County was waiting for their next scorer, Tift put two more athletes in the top ten--eighth-grader Alexandria Vaughan (8th, 15:19) and sixth-grader Amanda Tovar. Tift seventh-grader Madeline Perrin (11th, 15:31) was close behind. Tift's fifth scorer was seventh-grader Hannah Larger (17th, 16:16), giving the Tift girls 44 points and first place out of the nine middle school teams competing. Led by seventh-grader Camille Resavage (5th, 14:32), Holy Comforter was second with 58 points. Lee County took third with 64.


2017 Bearcat Invitational Team Standings, Middle School Girls
  1. Tift, 44
  2. Holy Comforter, 58
  3. Lee County, 64
  4. Trinity Catholic, 117
  5. Early County, 131
  6. Baconton Charter, 150
  7. Seminole County, 160
  8. Wakulla, 194
  9. Whigham, 251

Top Ten Middle School Girls, 2017 Bearcat Invitational
  1. 13:37.17, Emily Phillips (Lee County)
  2. 13:49.99, Alea Bochette (Lee County)
  3. 14:09.93, Ainsley Toews (Tift)
  4. 14:13.33, Lily Moore (Trinity Catholic)
  5. 14:31.48, Camille Resavage (Holy Comforter)
  6. 14:31.74, Mary Clayton Soto (Holy Comforter)
  7. 15:12.28, Madi Sims (Trinity Catholic)
  8. 15:18.47, Alexandria Vaughan (Tift)
  9. 15:18.62, Anika Imhoff (MacIntyre Park)
  10. 15:25.59, Amanda Tovar (Tift)

Alex Collins, a Lee County eighth-grader, won the middle school boys' two mile by more than 150 meters, running 11:53. Holy Comforter eighth-grader Leo Kelly was second in 12:29, and Early County eighth-grader Mikhael Crispen placed third in 12:38.


After that it was a Lee County deluge, with Edward Ostrander (4th, 12:42), John-Robert Ellington (5th, 13:00), Wyatt Waddell (6th, 13:07), and Ryan Hicks (7th, 13:08) cascading across the finish line. Lee County also had two other runners in the top ten--Jeb Parr (8th, 13:13) and Landon Jones (9th,13:14). But five in the top seven was enough to give Lee County a mathematically unbeatable score of 23 points and first out of ten teams. MacIntyre Park, led by Matthew Lewis (10th, 13:17), was second with 69 points. Tift was third with 106.


2017 Bearcat Invitational Team Standings, Middle School Boys
  1. Lee County, 23
  2. MacIntyre Park, 69
  3. Tift, 106
  4. Holy Comforter, 121
  5. Bainbridge, 123
  6. Seminole County, 160
  7. Trinity Catholic, 165
  8. Early County, 225
  9. Baconton Charter, 266
  10. Whigham, 300

Top Ten Middle School Boys, 2017 Bearcat Invitational
  1. 11:52.67, Alex Collins (Lee County)
  2. 12:28.34, Leo Kelly (Holy Comforter)
  3. 12:37.89, Mikhael Crispen (Early County)
  4. 12:41.21, Edward Ostrander (Lee County)
  5. 12:59.66, John-Rob Ellington (Lee County)
  6. 13:06.83, Wyatt Waddell (Lee County)
  7. 13:07.35, Ryan Hicks (Lee County)
  8. 13:12.16, Jeb Parr (Lee County)
  9. 13:13.68, Landon Jones (Lee County)
  10. 13:16.13, Matthew Lewis (MacIntyre Park)

Miles and Minutes, LLC, of Tallahassee, Florida timed the 2017 Bearcat Invitational.


Bainbridge High School Bearcat Cross-Country Invitational Champions
2000 - 2017
High School Girls 5K
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ









27 September 2003Tift County, 3922:28, Demonessa Pyle (Berrien County)



24 September 2005Tift County, 32
23 September 2006

22 September 2007

20 September 2008Bainbridge, 3921:06, April Thomas (Bainbridge) 10
19 September 2009Westover, 4519:31, April Thomas (Bainbridge) 11
18 September 2010Lee County
17 September 2011Tift County, 3621:50, Ericka Taylor (Westover) 11
22 September 2012Thomasville, 6421:05, Ericka Taylor (Westover) 12
14 September 2013Thomas County Central, 5519:56, Paige Braswell (Bainbridge) 12
20 September 2014Maclay, 3519:11, Elizabeth Funderburk (Colquitt County) 9
26 September 2015Lincoln, 6021:10, Juliana Krueger (Lincoln) 12
17 September 2016Maclay, 3118:06, Alyson Churchill (Lincoln) 9
16 September 2017Lincoln, 5320:41, Emily Golden (Tift County) 10
High School Boys 5K
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ









27 September 2003Westover, 4117:47, David Marley (Westover)



24 September 2005Bainbridge, 54
23 September 2006

22 September 2007

20 September 2008Tift County, 3717:13, David Daniel (Thomasville) 11
19 September 2009Tift County, 4916:04, Hunter Honeycutt (Tift County) 10
18 September 2010Westover
17 September 2011Tift County, 5516:48, Hunter Honeycutt (Tift County) 12
22 September 2012Bainbridge, 7716:40, Josh Mason (Westover) 12
14 September 2013Bainbridge, 6516:15, Chase Harris (Bainbridge) 11
20 September 2014Maclay, 5116:59, Bryce Swindell (Lassiter) 12
26 September 2015Lowndes, 4316:52, Kaleb Wolfenden (Lowndes) 11
17 September 2016Maclay, 3216:41, Clayburn Milford (Maclay) 10
16 September 2017Lincoln, 3917:12, Clayton Carlson (Lincoln) 12
Additions and corrections to this table will be accepted gratefully. ~HW


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