Thursday, September 27, 2018

Xander Peacock and Jazzmyne Degolyer win at Blountstown

TigerWhen twelve schools, twenty teams, and 184 athletes showed up in Blountstown, Florida's Sam Atkins Park for a high school cross-country meet, you'd think it would have a snappier name than "The Blountstown Home Meet." Couldn't it have been called the Calhoun County Classic? Or the Tiger Trot? The River City Invitational?


Blountstown High certainly earned part of the name in the boys' race. The Blountstown Tigers took the team title in that race, putting four runners in the top ten and scoring 28 points, while Tiger junior Xander Peacock won the 5K in 17:04. Scoring 32 points, Port Saint Joe had the top girls' team, and Altha School eighth-grader Jazzmyne Degolyer was first in the girls' 5K at 23:00.


Competition opened that Wednesday afternoon, 26 September 2018, with the boys' 5K. It wasn't much of a race, thanks to Xander Peacock. The Blountstown ace finished the five-kilometer event more than half a kilometer ahead of the next runner, covering the course in a winning 17:04. Zack McFarland, a Port Saint Joe junior, took second in 19:07. Behind McFarland, North Bay Haven frosh Kaden Passey edged Blountstown senior Enrique Nandho for third, 19:41 to 19:46.


Blountstown next three scorers were juniors Saul Puente (5th, 20:03) and Dartanion Hope (9th, 20:58), and sophomore Elier Pais (11th, 21:17), giving the Tigers 28 points and first place in the field of ten teams. Passey's North Bay Haven team took second with 59 points. Led by junior Grady Escobar (1th, 21:13), Franklin County was third with 71 points.


Boys' Team Standings
  1. Blountstown, 28
  2. North Bay Haven, 59
  3. Franklin County, 71
  4. Port Saint Joe, 139
  5. Altha, 169
  6. Sneads, 172
  7. Malone, 186
  8. Marianna, 186
  9. Bay, 227
  10. Graceville, 251

Top Ten Athletes, High School Boys' 5K
  1. 17:04, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 11
  2. 19:07, Zack McFarland (Port Saint Joe) 11
  3. 19:41, Kaden Passey (North Bay Haven) 9
  4. 19:46, Enrique Nandho (Blountstown) 12
  5. 20:03, Saul Puente (Blountstown) 11
  6. 20:36, Jonathan Reyes (Chipley) 9
  7. 20:47, Ricky Forbes (Port Saint Joe) 9
  8. 20:48, Seth Pietrowski (North Bay Haven) 11
  9. 20:58, Dartanion Hope (Blountstown) 11
  10. 21:13, Grady Escobar (Franklin County) 11

The girls' 5K followed the boys' race. Jazzmyne Degolyer wasn't as dominating as Xander Peacock had been, but she still won the girls' race by 60 meters with her 23:00. Port Saint Joe runners took the next three places, with sophomore Autumn Kotelman second in 23:17, frosh Zoe Gerlach third in 23:36, and frosh Madelyn Gortermoller fourth in 24:17.


Port Saint Joe frosh Lexis Fountain also cracked the top ten, placing tenth in 26:56. Port Saint Joe junior Jade Cothran was thirteenth in 27:24, completing her team's winning score of 32 points. Sophomore Abby Gregory placed fifth in 25:28, the first of three runners from her school in the top ten, leading her team to second place with 45 points. Led by Degolyer, Altha was third with 129 points.


Girls' Team Standings
  1. Port Saint Joe, 32
  2. North Bay Haven, 45
  3. Altha, 129
  4. Bay, 150
  5. Sneads, 159
  6. Franklin County, 170
  7. Graceville, 172
  8. Blountstown, 176
  9. Cottondale, 199
  10. Marianna, 208

Top Ten Athletes, High School Girls' 5K
  1. 23:00, Jazzmyne Degolyer (Altha) 8
  2. 23:17, Autumn Kotelman (Port Saint Joe) 10
  3. 23:36, Zoe Gerlach (Port Saint Joe) 9
  4. 24:17, Madelyn Gortermoller (Port Saint Joe) 9
  5. 25:28, Abby Gregory (North Bay Haven) 10
  6. 25:29, Diana Compean (Cottondale) 10
  7. 25:44, Taylor Reese Howell (Sneads) 9
  8. 26:14, Madeleine Wilson (North Bay Haven) 9
  9. 26:29, Olivia Dunbar (North Bay Haven) 9
  10. 26:56, Lexis Fountain (Port Saint Joe) 9


Blountstown Home Meet winners

Girls
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
9 October 2013Blountstown, 30 points22:22, Valerie Sampson (Cottondale)
26 September 2018Port Saint Joe, 3223:00, Jazzmyne Degolyer (Altha) 8
Boys
DateTeam ChampIndividual Champ
9 October 2013Blountstown, 32 points17:48, Thomas Howell (Blountstown)
26 September 2018Blountstown, 2817:04, Xander Peacock (Blountstown) 11


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