The Long County Blue Tide cross country team has had a ton of success over the last three years and that success continued into the 2019 season. Last Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Region 2-AAA championship meet, Long County saw two individuals and one whole team qualify for the AAA state championship meet.
Sophomore runner Orlando Tellez finished second in the boys’ race and was able to qualify for the meet. He becomes the first individual male to qualify at the state level since Cameron Taylor in 2017, who won the Region 2-AAA individual championship as a senior.
Sophomore Kikio Awuku fell short of winning the region championship for a second year in a row, but did still place second in the region meet. She won the title as a freshman in 2018 and finished tenth in the state race.
The girls’ cross country team also placed well enough in the region race to qualify for the state championship race as well. This is the second year in a row the girls have qualified for the state meet and the third consecutive year Long County has sent an entire team to the state meet (the boys qualified in 2017 alongside Taylor).
The cross country team will wrap up the season on Saturday, Nov. 2 in Carrollto at the state championship meet.