First Presbyterian Christian Academy’s cross-country runners went the distance this season.
The Highlanders’ overall finishes throughout the season qualified the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams to compete for the first time in a region meet.
The Highlanders’ boys’ team placed second and the girls finished third at the meet, held Oct. 24 in Waynesboro.
Highlander Matthew Fussell finished fifth overall and was named to the all-region team.
Placing well at the region meet meant the Highlanders qualified to go to the Georgia Independent School Association state meet, which was held Oct. 27 in Albany.
The boys’ team finished third as Chris Guilfo finished 10th individually to make the all-state team.
“The cross-country team has made great strides this year, and I’m proud of every runner,” FPCA coach Simon Steele said. “These athletes made history this year by doing something that had never accomplished before at the school. We are truly a family, and the program will continue to grow. We look forward to competing next year and doing even better.”