It’s been 12 years since Bradwell Institute’s last Region 3-AAAAA cross country championship, but the drought is over. Wednesday morning the Tigers competed in the region championship at Savannah Country Day and had a stellar showing. Not only did the boys win by a large margin but they had four members named to the All-Region team and three school records were broken. According to BI coach Brian Williams, eight of the 14 kids competing ran personal best times.
The coach said weather conditions and the course were favorable.
“It felt like a good day to put down some fast times and based on recent workouts I knew our kids were in very good shape,” he said. “The kids were running some unbelievable intervals and I knew if they were put in the right situation they were ready to pop.”
The Tigers finished with a score of 35, Benedictine finished second with 68.
“It was a complete team effort that showcased our depth and capability to push the pace,” Williams said.
The Tigers were led by senior Wesley Worthy who finished first overall with a time of 16 minutes and 50 seconds, making him the fastest Tiger ever over the 3.1 mile distance. He was followed by senior Zack Motes (17:38). Jamorris Hill was third (17:44), making him the fastest sophomore in Bradwell history. Dakeem Carlton and Luis Salcedo cemented the victory for the Tigers finishing in times of 18:02 and 18:27 respectively.
In a field of 70 runners Bradwell had four runners in the top 10 and Wesley Worthy, Zack Motes, and Jamorris Hill were named to the All Region 3-AAAAA team.
The Lady Tigers also fared well, finishing third behind Camden and Savannah Arts. Sherina Hornsby led the lady Tigers with a school record time of 21 minutes to place second. She was followed by Jaelin Sample, Shaunquelle Sapp, Kaylie Durham, and Alicia Santiago who finished 10th, 19th, 20th and 21st.
Hornsby was named to the girls’ All-Region 3-AAAAA team.
According to ga.milesplit.com the boys head into the state championship ranked 30th in the state and the girls are ranked 41st.
“We really haven’t had a chance to compete against the higher ranked teams, the top 10 spots are mostly teams from Gwinnett County,” Williams said. “I’m interested to see how things turn out. I think we have a chance to finish higher than our ranking. Last year we finished 26th (boys and girls), hopefully we can climb the ladder a few more spots this year.”
Both teams are prepping for the state championship at Carrollton High School in Carrollton. The race is Saturday.