The Banks County High School cross country team has expanded to 51 runners this year, the largest group in the school history. They are also leaving their mark on the history books this season. The Cross Country Team ran right on through fall break at the Bob Roller Invitational where Makayla Hewell broke the school record for the girls best time yet again this season.
Hewell set new girls school record with a time of 19:17. Makayla is listed as a national elite runner "national silver standard " because of her record breaking time.
The girls finished sixth overall at the East Jackson event and the boys finished 12th overall. The Girls top 10 Lady Leopards in this race were Makayla Hewell with a personal record and new school record at 19:17, placing second overall in the race, McKenzie Simpson had a personal best at 23:33, Carli Broome 25:20, Hannah Brown 25:25, Kaylee Whitfield 25:27, Cheyenne Campbell a personal best at 26:13, Hannah Baker a personal best at 27:30, Kelsie Boyd 29:51, Kaelan Standridge a season best at 29:56 and Hollie Wagoner 30:04.
Three of the top seven runners are new to the team. The boys top 10 Leopards in this race were Jose Diaz at 16:50 placing fifth, Beau Rush 18:31 a personal best and season best, Carlos Polanco 18:44 a personal best and season best, Andrew Elliott 19:09 a season best and personal best, Avery Rylee 19:40 a season best and personal best, Thomas Entrekin 20:41 a season best and personal best, Adan Gonzalez 20:44, Saul Olandez 22:35, Arvin Ajmani 22:54 a season best and personal best and Adam Dodd 23:07 a season best and personal best.
"We just want to make sure that all the runners peak at the right time,” head coach Kelly McDuffie said. “We think that we are on the right schedule. Our team is young, which is a good thing because our top seven were made up of four new runners. We want to say Thank You to all the parents who travel with us and take care of the team. With a team this big we could not do it without you.”