After a full day of homecoming activities extended into late Friday night, the Faith Academy cross country team hit the road Saturday at 6 a.m. on its way to Nottingham Park in Houston for the Family Point Resource cross country meet.
“The kids competed well on just a few hours’ sleep,” said the Knights’ head cross country coach Ann Howarth. “The course had hay bales that were single and double stacked and were placed throughout, making it more of a challenge. The teams at the meet were track clubs, public schools and private schools.”
Joshua Bright led Faith Academy in the male varsity race with a personal-record time of 18:48 to take 38th place out of 120 runners on the 3.2-mile course. His brother Landen came within seconds of setting a personal record of his own, finishing in 20:41 for 77th place overall. Beck Briggs supplied a 52nd-place finish in 19:34 and Eric Carlin rounded out the Knights’ finishers with a time of 20:47 for 79th place.
“They are both doing a great job this season running times that are consistent and will be competitive at the state meet,” Howarth said of Briggs and Carlin.
Summer Bright, the sister of Joshua and Landen, represented Faith Academy in the varsity female race and finished just shy of medaling with an 11th-place finish on the 2.5-mile course.
In the junior high division, Ethan Stegent extended his top-10 streak to five consecutive meets with a 7th-place finish out of 141 runners in 11:18. In the female race, Savannah Goebel registered 25th place in 13:49.
This week, the Knight runners will travel to the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville for the Alpha Omega Meet on Saturday.