The Upson-Lee Knights and Lady Knights cross country teams are preparing for their Region 4 meet, which they will host at the Rock Ranch on Halloween, October 31. On Saturday, they ran the very same course they will run in the Region 4 meet when they participated in the Annual Rock Ranch XC Invitational.
The race consisted of 17 boys teams and 16 girls teams. The Knights had a great showing, placing fifth overall as a team, just behind Region 4 foe Dutchtown and just ahead of another Region 4 team, Eagles Landing. The Knights have had great a great competition brewing among their top two runners this season. Brian Reviere and Feybian Matthews have been battling it out for the No. 1 spot on the Upson-Lee squad. Last week at the Lamar County Invitational it was Reveire who got the best of Matthews, placing just ahead of Matthews in the even. However, on Saturday it was Matthews who placed 11th overall, six places and almost 15 seconds ahead of Reveire, although both runners were named medalists with top 20 finishes.
“Those two guys are great friends and competitors,” said Knights cross country coach Stephen Boyd. “Anytime we can get two of our best runners competing against each other it just makes our team that much better. Those two guys have worked hard this season, and hopefully they can continue their good work into the Region 4 meet here in a few weeks.”
The Knights placed fifth overall with 193 points, with Veterans winning the meet with only 100 points. Points are determined on the top seven placers for each team: the lower the score, the better the finish. Dalton Strom placed 24th overall with a time of 19:06.06. Christian Martins placed 45th overall with a time of 19:59.81 and Brady Joiner followed in 46th place with a time of20:01.15. The Knights had five runners place in the top 50 with 155 total runners competing in the race.
For the Lady Knights it was Abigail Manley who led the Lady Knights to a ninth place finish overall. Manley placed 19th earning a medal with a time of 23:19.56. Upson-Lee’s Sydney Uphold also had a nice race, placing 34th with a time of 24:11.59. The Lady Knights had six runners place in the top 60 of the 123 person race; [Perla Hernandez 40th (23:25.88), Brittany Bruce 46th (24:56.75), Megan Collins 54th (25:42.31), and Hannah Baucom 60th (25:57.91)].
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