The Thomson cross country team defeated Washington-Wilkes in a Sept. 22 home meet.
"We were competing against Washington-Wilkes today, and our boys won their meet, while our girls came in second," said cross country team coach Miranda Murphey after the match. "But all our girls finished. We have a lot of new girls on the team, so it was a successful day for them, too."
In a cross country match, the times of the first five runners to finish for a team are added up, and the team with the lowest score wins the meet. Antoine West was the first runner for the Thomson boys to finish, coming in second.
"I'm really proud of Antoine," Murphey said. "He developed a very painful cramp in his back during the last leg of the race, and that's the only thing that kept him from coming in first. But I know what it's like to have to run with pain like that, and to have finished second even with a back cramp is really impressive."
"I tried my hardest," West said after the meet. "But my back started burning really bad toward the end, and that slowed me down a bit."
The top finisher for the girls' team was Nayeli Monay, who finished in fifth place.
"We all did a good job," Monay said. "It was really tough with the bad weather, but we did good."
Murphey also had praise for several other members of the cross country team.
"Josh Taylor and Demashawn Clark are both new runners this year, and they both had very good times. I'm very pleased with how they did, especially with this just being their second race," Murphey said. "Our girls' team also has a number of freshmen running their first races, and they did good also. Haley Griffin was sick her first race and not able to finish, but she did finish today, and I'm very proud of her for that."
Murphey emphasizes to her runners the importance of finishing races.
"Everybody hurts after a race," she said. "But to not finish can cause mental and emotional injuries that are worse than the physical pain. So I always encourage our runners to finish if at all possible."
The cross country season starts in August and goes until the first week of November. Their next meet is today and is hosted by Grovetown. Their next home meet is Oct. 20.