The Thomson High School cross country team ran in their last regular season meet Thursday afternoon when they hosted the Washington-Wilkes Tigers.
The race began at 4:30 p.m., and, because only two teams competed, everyone ran together. About 40 runners completed the 3.1-mile course, which looped the school four times.
After everyone had crossed the finish line, head coach Miranda Murphey told the team how proud she was of them.
"Your teamwork and run times made me proud, as you always do," she said. The boys' team defeated the Tigers. They have come in first place at every meet but one this year. The girls' team finished in second place, behind the undefeated Washington-Wilkes girls.
The THS cross country team also ran their first meet at home against Washington- Wilkes. "It's a team we know well, so it's good for us to gauge our progress," Murphey said. "Having our first meet at home against them made it a nice, full-circle season."
The THS cross country team will compete in the AAA region meet today at Washington County High School in Sandersville, Ga. "For the region meet, our guys have to make sure they don't get too excited and lose focus," Murphey said. "Sometimes for a big race they forget to focus on pace and time. The girls don't need to let themselves get overwhelmed."
The top four teams at the regional competition automatically qualify for the state competition.