Click here to read the Aug. 23 Rome News-Tribune article about the Tigers' cross country season opener at the Rockmart Early Bird Tune-Up Invitational, where the boys claimed first and the girls earned runner-up.
The boys opened with a dominating performance, scoring just 18 points. Sophomore Grant Cross finished first overall with a course record time of 11:00.40. The Tigers also put six runners in the top 10; Ryan Glass, who finished second at 11:13.60, Anthony Natarella, who finished fourth at 11:35.40, David Edwards, who claimed fifth at 11:37.90, Tommy Cowan, who earned sixth at 11:45.00, and Aiden Parsa, who snagged eighth at 12:18.60. Darlington junior Spencer Rushing picked up 12th overall with a time of 12:46.70.
The Lady Tigers finished second in team standings with 42 points.
Darlington junior Kate Scott claimed first overall with a course record 13:45.30. The Lady Tigers placed two other girls in the top 10 with Lillian and Abigail Baggett. Lillian earned sixth with a time of 15:28.60, while Abigail finished 10th at 16:17.70.
Darlington juniors Leah Houser and Emilia Tscherne crossed the finish line back-to-back at 12th and 13th with respective times of 16:43.60 and 17:08.50. Chinelo Ofafor brought home 18th, clocking in at 18:41.00.
Darlington cross country returns to action next Saturday at the Bob Blastow meet in Whitesburg on the McIntosh Nature Preserve.