Jada Warren

Junior Jada Warren shows off her medal after having won the FPD Peake Invitational in Macon last week, marking her second win in three races this season. Warren will try to continue her hot streak Thursday as GMC Prep is set to host a small school showcase on its home course. 

GMC Prep junior cross country runner Jada Warren continued her strong running performances at the FPD Peake Invitational Wednesday.

Warren won her second race of the season, this time beating out a couple of runners who had her number in the 2020 opening meet at Wilcox County. The junior’s 22:22 time was seven seconds better than her next-closest competition from Perry High School.

“Jada took home the title,” first-year GMC Prep cross country head coach Andrew Grodecki said. “She looked really strong the whole race.”

Underclassmen Maria Knapp and Kamryn Willis finished 22nd and 26th in the race respectively to help the GMC Prep girls team to a fifth-place finish at the eight-team event.

The GMC Prep boys, meanwhile, were led out on the course by a familiar name as senior Colin McCabe’s 18:58 was good for ninth place out of 85 runners. 

“It looks like Colin is getting his running legs back,” Grodecki said.

The Bulldogs finished seventh out of 11 competing teams as they were helped along by senior Ethan Tolentino (15th, 20:12) and freshman Brian Sherwood (31st, 21:40). 

Coach Grodecki said that Wednesday’s course did not exactly lend itself to any record-setting performances. 

“It was a very hot and challenging course on Thursday,” said the new head coach. “I’m proud of our overall team performances. This is not a course where you will not run a personal best on due to the amount of rolling hills.”

Down in the middle school ranks, GMC Prep middle schooler Joe Meier took second among 89 runners and was just over half a second behind first place. Wes Flournoy of Stratford won the race after an entertaining final 100 meters for spectators. 

The next time the GMC cross country teams run, it will be on their home course around the Oconee River Greenway and football practice fields. The GMC Small School Showcase is set for Thursday with middle school hitting the course beginning at 4:15 p.m.

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