Sep. 23—TIFTON — The Blue Devils and Lady Devils will host the 20th annual Tift Invitational cross country meet this Saturday morning.
After a year at the recreation department fields, the meet will take place at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. High school girls begin at 8 a.m. Boys will follow at 8:45. Middle school girls are set to start at about 9:30 a.m., wrapping up with the middle school boys.
Teams signed up so far for the Tift Invitational are mostly from the immediate area, but the roster on MileSplit GA stretches from the Alabama state line to the coast. Seminole County, a frequent attendee over the years, is listed, as are Camden County and Bradwell Institute. Bradewell is from Hinesville.
Other potential participants include Tiftarea Academy, Turner County, Worth County, Cook, Berrien, Fitzgerald (and Ben Hill Middle), Valwood, Lowndes, Crisp County, Colquitt County, Cairo and all three Albany public schools.
Lowndes swept the high school results in 2020. Berrien Middle girls and Lowndes boys are the defending champs of the younger teams.
At last Saturday's Deerfield-Windsor Invitational, Blair Golden was 16th individually (according to MileSplit) and the Blue Devils were sixth as a team out of a field of 21. Golden, who ran in 18:19, was barely a minute ahead of Aidan Evans (19:26, 30th individually), Ben Wilson (19:40, 33rd) and Dawson McMillan (19:46, 37th). Sergio Martinez, Tift's fifth counting runner, crossed the finish line at 20:12.
Ainsley Toews was third individually at Deerfield, running in 21:09. She was the quickest of those whose points counted towards a team total. Ava Wilson was 10th individually at 22:17. Madeline Perrin, Nathaly Rivera and Jennifer Sandoval completed their sixth place finish as a group.