2017-11-22 / School News

Jenkins County schools Cross Country recap

The Jenkins County High School ( JCHS), Jenkins County Middle School (JCMS) and Jenkins County Elementary School (JCES) Cross Country teams have all ended their season with some great successes along the way.

The JCHS girls finished 13th at the State meet. The girls placed 3rd at the Area meet which qualified them to participate in the State meet.

At the State meet, Brett Landing finished first for JCHS and 7th overall. She also received 1st Team All State honors. Taylor Hearn finished second for JCHS and 41st overall. Coming in third for JCHS was Janiya Jones who finished 91st overall.

The girls’ Area meet saw Brett Landing finishing first for JCHS and 4th overall; Taylor Hearn, 2nd for JCHS and 12th overall; Janiya Jones, 3rd for JCHS and 26th overall; Shianne Moore, 4th for JCHS and 29th overall; and Alexis Scott, 5th for JCHS and 34th overall. Brett Landing was also named to the 1st Team All Region.


Jenkins County High School boys varsity cross country team members, are, from left, first row:: Payton Ivey, Bryce Cranshaw, Bowden James, and Luis Benitez; and second row:: Will Branch, Gabe Morris, Lawton Wiggins, Efren Martinez, Chase Simmons, Carson James, and Coach Bobby James. Jenkins County High School boys varsity cross country team members, are, from left, first row:: Payton Ivey, Bryce Cranshaw, Bowden James, and Luis Benitez; and second row:: Will Branch, Gabe Morris, Lawton Wiggins, Efren Martinez, Chase Simmons, Carson James, and Coach Bobby James. “Brett has finished first for Jenkins County in every girls race,” said Coach Bobby James. “She has been picking them up and putting them down.” Brett’s time at the Area meet was 22:01 and her State meet time was 23:10.

“Brett has also achieved the fastest time at the State and Area meets for a Jenkins County runner that I have seen in the 17 years I’ve been coaching Cross Country,” said Coach James.

Coach James also noted that Taylor Hearn was the only returning runner for JCHS.

“So, it was a young team. Taylor has been major contributor to the team’s success during her years as a runner for JCHS,” he said.


Jenkins County High School girls varsity cross country team members, are, from left, first row: Taylor Hearn, Brett Landing, Macey Aaron; and second row: Madeleine Dryden, Makenzie Coleman, Kara Oglesby, Nathaly Gonzalez, Shianne Moore, Janiya Jones, Alexis Scott, and Coach Bobby James. Jenkins County High School girls varsity cross country team members, are, from left, first row: Taylor Hearn, Brett Landing, Macey Aaron; and second row: Madeleine Dryden, Makenzie Coleman, Kara Oglesby, Nathaly Gonzalez, Shianne Moore, Janiya Jones, Alexis Scott, and Coach Bobby James. The boys’ team finished 10th at the Area meet. Top runners for JCHS were: Lawton Wiggins, 1st for JCHS and 39th overall; Carson James, 2nd for JCHS and 52nd overall; Efren Martinez, 3rd for JCHS and 54th overall; Gabe Morris, 4th for JCHS and 55th overall; and Bowden James, 5th for JCHS and 57 overall.

The Ray Miller Invitational meet saw the JCHS boys’ team place 1st and the girls’ team take 2nd in the Class A Division.

Top finishers for the boys were Efren Martinez, Chase Simmons, Gabe Morris, Bowden James and Will Branch. Top finishers for the girls were Brett Landing, Taylor Hearn, Charity Thomas, Janiya Jones and Shianne Moore.


Jenkins County Middle School team members are, from left, first row: Addie Bennett, Hayley Garvin, Anna Kate Hearn, Emma Hawes, Chansley Reese; and send row: River Lane, Tyler Simmons, Hunter Kelly, and Bryn Suggs. Not pictured: Landon Archer, Colby Archer, Guage Oglesby, and Reid Weathersby Jenkins County Middle School team members are, from left, first row: Addie Bennett, Hayley Garvin, Anna Kate Hearn, Emma Hawes, Chansley Reese; and send row: River Lane, Tyler Simmons, Hunter Kelly, and Bryn Suggs. Not pictured: Landon Archer, Colby Archer, Guage Oglesby, and Reid Weathersby JCHS was the top finishing Class A school at the Southeast Bulloch Invitational. Top finishers for the girls were Brett Landing, Taylor Hearn, Janiya Jones, Shianne Moore and Alexis Scott. Top finishers for the boys were Jaylen Coleman, Carson Bowden, Lawton Wiggins, Gabe Morris and Payton Ivey. The senior boys and girls will be missed.

At the Ray Miller Invitational held at Magnolia Springs State Park, the boys’ team was first in the Class A Division and the girls’ team was 2nd in the Class A Division. Top finishers for the boys’ were Efren Martinez, Chase Simmons, Gabe Morris, Bowden James and Will Branch. Top finishers for the girls were Brett Landing, Taylor Hearn, Charity Thomas, Janiya Jones and Shianne Moore.


Jenkins County Elementary School Team, from left, are, Ryley James, Kole Lane, and Gatlin Oglesby. Not pictured: Blake Aaron, Chandler Cates, and Hillary Garvin. Jenkins County Elementary School Team, from left, are, Ryley James, Kole Lane, and Gatlin Oglesby. Not pictured: Blake Aaron, Chandler Cates, and Hillary Garvin. On the Middle and Elementary School levels, Coach James stated that he was pleased overall with the JCMS and JCES teams’ performances at all their meets. He also said that he was excited about the potential for his teams’ next season and following seasons.

The JCMS boys’ team included Landon Archer, Colby Archer, Hunter Kelly, River Lane, Tyler Simmons, Guage Oglesby, and Reid Weathersby, all six and seventh graders, with the exception of Landon Archer, an 8th grader.


Jenkins County Elementary School runner Ryley James was the top elementary finisher for Jenkins County at the State Middle School Cross Country Championship. Jenkins County Elementary School runner Ryley James was the top elementary finisher for Jenkins County at the State Middle School Cross Country Championship. The JCMS girls’ team included Addie Bennett, Haley Garvin, Emma Hawes, Anna Kate Hearn, and Chansley Reese, all seventh graders with the exception of Chansley Reese, a sixth grader. The JCES team included Blake Aaron, Ryley James, Gatlin Oglesby, Kole Lane, Chandler Cates, and Hillary Garvin.

At the Ray Miller Invitational, the JCMS boys’ team finished in team order: Tyler Simmons first, followed by Landon Archer, River Lane, Hunter Kelly, and Colby Archer. The JCMS girls’ team finished in team order: Chansley Reese first, followed by Anna Kate Hearn, Hayley Garvin, and Addie Bennett.

In the Elementary Division Ryley James finished second overall followed by Gatlin Oglesby, and Kole Lane.


Brett Landing, 7th from left, is shown on the winners’ podium at the State Meet. She finished 1st for JCHS and 7th overall. She also received 1st Team All State honors. Brett Landing, 7th from left, is shown on the winners’ podium at the State Meet. She finished 1st for JCHS and 7th overall. She also received 1st Team All State honors. At the 7th Mile Farm Invitational held in Bulloch County on October 10, JCMS boys finished in order: Landon Archer 38th with a time of 16 minutes 20 seconds, followed by Tyler Simmons, River Lane, and Reid Weathersby. There were fifty-seven runners competing. The JCMS girls’ competitors were Chansley Reese and Haley Garvin. Chansley’s time was 18 minutes 51 seconds, finishing 19th out of 32 runners. Haley’s time was 20 minutes 37seconds, finishing 27th.

At the girls’ Georgia Middle School Cross Country State Championship held in Cochran, Georgia on October 14, Chansley Reese, in her first State Championship competition two mile run, and the only Jenkins County girl to participate in this run, finished 28th with a respectable time of 18 minutes 16 seconds. She competed against 84 other girls.


State Middle School runners Landon Archer, Reid Weathersby and Colby Archer are shown at the State Middle School Cross Country Championship. Landon Archer was the top finisher for Jenkins County Middle School. State Middle School runners Landon Archer, Reid Weathersby and Colby Archer are shown at the State Middle School Cross Country Championship. Landon Archer was the top finisher for Jenkins County Middle School. In the same Middle School boys’ state competition Landon Archer finished 53rd with a respectable time of 15 minutes 46 seconds in the two mile run, followed by Colby Archer and Reid Weathersby against a field of 132 runners in the two mile event.

In the Elementary division at the State Championship, Ryley James, a second grader, ran a one mile race on a tough course in 8 minutes 30 seconds finished 17th overall, followed by Blake Aaron, a fourth grader, running the course in 9 minutes 36 seconds, finishing 25th overall.

Coach James offered his congratulations to all boys and girls who competed this year and his encouragement for next season’s competitors.



Jenkins County Middle School runner Chansley Reese is shown. Jenkins County Middle School runner Chansley Reese is shown.

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