Alli and Tucker lead TCMS Cross County to a successful season

The Toombs County Middle School Cross Country season ended with boys and girls competing in the Georgia Middle School State Cross County Championships at Cochran. The Lady Bullpups finished fifth and they were led by Alli Waller who won a medal for her 16th place finish out of 87 runners. Teammate Kylee Edwards placed 26th. The Bullpups top runner was Tucker Brodnax. He finished 22nd out of 119 competitors.

Georgia MS State Cross Country Championships
Two Mile Run at Cochran

Alli Waller

Toombs County Middle School Girls
16:41.57  Alli Waller 16th
17:53.90  Kylee Edwards 26th
18:44.76  Estrella Barbosa 33rd
18:51.66  Michelle Clark 36th
21:52.36  Lilli Esco 65th
22:18.39  Emily Blake 68th

Tucker Brodnax

Toombs County Middle School Boys
14:10.41  Tucker Brodnax 22nd
15:26.32  Alejandro Tinoco 47th
15:47.82  Axcel Barbosa 55th
16:09.27  Erick Stevens 61st

“Well, I was pleased with the entire team. Everybody from the beginning to end got stronger and ran their best races in the final state championship for middle school at Bleckley County,” head coach Randy Callahan said. “Everybody did exactly what I asked them to do. They put in extra conditioning. They hydrated themselves well. They gave up the soft drinks and went with water and sports drinks to increase their breath. I just couldn’t be more pleased with the way we started and the way we finished. There is a bright future for the cross country team.”

“We had two that medaled in almost every race that we ran and they were Alli Waller and Tucker Brodnax. We ran in races with as many as 160 to 170 racers and they were always in the top 25 and several times made the top 10. So, it was certainly a successful season for cross country and for Alli and Tucker. Tucker being a sixth grader, running against seventh and eighth graders, I thought he did an excellent job. Alli being an eighth grader moving up to the high school next year, I thought that she really got a taste of success and what it was going to take to be able to run with the older girls next year as a freshman. She has a bright future as well. She has a strong running style.”

Coach Callahan says that both Alli and Tucker improved their times during the course of the season. “Tucker cut almost a minute off his time and Alli cut a minute of of her’s from beginning to end. Of course they were low to start with and for their age groups they were running good times. They did get stronger as the season went along. You could see it in Tucker as the season moved along, he moved further and further up the list of finishers. Alli started in the top 25 and as she got stronger she was moving up into the 15th and 16th range and then had the race down at the Wetlands where we finished first and she had races where she finished in the top six. So, it was a successful season for both of them as well as the team.”

(Left to right) Kylee Edwards, Erick Stephens, Alli Waller and Tucker Brodnax

In a co-ed relay race, the Wetland Cross Country Relay, Toombs County finished first. This was a two hour race in which each of the four competitors ran a 1/2 mile leg before handing the baton to a teammate.