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Boys' XC Captures State Championship
November 8th, 2010

The Golden Lions boys’ cross country team captured the state championship this past weekend with a record breaking year. The team ran the five fastest times in St. Pius X history. Senior Brendan Hoban placed second overall with a time of 15:48 and is currently one of the fastest runners in Georgia. Among the top runners, Austin Sprague, Calvin Tirrell, Lee Kaufman, Chris Beach, Paul McNeil and Casey Shaw. Despite conditions at the race and losing favorite Colin O’Leary to an emergency appendectomy days before the race, the team still prevailed.

After the St. Pius X girls’ cross country team captured the Region 5-AAA win, the team was hopeful for a second consecutive state championship. The girls’ faced a tough season, battling numerous injuries to top runners, including Devon Dabney, Holly Kilpatrick, Katy Gilbert and Ellen Osment. The team placed third, behind Columbus and North Hall in the final race of the season, with frontrunner Erin Osment, placing fourth overall.

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