2018 Cross Country
The 2018 version of the Daniel High Girls and Boys Cross Country Teams hit new highs in overall success.
The 2018 Girls Team repeated as State Champions and the Boys finished 3rd, also capturing both Girls (Ally Wilson) and Boys (Alex Zangara) Individual Titles. Mari Cagle has won the State Championship three times and added a close second place finish by 1 second behind Ally to her impressive list of running successes. Maren Sorber completed the Daniel sweep of the top three positions. All State honors were achieved by Ally Wilson, Mari Cagle Lockhart, Maren Sorber, Alex Zangara and Mismeh Balawi. Having all-time personal best times at the State Meet were Maren, Ally, Audrey Dodson, Adam Balawi, Mismeh Balawi, Eric Baldwin, Alex Zangara, and Nate Lockhart.
Both Girls and Boys Teams also won the Region 1 4A title and took individual titles as well (Girls: Mari Cagle Lockhart; Boys: Alex Zangara). The JV Teams also won the Region 1 title with Maleah Balawi and Connelly Ayers taking second place in the Girls and Boys races, respectively.
The Daniel Cross Country Runners that contributed to the outstanding season are listed here:
Girls: Madi Abernathy, Sydney Akers, Maleah Balawi. Julia Blouin, Clare Boland, Hannah Brown, Annie Buck, Catherine Cory, Georgia Dodson, Audrey Dodson, Kate Dubose, Kate Hollingsworth, Nimasha Jayasinghe, Jordan King, Jane Laurence, Emma Macrae, Stella Mocko, Annaka Osborne, Audrey Sehorn, Eliza Sorber, Maren Sorber, Noah Warwick, Ally Wilson
Boys: Connelly Ayers, Adam Balawi, Mismeh Balawi, Eric Baldwin, Liam Chandler, Braxton Coogan, Jackson Dodson, Jack Foulk, Will Herden, Dan Hiott, Sullivan Kelley, Tyler Kellogg, Jackson Lee-Sosolik, Nate Lockhart, Mac Martin, Sammy Miller, Jack Osborne, Jacob Smiley, Xander Smiley, Chris Smiley, Alex Zangara.
We would like to give special recognition to seniors on the 2018 Team:
Connelly Ayers, Adam Balawi, Julia Blouin, Kate Dubose, Dan Hiott, Chris Smiley and Alex Zangara
Since Becky Calhoun won Daniels first individual cross country title back in 1980, Daniel has had a rich cross country tradition which includes 7 more Girls State individual titles (Stephanie Gammon, 2004; Sinead Haughey 2007, 2009, 2010; Mari Cagle Lockhart 2015, 2016, 2017; Ally Wilson 2018) and 7 team titles, two of which included current Girls Coach Perry (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017, 2018) and 6 Boys State Individual titles (Jesse Woodard, 1998; Exley McCormick 2004; Andre Ivancovic, 2012; Gabe Haughey 2013; Jacob Slann, 2014; Alex Zangara, 2018) and 1 Boys Team Title (which posted the lowest ever SC combined team time of 15:57). In fact, since 2006, there has been only 2 years that a Daniel Runner has not finished 1st or 2nd in the State Championships. The 2018 team raised the bar even higher by achieving double individual championships (only achieved once before in 2004) and taking the top three positions in a race neither of which had never been accomplished before.
Congratulations to the Daniel 2018 Cross Country Teams for an outstanding season.