Hartfield Academy’s Cross Country Season Ends With Impressive Wins and Strong Bonds

The Hartfield Academy cross country team, led by Head Coach Rob Oates, is celebrating a season filled with remarkable achievements, unforgettable victories, and the formation of a tight-knit running family. Coach Oates couldn't be prouder of his team's efforts this year and is looking ahead to even greater success in the future.
The Varsity girls made a lasting mark this season by clinching top honors in several events. They began their journey by winning the Scott County Invitational, showcasing their determination and skill. The team continued to impress by securing the Rankin County Small School Championship, solidifying their position as a dominant force in local cross country. Their season reached its climax when they earned a remarkable second place at the MAIS State Championship.

On the boys' side, the JV team created a truly special moment by winning the Scott County Invitational. This victory was a testament to the younger boys' commitment and hard work. The team's dedication and teamwork were on full display, as they celebrated a well-earned triumph.

The Varsity boys, on the other hand, demonstrated their competitive spirit and resilience throughout the season. They not only secured the Small School Rankin County Championship but also significantly improved their standing at the MAIS State meet. Their dedication and perseverance were evident in every stride they took.

While the victories and achievements were undoubtedly a source of pride for the team, the season's biggest highlight was the bonds formed between the students. The team evolved into a close-knit family, supporting and encouraging one another through every practice and race. Coach Oates emphasized the significance of this bond, stating, "We are a family looking to welcome new boys and girls to our family, no matter their running ability." This inclusive and encouraging environment has become a hallmark of the team, fostering a sense of belonging and unity among all team members.

The Hartfield Academy cross country season has undoubtedly left a lasting impact, not only through the impressive victories but also in the way it has brought students together in the pursuit of excellence. 

A few runners made a significant impact in the MAIS this week.
Girls: (4 in TOP 25)
Ella Rankin - 1st - 3rd year in a row!
Kate Miller - 3rd
Kam Frazure - 11th
Charlotte Oates - 20th

Boys: (4 in TOP 25)
Owen Makamson - 9th - also set the Hartfield 5k record!
Memphis King - 11th
Rigdon Reeves - 15th
Judson Jones - 23rd
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).