Cross Country Takes on New Course

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Jake Melton , sports editor

Old Stone Fort Golf Course is welcoming the cross country teams. In 2016, Coffee County’s cross country team called the Raider Academy their home turf out of necessity  because of the lack of a place to race.  Prior to that the home course was the Old Stone Fort Golf Course which at the time was owned by the state.

Recently, the renovated Old Stone Fort Golf Course has been reopened for public use and Coach Wanuch  has acquired permission to race here.  According to Mrs. Judy Driver who is one of the owners of Old Stone Fort Golf Course, “We think the community, especially the young people of the community, should be able to use and enjoy it. You can come here and run, walk, fish, enjoy the wildlife, and swim for free. The only thing you have to pay for is the golfing. We think the sports teams and locals should be able to enjoy the beauty of this place.”

“We think the community, especially the young people of the community should be able to use and enjoy it. You can come here and run, walk, fish, enjoy the wildlife, and swim for free.”

Coach Nathan Wanuch, the coach of the cross country and track teams here at CCCHS told us the new course is a loop that is roughly 1.5 miles which requires two laps. A couple of difficult aspects of this course are the rolling hills and a slight uphill finish.

“I thought Old Stone Fort would be a suitable location for the meet, and it would be a homecoming of sorts to bring us back to the location where it all started off,” said Wanuch. The course had some minor changes two years ago due to the new greens and tee boxes. In years past it  had three loops and an additional large hill. Wanuch stated, “I thought the course really played to our strengths. We do a lot of really intense hill training which allowed some of our athletes to pull away at these hills, the uphill finish in particular. So I think that played to our benefits. Our athletes ran very well, but that also might be because they wanted to defend their home territory.”

“I thought the course really played to our strengths. Our athletes ran very well, but that also might be because they wanted to defend their home territory.”

The middle school and high teams raced very well here during both meets. Both the athletes and Coach Wanuch are very appreciative of Mr. and Mrs. Driver for granting them the permission to race here. Having a new home course is very inspiring to the athletes.