GMSD Running Teams off to a lightning start thanks to several first place wins last weekend

Germantown Municipal Schools are no stranger to athletic triumph at Houston High School, an we are often asked how our Mustangs are all so disciplined and devoted to their sports. One trade secret of our district, is that many of our students begin a healthy lifestyle at an incredibly early age.


The remarkable running teams at Houston Middle, Farmington, Dogwood, and (most recently) Riverdale are a big part of that success. These GMSDjr. teams all trained incredibly hard over the summer vacation and their performance this past weekend at the first Memphis Youth Athletics cross country meet of the season was exceptional.

Farmington Elementary's Falcons 5K
Beginning summer conditioning classes in July and resuming a four-day schedule at the start of school, the Falcons 5k Club was prepared to return to this season strong, already in the hopes of defending their state title. Out of the forty elementary schools competing, the Farmington girls’ team managed to cinch first prize in the 1M with the boys’ team not too far behind in their division’s second place. Fourth grader Rachel Tankersley also took home first individual over 246 other runners with her impressive 6:25 mile.

“Mentoring these kids has been an inspiration, honor, and privilege throughout the years that I have been at Farmington. The way these kids run and the energy that they provide is contagious- you can’t help but want to run as well,” said coach Mario Aviles of the team and their efforts.

Dogwood Dolphins Cross Country Team
Dogwood also took home some big titles this weekend. They worked tirelessly all summer towards fun incentives of fidget spinners and trophy prizes.  The group even took  time for a little fun at local retreat center, Camp Grove.

Parent and co-coach Stacey Schwarzmann said this of the experience, ”It was so rewarding to see these kids bond as a team and learn to love running”.

Amid these forming friendships and fun, the team was also instructed in nutrition, injury prevention, and teamwork and was able to apply it all by winning first place in the boys’ 1M and second in the girls’ 1M, bested only by sister school Farmington.

Riverdale Cross Country Team


However, the speed and success doesn’t stop there. Dogwood and Farmington have spread their infectious running bug to Riverdale. Being in its first year, the Riverdale Cross Country Team competed for the first time ever this weekend.  The group is two-fold--including a middle school team and an elementary one.  Taking home fourth and seventh place, the team ran a fantastic first meet and has plans to grow even further as the season progresses.

Teacher sponsor Katie Faught said, "We were extremely proud at the success our team showed at the first meet for our school. Our kids are excited about this new sport and having the opportunity to run representing Riverdale".

Houston Middle School Cross Country Team
Lastly, but certainly not least, is the Houston Middle Cross Country Team. Building on the basis provided by our superb elementary programs, HMS swept away any and all competition. Both the girls’ and boys’ teams earned first in their division, and we at simply cannot wait to see how they continue to succeed this season.

All of our GMSD running programs are off to a lightning fast start, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We look forward to watching our teams continue to grow and promote healthy living this season, and we encourage everyone to come out support all of these remarkable runners at their next meet on September 11th at 5:00 in Shelby Farms
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