The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls’ cross country team finished third out of 17 teams during last Saturday’s seventh annual Rutherford Ram Run in Panama City.

The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls’ cross country team finished third out of 17 teams during last Saturday’s seventh annual Rutherford Ram Run in Panama City.

In all, 77 athletes from 17 schools across Northwest Florida competed.

“The course was a tough course but the girls ran well despite missing some training days because of Hurricane Irma,” said Head Coach Sandy Quinn, Jr.

After being unable to run the prior Saturday due to the approach of Irma, the team had only a few days to prepare for the Ram Run after the first two days of school last week were cancelled.

“(Assistant Coach) Keion McNair was able to get the girls back and started preparing them for the Ram Run,” Quinn said. “The last few days (prior to the Ram Run) have been tough on the team.”

Shamario Cole paced the Lady Tiger Sharks, finishing seventh individually in a time of 22:57. Lexi Fountian also finished in the top 10, coming in ninth in a time of 24:41.

Zoe Gerlach was 24th (24:55), Autumn Kotelman finished 26th (24:59) and Emily Lacour was also in the top 30, coming in at 27th in a time of 25:12.

Geenavieve Rocha took 37th in a time of 26:16 and Savannah Burkett was 39th in a time of 26:40.

“This is a great group of young ladies,” Quinn said. “They come to practice every day ready to train and they are always excited and patting each other on the back.

“That is what you want to see in a team sport. It is never about the individual with this team. It is always about all of us and that is why I love not only to coach them but to be a part of this team.”

The Lady Tigers are at Graceville this week and travel to Franklin County 4 p.m. ET next Wednesday.