By Kristi Reed
The Mill Creek High School Electrathon team overcame serious mechanical difficulties to take third place in the "Run for the Peaches" Electrathon race held Saturday, May 10, at Brooks County High School in Quitman, Ga.
The Electrahawks entered two vehicles in the event -- a vehicle the Electrathon team built last year and a new race car the team finished last week. The two racers were among the 13 vehicles that took part in the first of two hour-long races on Saturday.
The new car, Electrahawks 456 driven by T.J. Blanchette, performed well in warm ups, but was sidelined after sustaining irreparable damage to a gear mechanism during the first lap of the race. Electrahawks 123, the older car driven by senior Lisa Reed, also experienced mechanical difficulties after a minor collision early in the race. Electrathon advisor Glen Burrows and the pit crew were able to make repairs and get the vehicle back in the competition. Reed managed to complete 51 laps during the hour-long race -- enough for a third place finish in the high school division.
Grayson High School, who the Electrahawks had faced before at Forsyth Central, led the high school division in the first race with 65 laps. Rabun High School placed second with 52 laps.
In the second race, Paul Molinari took the wheel for the Electrahawks. Mill Creek's vehicle was one of only nine still in working order after the first race. Molinari completed 49 laps before more mechanical difficulties knocked the Electrahawk 123 vehicle out of the race with less than six minutes remaining.
Grayson High School once again led the high school division, finishing the race number two with 56 laps. Rabun completed 50 laps to take second.
In the high school division, Grayson finished first overall, taking home a trophy and a big boxes of peaches. Rabun County placed second and Mill Creek came in third.
The Mill Creek Electrathon team is comprised of approximately 10 students who have devoted hundreds of hours after school to build a battery-operated electric race car.
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