By Kristi Reed
Solid driving by junior T.J. Blanchette and senior Lisa Reed along with good engineering by the Mill Creek High School Electrathon team resulted in a first place finish for the Hawks during the April 19 Electrathon America race at Forsyth Central High School in Cumming, Ga.
Saturday's race consisted of two, hour-long heats in which drivers attempted to cover the greatest distance possible within the allotted time. High schools represented at the race included Mill Creek, Grayson, Lambert, Rabun County, Brooks County, South Forysth, North Forsyth and Forsyth Central.
In heat one, Mill Creek's Blanchette earned a first-place finish for the Hawks, completing 61 laps in one hour. In the second race, Reed picked up another first place finish for Mill Creek driving 66 laps in the hour-long race. Their combined score gave Mill Creek the overall win with 127 laps covering 32 miles.
"They did phenomenally, winning both races handily," said Mill Creek teacher and Electrathon team advisor Glenn Burrows.
Lambert High School placed second and, in third place with 120 laps, was Rabun County High School.
Electrathon vehicles are student-built, battery-powered vehicles. Some of the Mill Creek team members have spent as much as 36 hours of their own time after school since February designing and building a new electric race car and refining the one used in Saturday's race.
Up next for the Mill Creek team is the "Run for the Peaches" in Quitman, Ga. on May 10.
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