CARROLLTON - Alexander took home fourth place in both the girls and boys Class AAAAAA Cross County Meet on Saturday morning.
Senior Koi Williams finished runner-up with a time of 16 minutes, 34.99 seconds as twin brother, Mekhi, had a time of 16:36 to finish third. Austin Muse went 17:18 to finish 16th overall on the Carrollton course.
On the girls’ side, senior Brenda Ayuk went 19:42 to place third overall to pace the Cougars.
Sophomore teammate Kennedy Crawford had a time of 21:06 to place 16th overall as the second Cougars’ runner to cross the finish line.
Alexandria Stevens had a time of 21:15 to place 18th overall.
New Manchester’s Alexia Allen, running in her first state meet, had a time of 21:29 to place 22nd overall.
“I thought overall we ran really good as a team,” Alexander coach Brian Robinson said. “I thought we ran as good as we could. It was just one of those days when you do all you could and finish as good as you can. I thought the Williams brothers ran unreal.”
On Friday, several runners with ties to the county placed high at the Class A private-school meet for Landmark Christian.
Sophomore Erin Fegans and senior Sarah Foreman, both Douglas County natives, helped Landmark Christian’s girls team win their fourth straight state title.
Fegans had a time of 20:08 to place fifth overall as the second War Eagles runner to cross the finish line. Foreman went 20:10 to place sixth overall in the meet.
On the boys’ side, freshman Zack Truitt was third overall at 17:09 to help pace the team to a runner-up finish behind Hebron Christian Academy.
Both Alexander teams graduate some talented seniors but also return several top runners.
It was the fourth straight year and fifth out of the last sixth that the boys team has gotten on the awards podium. Last season, the girls finished eighth overall and moved up to fourth.
The boys team were the defending state champions.
“We have some good kids returning,” Robinson said. “I think we have a good future. We just have to keep grinding.”