Teams from Alexander, Chapel Hill and Douglas County traveled to nearby Carrollton Saturday morning to take part in the 2013 State Cross Country Meet. The Cougars and Lady Cougars competed in the AAAA 5K, the Panthers and Lady Panthers competed in AAA, and the Tigers and Lady Tigers competed in AAAAAA.
AHS had the best finish of all the local teams. The Cougar boys placed fifth as a team with 232 points. The Lady Cougars placed sixth with 276.
“We didn’t have a great day,” said AHS coach Brian Robinson. “On the boys side we just did not have it and were without two of our top five runners. On the girls side, we had two that were sick and one that was running with an injury. It’s frustrating to be so close every year.”
Chapel Hill finished ninth in the boys race with a team score of 248. In the girls race, the Lady Panthers finished 13th with 372 points.
“We raced fairly well,” said CHHS coach Kelly Williams. “We ran a lot better than we did on the same course two weeks ago. I could not have asked more from such a young team.”
Douglas County finished 24th in the boys AAAAAA race with 688 points and the girls also finished 24th with 787 points.
Individually, the Alexander boys were led by Broc DuCharme, who placed 22nd overall with a time of 17:48.13. Also placing for the Cougars were Jacob King (29th, 17:54.70), Tyler Whorton (43rd, 18:19.47), Nathan Zakrzewski (77th, 18:47.10) and Lance Smith (84th, 18:55.78).
Marist took the race with a team score of 53 points. Rounding out the top five were LaGrange (75), Pickens (136) and Perry (230).
Daniel Navarro, of Marist, took first individually with a time of 16:13.12. Filling out the top three were Shaw’s HAkeen Mustafa (16:27.91) and Marist’s Michael Thurston (16:39.62).
AHS was led by Chloe Camp in the girls AAAA race. Camp, who had her best time of the year, finished 17th at 21:07.51. Also scoring for the Lady Cougars were Anna Scasny (26th, 21:37.54), Haley Johnson (62nd, 23:13.04), Carliegh Camp (82nd, 23:54.49) and Megan Rinehart (103rd, 24:17.41).
Marist took the girls race in dominating fashion. Their top five runners all placed in the top 10 for a team score of 22. Rounding out the top five were Heritage-Catoosa (98), Chestatee (152), Eagle’s Landing (206), and LaGRange (272).
Marist’s Morgan Ilse and Anna Renou placed first and second with times of 18:53.00 and 19:45.42. Perry’s Abby Booth rounded out the top three individual performances with a time of 19:58.69.
In AAA competition, Chapel Hill was led in the boys race by Cameron Lord, who finished 19th individually with a time of 17:25.08. Also scoring for the Panthers were Jamie Robinson (44th, 18:09.42), Caleb Searles (48th, 18:12.82), Wilson Moore (50th, 18:14.50) and Trevor Price (88th, 19:20.81).
St. Pius won the race with five top five finishes. They totaled 26 points. Rounding out the top five were North Hall (46), Woodward (82), Blessed Trinity (128) and Oconee (192).
St. Pius’ Austin Sprague won the individual competition with a time of 16:08.37. Filling out the top three were Blessed Trinity’s Matt Munns (16:39.21) and North Hall’s Quintin Miles (16:44.22).
The Chapel Hill girls were led by Darby Demarest, who finished 40th in a time of 22:04.97. Also scoring for the Lady Panthers were Eyonnti Edwards (46th, 22:24.87), Sakinah Omari (97th, 23:54.84). Rachel Norris (99th, 23:58.51) and Lauren Owens (105th, 24:13.88).
Blessed Trinity won the team competition with a score of 39. Rounding out the top five were St. Pius (53), White County (93), North Oconee (122) and Woodward (160).
White County’s Jenna Gearing took first individually with a time of 19:29.22. Filling out the top three were Hart County’s Audrey Honiotes (19:49.58) and Blessed Trinity’s Anna Gandolfo (20:04.01).
“It was a rebuilding year for us and overall we set goals and reached most of them,” Williams said. “We now know what we have to do to make things better and get stronger.”
The DC boys were led in the AAAAAA race by Daniel Shaughnessy, who placed 93rd in a time of 18:09.67. Also scoring for the Tigers were Evan Doty (146th, 19:06.05), Justin Hendee (149th, 19:08.48, Charles Wagner (160th, 19:29.28) and James Hood (162nd, 19:30.48).
Brookwood won the team competition with a team score of 105. Rounding out the top five teams were Peachtree Ridge (121), Harrison (121), Collins Hill (129) and Marietta (131).
Peachtree Ridge’s Kevin Mills won the individual competition in a time of 16:03.82. Filling out the top three are Brookwood’s Josh Ingalls (16:19.42) and Shiloh’s Bryan Kamau (16:25.30).
The Lady Tigers were led by Andrea Tully, who placed 126th with a time of 22:30.78. Also scoring for the Tigers were Anne Norton (163rd, 23:48.55), Meaghan Shaughnessy (165th, 23:52.19), Meredith Townsen (173rd, 24:17.71) and Paris Stround (184th, 25:06.96).
Peachtree Ridge led the race with 119 points. Rounding out the top five were Brookwood (131), Marietta (151), Walton (186) and West Forsyth (200).
Avery Bussjager of Walton won the individual competition with a time of 19:04.20. Filling out the top three were Marietta’s Mary Jeane Assinzo (19:13.20) and Brookwood’s Lauren Brennan (19:16.44).
Two native Douglas County residents also ran well in the state meet. Landmark’s Kathryn Foreman continued her dominance in the A-Private season with an individual championship at State on Saturday. She placed first in a time of 18:42.18. Teammate Nicole Fegans finished fourth overall with a time of 19:39.00. The Landmark girls finished ninth overall as a team with 203 points.